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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 Recently, a diaper manufacturer approached Curt G. Joa Inc. to help upgrade a converting machine that was outdated and increasingly expensive to fix.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 compan—É.

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 …