Siemens Adds Web Server Module

ELK GROVE VILLAGE, IL | Siemens announces the launch of its Sinamics V20 Smart Access web server module, designed to mount directly onto the drive, transforming a mobile device or laptop into a virtual operator panel for drive control. By providing a wi-fi hot spot, the wireless connection on this module facilitates setup, programming, commissioning, production monitoring and maintenance on a variety of machines and production equipment. 

A simple, embedded graphical user interface (GUI) enables easy use of the Sinamics V20 in every phase of operation. No separate app is required, nor is a written operator manual needed, making operation of this new server module and subsequent drive control highly intuitive and easy-to-learn, company says.

Smart Access provides convenient access to the Sinamics V20, up to 100 m away, even when the drive is located in difficult-to-access installations. Utilizing WPA2 security, the web server module offers full flexibility with both iOS and Android operating systems, along with commonly used HTML5-capable web browsers such as Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer, and others.

A built-in, multicolor LED provides quick communication status readout. Security features enable limit/restrict operator access and control functionality.

In use, the Sinamics V20 Smart Access module requires only a few steps to set up, and no installation or download of additional software is needed. The onboard Quick Set-up Wizard reportedly provides users a fast and easy commissioning procedure, enabling all the following: motor data can be entered and checked, connection macros for digital inputs/outputs can be activated, application macros can be selected and activated for pumps, fans, compressors and other devices plus the common and frequently used parameters on the drive can be set for motor start, acceleration, deceleration, min/max speed, etc.

Smart Access allows monitoring of the drive status including speed, current, voltage, temperature, and power, as well as drive servicing, with an overview of alarms, faults, and individual values. Fault codes can be transferred via e-mail to a local service provider, while the immediate status of all digital and analog inputs and outputs can be checked at a glance. Parameter adjustment, motor test functions, and full data backup, storage, and sharing with fast firmware downloads can all be accomplished via the web server.

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