Electrical engineering giant Siemens recently completed the acquisition of Elan Software Systems, an international software supplier of manufacturing execution systems for the pharmaceuticals and biotechnology industries.
The newly acquired company will be included in Siemens’ industry sector automation division. Siemens reports that the acquisition is part of the company’s drive to increase its global footprint.
Siemens South Africa head of industry: automation systems Heiko Katheder tells Engineering News that the acquisition is critical, given the role of Elan Software Systems in the pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, cosmetics and contract manufacturing industries.
“Laboratory and research and development data is easily shared with the production pro- cess,”says Katheder. He adds that continuous product inno- vation, which results from research, is important for growth in these industries.
He adds that the Elan systems are particularly relevant for quality-essential and regulatory-compliant production applications.
Meanwhile, Siemens recently introduced the Simatic WinAC RTX F, which is a new logic solver component for safety- instrumented systems.
The component, which was designed at the Siemens programmable logic controller laboratory in Germany, is suited for computer-based automation.
Katheder says that the safety-instrumented systems are designed to automatically take an industrial process to a safe state when optimum safety conditions are violated. Sensors in the system inform the logic solver about the safety status of the controlled process.