Server Software Simplifies System Troubleshooting
Sinema server software from Siemens shortens searches for solutions to network snafus.
Sinema Server software from Siemens Industry, Inc. shortens troubleshooting and response times by quickly and easily identifying problems in industrial Ethernet networks and connected terminal devices. The utility diagnoses Ethernet networks and displays data in tabular or graphical views. The program continuously logs and archives network activities of Siemens and third-party devices using standard protocols such as SNMP and Profinet (DCP and LLDP).
Information is viewed on Web browsers, including Internet Explorer and Firefox, or displayed on an HMI tied to a SCADA system using an OPC interface. COM/DCOM and OPC UA are both supported.
An automatic discovery function identifies devices and their features, including topological interconnections. Graphical views and network statistics are generated from the data. Standard diagnostic screens can be enhanced by uploading floor plans to personalize the display of device positions. Device alarms, changes to devices, and other events are cyclically recorded and displayed in tabular form with date, time, and priority. Critical alarms and other data can be passed on to other systems by e-mail or retrieved from the built-in OPC server.
Edited by Peter Welander, pwelander(at)cfemedia.com
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2012 Salary Survey
In a year when manufacturing continued to lead the economic rebound, it makes sense that plant manager bonuses rebounded. Plant Engineering’s annual Salary Survey shows both wages and bonuses rose in 2012 after a retreat the year before.
Average salary across all job titles for plant floor management rose 3.5% to $95,446, and bonus compensation jumped to $15,162, a 4.2% increase from the 2010 level and double the 2011 total, which showed a sharp drop in bonus.