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Siemens is offering conveyor technology for material handling, to all builder, system integrator and end-users of both discrete and process manufacturing markets. An integrated drive system with Siemens motion control and drives products, along with communication protocols, is available. It spans the range of drives, motors, gear motors and automation technology, plus machine safety, power supply and circuit protection.
As a longtime supplier to the global conveyor and material handling industry, Siemens brings this offering to the North American market with the full support of its global network of engineering, sales, service and technical support.
Advantages for machine builders
Siemens brings a flexible and field-tested portfolio of products and software services to the builders of material handling equipment in all industries. Free design tools allow a more efficient process in customer design, configuration and product selection, plus communication and energy calculation.
When a large or multi-unit system is needed, the advantages of Siemens distributed control and common DC bus afford many with an economical solution to material handling. This translates to a lower installation and commissioning cost.
Through the OEM Partner Program, machine and equipment builders benefit from the global experience of Siemens. Machine conversion services, design tool-kits, global coordination for companies seeking more international business including full standards compliance, co-marketing opportunities and assistance in emerging markets are among the many services provided by the global team of Siemens.
Advantages for system integrators and end-users
Whether a greenfield project or brownfield expansion of an existing material handling machine or full production line, Siemens integrated drive systems bring a full portfolio of products and automation solutions to the task. In the field, fast commissioning is provided by a team of qualified personnel, resulting in quicker start-up and less downtime.
The preventive maintenance and remote diagnostics software combine to keep equipment running more productively. The recent expansion of our popular drives platform to include PROFINET, PROFIBUS, EtherNet / IP and AS-interface allow Siemens drives to communicate with other brands of existing products or new components on the customer’s line, resulting in cost savings and greater efficiencies.
Siemens can satisfy an array of typical material handling scenarios, as it supplies a full range of products and services to create the ideal solution for the customer.
Siemens products for material handling applications include:
Recently established in Greenville, S.C. to better serve the North American market, the Simogear gear motor facility assembles energy-efficient gear motor units commonly found in material handling. Simogear can be combined with Sinamics drives to suit a broad range of applications — from the low-speed uses (0.1–1000 rpm) to the most challenging, high-torque demands.
Siemens is in the forefront of the evolution from worm to helical bevel gear motor utilization in the material handling world, as this technology means less motor power is needed to produce the same output torque and speed. This translates to smaller units with higher efficiency and overall lower cost.
The complete family of Siemens Sinamics drives means a single source for a broad assortment of product solutions, globally recognized and capable of controlling virtually every application in material handling, from basic roller tracks to multi-axis, high-bay racking units, all with high-dynamic performance.
Central and decentralized drives are highlighted by the Sinamics V20, G120C and G120D. All are space-saving and offer a variety of communication, programming and control capabilities. In addition, the decentralized Sinamics G120D can be machine-mounted and is suitable for tough environments.
Controllers, I/O and Software
Simatic S7 PLCs offer both PAC and PLC reliability in their performance with modular and PC-based options.
Distributed I/O from Siemens is useful in all conveyor, sorting and assembly operations, plus is offered in space-saving compact or modular form factors.
Simatic software includes operator control and monitoring systems with a single software environment for every automation task. Totally Integrated Automation (TIA) means over 100,000 Siemens products share a core intelligence.
Additional products available in the Siemens suite include RFID code systems, industrial PC’s, various HMI options for panel mount and portable use, full wireless automation and motion control communications hardware, safety devices and power management switchgear, measuring and monitoring.
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CHICAGO — Siemens introduced today its new single-axis Sinamics V20 drive for basic applications featuring short commissioning times, easy operation and excellent cost and energy benefits. The Sinamics V20 comes in four frame sizes covering the performance range from 1/6–20hp and is used to operate pumps, fans, compressors and conveyor systems, and is also used for simple drive tasks in the processing and handling industries.
This compact drive can be connected directly in-line and mounted as a push-through installation in addition to the conventional wall-mounting method. Since no further modules or add-on options are required for operation, the installation time is minimized. Additionally, the integrated Basic Operator Panel (BOP) enables trouble-free on-site commissioning and operation. Besides the universal serial interfaces that allow for easy connection to Simatic PLC controllers, a Modbus interface is also included for communication with third-party controls. Pre-built connection and application macros are used for facilitating application-specific settings. For units with power ratings higher than 10hp, a braking resistor can be connected directly to integrated braking chopper.
Operation of the new Sinamics V20 drive is just as easy as its commissioning. Parameters that have been optimized for one application can easily be transferred to other units using SD or MMC cards via the BOP interface or the battery-operated Parameter Loader — even without powering up the drive. The current firmware can be easily loaded as well.
Tailored inter-connectivity and application macros (i.e. for pumps, fans and compressors) provide the correct settings for the particular application. The Keep Running Mode automatically adapts the Sinamics V20 drive to the power supply to achieve higher availability when operated on unstable networks. In this mode, line fluctuations are compensated for internally and error messages are acknowledged autonomously. Due to the enhanced cooling concept and coated PCBs and electronic components, the Sinamics V20 is extremely rugged, both electrically and mechanically, making the unit reliable even in harsh environments.
The demand-driven regulation of the motor speed also provides increased energy savings even for basic applications. The Sinamics V20 is equipped with an energy-optimized control mode (ECO-mode) for increased energy efficiency. ECO-mode automatically adapts the magnetic flux in the motor to the optimum operating point. In addition, the DC link coupling enables efficient energy utilization of drives grouped together. Further, the Sinamics V20 can be set to hibernation mode, which prolongs the service life of the motor and also reduces system component wear (i.e. pumps). Additionally, by displaying real-time energy consumption on the operator panel display, the operator always has the drive’s energy and cost efficiencies in focus at all times.
For more information about Siemens solutions for the conveyor and material handling industry:
SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC.
Drive Technologies — Motion Control
390 Kent Avenue
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
Phone: 847-640-1595 Fax: 847-437-0784
Attention: John Meyer, Manager, Marketing Communications