Siemens Conveyor Technology for Material Handling
- Published: Wednesday, 16 April 2014 18:00
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.
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.
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 its 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. Products for material handling applications include:
Gear Motors – 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.
Drives – 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.