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Siemens: SIMOGEAR and TIA Portal V13 launches in South Africa.

From left to right: Michael Vieira Cardoso, Business Unit Director in Mechanical Drives; Raymond Padayachee, CEO of Siemens Industry, Southern Africa; Joern Sens, Business Developer at Lead Africa; and Sanjay Palad, Business Unit Manager in Automation Systems. From left to right: Michael Vieira Cardoso, Business Unit Director in Mechanical Drives; Raymond Padayachee, CEO of Siemens Industry, Southern Africa; Joern Sens, Business Developer at Lead Africa; and Sanjay Palad, Business Unit Manager in Automation Systems.

Some of the key needs facing the mechanical and automation industry at the moment are higher productivity, faster time to market, more efficient use of resources and high.

At their event in Cape Town, Siemens provided a technical showcase, setting a course for industrial applications for the future.

At the event, Raymond Padayachee, CEO Siemens Industry, Southern Africa, said, “As one of the world’s leading automation and drives suppliers, we have the right answers; innovative products and systems, integrated applications and solutions as well as end-to-end service throughout the entire production lifecycle.”

Siemens Business Unit Manager for Mechanical Drives, Michael Cardoso was at hand to officially introduce mechanical customers to the new range of SIMOGEAR Geared Motors. “The focus of the SIMOGEAR geared motor range is on general materials handling, in particular the automotive, logistics and food and beverage industries. These motors are also used in the chemical industry, in crane technology, in environmental and water technology as well as in metal production and in the mining industry.”

“The new SIMOGEAR gear motor delivers performance from 0.09 kW up to 55 kW. It can achieve a gear unit torque of up to 8.000 Nm with helical, parallel shaft, helical bevel and worm geared gear units. Having market conforming dimensions, the latest SIMOGEAR geared motors are 1:1 compatible to the current standard. SIMOGEAR gear motors are an economic alternative easy for replacements in already existing installations or to implement in new design. For applications that demand a particularly high degree of precision when positioning, Siemens offers the gear units in a low backlash version. Ductile iron housings can be supplied for harsh ambient conditions with high vibration and shock loads,” added Cardoso.

In a bid to offer its customers the assurance of maximum productivity and efficiency for their plants and machines in the years to come, Siemens continues to extend the integration of its hardware and software product portfolio. A dynamic way to achieve this is the Integrated Drive System (IDS). In technological terms, the IDS concept is based on the optimised drive train. This is done by drawing on the vast Siemens portfolio of gear units, couplings, motors, and converters, which can be combined and optimised to customer specifications.

Advancing digitisation and the convergence taking place between the virtual and real worlds are decisive drivers for the manufacturing industry. Companies are increasingly turning to innovative and integrated technologies in a bid to strengthen their competitive position. The growing scope and complexity of automation processes will see the future costs of engineering spiraling ever higher.

The newly launched Version 13 of the TIA Portal has been improved in a number of functional areas – the diagnostic concept, know-how protection and synchronised team cooperation for large-scale projects have all been optimised. In addition, engineering tools such as the Simatic WinCC V13 Scada (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) software have been integrated into the standardised work environment.

Sanjay Palad, Business Unit Manager for Automation Systems in South Africa combined his presentation of the TIA Portal with an overview of Siemens latest generation of controllers – Simatic S7- 1500. Characterised by high performance and efficiency it features outstanding system performance and a host of standard integrated functions; including Motion Control, Security: for maximum possible plant security, and Safety: for safety applications that are easy to implement. Greater efficiency is represented in by the innovative design for simple commissioning, the configurable diagnostic functions for plant status and the integration into the TIA Portal for simple engineering and low project costs.

“A product and solution launch of this kind is just one more step in our long history of commitment and engagement here in South Africa. Siemens has been active here for more than 150 years. During these 150 years, we have helped South Africa grow and navigate its way through some remarkable progress,” concluded Padayachee.

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