Manufacturing AUTOMATION

Siemens Canada launches three new product lines designed to help customers increase industrial productivity

March 28, 2012
By Mary Del

The cake cutting at the official launch of three new product lines from Siemens. In the photo (from left to right): Dr Ralf Wagner

Siemens Canada’s Industry Automation division officially launched three new product lines in the area of industrial control this week in Toronto. Manufacturing AUTOMATION joined 120 customers, channel partners, employees and select media at the launch event to see demonstrations of the new product lines, which include the next generation of the Sirius Modular System of power control products called Sirius Innovations, a new re-engineered family of tiastar Motor Control Centres, and the Sinvert PVM family of solar inverters.

“Today’s announcement reinforces our commitment to providing answers for industrial innovation,” said Joris Myny, vice-president of the Industry Automation and Drive Technologies Divisions. “For 100 years, we’ve been helping our customers in Canada become more efficient and productive, and as these new product lines show, the future will be no exception.”

The new products come at a time when, more than ever, industry needs tools to increase productivity and help them thrive in this new economy.

“What’s probably keeping a lot of you up at night these days…[is] how you can increase productivity to continue growing profitably,” said Myny during his speech at the launch event.


He pointed to research Siemens recently conducted with the publication Industry Week, which revealed that executives linked productivity improvements with global competitiveness.

“When asked which two strategies their company was taking to compete with low-cost countries, the top two strategies were customized products and increased investment in automation and productivity,” he said.

Siemens can help its customers increase productivity with its latest product innovations, he added.

The Sirius Innovations line comes in two frame sizes up to 25 hp and incorporates sustainable elements that make more efficient use of space and simplify assembly, while reducing power consumption. Increased power performance up to 42 A in a reduced 45-mm footprint is one key benefit to the space savings provided by Sirius Innovations products.

Additionally, Sirius Innovations breaks new ground with the inclusion of IO-Link communication modules that dramatically reduce control wiring and quickly snap onto contactors of direct, reversing and wye-delta motor starters up to 30 horsepower. The IO-Link modules also allow status and diagnostic data communication to the Totally Integrated Automation (TIA) platform, such as programmable logic controllers. AS-Interface communication modules for motor starters have also been added to the product range.

The new line of tiastar Motor Control Centres (MCC) will offer a broad array of innovative feature sets tailored to the needs of vertical markets, such as general construction, water and wastewater, oil and gas, and general process industries. The new tiastar MCC line includes the first arc-resistant MCC compliant to ANSI/IEEE C37.20.7, and its criteria for containing and redirecting arc flash incident energy, which has been successfully witness tested in the presence of Underwriters Laboratories (UL) representatives. The new SmartStart option features plug-and-play functionality, which reduces commissioning time with pre-programmed and pre-configured data.

Siemens further strengthens its portfolio of solar inverters with the introduction of its new Sinvert PVM inverter, designed for peak efficiency and maximum plant yields to convert solar energy into grid-compliant AC voltage for infeed into conventional power supply networks. The Sinvert PVM inverters are available in the range from 12 kW to 24 kW for the commercial rooftop market, and are capable of delivering over 98 percent peak efficiency.

With PVM12, PVM16, PVM20 and PVM24 models, the Sinvert PVM inverters are well-suited for various applications, including commercial office buildings, public spaces (such as schools and municipal buildings), roofs of industrial buildings or ground-mounted plants. Capable of outputs for PV plants up to the megawatt range, these PVM inverters provide a high degree of economic efficiency over the entire life cycle of a grid-connected PV system.

Siemens has begun an 11 cities tour across Canada, conducting half-day seminars to continue educating the increased productivity value that these products provide to manufacturers. For more information on these events, click here.

To view snapshots from the event, click on the Image Gallery link above. Stay tuned for video highlights!

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