Siemens to Automate R&D Equipment for Biomass Pretreatment Research

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Siemens Industry, Inc., today announced that AdvanceBio Systems LLC, a Cincinnati-based technology company, selected Siemens Simatic S7-1200 controllers to automate its Bench Scale Hydrolyzer System. The Hydrolyzer System will be commissioned by The Pennsylvania State University for its Shared Fermentation Facility at University Park, Penn.

“AdvanceBio Systems and The Pennsylvania State University intend to collaborate in the University’s R&D effort to help further the research in this emerging field,” said Bipin Shroff, principal at AdvanceBio.  “The equipment will be used for research, development and demonstration of technology related to the production of biomass-based fuels and chemicals from lignocellulosic feedstocks.”

The S7-1200 controller is designed for simple and highly precise automation tasks. Operators will be able to access three drive processes on graphics displayed on a 6” color touch screen HMI. The system also includes Siemens Sinamics® MM440 variable frequency drives, reactor pressure control and temperature monitoring as well as the timer settings and valve control for the material discharge. 

“Siemens S7-1200 automation technology enables us to integrate software for both the automation and HMI.  That simplifies engineering and support efforts,” said Rick Agar, Engineering lead for AdvanceBio Systems LLC’s Bench Scale Hydrolyzer System. “Additionally, Siemens global support will help us market the system worldwide.”

“By partnering with AdvanceBio Systems to automate its hydrolyzer system, we are helping conduct important research to develop biomass-based fuels and chemicals,” said Rich Chmielewski, Chemical and Biofuels marketing manager for Siemens Industry, Inc.
About AdvanceBio LLC
AdvanceBio LLC, headquartered in Cincinnati, assists and consults with clients worldwide, providing services and technologies across a broad range of bio-based industries. For more information, visit

About Siemens
A division of Siemens Industry, Inc. (SII), the Industry Automation (IA) Division is a global leader in the fields of automation systems, low-voltage switchgear and industrial software. IA’s portfolio ranges from standard products for the manufacturing and process industries to enterprise-wide automation solutions for automobile production facilities and chemical plants. As a leading software supplier, IA optimizes the entire value chain of manufacturers – from product design and development to production, sales, as well as a wide range of maintenance services. With nearly 43,000 employees worldwide, Industry Automation posted worldwide revenues of $9.6 billion in fiscal year 2009. 

Siemens Industry, Inc. (SII) is the U.S. affiliate of Siemens’ global Industry Sector business—the world’s leading supplier of production, transportation and building technology solutions. The company’s integrated hardware and software technologies enable comprehensive industry-specific solutions for industrial and infrastructure providers to increase their productivity, sustainability and profitability. The Industry Sector includes six divisions: Building Technologies, Industry Automation, Industry Solutions, Mobility, Drive Technologies and OSRAM SYLVANIA.  With nearly 222,000 Siemens Industry Sector employees worldwide, the Industry Sector posted a worldwide profit of $2.7 billion on revenues of $47.7 billion in fiscal 2009.

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