Siemens Brings Drive Technology to the Digital Realm

July 13, 2023
The new Sinamics G220 drive has an integrated web server for remote access and commissioning as well as digital twin applications.

A critical component of industry’s digital transformation is, of course, the digitization of technologies that have long existed in the analog realm. Though this transition started with smaller automation system components that primarily send and receive data (e.g., sensors and controllers), we’re beginning to see this happen more with larger mechanized systems as well.

Siemens launch of its new Sinamics G220 drive is a good example of this, as it’s the first drive to become part of Siemens’ Xcelerator digital business platform. An integrated web server on this adjustable speed drive enables use of a digital twin in Startdrive (part of Siemens TIA Portal) for commissioning. This digital twin allows the behavior of the drive to be tested and optimized before the hardware is installed.

This new drive, with safety features integrated (SIL 3 functional safety), are also equipped with an IIoT (industrial Internet of Things) module enables it to be integrated into cloud and edge applications for remote monitoring and accessibility to the drive system as needed. Siemens says this capability enables continuous optimization of machine availability and improvement of system uptimes.  Given these remote access capabilities, Siemens highlights the cybersecurity aspects of the G220 drive, which feature integrated secure communications in addition to integrity and authenticity checks to protect against tampered firmware. The drive also offers user management and access control via TIA Portal. 

The Siemens Clean Power technology is another feature of the new drive. It reduces harmonics by up to 97% without the need for an ac line reactor or dc choke, according to the company.  

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