Video: Integrated system benefits, screwdriver leads to design changes

By integrating systems, designs can be less complex and more energy efficient. Here are examples. Also learn how a screwdriver resulted in design changes that decrease downtime later.

04/11/2012

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Integrated systems offer advantages, and Aarnout Kant, general manager of the Siemens Industry mechanical drives unit, explains some of them.

Aarnout Kant, general manager of the mechanical drives unit for Siemens in Elgin, Ill. Mark T. Hoske, photo, CFE MediaKant also talks about an initially humbling experience at a customer site where a screwdriver led to design changes subsequently decreased downtime. Video also shows a finished gear being tested for size with an automated machine that compensates for temperature. A difference of 1 F can translate into a 10-micrometer size difference. Several other areas of the Siemens Tollgate plant in Elgin, Ill., also are shown.

- Mark T. Hoske, CFE Media content manager, Control Engineering, Plant Engineering

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