Siemens Supplies Control and Communications Systems for Turkish Open-cast Lignite Mine with Complete Data Transfer via WLAN for the First Time

Erlangen, (PresseBox) - The Siemens Industry Solutions Division is to equip the new Çöllolar open-cast lignite mine in Turkey with a control center and communications system. The ordering party is the Ciner Group, Istanbul. In this project, a wireless LAN-based solution will be used for data transmission in the entire mining area for the very first time. This saves investment costs for the communications infrastructure and makes it more flexible. The new instrumentation and control system is scheduled to start operating in summer 2009.

With an annual production of over 60 million metric tons of lignite, Turkey is one of the most important mining countries. The Afsin-Elbistan region in Kahraman Maras province in the south of Turkey has reserves of around 3.8 billion metric tons. The lignite extracted here is converted into electrical energy in two thermal power stations and supplies approximately 24 per cent of the power generated in Turkey. In order to cover the country's growing need for electricity, the Ciner Group is currently developing the Çöllolar district, where, in future, up to 17 million metric tons of lignite a year are to be extracted.

For the new open-cast mine, Siemens will configure and supply all the control center equipment, the route control system and the communications systems. The technical basis of all this is the Simatic PCS7 process control system, which will be combined with industry-specific modules of the Simine CC control center solution. The interface to the mining-process control units will be formed by two Simatic S7-400 route controllers, by means of which the entire flow of material in the open-cast mine will be controlled and kept track of. The system will be rounded off with a PCS7 Web server that will provide management with all the relevant production data online. The mine operator will thus have an all-round solution with integrated process-information and maintenance management.

For the first time in an open-cast mine project, all communication in the mine will take place via wireless LAN. The infrastructure for this will be Scalance W, the industrial WLAN system from Siemens. Apart from data transfer on Industrial Ethernet standard, the Scalance W system will incorporate Ethernet V-LAN for the mine's video and audio systems.

Siemens is also responsible for commissioning of the control center and the associated communications technology. The project will be implemented in conjunction with Siemens Turkey.

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The Siemens Industry Sector (Erlangen, Germany) is the world's leading supplier of production, transportation, building and lighting technologies. With integrated automation technologies as well as comprehensive industry-specific solutions, Siemens increases the productivity, efficiency and flexibility of its customers in the fields of industry and infrastructure. The Sector consists of six Divisions: Building Technologies, Drive Technologies, Industry Automation, Industry Solutions, Mobility and Osram. With around 222,000 employees worldwide Siemens Industry posted a profit of EUR3.86 billion with revenues totalling EUR38 billion.

With the business activities of Siemens VAI Metal Technologies, (Linz, Austria), Siemens Water Technologies (Warrendale, Pa., U.S.A.), and Industry Technologies, (Erlangen, Germany), the Siemens Industry Solutions Division(Erlangen, Germany) is one of the world's leading solution and service providers for industrial and infrastructure facilities. Using its own products, systems and process technologies, Industry Solutions develops and builds plants for end customers, commissions them and provides support during their entire life cycle. With around 31,000 employees worldwide Siemens Industry Solutions achieved an order intake of EUR 8.4 billon in fiscal year 2008 (preliminary and unaudited).

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