Siemens is launching Sinec NMS, a powerful, future-proof network management system (NMS). It enables users to master the growing demands placed upon industrial communication networks, such as the increasing degree of networking, larger quantities of data, and the complexity of network structures. Networks with between 50 and 12,500 participants can be centrally configured, managed and monitored round-the-clock with the software. This facilitates forward-looking planning and a quick response time to prevent possible failures and so increase productivity. The software can be used across all industries.
Sinec NMS gives users an extremely high degree of transparency throughout the entire architecture of an industrial network. New components can be easily integrated into the network, and existing devices can be continually configured and maintained. Network components are configured according to rules, that is to say based on defined rules referred to as “policies”, which are applied across a specific range of components. For example, users can easily change the passwords required to access the devices. This saves a great deal of time during the configuration of network participants and during troubleshooting, especially in large networks with a large number of devices.
The distributed approach of the NMS makes it easy to adapt flexibly to the requirements of all types of plant networks. In order to manage large networks, the system is divided into the two levels control and operation. Control is the central instance in Sinec NMS; it displays the overall state of the network quickly and clearly. Operations are also managed there. The operations themselves are distributed throughout the network, and implement the configuration specifications from the control on all the devices.
As a modern network management system (NMS), Sinec NMS covers all five cornerstones of the FCAPS model defined by ISO (International Organization for Standardization). Firstly, “fault management” for locating faults quickly and easily. Secondly, “configuration management” to save time and money through central configuration and maintenance of the entire network. Thirdly, “accounting management” for security by testing the network and documenting events reliably. Fourthly, “performance management” for flexibility by optimizing the network, transparency by generating statistics, and high availability by continuously monitoring the network. Fifthly, “security management” for greater network security
8th Straight Year
Delta recognized as a Taiwan Top 20 Global Brand
Delta, a provider of power and thermal management solutions, announced it has been recognized as a Taiwan Top 20 global brand for the 8th consecutive year by the prominent Best Taiwan Global Brands survey. The assessment determined that Delta’s brand value over the past year increased 6% to USD266 million, thus, achieving the highest growth rate within the Taiwanese industrial brand segment. The uniqueness of Delta’s brand, which entails a seamless integration of its business model and corporate social responsibility, continues to thrive through the development of innovative solutions that are cementing the creation of sustainable cities. In coming days, the company will host an UN official side event and participate in the Sustainable Innovation Forum (SIF), both during COP24 in Katowice, Poland, to share its experiences in cultivating sustainable development through technology innovation with global stakeholders.
“Delta’s commitment to protect the environment from further global warming by enhancing its core competence in high-efficiency power electronics through innovation remains firm. By fostering the backbones of sustainable cities, Delta contributes significantly to the global efforts against carbon emissions. This is not only an integral part of our brand promise, but also a core of our unique corporate citizenship. At COP24, the Delta Electronics Foundation will set the agenda by hosting a side event that will gather notable stakeholders, such as, the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and the Japan-based Renewable Energy Institute (REI), to advance ideas that shall accelerate the transition towards energy resilience.”
Ms. Shan-Shan Guo, Delta’s chief brand officer and executive director of the Delta Electronics Foundation
Mr. Victor Cheng, Delta’s senior vice-president and general manager of its Information & Communication Technology Business Group (ICTBG), who will represent the company at the SIF 2019, highlighted, “Innovative technology is not only the cornerstone of Delta’s brand, but also the key to containing further global warming within 1.5°C. Delta has been advancing next-generation solutions that are lowering the carbon footprint of some of the world’s most energy-intensive areas, such as buildings and transportation. Our building automation solutions enable smart green buildings, while our automotive electronics and EV charging infrastructure support the nascent e-mobility revolution. Under the trend of distributed energy resources, we also provide vehicle-to-home/vehicle-to-grid (V2H/V2G) EV chargers, and energy storage technology to facilitate low-carbon transformation.”
COP24 is the most relevant UN Climate Change Conference since 2015 (COP21) as it has been convened to agree on the mechanisms that will not only facilitate the execution of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC), which are the vehicles to achieve the objective of the Paris Agreement (containing the global temperature rise within 2°C), but even seek to reach a more ambitious 1.5°C target.
The “Best Taiwan Global Brands” survey is organized by the Industrial Development Bureau and executed by Interbrand to assess the value of Taiwan’s top global brands. By being selected into this prestigious assessment over the past 8 consecutive years, Delta proves its superior environment, governance and social (ESG) performance.
New hardware platform for Edge applications
At the SPS IPC Drives 2018, Siemens showed a newly developed hardware platform for edge applications as part of its Siemens Industrial Edge concept: The compact Simatic Edge Device works on the basis of the embedded industrial PC Simatic IPC227E, and features integrated connectivity to automation on the machine level. This allows manufacturing data to be captured and processed directly at the point of production. If there is a change to the framework conditions underlying the industrial application, Industrial Edge offers facility to adjust software applications on the Edge Device, keeping them right up to date using functional, feedback-free updates. The hardware comes with a closed all-metal housing, ensuring maximum industrial functionality for flexible, maintenance-free use under even the harshest of conditions. Rapid commissioning is guaranteed using pre-installed Edge software.
Siemens Industrial Edge affords users the opportunity to close the gap between classic local data processing and cloud-based data processing to suit individual requirements. Edge computing enables the local feedback-free processing of large data volumes practically in real time. Industrial Edge also enables users to cut the costs of data storage and transmission, as large volumes of data are processed in advance and exclusively relevant data is subsequently sent to the cloud or the company’s own internal IT infrastructure. Siemens Industrial Edge supports cloud transmission protocols for MindSphere, the open cloud-based IoT operating system from Siemens. In future, it will also support Message Queuing Telemetry Transport (MQTT), which will additionally guarantee the flexible exchange of data with other systems and clouds.
Savings through edge computing in the Siemens Electronics Factory Amberg
In the factory in Amberg, a printed circuit board cutting machine is used for the manufacture of Simatic products. During a milling operation, fine milling dust is produced which exerts an aggressive impact on the machine. This can cause the spindle bearing to jam, and potentially result in unscheduled machine downtime. To prevent this from happening, a number of the machine’s operating parameters are analyzed using artificial intelligence with a view to detecting any anomalies in spindle behavior which would indicate the possibility of an impending failure. This is done by transmitting data picked up by the sensors to the Edge device for analysis. A machine learning algorithm calculates the anomaly value in real time. A rise above a predetermined threshold value indicates that a machine failure is imminent. This Edge application enables cases of bearing erosion and machine downtime to be predicted between 12 and 36 hours in advance of an actual failure. In the event of anomalies, the machine spindle can be exchanged as part of the next scheduled service before a failure can cause costly unplanned downtime.
Siemens extends its positioner portfolio
With the Sipart PS100, Siemens is presenting a new positioner that is impressively easy to commission and highly robust. The Sipart PS100 can be initialized quickly at the touch of a button, automatically adjusting itself to the attached valve. If required, it is possible to optimize the positioner for a specific application with just one further touch of a button. Just as some cameras feature portrait, sport or night mode, the positioner can be set to different modes for precise and fast adjustment, open/close operation and other applications. These functionalities save time, cut the costs of commissioning, and increase the return on investment.
The Sipart PS100 is fitted with a large, easy-to-read display that allows users to see the status of the device at a glance. With its four-button operation and Namur NE107 support, the device can be configured quickly and conveniently.
The Sipart PS100 is available in two enclosure variants: polycarbonate and aluminum. Thanks to these particularly robust and durable materials, the new addition to the Siemens positioner portfolio is capable of withstanding extremely harsh and aggressive environments. The Sipart PS100 uses state-of-the-art contactless technology to detect the position of the valve. This eliminates wear, extending the device’s service life and facilitating easier, faster commissioning. Equipped with a corrosion-resistant silencer, the Sipart PS100 is especially suited to applications in the chemical and power sectors.
The Sipart PS2, an established element of the Siemens positioner portfolio, has gained some new features. Optional pressure sensors improve the valve diagnostics and process monitoring, increasing the degree of utilization and availability of the plant. The enhanced positioner supports digitalization in plants. The Siemens valve monitoring app provides users with all the information they need to follow a predictive maintenance approach by performing cloud-based analyses of valve data. It makes extensive control and analysis options available to users so that they can detect in good time when service tasks need to be carried out before potential faults occur. In this way, the use of the valve monitoring app makes it possible to cut maintenance and operating costs.