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PROFINET has been described as the “all-encompassing Industrial Ethernet” because it supports virtually all automation functions in the manufacturing industries including discrete control, process automation, motion control, peer-to-peer integration, vertical integration with enterprise IT systems, functional safety, energy management, fast IO and much more. Because PROFINET uses standard IEEE 802.3 Ethernet, it operates successfully over cabled networks and IEEE 802.11 wireless Ethernet. Wireless is a necessity when untethered devices like AGVs (Automatic Guided Vehicles) must be controlled. Installations using wireless in concert with PI's PROFIsafe profile shows how the combination of these two technologies can provide a powerful and effective solution in difficult applications such as cranes. In motion control applications, PROFINET can control up to 150 axes in one millisecond, with no more than one microsecond of jitter. This makes it also suitable for deman…

Automation and Standards Bring New Life to an Old Machine

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Curt G. Joa Inc., Sheboygan Falls, Wis., is a builder of web converting machinery for manufacturers of disposable diapers and other household and medical paper products. Recently, a diaper manufacturer approached Curt G. Joa Inc. to help upgrade a converting machine that was outdated and increasingly expensive to fix.   "Fifteen years ago, when this converting system was made, it was considered top-of-the-line," says Kevin Zeinemann, electrical engineering manager at Joa. "But at that time, plant-floor information was not a priority as it is today, when executives look for production data to help them make business decisions."
The old diaper machine employed several third-party systems, including a different human-machine interface (HMI), drive system and input/output (I/O) system, none of which communicated effectively with each other or with plantwide information systems. When the time came to add a new piece of end-of-line packaging equipment, t…

OPC Foundation News From Around The World

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OPC UA and The Cloud Webinar and Demo Available:A new end-user targeted webinar and demo is available which discusses how OPC UA is the ideal foundation for a cloud computing strategy for industrial automation applications. Link here.
OPC UA Java Stack Release Candidate Available:The OPC Foundation is pleased to announce that the OPC UA Java Stack is now available as a release candidate. Download here. 6-steps to Success with OPC UA:The OPC Foundation has witnessed significant interest in OPC UA adoption around the world. We have defined 6 simple steps to help you maximize your investment in OPC UA technology, from inception, to development and through to certification. Download this paper today.
OPC Foundation to Sponsor 2011 ARC Forum:ARC's 2011 World Industry Forum: Driving Innovation, Sustainability and Performance will take place on February 7th-10th at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld. This Forum will focus on challenges that wil help yo…

SITEK installs large Siemens MES in Russia

December 20, 2010 - SITEK Group announced the launch of the largest implementation project on MES (Manufacturing Execution Systems) in Russian Federation carried out by Siemens and Avtodizel (Yaroslavl Motor Works), a member of GAZ Group, Russia's second-largest auto companу.

Siemens' departments of Industry Automation and Drive Technologies, and Avtodizel launched the MES on November 22, 2010. The project aims to improve optimization of production and reduce costs through better production processes management at Avtodizel.

The agreement between the parties provides introduction of MCIS (Motion Control Information System) developed by Siemens as a corporate standard at Avtodizel. MCIS is an integrated solution that enables to automate production processes, improve product quality and productivity, reduce downtime, increase production efficiency.

Avtodizel opted on the solutions of Siemens MES Software (MCIS) after careful analysis and consideration of the leading players of …

Install STEP7 5.4 on Windows 7

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1. Installing STEP7 on Windows 7If you try to install STEP7 on Windows 7 without any tricks you’ll get the error
The software cannon be installed on your computer with the operating system ?.

The setup program requires Windows XP, 2003 Server or Vista. Other operation systems are not supported. Then setup ends.
Obviously, the install program don’t know such version of operation system as Windows 7 have. Windows Vista and Windows 7 are compatible in most situations. Knowing that fact, many people expect that Step7 will work on Win7. The problem is in setup program, so some fans try to force installing the Step 7. They got a help from siemens support forum.
You need to download and install the special program for MSI packages edit. It names Orca.
You must to modify several setup.msi files, which contains in STEP7 distributive. To instal…

IP Ratings – What are they and what do they mean?

Electrical cabinets are one of those ubiquitous elements in industrial environments. It doesn’t matter what industry you are in – whether it’s discrete, process , utility, building and construction or even commercial retail – everything needs power. That means cables and relays carrying what may be a dangerous amount of electricity that need to be protected from the elements and environment on one side and people that need to be protected from accidental exposure on the other.

The consequences of such accidental exposure can be tragic. According to statistics collected and published by Capelli-Schellpfeffer, Inc., electrical accidents called arc flashes kill one or two people in the United States every day. Many more are injured and then there is the cost of damaged equipment and lost production to consider. Numerous standards have been devised to reduce the frequency of such accidents and make industrial environments as safe as possible. These standards govern every asp…

StuxnetRemover Free Download

StuxnetRemover is a lightweith utility that will scan and remove Stuxnet/Tmphider rootkit from your computer. StuxnetRemover is able to remove active infections and clear USB devices.


How Stuxnet Worm Works

Stuxnet looks for industrial control systems and then changes the code in them to allow the attackers to take control of these systems without the operators knowing. In other words, this threat is designed to allow hackers to manipulate real-world equipment, which makes it very dangerous. It’s like nothing we’ve seen before – both in what it does, and how it came to exist. It is the first computer virus to be able to wreak havoc in the physical world. It is sophisticated, well-funded, and there are not many groups that could pull this kind of threat off. It is also the first cyberattack we’ve seen specifically targeting industrial control systems. The worm is made up of complex computer code that requires lots of different skills to put it together. Symantec security experts estimate it took five to ten people to work on this project for six months. In addition, knowledge of industrial control systems was needed along with access to such systems to do quality assurance…

Exploring Stuxnet’s PLC Infection Process

We first mentioned that W32.Stuxnet targets industrial control systems (ICSs) -- such as those used in pipelines or nuclear power plants -- 2 months ago in our blog here and gave some more technical details here.
While we are going to include all of the technical details in a paper to be released at the Virus Bulletin Conference on September 29th, in recent days there has been significant interest in the process through which Stuxnet is able to infect a system and remain undetected.
Because Stuxnet targets a specific ICS, observing its behavior on a test system can be misleading, as the vast majority of the most interesting behavioral characteristics simply will not occur. When executed, one of the behaviors that one may immediately see is Stuxnet attempting to access a Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) data block, DB890. This data block is actually added by Stuxnet itself, however, and is not originally part of the target system. Stuxnet monitors and writes …

34.000 Komputer di Indonesia Terinfeksi Stuxnet

JAKARTA, - Indonesia tercatat menjadi negara tertinggi kedua yang di dunia yang terinfeksi Stuxnet, malware (malicious software) alias program jahat jenis worm yang tengah merajalela di dunia saat ini. Demikian hasil analisis Kaspersky Lab, pengembang solusi keamanan terkemuka yang berpusat di Rusia.

Stuxnet, sebuah worm komputer Windows spesifik pertama kali ditemukan pada bulan Juni 2010 oleh sebuah perusahaan keamanan yang berasal dari Belarus. Worm ini menjadi terkenal karena merupakan worm pertama yang memata-matai dan memprogram ulang sistem industri. Belakangan ini, serangan worm Stuxnet telah menimbulkan banyak spekulasi dan diskusi mengenai maksud dan tujuan, asal, dan – yang terpenting - identitas dari penyerang dan targetnya.

Kaspersky Lab belum melihat cukup bukti untuk mengidentifikasi penyerang atau targetnya, tetapi Kaspersky dapat mengkonfirmasikan bahwa ini adalah satu-satunya serangan malware canggih yang didukung dengan biaya besar, tim peny…

Mengenal Stuxnet Lebih Dekat (Becarefull VIRUS on SCADA!!!)

JAKARTA, - Sebuah virus komputer yang dirancang untuk menyerang sistem industri muncul secara luas. Fasilitas nuklir di Iran diduga salah satu target serangan virus tersebut. Hal tersebut mengindikasikan adanya campur tangan suatu negara atau lembaga berdana besar untuk menyusup sistem keamanan nasional negara lain.

Stuxnet disebut-sebut para pakar keamanan sebagai bentuk senjata cyber yang menjadi sarana terorisme di dunia maya. Serangannya tidak hanya mencuri informasi di komputer korban, namun mengambil alih sistem kontrol berbasis mesin.

Sampai saat ini belum diketahui siapa di balik Stuxnet ini. Berikut adalah beberapa informasi mengenai sepak terjang Stuxnet.

Bagaimana Stuxnet Bekerja?

- Virus itu adalah perangkat lunak berbahaya, atau malware, yang umumnya menyerang sistem kontrol industri yang dibuat oleh perusahaan Jerman, Siemens. Para ahli mengatakan virus tersebut dapat digunakan untuk mata-mata atau sabotase.
- Siemens mengatakan malware menyebar m…

Siemens SIMATIC S7-1200 Getting Started

Getting started with your first SIMATIC S7-1200 Compact Controller and Step 7 Basic Software. See how easy it is to configure, program, and test your first S7-1200 in less than 8 minutes. This is part one of a four part series showcasing the time and cost saving benefits of the new S7-1200. For more information see:

STEP 7 V5.5 Released for Delivery

With immediate effect, STEP 7 V5.5 has been released for delivery. STEP 7 users can upgrade their existing STEP 7 software to the latest version by purchasing an upgrade (order no. 6ES7810-4CC10-0YE5). Users with a valid Software Update Service agreement for STEP 7 will receive the upgrade to STEP 7 V5.5 automatically. STEP 7 V5.5 will also be included in the new STEP 7 Professional Edition 2010, which is expected to be available as from end of August 2010. We shall inform you as soon as STEP 7 Professional 2010 becomes available.

Ordering information for STEP 7 V5.5System requirementsNew features of STEP 7 V5.5CompatibilitySTEP 7 V5.4 - declared a mature productSTEP 7 V5.3 - end of production1. Ordering information for STEP 7 V5.5
Order No. Product Name 6ES7810-4CC10-0YA5SIMATIC S7, STEP7 V5.5
(V3.X - V5.4 to V5.5)