Wednesday 30 January 2013

Industrial design awards

Three new products from the Siemens Industry Automation Division have been selected to receive the coveted iF product design award 2013. Alongside the new Simatic S7-1500 controller, awards also went to the Sirius function relays and the distributed periphery Simatic ET200SP. Simogear geared motors from the Drive Technologies Division were also among the award winners.
The picture shows a SIRIUS Function relay with functional safety technology

The Industrial Design of the Simatic S7-1500 controller focuses on performance as well as on optimum usability. All components of the system are designed in an integrated way despite their varying functions. The numerous interface and display elements are arranged vertically to mirror the pin assignment. The high-end surface treatment of the curved front cap emphasizes the quality of the device,especially when mounted in a cabinet. Another characteristic element of the design concept is the “shark’s fin” used to open the front flap.

The new housing concept adopted for the Sirius function relays combines new functions, a high level of automation capability and improved handling with cost-efficient manufacturing.

The aim of the new Industrial Design was to integrate the various versions in just one housing concept with a uniform appearance. A clear surface treatment, reduced details as well as the terminal arrangement and the legible product graphics provide best usability. The manufacturing process is optimized by the use of technical innovations such as laser-cut housing variants and special fonts for laser etching.

The distinctive feature of the Simatic ET200SP distributed periphery is its small module size, which permits optimum utilization of limited control cabinet space. All Industrial Design details – such as the top surface with its cooling slots and the unlocking elements or the module lettering featuring minimal font size – have been especially aligned by Industrial Design. Here too, a common feature of the Industrial Design is a curved surface which creates a uniform and unique visual appearance when mounted in the control cabinet.

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