By John Meyer, Siemens
Plant operators constantly look for ways to increase the efficiency and data collection from drives and motion control. With an eye toward ease of access and versatility, Siemens launches its Sinamics V20 Smart Access web server module. Designed to mount directly onto the drive, the module transforms any mobile device or laptop into a virtual operator panel for drive control. By providing a wi-fi hot spot, the wireless connection on this module facilitates setup, programming, commissioning, production monitoring, and maintenance on a variety of machines and production equipment.
EASY TO USE, EASY ON THE EYES
A simple, embedded graphical user interface (GUI) enables easy use of the Sinamics V20 in every phase of operation. No separate app is required, nor is a written operator manual needed, making operation of this new server module and subsequent drive control highly intuitive and easy-to-learn.
Smart Access provides convenient access to the Sinamics V20, even when over 100 yards away or even when the drive is located in difficult-to-access installations. Utilizing WPA2 security, the web server module offers full flexibility with both iOS and Android operating systems, along with commonly used HTML5-capable web browsers such as Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer, and others.
A built-in, multi-color LED provides quick communication status readout. Security features enable limit / restrict operator access and control functionality.
QUICK SET-UP FOR QUICK ACCESS
In use, the Sinamics V20 Smart Access module requires only a few steps to set-up and no installation or download of additional software is needed. The onboard Quick Set-up Wizard provides users a fast and easy commissioning procedure, enabling all the following: motor data can be entered and checked, connection macros for digital inputs/outputs can be activated, application macros can be selected and activated for pumps, fans, compressors and other devices plus the common and frequently used parameters on the drive can be set for motor start, acceleration, deceleration, minimum and maximum speed, and other control options.
FULL DATA, FULL RANGE OF OPTIONS
Smart Access allows monitoring of the drive status including speed, current, voltage, temperature, and power, as well as drive servicing, with an overview of alarms, faults, and individual values. Fault codes can be transferred via email to a local service provider, while the immediate status of all digital and analog inputs and outputs can be checked at a glance. Parameter adjustment, motor test functions, and full data back-up, storage and sharing with fast firmware downloads can all be accomplished via the web server.
Siemens Digital Factory (DF) offers a comprehensive portfolio of seamlessly integrated hardware, software, and technology-based services in order to support manufacturing companies worldwide in enhancing the flexibility and efficiency of their manufacturing processes and reducing the time to market of their products.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Siemens Corporation is a U.S. subsidiary of Siemens AG, a global powerhouse focusing on the areas of electrification, automation, and digitalization. One of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a leading supplier of systems for power generation and transmission as well as medical diagnosis. For more information, visit www.usa.siemens.com/sinamics-v20.
MODERN PUMPING TODAY, August 2020
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