Photo update: exiderdome leads off Siemens Automation Automation Summit

Siemens Energy and Automation plans to “unleash the imagination” with its exiderdome traveling industrial automation expo followed by the 2008 Siemens Automation Summit. Photo update added. Includes schedule, related links.


Chicago Siemens Energy and Automation plans to “unleash the imagination” with its exiderdome traveling industrial automation expo. The company promises an exciting hands-on environment to give visitors a unique opportunity to experience and find out more about the vital technologies that will transform the future of business. The traveling expo’s U.S. tour kicks off on July 21, 2008, at Navy Pier (Chicago, IL) leading into the 2008 Siemens Automation Summit

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exiderdome pictorial

Photo excerpts from July 24 in Chicago

The floating Siemens exhibit docked in Chicago at the end of Navy Pier.

Kiosks provided more information.

A 3D map helped with orientation.

Motor cut-aways always grab attention.

Area safety sensors, RFID, vision, dot matrix readers, proximity and other technologies are shown on this conveyor line.

A window view, east, toward the pier and Chicago skyline

Networking options are many, including wireless technologies.

This small automotive "assembly line" shows operator interface terminal, controllers, light curtains, motion control, among other technologies.

Human machine interface can be wireless, portable, and display screens appropriate to location.

Pressure, temperature, flow and other process sensing technologies were displayed.

At least eight level sensing technologies are mounted on this tank.

The exiderdome is a traveling automation technology expo and learning laboratory for the company’s customers in the manufacturing and commercial facilities segments. With nearly 10,000 square feet of space in a two-story building, the expo is a platform for showcasing state-of-the-art technology and creating an exchange of ideas that customers can use to build their business, improve productivity or reduce product cycle and cost.
It will travel by a specially-built barge to the first four venues — Chicago, Detroit, Boston and New York City. The barge is designed to provide a full-time platform, eliminating much of the construction and assembly needed at each stop. Width was a key design criterion for the barge because it will travel through the locks along the St. Lawrence Seaway. The company says that it has four inches of clearance in the smallest of the locks.
After its stop in New York, organizers plan to pack it into standard DIN containers to be transported by 55 tractor trailers to the remaining tour stops. Altogether, the exhibition elements and their transportation trucks weigh about 670 tons, the company says.
Visitors to exiderdome, will see what the company terms “amazing” products, systems and solutions designed to help engineers “boost productivity and reduce costs, today and tomorrow.”
Table 1: Exiderdome tour stops

Chicago, IL

July 21-25, 2008

Detroit, MI

August 8-15, 2008

Boston, MA

October 20-24, 2008

New York, NY

November 1-7, 2008

Charlotte, NC

December 8-12, 2008

Orlando, FL

February 2-6, 2009

Los Angeles, CA

March 5-11, 2009

Denver, CO

April 6-10, 2009

Houston, TX

May 4-8, 2009

The 2008 Siemens Automation Summit users conference is to be held in Chicago, IL, on July 23-25. The company says it will allow visitors to develop and share strategies for successful lifecycle management of automation systems. By attending the Summit, says the company, visitors will learn how to increase production efficiency, optimize facilities, and improve process control.
C.G. Masi , senior editor
Control Engineering News Desk
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