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07 June 2016

Register your interest to SAFETY Truck Tour

Join us and listen to our expert team presenting on a variety of safety issues covering both discrete manufacturing and the process industries.

06 May 2016

Siemens’ Leeds Expansion Continues

Comments from Simon Nadin, General Manager, Siemens Mechanical Drives, Leeds.

01 March 2016

Future of manufacturing - Blueprint

The Big Picture:

14 February 2016

Digitalisation in Condition Monitoring; a Perspective on the Factory of the Future

         Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things are increasingly talked about topics in business circles, but possibly the most important aspects of them will be the ability to extract digital data from almost any resource and turn it into tangible business value.

29 January 2016

BE SMART

                                                           Digitalisation in the minds of many is perceived to involve large-scale IT infrastructures and the networking of extensive production facilities.  Such perceptions can preclude the SME market and its more shopfloor orientated business from considering the benefits that digitalisation can bring, mistakenly believing that the resources and investment required takes it out of their league.   However, it has never been easier to integrate a machine tool into a production process and the adoption of the Siemens’ smartOperate can enable SMEs to benefit from modern modes of operation in production with minimal effort.

21 January 2016

The road to productivity

Steve Leech, Business Manager – Process Control Systems, Siemens UK & Ireland, outlines how some key areas such as operation, scheduling, virtual commissioning, security and lifecycle services can have a big impact on releasing a process plant’s productivity potential.

14 January 2016

Siemens Links Geared Motors and Motion Control to Create the Perfect Combination

· One-stop-shop solution brings significant benefits to Siemens customers· New business manager for Geared Motors

06 January 2016

An intelligent approach to technology adoption stands to unlock the pharma productivity puzzle

31 December 2015

Siemens UK & Ireland releases entry-level SIMATIC Industrial RACK PC

Siemens UK & Ireland has released an entry-level version of its industry-standard SIMATIC industrial rack PCs in 19-inch format.

24 December 2015

Siemens UK & Ireland releases expansion module for condition monitoring system

· Siplus CMS1200 enables continuous condition monitoring via TIA Portal and Simatic S7-1200 controller· Designed for use with mechanical components of motors, generators, pumps, fans and gear units· Detects mechanical damage at an early stage to prevent further problems

08 December 2015

Servo family adds 200V converters and compact, low-interia motors

· New 200-volt converters and motors with lower shaft heights and lower moments of inertia added to basic servo drive system· Different converter sizes and motor shaft heights cover a large field of application· Connection to a higher-level controller now possible via Modbus/USS communication

27 November 2015

Performance boost for CNC hardware in the high-end segment

· Siemens offers new powerful CPUs and panels for Sinumerik 840D sl· Shorter program runtimes, faster simulation· Larger memory and lower power consumption

13 November 2015

Siemens UK & Ireland takes gas analytic solutions to the next level

Siemens UK & Ireland has launched a new generation of continuous gas analytic solutions boasting increased flexibility, precise measurement capability and an industry-first modular operating concept - all designed to meet changing industrial needs.

02 November 2015

Siemens UK & Ireland releases new motors geared towards use in machine tools

• New products include Simotics S-1FT7, Simotics S-1FG1 and Simotics M-1FE2 servomotors for use in machine tools• The motors are suitable for use in a wide range of applications and offer outstanding torque

21 October 2015

Siemens UK & Ireland optimises flat panel technology for harsh environments

• 19-inch widescreen operator panels with complete IP65 protection • Crystal-clear, scratchproof, 100% glass front for use at the machine level• Industrial anti-glare surface featuring high image resolution and brightness • PCT technology for intuitive single and multi-touch or gesture-based operation

19 October 2015

Comment for Food Processing: Keith Thornhill, Business Manager

SMART MANUFACTURING“Today’s manufacturing environment is fast becoming highly-automated and IT-driven, with advances in technology making factories smarter, safer and more efficient. Underpinning such gains is a deepening understanding across the food and beverage sector as to the beneficial role smart manufacturing will increasingly play going forward.

21 July 2015

Siemens UK & Ireland named as preffered supplier by global glass giant

Siemens UK & Ireland has strengthened its partnership with global glass manufacturer, NSG Group, as it is announced as preferred supplier for electrical and control systems across the group’s network of UK Architectural operations.

07 June 2015

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08 January 2015

Reducing energy consumption in manufacturing

Glass production traditionally requires considerable energy consumption, which means the industry faces the ongoing challenge of managing the impact of rising energy costs.

05 January 2015

Glass manufacturers reassess relationship with energy as cost and regulatory pressures rise

With energy estimated to account for up to 35% of a glass manufacturer’s variable costs, it is clear that consumption and its ongoing management are set to remain as a critical business issue for the foreseeable future.

17 December 2014

Energy - too important to ignore: aggregates and metals

Stuart Moran, Business Manager Minerals and Aggregates at Siemens UK & Ireland, shares some key research findings into attitudes and approaches to energy management in the aggregates and metals sectors. 

17 December 2014

Siemens launches communications technology partnership

Siemens has bolstered its portfolio of industrial communications solutions with the announcement of a new technology partnership with communications specialist, Arkessa. 

09 December 2014

Brian Holliday non-executive director at HVM Catapult

The High Value Manufacturing Catapult, which stimulates and supports the commercial application of new technologies through the development of innovative manufacturing processes, has appointed Brian Holliday as non-Executive Director to its Supervisory Board.

03 December 2014

Drive Train Developments Bring New Efficiencies to Mines and Quarries

by Simon Nadin of Siemens Mechanical Drives Maintenance plays a major role in keeping mining and quarrying plant running efficiently, effectively and without unscheduled breakdowns.  What were once referred to as lumps of equipment in the mining process are now key assets, the management of which is viewed as crucial to a plant’s effective operation.

26 November 2014

Efficiency: too important to ignore?

With energy management now viewed as a business critical issue by the majority of manufacturers, according to recent research by Siemens, the company has looked at how those in the manufacturing sector are tackling energy-related challenges. With its growing impact on strategic decision-making, investment planning and bottom line health, energy and its influence on daily operational efficiencies and long-term prospects is moving swiftly up the list of priorities for many in industry. Steve Barker, head of energy efficiency and environmental care at Siemens UK & Ireland, highlights some of the key findings from a report that sheds light on how manufacturers view the energy challenges they face both today and in the future and, critically, what they are doing about it.

19 November 2014

Siemens and British Glass announce technology partnership

Siemens pledges £4m investment & partnership for future of UK glass industryThe close ties between Siemens and trade body, the British Glass Manufacturers’ Confederation, have been further strengthened with the announcement of a new technology partnership between the two organisations. Over the next five years, Siemens will invest up to £4m as a key strategic partner to the UK glass sector, providing a range of technology, research & development and skill support services.

30 October 2014

Siemens Congleton manufacturing site secures European-wide Quality Management Prize

Siemens Motion Control Congleton has won a prestigious prize at the EFQM Excellence Awards.In 2014, eight organisations, including Siemens Motion Control Congleton, were nominated for the EFQM Excellence Awards.  Out of the eight nominees, the jury identified four prize winners. Winning a prize is, after the Awards, the highest recognition possible in this competition. 

29 October 2014

Minimising cyber security risk for the Chemical sector

The growing number of industrial cyber security attacks now being reported, together with Government initiatives such as the formation of the Cyber Security Information Sharing Partnership (CISP), has put the protection of industrial control systems firmly in the spotlight. Sean McDonagh, Business Manager, Chemical, Siemens UK & Ireland, outlines the importance of safeguarding chemical manufacturing control systems from unwanted attacks and adopting a multi-layered strategic approach to minimise risk.

22 October 2014

Cheshire Connect celebrates Siemens’ Congleton Community Programme achievements

Donna Okell, CEO of Cheshire Connect joined a group of Siemens’ stakeholders at the Congleton site to celebrate this year’s outstanding community achievements.Michaela Lawton-Wallace, Siemens Business Excellence Champion highlighted areas in which the Congleton business had excelled this year. Over 300 days of employees’ time had been volunteered to community organisations and a total of £77,400 had been donated in cash and time. 5.2% of profit from the site has supported the local community this year. 

15 October 2014

On the level

The SITRANS LG series (guided wave radar) addresses issues related to level measurement applications - whether it’s working within a challenging environment, a restricted area size, handling an aggressive material or the need to comply with strict hygienic standards.Application use for guided wave radar transmitters for level, level/interface or volume measurement has to overcome challenges across a wide spectrum of industries. The pre-requisites of accuracy, ease-of-installation and flexibility are essential when it comes to meeting important liquid and solids level measurement requirements.

09 October 2014

Don't waste the potential

As recent technology developments mean the majority of industrial and commercial waste can be safely handled, could such a potential new waste stream be the answer to help energy from waste (EFW) plants lessen their reliance on current subsidy support, while at the same time offer energy generation and waste management solutions for the nation’s huge industrial base?  George Giles, Head of Renewable Power and Oil & Gas at Siemens UK, highlights what could be a ‘win-win’ situation for all concerned.

11 September 2014

UK’s first digital factory demonstrator launched

The UK’s first digital factory demonstrator has been launched at the Manufacturing Technology Centre in Coventry designed to showcase how a ‘fourth industrial revolution’ could shape the future of British manufacturing. The launch featured virtual 3D factory alongside a physical production line capable demonstrating mass customisation of consumer goods.Siemens, the Electronic Systems Community (ESCO), automation trade association GAMBICA, HP, Shadow Robotics and Ubisense were among the organisations that contributed to the groundbreaking project.

08 August 2014

Aggregate Industries to enter strategic partnership worth over £2m with Siemens

Aggregate Industries and Siemens today announced a landmark strategic partnership that will see over £2m invested in cutting edge technologies to serve the growing construction sector.

08 August 2014

Virtualisation: the future is here

Steve Leech, Product Manager – Process Automation at Siemens Industry takes a look at an emerging trend within the process sector - virtualisation - and assesses the arguments for and against its adoption by industrial users seeking operational and cost efficiencies.

01 August 2014

Mike Houghton regarding the Future of Manufacturing

1.    What value does manufacturing in the UK have for companies?

25 July 2014

Siemens to invest in Leeds following record growth

Siemens Mechanical Drives in Leeds is set to invest in a long term growth plan that will see an additional 50 Leeds based staff recruited, coupled with a £1 million investment to expand its capabilities in servicing rail components and in assembling a new range of geared motors.

21 July 2014

Siemens Invests a Further £1 Million in UK

Siemens is investing an additional £1 million in its Mechanical Drives factory at Leeds, to expand its capabilities in servicing rail components and in assembling a new range of geared motors.

30 June 2014

Siemens plans to transform iconic Princess Parkway Site revealed

The Manchester operation of global engineering and technology company, Siemens plc has today announced plans, subject to the usual planning application processes, to develop its Princess Parkway site in Didsbury, South Manchester - creating a sustainable technology and healthcare focused Business ParkSiemens has put forward plans to Manchester City Council to create a major new mixed use scheme delivering a market leading private hospital with Spire Healthcare coupled with training and conferencing facilities.

18 June 2014

International Festival for Business

IFB 2014 will be a global showcase of great British industry, bringing the world of business to Liverpool in June and July 2014

15 June 2014

Stop green bus fleet uptake from stalling

With a limited number of cities and towns offering a green fleet bus service for their population, Jeremy Wilkinson, Business Manager – Hybrid Drives at Siemens Industry, argues greater incentivisation through the continuation of the Green Bus Fund and modification of the Bus Service Operators Grant is essential to move the subsidisation from pure diesel to low or zero emission technologies.  Such measures will help to remove the capital outlay barriers associated with investing in buses using the latest ultra-low emission technology, so many more cities and towns can experience environmental benefits and operators can take advantage of the fuel saving opportunities provided.

07 June 2014

The Next Industrial Revolution

Manufacturing is changing faster than ever before. The drivers for this include globalisation, personalisation, time-to-market and sustainability. Domestic manufacturing interest or localisation has become apparent all over the world as nation states seek to maintain or grow their manufacturing footprint.

05 June 2014

Success for Siemens' Sponsored Science Festival

Organisers of the first pan-Cheshire science festival, ‘Amazed by Science‘, reported record attendance figures as more than 5000 visitors were welcomed during the opening Bank Holiday weekend.

30 May 2014

To further boost employment figures, Britain must get ‘hired’ by international

The UK labour market was boosted again last week with the news that employment fell to a record five year low. This follows Secretary-General of the OECD Angel Gurria’s hailing of the UK labour market as an example to the rest of Europe. Britain is on track to remain the fastest growing major economy this year.

15 May 2014

Siemens and the University of Manchester launch automation learning suite

Siemens and the University of Manchester have partnered to launch a technology partnership, designed to help students learn about advanced technologies in the chemical industries sector.

13 May 2014

Integrate for Success – Integrated Solutions from Siemens

·    Siemens at Hillhead 2014, stand G7  

13 May 2014

Sheffield Students Compete Internationally with Help from Siemens

· Siemens engineer provides advice to Sheffield Chain Reaction student entrants

12 May 2014

New Managing Director for Siemens Congleton Plant

Andrew Peters has been appointed Managing Director for the award winning Siemens Motion Control Plant in Congleton North West of England, effective from 1st July 2014. He is replacing Finbarr Dowling, who is to become Project Director for the new wind turbine manufacturing facilities at Green Port Hull and Paull in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

11 May 2014

Get in the right position

Sean McDonagh, Business Manager, Chemical at Siemens Industry, outlines why adopting a condition monitoring system (CMS) can deliver benefits for UK chemical manufacturers seeking effective and efficient operating strategies, as well as looking to safeguard their futures.

30 April 2014

Protecting the future

As there is currently a focus on an ever-improving British manufacturing landscape, there are some true success stories to be told.  One such story is P2i, an entrepreneurial business which has successfully developed an innovative and market-leading liquid protection process for consumer electronics and industrial markets.

24 April 2014

Opening up new opportunities

When it comes to driving growth in the energy from waste sector – crucial for helping the UK meet its legally-binding target of achieving 15% of its total energy from renewables by the end of the decade – what is the true role of subsidies designed to encourage investment? 

22 April 2014

Siemens calls for International Festival for Business to be a springboard for inward investment

Global engineering company Siemens is to use its sponsorship of the inaugural International Festival for Business to call for more international investment in manufacturing, R&D and UK skills. Siemens will also be seeking support to have the Alan Turning Institute developed in the North West as well as calling for greater regional connectivity so that the North West can become a true global export hub - powering a balanced and long term economic recovery across Britain.

28 March 2014

North West set for innovation boom as business calls for sustained R&D investment

The North West Business Leadership Team (NWBLT) has today released a detailed report into the science and innovation potential of the North West, highlighting that business could be set to gain significantly from the well-established R&D capacity available across the region.

17 March 2014

Making an allowance for manufacturers

Andrew Peters, Divisional Director at Siemens Industry, says the time has come for practical support through the tax system to encourage manufacturers to make the capital investments required to compete as global competition heats up.

17 March 2014

Is the Pharma sector ready for Industry 4.0?

Pharmaceutical and life science manufacturing operations need to embrace current foundation technology solutions to overcome increasing market and regulatory pressures, and prepare themselves for a future when the true integration of product and production lifecycles will be a recipe for success. 

10 March 2014

Counting the cost: Why Energy Efficiency matters for Industry

Energy – and its cost – is once again dominating the headlines.  Arguments between energy suppliers and politicians, as well as concerns about dwindling safety margins around supply and consumption, are ensuring the impact of energy use remains a hot topic.   It is also an area clouded by confusion, heavy regulation and numerous Government-led policy initiatives which can make substantial energy users such as the manufacturing community hesitant as they try to establish a long term strategic approach to managing their energy needs better and reducing their cost base.  Such confusion can lead to general apathy and a lack of action - whereas the real solution is for companies to grasp the cost effective energy efficiency opportunities that currently exist.  Steve Barker, Head of Energy Efficiency and Environmental Care at Siemens Industry highlights some of the key issues facing industry today. The consumption and cost of energy is becoming an ever more important consideration in industry – especially those operating in the manufacturing sector where high energy use means its rising cost is having a significant impact on the bottom line.  Currently, many issues are influencing the on-going energy debate.  These include political and policy divisions, increasing regulatory responsibilities, the search for new generation sources or pressures around supply and demand.  The current energy-related debate - often played out in the media - between energy suppliers and politicians concerning ‘green taxes’ and energy supplier profits is an argument carrying much greater resonance with the public and has in many ways crowded out many pertinent messages regarding energy efficiency.  Indeed, the ‘noise’ around green taxes has failed to give a complete picture on government subsidies to energy sources - especially fossil fuels which still benefits from significant indirect subsidies. In addition, whilst it is correct that the UK should investigate upcoming alternative sources of fossil fuels such as shale gas, it is unlikely that this will yield dramatically lower energy prices in the near future.  Not surprisingly we are looking towards the USA and see the positive effect that shale extraction has had there and assume the UK will get the same benefit. Likewise, there is currently a vast amount of regulation and legislation facing energy users such as manufacturers.   Initiatives such as the CRC, CCL, CCA and EU ETS in the main cause end users to focus on ‘compliance’ issues rather than seeking out tangible opportunities to become more energy efficient  A prime example is the forthcoming UK implementation of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive and specifically ‘Article 8’ on mandatory energy audits for large UK organisations.  It is covered by ESOS (Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme) but looks like it will be a missed opportunity due to a number of exclusions and weak audit requirements.  ESOS should have been seen as a substantial cost reduction opportunity, not an unwelcome compliance issue imposed by the European Union. Finally, in the background, energy companies are continuing their power station closure programmes as required by the EU large combustion plant directive, meaning the safety margin between peak consumption and demand is becoming ever smaller.  This places even greater emphasis around future energy security issues for all. It all unfortunately adds up to a confusing and challenging energy landscape for UK industry trying to deal with current energy pressures and plan for an uncertain energy future. What can be done?For industry, and manufacturing operations in particular, it still remains a fact that the quickest and most effective source of lower energy bills is currently underexploited and this is energy efficiency.   Siemens Industry’s findings from thousands of energy audits undertaken across all areas of industry, reveals that most organisations can still yield 15 - 20% reductions in energy consumption by applying cost effective measures that have a three year payback overall.  Indeed the estimated 30% return on investment is much better than can be achieved elsewhere in the business. The answer is to apply a professional and systematic energy analysis supported by specific expertise to identify real opportunities for energy reduction.  A fundamental step is to enable appropriate visibility of energy consumption across the plant and to apply the correct energy management analysis to the data that can be gathered.  Many on site or web-based tools are available for this very purpose, including Siemens Industry’s Energy Analytics process which takes this analysis to a higher level by providing this as a managed service for manufacturers.  All forms of heating and cooling are always a rich source of energy reduction opportunities and should be carefully analysed in this respect. With electrical energy, motor driven systems are the largest consumers of energy and they should be closely assessed to see what higher efficiency options are available.  These could include the introduction of variable speed drives, high efficiency gearboxes, high efficiency motors and motor management systems to name just a few technologies.  Likewise, lighting is the second largest user of electricity and offers the most visible energy conservation measure (but don’t just assume LED is the solution!). One key point with any energy reduction project is the importance that sufficient care is taken to verify proposed energy reductions to give confidence for on-going programmes.  Critical tools such as IPMVP (International Performance, Measurement and Verification Protocol) should be correctly applied to support this. Whilst access to credit can be an on-going issue, in principle, finance for energy efficiency programmes can be very attractive.  Providers such as Siemens Financial Services (SFS) offer robust positive cash flow finance models that can mean energy efficiency investment can be made without the requirement to fund from often pressurised budgets.  In the right circumstances and with a true collaborative approach, energy performance contracts can also be a valuable tool to assist end users release substantial energy and cost savings. In summary, whilst many industrial companies are taking some positive action, substantial energy efficiency opportunities for manufacturers still remain.  Applying a systematic and professional energy analysis strategy and then implementing a continuous improvement programme is the right way to proceed.  Standards such as ISO 50001 offer a good starting point.  Effective energy analytics is a fundamental prerequisite to maximising energy reductions and all areas of consumption should be analysed.  All heating and cooling applications should be carefully considered and electrical energy, motor driven systems and lighting offer some of the easiest wins. High energy users such as manufacturers should seek to rise above the noise of compliance and strive to achieve maximum energy efficiency and with it, profitability.

26 February 2014

Manufacturing a brighter future

Steve Martin, Head of Siemens Industry Glass Sector, argues that greater industrial technology awareness and deployment are required if the country is to reach the productivity levels necessary to maintain or expand its manufacturing footprint.

24 February 2014

Siemens and BMW Group launch 3D car manufacturing game for schools

Siemens and BMW have collaborated to develop a unique online car manufacturing game for schools, as part of the ground breaking Siemens Education Portal launched in February last year.It will form part of the Siemens Education Portal which for the first time lets teachers, students and parents access a central hub of information about Siemens to be used in the classroom. It is explicitly designed to encourage young people to engage with engineering and manufacturing related subjects. The interactive game is set to be rolled out across the UK and forms part of a drive to encourage more young people into highly skilled engineering jobs. It will focus on modern production processes within the automotive industry and will allow school children to make a number of virtual vehicles including the new MINI model.The education portal hosts a range of interactive education materials supporting Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) related subjects; from a range of comprehensive  schemes of work to enable  practical application in the classroom to inspiring 3D games based on some of the most ground breaking industrial projects and technological innovation in the UK. The portal has already been rolled out to every secondary school across the UK and is aiming to reach over 1.95 million pupils by 2014 and 4.5 million by 2016. The aim of the portal is to inspire students, support teachers and communicate to parents the considerable opportunities open to young people working in today’s industry and manufacturing environments. The latest interactive game in the Siemens Education Series will illustrate lean production methods in order to complete as many orders as cost efficiently as possible. Teachers introduce the concept of lean manufacturing by using MINI as a gold standard case study and encourage students to explore how MINIs are manufactured at the world leading Oxford Plant. Juergen Maier, Siemens Industry Managing Director said “Investing in education, skills and young people is absolutely critical if we are to develop the engineers of the future. Working with BMW we have been able to demonstrate, in an interesting and engaging way, how modern factories work using advanced manufacturing technology.”   “The interactive game provides an insight as to how the production line actually works; reinforcing the fact that advanced manufacturing in automotive sector is capable of providing the highly skilled jobs of the future. Hopefully that will inspire children as young as 11 to consider manufacturing for a long term career - which is one of our central skills objectives at Siemens.”    Before providing students with the opportunity to play the game the teacher will explain how the illustration in the game varies from actual MINI production in terms of two key elements: number of staff and production line split.  Students will then have an opportunity to play the game which will provide an illustration of how a car is manufactured in broad terms using lean principals. The plenary will enable teachers to review students’ game play success and discuss how these would impact in real life manufacturing facility.Simon Farrall, Head of Education and Training for BMW UK said “We want to transform the perceptions of young people in the UK, and radically boost the number of people working in the automotive sector, which right now is booming across the country.”“By embedding the game into schools up and down the country we can inspire and excite young people to consider a career in engineering and technology based environment. Further still we can develop our outreach activity with the intention of securing a strong and effective pipeline of young people curious about the world of manufacturing”. Siemens has already invested in the up-skilling of young people interested in engineering and manufacturing through the sponsorship of a number of University Technical Colleges across the UK. The business has over 300 apprentices and recently the number of apprenticeships exceeded the graduate intake. Siemens recently launched its own Junior Factory, a production line run entirely by an apprenticeship management team in the world leading Congleton facility which makes drives and invertors. Professor Richard Parry Jones CBE, co-chair of the Automotive Council said “"The automotive sector is undergoing a powerful revival, and as demand surges so too will the need for highly skilled engineers. It is therefore vital that we find new and innovative ways to engage with young people and enthuse them about the opportunities in advanced manufacturing.  “This interactive game alongside the portfolio of education materials is clearly aimed at reaching large numbers of young people. We need more UK-based manufacturers to follow the example set by Siemens and BMW coming together to highlight the importance of teaching science, mathematics and engineering in our schools”.BMW have also invested heavily in skills. They have built an on-site technical training centre in Oxford and, in the last three years, more than doubled the number of apprentices in training in the Oxford, Swindon and Hams Hall production facilities. There have also been very large scale general up-skilling and technical training programmes to support the existing workforce in the launch of the next generation of exciting MINI and BMW product.To see and interact with the full education portal and the BMW game please visit: http://www.siemens.co.uk/education/en/

05 February 2014

Is the water sector making the most of its data?

As technology solutions drive low-cost access to increasing volumes of critical data, Andrew Reeks, Business Manager for the Water Sector at Siemens Industry and Oliver Grievson, Flow Compliance & Regulatory Efficiency Manager at Anglian Water Services, highlight some of the key data collection questions UK water companies need to be thinking about.

20 January 2014

Partnership set to launch innovative solution to global food & beverage market

Siemens Industry and Olympus Automation have partnered to deliver a unique solution that dramatically reduces production time and enhances the quality of soups, sauces and ready meals to the global food and beverage market.

15 January 2014

Link-up approval gained for Siemens Industry Products

Siemens Industry has successfully attained full accreditation with the Achilles Link-Up scheme, ensuring its Rail Electrification management system demonstrates full compliance with all aspects of Health, Safety and Environmental requirements for safety critical suppliers who work on Network Rail’s managed infrastructure.

06 January 2014

Manufacturing a brighter future

The combination of active manufacturing support schemes from Government and key automation technology developments could underpin efforts to boost high-value and flexible manufacturing and help re-boot the nation's industrial sectors.

03 January 2014

Manufacturing in 2050 - what it means for consumers and the economy

The Government has just published the Foresight Report into the future of British manufacturing, detailing what industry could look like in 2050.

02 January 2014

Looking to the future

George Giles from Siemens Industry says owners and operators of new Energy from Waste (EfW) processing plants need to demand more of their engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) suppliers.

23 December 2013

Siemens and Barlow Moor Community Association partner to support new centre

Siemens have partnered with Barlow Moor Community Association (BMCA) to raise money for much needed equipment for the planned New Centre where the third sector community group will based from 2014.

19 December 2013

Scada software expanded for plant-specific analysis of individual KPIs

Siemens Industry has expanded its Simatic WinCC V7.2 Scada software with the optional WinCC/PerformanceMonitor package for calculating and analysing plant-specific key performance indicators (KPIs).

12 December 2013

Zero Waste to Landfill for Siemens Mechanical Drives

Leeds based Siemens Mechanical Drives, which assembles and services gear units and geared motors, has achieved zero landfill of all its non-hazardous waste within the last month, making it the second Siemens UK manufacturing site to do so.

02 December 2013

Siemens presents distributed Sinamics S120M servo drive

With the launch of the Sinamics S120M, Siemens Industry is expanding its Sinamics S120 portfolio with a distributed servo drive.

18 November 2013

Manchester Science Festival wins Tourism Awards

The 2012 Manchester Science Festival, which was proudly produced by MOSI (Museum of Science & Industry, Manchester), has won this year’s Manchester Tourism Award for best large tourism event of the year.

15 November 2013

SIMATIC S7-1200 Competition

A vast number of applications are possible with the new SIMATIC S7-1200 controller. We’re curious to know about yours. Submit your story and showcase your application for the chance to win £3000 towards your next SIMATIC purchase! All entries will automatically receive a SIMATIC KP300 Basic Panel PN.

05 November 2013

Siemens launches new Simotics FD motor series

The launch of the Simotics FD motor series from Siemens Industry marks a new generation of motor design with powers ranging from 200 to over 1,600 kW.

04 November 2013

Siemens expands Sinamics G120P series

Siemens Industry has expanded its leading Sinamics G120P series with the introduction of cabinet units for powers up to 200 kW.

31 October 2013

Siemens extends 25 year partnership with Iconsys

Siemens Industry has appointed Iconsys as a solution partner for its Large Drives business. The contract means Iconsys can now offer customers the complete range of automation and drive technologies from Siemens across the UK.

22 October 2013

A new conversation

As the UK pharmaceutical and life science industry grapples with the issues associated with an ageing automation system technology infrastructure, Alan Johnston, Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences Manager at Siemens Industry, argues that poor strategic engagement between system vendors and pharma manufacturers is compromising the potential value derived from technology investment decisions.

18 October 2013

Fairfield further expands reach into RFID

Fairfield has been appointed as a Siemens solution partner for RFID and Identification in the UK and Ireland. Fairfield announced that it would be completely relaunching its brand and debuting a knowledge sharing University to further assist its increased reach in RFID.

07 October 2013

Defend in depth to mitigate industrial cyber attack

The growing number of industrial cyber security attacks now being reported, together with new Government initiatives such as the recent formation of the Cyber Security Information Sharing Partnership (CISP), has put the protection of industrial control systems firmly in the spotlight.

01 October 2013

Telecontrol for SIMATIC controllers

Siemens Industry has developed a new communication processor for telecontrol applications based on Simatic S7-1200 controllers.

23 September 2013

Siemens apprentices develop technology for The Biospheric Project

Siemens apprentices and graduates have been at the cutting edge of the technology provided for The Biospheric Project, which has seen the transformation of a derelict mill in Salford into a sustainable agricultural space, laboratory and research centre.

12 September 2013

Performance plus efficiency from Siemens' TIA Portal

The creation and continued recent enhancements of a unique solution – the ‘Totally Integrated Automation Portal’ (TIA Portal) from Siemens Industry – has seen a step change in providing manufacturers with the means to harness the power of a seamless approach to engineering, maintenance and commissioning tasks, all within a single engineering framework.

04 September 2013

Automation – help you can receive and support we need

Automation must be a critical focus for the Government as we approach 2020. If we are to stand any chance of meeting our £1 trillion export target we need to invest in the technology that drives quality, productivity and growth in our UK factories.

02 September 2013

World's most accurate level controller - now with Mcerts Class 1 for open channel flow monitoring

Siemens Industry has announced that its market-leading SITRANS LUT400 series ultrasonic controller has been certified with the MCERTS Class 1 performance standard, which includes testing for solar radiation for open channel flow measurement, following a rigourous testing and assessment procedure.

22 August 2013

Britain and Europe need to grow together

Europe and Britain are fast approaching a critical economic and political juncture where the future of business, employment and prosperity will be defined for a generation. It is driven by the prospect of a 2017 EU membership referendum in the UK. History will be the judge and the electorate the jury.

21 August 2013

Siemens Backs UTC Sheffield with new agreement

Siemens is the first business to sign a landmark partnership agreement that will benefit University Technical College (UTC) Sheffield students.

19 August 2013

A new way of thinking

Steve Martin, Head of the Glass Sector at Siemens Industry, says glass manufacturers need to embrace alternative funding sources if they are to achieve  efficiency improvements without impacting on growth strategies.

25 June 2013

Turning the tide toward Tidal

As the race to find commercial and technical solutions for adequate renewable energy sources to help power a low carbon and sustainable energy future continues, could the more predictable advantages of tidal power mean it should be taken seriously as a vi-able energy source, if compared to current efforts to harvest wind power?

24 June 2013

Siemens Partners with Tidal Energy Limited in DeltaStream Trial

Siemens Mechanical Drives has supplied pioneering tidal technology company Tidal Energy Limited (TEL) with gear units that will be part of the DeltaStream tidal stream generating device due to go on a 12-month trial in Ramsey Sound early in 2014.  It will be Wales‘ first commercial-scale turbine.

19 June 2013

Siemens Energy Efficiency UK Road Show - July 2013

High and unstable energy and carbon prices coupled with ever increasing regulatory and legislative burdens all combine to intensify pressure on already hard pressed UK organisations.  However, managed correctly, energy costs can be one of the easiest costs to control.

10 June 2013

Energy from Waste sector calls for a sea change in renewables policy

Leaders from Siemens and the Energy from Waste sector have united in a call for a rapid sea change in policy in order to encourage the Government to develop a long term strategy to address the need for a greater mix of renewable energy sources, with a focus of maximizing the use of energy from waste facilities.

07 June 2013

A clear vision for skills development

With skills development a core requirement to underpin future UK manufacturing and engineering success, Siemens Industry has joined forces with the British Glass Manufacturers’ Confederation (BGMC) to support a programme of industry-led learning and skills development.

16 May 2013

TIA Portal Innovations UK Tour

Experience new dimensions

10 May 2013

SPACE UG 2013

The annual Siemens Process Automation and Control Engineering (SPACE) User Group conference took place in York on Thursday 18th and Friday 19th April 2013. The conference allows our Process Automation (specifically SIMATIC PCS 7) owners, operators and engineering partners to come together to share thoughts and ideas and hear what's new from Siemens.

03 April 2013

TIA Portal v12 UK Launch

Siemens Industry has recently completed a successful UK launch of the new version of the TIA Portal v12 including a product launches of the new SIMATIC S7-1500 controller and StartDrive V12.

07 March 2013

Disappointment as industrial engineering slips down the Business Superbrands rankings

Perception of the industrial engineering sector has seen a significant change in the Superbrands results for 2013.

06 March 2013

Promoting Business Excellence at Siemens Mechanical Drives

Siemens Mechanical Drives in Leeds is benefiting from the fresh ideas of young graduate engineers, who will play a major role in the way future engineering and manufacturing is carried out in the UK.

05 March 2013

70% of parents lack basic information about engineering jobs for young people

A poll carried out by Siemens has found 70% of parents don’t know enough information about what engineering jobs have to offer. Around 30% of those surveyed were unsure if there were engineering jobs available.

01 March 2013

AMP: 6 Time for new thinking?

Andrew Reeks, Siemens Industry Water Vertical Sector Head, argues that with AMP 6 on the horizon, a collaborative partnership between water companies and highly experienced technology suppliers could offer innovative solutions, satisfying customer choice, increasing operational efficiencies and opening up new service and cost saving opportunities.

22 February 2013

Process analysis for increased safety, energy efficiency and reduced cost

With safety a priority for metal production plants, and economic and operational efficiencies key, there are benefits to be gained from laser analysis.

21 February 2013

RuggedCom announces release of RuggedMAX 4.3 Firmware

RuggedCom Inc., a Siemens company, has announced the release of the RuggedMAX 4.3 firmware.

19 February 2013

Sustainable efficiencies flow from water recycling technology

Water usage accounts for a significant proportion of manufacturing costs, as it forms an integral part of operations for many areas of industry.

18 February 2013

Turning a corner

A vibrant and effective UK manufacturing base is essential for future prosperity.  But how are the key components of UK industry – the companies themselves - dealing with the many challenges that confront them?

14 February 2013

Lever Prize 2013 - Winners Announced

Hallé St Peter’s has won the prestigious Lever Prize 2013.  They win £10,000 and the opportunity to work with the members of the North West Business Leadership Team (NWBLT).

12 February 2013

International Business Milestone Achieved at Siemens Factory

Siemens Mechanical Drives (MD) in Leeds has achieved another milestone, after recently celebrating two years at its purpose-built Stourton site: £5.5 million of business in the same period with worldwide operator Metso.

06 February 2013

Accurate CO monitoring key to reducing downtime

For plant operators, while monitoring carbon monoxide (CO) levels in the Electrostatic Precipitator (ESP) or combustion chamber is primarily a safety exercise, ensuring measurements are accurate is key to reducing plant downtime. To help plants achieve this reduction, Siemens Industry developed the SITRANS SL, a non-contact gas analyser designed for process control safety and optimisation.

04 February 2013

Siemens adds new widescreen terminal devices to range

TIn response to an industry trend toward server-based systems - driven by the security and visualisation benefits of greater IT functionality on the plant-floor - Siemens Industry has added highly efficient industrial thin clients to its range of robust Human Machine Interface (HMI) devices in widescreen format.

31 January 2013

RuggedCom launches RuggedAPE™

RuggedCom Inc., a Siemens business, announces the launch of a utility grade computing line module for the RuggedBackbone™ RX1500, known as RuggedAPE™ (Rugged Application Processing Engine). RuggedCom is a leading designer and manufacturer of industrial strength networks for mission-critical applications in harsh environments.

30 January 2013

Siemens expands industrial communications offering with RuggedCom acquisition

Siemens has announced its acquisition of specialist communications network solutions provider RuggedCom last year, to expand its offering to businesses operating in harsh environments. As of now the Siemens will start sales of the complete RuggedCom portfolio in the United Kingdom.

14 January 2013

Groundbreaking developments bolster power and efficiency gains to Siemens TIA Portal

Siemens Industry has extended its Totally Integrated Automation (TIA) Portal engineering framework with a number of new functions, adding power and efficiency to the existing framework’s capabilities.

09 January 2013

Siemens extends UK service expertise

Siemens Mechanical Drives (MD) is expanding its UK service capabilities with the appointment of Andrew Bacon and Dan Litherland.

02 January 2013

Tariff Management: It's time to take control

Reducing operating costs, increasing accuracy of environmental reporting and reducing engineering time are just some of the ongoing aims for water companies. As energy and operating costs continue to rise, increasing efficiency across operations becomes ever more critical and tariff management is one area that plants cannot afford to overlook.

19 December 2012

Siemens Industry and Z-Tech Control Systems team up for enhanced market offering

Siemens Industry has a new partnership agreement with Z-Tech Control Systems Ltd, making it a technology partner and preferred flowmeter installer.

11 December 2012

Measuring up to demands

New SITRANS FUT 1010 ultrasonic flow meter is first of its kind to offer custody-transfer accuracy, together with minimal maintenance demands.

03 December 2012

Siemens technology in world's first community tidal development

Siemens is supplying specialised gear and control technology for the world’s first community tidal power project.

09 November 2012

Siemens provides ‘e-stop’ safety solution for coal preparation plant

Miller Argent (South Wales) Limited, a company responsible for reclaiming land in Wales that incorporates opencast coal mining, installed a Siemens safety solution on its new coal cleaning plant.

02 November 2012

Siemens Leeds Apprentice continues a fine heritage

Apprentice Richard Birkbeck has just graduated as a mechanical engineer at Siemens Mechanical Drives in Leeds.

31 October 2012

Siemens launches extension to Single Power Supplies

Siemens Industry has extended its range of single-phase power supplies suitable for all industrial environments.

29 October 2012

Increased range of Siemens Industry motor stock available throughout UK from Brammer

Thanks to increased investment and regional stocking by Brammer, plants can now access LV motors from Siemens Industry more quickly across the UK.

10 October 2012

Siemens Leeds factory celebrates anniversary with double digit growth

Siemens Mechanical Drives is celebrating its second anniversary in its state-of-the-art Leeds factory – with a strong order book and healthy growth.  Over the past two years, the business has grown by 11%, largely due to a clear strategy targeting new markets and healthy exports.

08 October 2012

Primary school students count on Siemens

As the new school term is underway, it’s not just staff and pupils that are preparing for the academic year ahead at St Cuthbert’s RC Primary School, Withington. Staff from Siemens Industry’s Manchester site are volunteering their time to go back to school to help students with their maths skills – and it’s top marks all round!

01 October 2012

Juergen Maier comments on October PMI data

Juergen Maier, Managing Director of Siemens Industry UK and Ireland, made the following comments on today’s Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) figures:

26 September 2012

Corporate Volunteers donate time to Autism charity

Staff at Siemens VAI, Christchurch, were proud to be taking two days out of their busy schedules over the Summer to support local charity The Wessex Autistic Society.

24 September 2012

Siemens team help transform play area for local Children's Home

A team from Siemens has helped Bodmin Road Children’s Centre, in the Middleton area of Leeds, transform a disused tennis court into a useful sports area.

21 September 2012

Worcester MP praises investment in UK manufacturing during visit to Siemens Industry

MP for Worcester, Robin Walker has praised the investment in UK manufacturing by Siemens Industry during a visit to the company’s Worcester offices.

10 September 2012

Siemens supports Yorkshire's first University Technical College

Yorkshire’s first university technical college (UTC) will benefit from significant support and expertise from engineering specialist Siemens Metals Technologies (MT).

20 August 2012

Siemens exhibiting at Recycling & Waste Management Exhibition

Siemens will be exhibiting at this year's Recycling and Waste Management Exhibition at the Birmingham NEC on stand number 20E78-F79 in Hall 20.

14 August 2012

Siemens Industry UK supplies 25,000th Sinamics S120 motion control drive

Siemens Drive Technologies has delivered its 25,000th Sinamics S120 motion control drive in the UK – with global sales now totaling over a million units.

13 August 2012

Siemens donates Geared Motors to Bradford College students

Acknowledging the support it receives from specialist engineering colleges in training its young apprentices to be tomorrow’s skilled engineers, Siemens Mechanical Drives has donated several geared motor units to Bradford College.

09 August 2012

Siemens and HMK £1million growth boosted by new partnership deal

Siemens Drive Technologies has announced an extension to its strategic partnership with HMK Technical Services Ltd to cover Siemens low voltage motors and drives. HMK can now offer OEMs a complete drive train solution from Siemens for increased project efficiency.

30 July 2012

Siemens enters FZG Gear Unit partnership with Hayley Group

Following on from its recent motors and couplings partnership with engineering distributor Hayley Group, Siemens Industry has again partnered with Hayley for its world leading FZG bevel-helical gear units.

16 July 2012

Answers for Industry

Over 4 and 5 July, more than 1,000 stakeholders from across UK industry joined together to discuss the challenges facing UK manufacturing and see the latest innovations from Siemens Industry.

13 July 2012

S7-1200 Application Awards Winners

On Thursday 5th July 2012 at Answer for Industry at Manchester Central, prizes were presented to the winners of the recent S7-1200 Application Awards competition.

20 June 2012

Siemens launches world's most compact mass flow meter

Leading the way in flow measurement technology for the chemical sector, Siemens Industry Automation, has developed the world’s most compact Coriolis solution, the Sitrans FC430.

18 June 2012

Becoming more efficient

Managers of process plants strive for operational efficiencies.  Maximising throughput, availability and product quality, while minimising operating, maintenance and energy costs lie behind getting the most from your plant.

11 June 2012

Functional Safety and Regulatory Control

Addressing functional safety and regulatory control in a single system has been a challenge for the past decade - even more so when systems are destined for use in hazardous areas.

04 June 2012

New generation of ultrasonic measurement launched by Siemens

Reducing operating costs is a key business target for manufacturing plants across all sectors, so Siemens has developed the world’s most accurate ultrasonic controller series for level measurement - the Sitrans LUT400.

15 May 2012

Siemens IA&DT pushes safety to the limit with new range

Compliance with industry standards, flexibility of design and easy connection are all requirements for the performance of industrial and safety limit switches. To meet these needs of plant operators, Siemens Industry Automation & Drive Technologies (IA&DT) has launched its first complete range.

01 May 2012

Integration holds the key for efficient plant engineering

All plant owners, engineers and operators seek methods to reduce risk, increase operational efficiencies, shorten time to market and continually optimise processes. 

27 April 2012

PCS 7 Process control system with extended hardware and software functions

Siemens Industry Automation & Drives Technologies has equipped Version 8 of its Simatic PCS 7 process control system with a host of new functions. The features include improved data exchange and an easier engineering workflow, more powerful communication, redundancy-related and fault-tolerant functions, as well as new controllers and extended functionalities for the software tools.

24 April 2012

Registration for Answers for Industry Conference & Exhibition now open

James Baker, Managing Director of BAE Systems Advanced Technology Centre, will be providing the keynote at Siemens' Answers for Industry Conference, at the Manchester Central Convention Complex, 4th - 5th July 2012.

16 April 2012

Keeping Safety as Standard

Ian Curtis, safety consultant for Siemens Industry Automation advocates a ‘back to basics’ approach to ensure effective functional safety and says modern safety system tools can help reduce complexity, deliver value and drive risk reduction when implementing a Safety Instrumented System (SIS).

11 April 2012

Siemens expands its Teleservice and Telecontrol ranges with three new products

Siemens Industry Automation & Drive Technologies (IA&DT) is expanding its TeleService (remote maintenance/diagnostics) and Telecontrol ranges with three new products for remote access by mobile radio.

05 April 2012

Siemens sees over £1 million worth of growth for motion control business

Siemens Industry Automation & Drive Technologies has announced over £1 million worth of new business growth of its engineered drives and motion control business over the last twelve months.

03 April 2012

Enhancing the safety of industrial networks through integrated security functions

New components with integrated security functions from Siemens Industry Automation & Drive Technologies (IA&DT) allow companies to enhance the safety of their networks in process automation and production automation.

28 March 2012

Solutions for improving efficiency on show from Siemens at MACH 2012

Siemens Industry Automation and Drive Technologies will present its latest CNC technology for the JobShop market – the SINUMERIK 828D at MACH 2012.

28 March 2012

Siemens partner HMK at Drives & Controls Exhibition 2012

 HMK Automation & Drives, the Motion Control Distribution Partner for Siemens, will showcase its full range of motion control, engineered drives, mechanical components and solutions at the Drives & Controls show in April this year.

26 March 2012

First UK partnership boosts Siemens Large Drive division

Siemens Industry Automation and Drive Technologies has announced its first UK Solution Partner for Large Drives. South Wales-based Industrial Automation & Control Ltd (IAC) has been a Siemens Solution Partner for over 20 years and is Siemens’ largest systems integrator.  It is now the first Solution Partner in the UK to offer the full range of Siemens Large Drives solutions. 

09 March 2012

Make it in Great Britain

Juergen Maier from Siemens plc has been named as a Make it in Great Britain Industry Champion. He joins 29 other Industry Champions – who are leaders in their field across a variety of sectors within manufacturing – who have signed up to lend their support to the campaign, which was launched by Business Secretary Vince Cable and Business Minister Mark Prisk last November.

05 March 2012

Submit your Siemens S7-1200 application story for a chance to win £2000 towards your next SIMATIC purchase

We would like to learn what applications you have implemented which involve Siemens S7-1200.  Submit your story and showcase your application on the site for the chance to win £2000 towards your next Siemens SIMATIC purchase.

27 February 2012

Optimising energy use for a more competitive future

With increasing regulatory scrutiny and rising energy costs that are set to remain high, the need for industrial manufacturers to invoke energy management strategies has never been more important.

20 February 2012

Automated Britain

Automated Britain is a joint initiative between GAMBICA and Intellect to promote automation as a key factor in growing the UK economy. Automation enables UK industry to be more efficient and competitive in a global market, so manufacturing is boosted, jobs are created and the economy grows. Furthermore, less energy is consumed and pollution is controlled, bringing both economic and environmental benefit.

16 February 2012

Siemens apprentice is recognised at Leeds Apprenticeships Awards 

Siemens apprentice, Adam France, has won the 'Against All Odds' award at the inaugural Leeds Apprenticeships Awards. The awards organised by Leeds City Council in partnership with the National Apprenticeship Service, recognise apprentices across the city, plus employers and ambassadors who have been committed to getting young people into work.

06 February 2012

Siemens IA&DT at HazardEx 2012

Visitors to HazardEx 2012 will have a chance to find out more about process automation systems with fully integrated safety and control from Siemens Industry Automation and Drive Technologies, presenting at Stand 16.

06 February 2012

Siemens SPACE UG goes from strength to strength

This year there was increased attendance at the latest SPACE UG conference which took place recently in York. The two-day conference brought together representatives from a number of businesses across many sectors that make up the UK-installed base for Siemens’ SIMATIC PCS7 process control system.

31 January 2012

Siemens Industry UK Managing Director comments on apprenticeship statistics

Juergen Maier, MD of Siemens Industry Sector in the UK and Ireland, comments on apprenticeship statistics published today, 31.01.12, by Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.

27 January 2012

Boardrooms in the dark over energy says new Siemens research

One in three (31%) of those responsible for energy management in UK businesses say that the issue is not being taken seriously by their organisation, according to a new report published today by Siemens.

26 January 2012

Co-ordinated Siemens Scalance IWLAN System

Siemens has developed a package of co-ordinated components for wireless communications complying with the IEE 802.11n WLAN standard, at data rates up to 450Mb/s.

23 January 2012

Siemens expands Industrial Ethernet portfolio with fault-tolerant redundancy solution

Siemens Industry Automation and Drive Technologies (IA&DT) has expanded its portfolio of industrial network products with a fault-tolerant system solution for smooth and delay-free redundancy in Industrial Ethernet networks.

17 January 2012

Siemens bolsters power & aggregates industry team

Siemens Industry Automation and Drive Technologies (IA&DT) has appointed two new recruits to its Sensors and Communication division to further strengthen its support for the power and aggregates industries.

16 January 2012

Siemens solution partner Kigtek is shortlisted for New Business of the Year

Siemens solution partner, Kigtek Solutions Ltd, have been short listed in the New Business of the Year category at the Scottish Business Awards. Kigtek Solutions Ltd are a thriving Systems Integration Business based in the central belt of Scotland who provide a range of industrial automation services to Siemens.

12 January 2012

New AS-i master connects Simatic S7-1200 with the lowest field level

The AS-i master CM1243-2 communication module of the Siemens Industry Automation Division integrates the AS-i network quickly and easily into the Simatic S7-1200 controller.

10 January 2012

Siemens launches stabalised 24 V power supplies for basic requirements 

Siemens Industry Automation has expanded its power supply offering with the new product range Sitop lite. The power supplies named Sitop PSU100L are designed for single-phase connection and offer all important functionalities at an attractive price/performance ratio.

06 January 2012

Siemens sets new market standard for liquid levels monitoring

Siemens Industry Automation & Drive Technologies (IA&DT) has introduced two industry-leading enhancements to its radar level measurement the SITRANS LR250 to increase operational efficiency for plant operators.

05 January 2012

Distributor provides extended range of Siemens motors in the UK

Siemens Industry Automation & Drive Technologies (IA&DT) has partnered with Hayley to extend the range of Siemens motors available in the UK.

22 December 2011

Reliable protection for motors and plant components thanks to monitoring relays with I-O Link Interface 

Siemens Industry Automation & Drive Technologies has equipped its complete range of monitoring relays with the IO-Link interface. These relays protect motors and plant components reliably by monitoring parameters such as temperature, speed, network quality, current and voltage.

16 December 2011

Food and beverage manufacturers embracing systems integration to minimise waste and downtime

Siemens Industry Automation & Drive Technologies’ (IA&DT) recent sales success suggests that the food and beverage sector is embracing the benefits of integrated systems.

12 December 2011

Tracked, traced and trusted

Dean Chespy, Life Sciences Development Manager at Siemens Industry Automation, examines the growing threat of counterfeit drugs entering the supply chain. 

17 November 2011

Opening new possibilities

Major hazard industries set to benefit from new integrated safety, control and hazardous area capability. Addressing functional safety and regulatory control in a single system has been a challenge for the past decade - even more so when systems are destined for use in the hazardous area. 

15 November 2011

Optimising energy savings throughout the drive train

UK businesses are facing significant challenges at the moment.  Volatile energy prices, increased costs, regulatory demands and carbon reduction targets, all combine to squeeze margins, reduce profits and ultimately, have a negative impact on shareholder value.  By focussing on achieving potential energy savings, businesses can reduce these negative factors and therefore increase their success.

10 November 2011

Siemens Industry Automation and Drive Technologies wins UK's top Excellence Award

Siemens Industry Automation and Drive Technologies has won the British Quality Foundation’s 2011 UK Excellence Award, the UK’s premier business award. It was chosen by an independent awards jury for their outstanding performance and sustained competitiveness.

11 October 2011

Siemens and Black Country University Technical College developing future engineers

Thirteeen new University Technical Colleges have been opened across England to promote engineering to 14 to 19 year olds. The Black Country University Technical College has opened in the West Midlands, partnering with Siemens.

10 October 2011

All new from Siemens

Siemens IA&DT has enhanced a number of products from its Simatic automation technology portfolio.  Gary Provis from Siemens Industry Automation provides some highlights which include improved functionality, compact designs, energy-saving capability, flexible options and increased operational efficiencies.

07 October 2011

The Guide to Better Safety Practice

Recent changes to the IEC 61508 basis standard for functional safety significantly improve the guidance on functional safety management and competence.  Ian Curtis from Siemens Industry Automation highlights these changes and emphasizes the continuing importance of both topics for functional safety practitioners.

04 October 2011

Siemens becomes Global Industry Partner of WorldSkills International

Siemens has signed a partnership contract with the non-profit organisation WorldSkills International (WSI). As a Global Industry Partner, Siemens will support WSI in improving the quality of vocational training worldwide. Siemens is the 10th Global Industry Partner, swelling ranks that include companies like Wuerth, Festo and Samsung, and it will consolidate the topic area industrial automation at WSI.

04 October 2011

Helping industry pay for new legislation

From 1 August to 31 December 2011, Siemens Industry Automation & Drive Technologies (IA&DT) will be running a motor scrappage scheme to ease the associated costs of the EU MEPS (European Minimum Energy Performance Standard) scheme which came into force on 16 June.

27 September 2011

Siemens extends gas analyser functionality for increased plant efficiency

Increasing operational efficiency is a key priority for plant operators and to help them meet this ongoing goal, Siemens has introduced new functionality to its ULTRAMAT 23 gas analyser.

13 September 2011

Extended range of motors now available in the UK

Siemens Industry Automation & Drive Technologies (IA&DT) has partnered with Fraser & MacDonald (Electric Motors) Ltd to extend the range of Siemens motors available in the UK.

22 August 2011

New components for controlling and monitoring plants via remote access

New modules and UMTS routers extend the range of solutions offered by Siemens Industry Automation & Drive Technologies in the field of remote access.

15 August 2011

Siemens expands optical code reading systems with new functions and additional variants

In the field of 1D/2D code reading systems, Siemens Industry Automation & Drive Technologies is expanding its portfolio for industrial identification with a new variant of the Simatic MV440 reader.

11 August 2011

Siemens celebrates success of ‘click and go’ modular control gear for motor starters on anniversary of launch

One year on from its launch, interest in the new range of modular control gear by Siemens Industry Automation & Drive Technologies has far surpassed expectations due to its integration, cost-saving and diagnostic capabilities.

08 August 2011

Safe shutdown of motors up to SIL 3/PL e in process automation

Two new fail-safe digital modules from Siemens Industry Automation & Drive Technologies (IA&DT) have been implemented with the motor management system Simocode Pro for safe shutdown of motors in process automation. The modules DM-F Profisafe and DM-F Local fulfil the requirements of the IEC 61508/62061 and ISO 13849-1 standards for functional safety up to SIL 3/PL e.

03 August 2011

Going up a class - new scheme for energy efficient motors

In June 2011 new EU legislation came into force which prevents the manufacture and sale of standard electric motors under IE2 (EFF1) efficiency class. As customers will face increased costs from purchasing new IE2 motors, Drive Technologies has launched a scheme jointly with our Drive Technology partners to reduce the impact on customers.

01 August 2011

Siemens IA&DT wins UK Customer Experience Awards 2011

We are pleased to announce that Siemens IA&DT were winners in this year's UK Customer Experience Awards. The awards were held on Friday 8th July at the Sofitel in Heathrow.  Heather Small (of M People fame) was the special guest for the day.

26 July 2011

Siemens help out at Newport High School

A recent Business in the Community project involved volunteers from Siemens spending the day working at Newport High School building ten raised beds to create an allotment.

13 July 2011

Siemens Mechanical Drives Team helps restore Woodhall Lake

Despite relocating from Bradford to Leeds recently, a team from Siemens Mechanical Drives returned to Woodhall Lake near Calverley to complete a planting and clearing challenge.

06 June 2011

Siemens webinar for the launch of Nano IPC Platform - 7th June 2011

Siemens Industry Automation and Drive Technologies is hosting a webinar on Tuesday 7 June to launch its extended range of embedded industrial computers which includes a new product line of particularly compact and energy-saving PCs in the nano-format.

02 June 2011

24 - Hour Sevice for Geared Motors from Siemens Mechanical Drives

Round-the-clock service for a comprehensive range of geared motors and couplings has been introduced by Siemens Mechanical Drives, part of Siemens Industry Automation & Drive Technologies.

13 May 2011

Siemens IA&DT Worcester office helps out at Gorse Hill Primary School

A team from the Worcester office rolled up their sleeves to lend a helping hand to the city’s Gorse Hill Primary School. Twenty volunteers spent two days on 13th & 14th April constructing a forest project on the school grounds for the pupils as part of the Business in the Community initiative.

13 May 2011

Optimising plant performance for a changing landscape

With many predicting the opening up of a competitive water market - possibly within the next 10 years - the water industry is set for a radical overhaul and a new, unchartered operating landscape. 

13 May 2011

A new route forward: Hybrid technology drives city transport's green agenda and lower operating costs

The ability to achieve significant fuel consumption savings, combined with a green approach to city transportation needs for a more sustainable future - these are the tangible benefits that can be delivered for bus manufacturers and operators through a new generation of hybrid drive system technology. They can store and convert wasted braking energy as city-based buses go about their daily intensive operating schedules. 

04 May 2011

Welsh Water enhances quality and safety measures through new process control system

A Welsh Water treatment works has tackled potential issues surrounding water quality through a recent £11m process control system upgrade based upon Siemens’ PCS 7 process control system and specified by leading system integrator, Oasis Software Solutions. 

25 April 2011

Safety on the stage

Increasingly creative demands from performers, producers and audiences mean shows are becoming more thrilling and exciting all the time.  Pushing the limits of artistic expression and mechanical capabilities means an increased need for sophisticated safety systems that can keep pace with the action on and off the stage.  Rob Sharrock, Safety Business Manager from Siemens Industry Automation & Drive Technologies, discusses the innovative future of stage performance safety.

15 April 2011

Waste not, want not

Scalable Siemens’ Totally Integrated Automation (TIA) solution helps world leader answer Lancashire’s waste management needs

12 April 2011

Siemens ‘e-stop’ solution provides operational benefits to aircraft manufacturer

A leading manufacturer of aircraft is benefitting from improved safety and efficiency thanks to an innovative solution from Siemens.

11 April 2011

Siemens provides ‘e-stop’ safety solution for coal preparation plant

Miller Argent (South Wales) Limited, a company responsible for reclaiming land in Wales that incorporates opencast coal mining, has recently installed a Siemens safety solution on its new coal cleaning plant. 

04 April 2011

Utility group reaps benefits of Siemens control technology at sewage processing plant

Most of them will never know it, but the Mersey Valley Processing Centre (MVPC) makes a vital contribution to the quality of life of millions of people across the North West of England.

17 March 2011

Chasing the sun

Siemens’ latest controller technology helps Circadian Solar accelerate innovative renewable energy system towards commercial launch.

21 February 2011

Burning Issue

Shetland Islands waste-to-energy scheme fit for future expansion with a Siemens distributed control system after flexible, open technology ensures smooth legacy migration.

16 February 2011

Life means life: Protecting your future for the long-term

Simon Ellam from Siemens Industry Automation pinpoints a growing trend that is seeing companies base their control system plans around long-term lifecycle asset knowledge.  More and more end users are turning away from proprietary systems that cause expensive and time-consuming legacy issues – putting barriers in the way of operational efficiency, cost-effectiveness objectives and CAPEX value.

19 January 2011

Software Enhancements to Aid Energy Management Strategies

The scarcer and more expensive energy becomes, along with higher consumption and more severe constraints, the more necessary it is for industrial users to implement an intelligent energy management solution. 

10 January 2011

Reducing the Risk

Start-up, shutdown and transition actions are often the most dangerous periods of operation in the process industries. Safety Instrumented Systems are commonly used during steady, continuous production but often bypassed during important dynamic phases of operation such as start-up.  More often than not, safety control during such critical times is left to a combination of manual procedure and the operator’s discretion.

17 December 2010

Siemens hosts Christmas entertainment for local schools

Sir William Siemens House has been hosting Christmas entertainment for local primary schools Ladybarn Primary School, The Birches and The Lancasterian.

13 December 2010

New Siemens solution provides textile company with improved reliability

A leading textile manufacturer is benefitting from improved operational efficiency and reliability, thanks to a new machine solution created by systems integrator, CT Systems (UK) Ltd, using the latest technology from Siemens Industry Automation and Drive Technologies (IA&DT).

06 December 2010

Bridge maintenance speeded up

Synonymous with civil engineering excellence and the industrial heritage of the UK, suspension bridges are a thing of splendour to many, but these great iconic designs require comprehensive maintenance programmes to ensure they remain safe.

06 December 2010

Lufthansa Technik, Germany - Safety is Paramount - The Siemens Simatic Win CC

The problem

01 December 2010

Pharma Manufacturer sees Process Control Benefit

• Integrated flexible process control system supports ‘agile’ manufacturing need• In-house engineering personnel configure system • Costs down and productivity up with plans for continued system investment

18 November 2010

Working Smarter: Diagnostic tools cut costs and save time

There is an acknowledged requirement for all companies to satisfy the constant pressures to increase operational efficiency, reduce costs and maintain production levels - particularly in an automation environment. 

18 November 2010

Energy from Waste Plants - Design for a long-term future

Building an Energy from Waste (EFW) process plant is a challenging task – both for the owners wishing to commission a substantial piece of construction and the plant engineers charged with its design and build. 

05 November 2010

Flexible production capability is key to help get products to market quickly

As many manufacturers begin to recover from one of the worst economic downturns in living memory, Keith Thornhill, Business Development Manager for Siemens Industry Automation & Drive Technologies explains why introducing more flexible production processes can help them keep pace with ever-changing customer demands through quicker product availability.

29 October 2010

Providing an energy and operationally efficient coal industry for the future

Coal used to be the prevalent source of energy in the UK and throughout much of the world but as the cost of oil decreased in the 1980s it became the primary energy source. As oil supplies have declined, there has been a renewed focus on coal.

22 October 2010

Siemens united with utility giant to deliver operational efficiency

PCS7 makes its mark as United Utilities see cost and efficiency benefits on waste pipeline network, courtesy of new DCS platform

08 October 2010

Engineering for Prosperity

Following the economic downturn, we can no longer afford to rely upon the financial markets and the City to be the driving force of future economic prosperity.  Academics, commentators and business leaders all agree - we need to get back to ‘making things’.

03 October 2010

Safety integration – driving it through

Mark Chrimes, Product Manager for Siemens Industry Automation & Drive Technologies highlights why manufacturers should consider the benefits of safety integrated variable speed drives as part of a full safety integrated system.

27 September 2010

Innovative product and technical expertise is foundation for long-term partnerships

At a time when competitive edge is everything, it pays to know your product inside out and offer an exceptional level of service.  It also pays to work in partnership with your supplier, according to factory automation distributors Parmley Graham and Underwoods.

22 September 2010

Dairy Industry should seek process control integration

The modern day challenges for manufacturers in the dairy industry are complex in their nature. As consumer habits and demands change and new markets for niche products quickly arise, manufacturers have to be confident that they can be fast to market and are not hampered by an ageing and inflexible production process that can run counter to stringent regulatory controls. 

20 September 2010

Regional Breweries raise a glass to BRAUMAT compact

• Unique, low cost automated process control system serves up product consistency and cost control for regional breweries.

17 September 2010

Improved efficiency and cost savings for ABP, thanks to Siemens

When Associated British Ports (ABP), was facing a costly problem at one of its North Sea sites, it turned to Siemens, working with solutions partner, Southern & Redfern, to help solve the problem and improve operational efficiency.

14 September 2010

VSDs bring efficiency benefits to the quarrying industry

Operating a busy quarry can be energy and therefore cost intensive so it’s important that wherever possible, measures are put in place to make operations more efficient. George Giles, Siemens Industry Automation and Drive Technologies, discusses how the addition of a regenerative variable speed drive to a skip hoist could help any quarry manager to achieve efficiency goals and make significant savings.

08 July 2010

Siemens becomes Red Bull Racing's partner for efficient technology

Siemens plc has signed an exclusive multi-year agreement with Red Bull Racing as its green technology partner, working with the Formula 1 team to reduce its overall carbon footprint, energy and utility usage and ensure waste minimisation and process improvements.

14 June 2010

Bayer take control with integrated safety assured

Bayer, one of the world’s leading crop science companies, faced a number of challenges when assessing issues concerning the process control system at its UK manufacturing site in Norwich.

01 June 2010

Local school children help Siemens to bloom this summer

Green fingers from schools in the Didsbury area have helped Manchester-based, Siemens to bloom this summer.

26 May 2010

New Siemens solution provides greater reliability

When a leading manufacturer of transportation solutions was looking to upgrade one of its production lines to ensure greater production reliability, it turned to Siemens Industry Automation & Drive Technologies (IA&DT) for the answer. 

24 May 2010

Scada system switch the easy way

Transferring existing applications from one SCADA system  to another tends to be associated with intensive engineering operations and thereby high costs. However, this is not the case if the procedure takes a methodological approach, if developers of the source and target system assume responsibility for the migration, and if this procedure is predominantly automated, thus ensuring a fast, smooth and consistently reliable transfer.

19 May 2010

Going wireless for food and beverage serves up operational and cost gains

Wireless technology is becoming more advanced and more readily available. Mark McCormick of Siemens Industry Automation and Drive Technologies (IA&DT) explains why many food and beverage manufacturers and breweries are investing in the technology and the efficiency advantages it can bring them.

03 May 2010

Drive forward the opportunities of the CRC

Industrial companies across the UK have until 30 September to register for the Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme (CRC).  This is a landmark date for companies to ensure they avoid the potential fines of late registration.  However, as Mark Chrimes, Product Manager for Siemens Industry Automation & Drive Technologies discusses, this is just the starting point and for those who prepare well, the CRC offers great opportunities.

30 April 2010

Engineering for prosperity

Brian Holliday, Divisional Director, Siemens Industry Automation, argues that the manufacturing industry and the engineering skills of employees now and in the future will play a central role in helping sustain the UK’s economic health - but there is much work to be done.

21 April 2010

No need to be alarmed

A recently created standard for alarm management in process environments aims to enable businesses to create safer and more efficient plants.  Simon Ellam from Siemens Industry Automation explains more.

15 April 2010

Faster packing for unconventional jars

When one of Germany’s largest producers of freeze-dried food required versatility, high throughput and the ability to work reliably with non-standard sized jars for a new packaging line, Linkx Systems, the leading UK-based developer and manufacturer of packaging machinery provided a solution.

06 April 2010

Phoenix from the ashes: Maunfacturing after the recession

It’s clear how hard the UK’s manufacturing industry has been hit by the recession.  Stories of three-day weeks, redundancies and the administrators rolling in have dominated the media for months, but now the UK is officially out of recession, how can these manufacturers re-build their businesses and prosper again?  Andy Hodgson, Business Sales Manager from Siemens Industry Automation and Drive Technologies, discusses the measures manufacturers can implement to ensure they succeed post-recession.