Technical Articles Industrial Communication


You can hardly go to a fair or conference these days without hearing the same topic being discussed – Industrie 4.0 and Big Data. There's a lot of talk about digitalization and data in the Cloud, but who is putting their mind to what that will really mean for operation of a plant? Isn't it better to detect potential problems at the planning phase and stop them from ever arising? more
With integrated communication solutions for machines and systems, Siemens offers the prerequisites for the digital factory. more
Der Mobilfunkstandard der vierten Generation LTE (Long Term Evolution) hat sich im privaten Bereich bereits flächendeckend durchgesetzt. Wir profitieren tagtäglich von schnellem Datendurchsatz und hohen Brandbreiten der neuen Technik. more
The open protocol DNP3 enables the setup of classic, hierarchical telecontrol networks. With new functions, though, even more effective networks for meeting requirements can be realized on the basis of this open protocol. more
Companies and plant operators must protect themselves against cyber-attacks. This well-known fact, however, is now gaining a new momentum – against the backdrop of new security standards for the industry and the first legal regulations, such as the IT security act for critical infrastructures. more
Within the framework of digitalization and Industrie 4.0, an integrated and future-proof communication will represent a crucial factor in the value chain of production facilities going forward. Key here is that in light of the digitalization and ever increasing networking of machines and plants, data security is always taken into account. more
Durch die Digitalisierung werden radikale Veränderungen erwartet, die einen Schub an Produktivität und eine deutlich erhöhte Individualisierung bringen sollen. Doch was ist das Grundgerüst, das diese radikalen Veränderungen in der industriellen Produktion ermöglicht? more
The integration of different systems into an IT or automation infrastructure is complicated because there are no standardized interfaces and protocols. So what sort of communication architecture is required for networking the ten-thousand devices in the digital factory? more
Even in industrial applications, the miniaturization of devices cannot be ignored when I/O modules have to be accommodated directly at the machine in boxes that are getting smaller all the time. Eventually, however, limits are reached at which even the smallest control cabinet is taking up too much space. more
In globally operating companies, production and office networks are increasingly merging. To attain a joint network from the field level all the way to the transfer point to the World Wide Web, the requirements of both worlds must be taken into consideration when connecting the industrial backbone to the core. With high-performance Industrial Ethernet switches featuring automation and IT mechanisms, the goal of "one cable for everything" is achieved. more
With consumers the trend to ever greater data volumes and faster reaction times in mobile wireless transmissions could be observed for years. In automation and process control such technologies particularly for the various sectors such as energy production and distribution, building management and water supply are always only interesting when they are technically fully developed and can meet the increased requirements. more
It is hard to imagine the operation of machines and plants without detailed knowledge about devices and assets, since commissioning and maintenance measures cannot be carried out without this information. more
The future belongs to wireless infrastructures – but how does one plan a WLAN application today that is right for tomorrow? Siemens has decided to primarily equip offices and factories with its own network components in the coming years. more
Over the years in the industrial environment, wireless transmission with (IWLAN Industrial Wireless LAN) has become a natural and equally weighted component of the communication network of many automation applications. more
In series machine production, there are two important factors when designing new machines: time savings and the optimal use of resources. Existing hardware is supplemented with additional functions to save design costs and commissioning time. more
In the oil and gas industry, the challenges are big, the stakes are high, and the conditions harsh. Extreme environments and remote locations – oil and gas operations face these realities every day. more
Industrial plants are often widely dispersed – in part across locations and even country borders. In these days of climate change, globalization, and urbanization, remote diagnosis and remote maintenance have become indispensable in modern automation technology. more
Rational processes and machines have to be adapted very precisely to user needs. A modular control concept enables fast, flexible and cost-effective realization of these requirements. more
To further increase the availability of ever-complex facilities, companies are more and more often relying on industrial remote access solutions, which enable a quick response and intervention by qualified personnel from anywhere in the world. more
The majority of telecontrol applications are generally not very complex and – just like the local automation – basically consist of process data acquisition, data processing including transmission, and data output. more
Data networks are increasingly entering our daily lives, for example, in the automation of power grids or transportation systems. Unimaginable, if the supply of power would be interrupted due to an error in a data network. more
The company Saint-Gobain Solar has set up an approximately 300 meter long installation comprising existing individual machines for processing large glass panels at its plant in Mannheim, Germany. Apart from the automation, the main focus of attention was on the safety engineering. more
When selecting a telecontrol system, aspects such as investment protection, easy handling, and also time savings during the planning and commissioning play important roles. The complete recording of data as well as data security should likewise not be neglected. more
Machine and plant builders have been intensely studying the subject of teleservice for years, since the ever-growing amount of exports leads to increasing costs for service calls. At the same time, the complexity is rising steadily. more
In a wide variety of applications, the data networks for communication are nowadays largely Ethernet installations. Their format is described in international standards, which for a copper line, define a maximum length of 100 m. more
The diverse range of devices has also contributed to PROFINET's success and growth. Thanks to a variety of development platforms, a device manufacturer can easily integrate many useful functions that offer real added value. more
With the rise of Ethernet-based networks in the industry, their size often expands. In the office area, long distances have been bridged with fiber optic cables for a long time. For industrial applications, the more complex installation and diagnosability were problematic until now. more
The well-proven use of Profinet in a wide variety of systems and machines is indisputably a logical consequence of its value-added functions such as parallel TCP/IP communication, large configuration limits and high speed. more
The increasing global competition knows no regional borders or time zones. Success in the market is thus determined by the quick launch of high-quality products with a wide range of functions. more
With the new module “Industrial Strength Networks”, Siemens is expanding its Solution Partner Program in view of the increasing demands placed on industrial communication. more