Siemens Answers with Products and Solutions for General Motion Control Applications

With a clear focus on the needs of customers, Siemens approach to every application of Motion Control - no matter how general or specific - combines innovation and automation to create best-in-class products and optimal solutions for any machine. Machine builders, system integrators, and end users can leverage Siemens’ broad motion control portfolio as well as a global network, which that includes technical support services, application support services, capable distributors, solution partners, and more.

Why Choose Siemens?

Cost Savings in Configuration, Commissioning, Control and Diagnostics 
Through Totally Integrated Automation

Highly Scalable, Flexible Solutions
With SIMATIC, SIMOTION and SINAMICS that reduce the number of components and complexity of the machine automation systems, and offer greater standardization of parts

Global Footprint
No matter what you import or export, Siemens has the worldwide experience, and that includes local resources in over 190 countries ready with technical resources and spare parts


A new spin on automation for production and processing

The big cheese - using automation, drives, motors to process products in the food & beverage sector

This category of industrial equipment includes a broad variety of applications where controlled rotation - sometimes quite precise - demands automation and variable speed drive/motor technology.

Not THAT kind of spinning
Even today in America, the word "spinning" might still evoke the image of textile fiber spinning. If you happened to land here looking for that, please visit our Solutions for Textiles page.

The operating principles for these types of machines are basically to separate solids / liquids from one another or to segregate materials into various sizes for different industries. Fields of application range from separating processes in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, through oil and fat recovery, to the production of dairy products, beer, wine, fruit and vegetable juices, as well as processing mineral oil
and mineral oil products

What goes around comes around

As aging equipment becomes less efficient and more costly to maintain, new ways must be found to protect the bottom line. That’s why safety, reliability, and cost-efficient solutions are at the forefront for equipment like centrifuges, mixers, blenders, kneaders and many other production and processing applications.

Many factors go into optimizing these machines while delivering more satisfactory results to both manufacturers and users. High starting torque and at different speeds, combined with precise speed control, are requirements for any batch, whether mixing / blending / separating any solids or liquids. The SINAMICS G variable frequency drive series deliver precise control to your spinning processes, ensuring the best quality products from start to finish while maximizing production speed and process up-time. Scalable control and machine/recipe flexibility can be achieved when pairing SINAMICS drives with the Siemens automation portfolio, including a selection of PLCs, remote I/Os and operator panels. Siemens products integrate seamlessly with each other to provide best-in-class solutions for individual equipment, or for your entire production system through Siemens' Totally Integrated Automation concept.

Application examples




Grinders / Mills(rollers, hammers, pellet)


Lab equipment (centrifuges, mixers, separators, etc.)



Example industries

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Food & beverages

Paints & Coatings


Pulp & Paper


Water / Wastewater

Why Siemens? Product differentiation — the fully integrated cost of a SINAMICS drive

OEMs who choose Siemens drives pass these advantages on to their customers:


  • Ease-of-use wireless commissioning, troubleshooting and maintenance via the new SINAMICS G and SINAMICS V Smart Access modules

  • Direct connectivity of SINAMICS G and SINAMICS S drives to Comfort Panel HMIs (no PLC required)

  • Remote monitoring and integration to various industrial networks for improved maintenance and increased uptime


  • Fast braking and energy regeneration for reduced cycle times, plus increased throughput and reduced overall energy consumption

  • Automatic restart and flying restart to keep processes operational under temporary (brown-out) conditions

  • Adaptive switching frequency control to reduce machine noise in audible-sensitive facilities (e.g. bio-pharma)


  • No-cost engineering software for the commissioning, troubleshooting and maintenance of SINAMICS drives


  • Minimum knowledge is required to replace drives by using the memory card to back-up / restore parameter sets

  • The modular design of the SINAMICS G120 allows for quick replacement of only the affected component without need for re-commissioning


  • Avoid personnel and equipment accidents when utilizing Siemens best-in-class, integrated safety solutions

Circuit Protection

Complete Siemens Solution

  • Siemens can provide the complete solution for automation and control needs, including software simulation for new designs

Choosing the right drive for spinning solutions

Choices mean flexibility in function and cost

SINAMICS G120 modular vector drives are the go-to product for both stand-alone and integrated equipment — with wide horsepower and voltage range, options for different protocols, up to 4 PID controllers, push-through installation, and maintenance-friendly features.

SINAMICS G120C compact vector is the little brother of SINAMICS G120 - where space is tighter and a more economical drive will do.

SINAMICS V20 is an option for stand-alone systems up to 40 HP.



Energy savings

ECO mode / flux reduction
reduces motor currents saving energy during low load cycles

Hibernation mode
the drive is automatically switched on and off depending upon the process requirements, thereby extending the wear on your pumps, blowers and motors

Display of the electrical energy saved
in either kWh, CO 2 or currency without the need for power measurement equipment

drives are switched on and off in stages depending upon the process requirement

Efficient Infeed Technology
an innovative feature, that also means that compact drives are also capable of energy recovery

Reducing motor speed
can save energy up to 80% at 50% of speed

Easy installation

Several mounting options
wall-mount, push-through, side-by-side

Easy operator control
using built-in BOP (basic operator panel)

Smart Access
wireless commissioning, operation and diagnostics via mobile device or laptop with web server module

Smart Access
wireless commissioning, operation and diagnostics via mobile device or laptop with web server module

Higher power rating
in a smaller space

Easy maintenance
with modular design and flexible control cabinet configurations with push-through versions (applies to SINAMICS G120 only)

Commissioning of standard applications
using application-specific wizards — knowledge about parameters is not necessary

Simple commissioning on-site
using a handheld terminal

Free-of-charge advanced commissioning
using STARTER / SINAMICS Startdrive software

Easy to use

Parameter settings can easily be transferred
from one unit to another

Integrated RS485 communication interface

Connection and application macros
to simplify I/O configuration

Keep Running Mode
provides higher productivity by automatic adaptation in case of unstable line supplies

wider voltage range, better cooling design and coated PCB increase robustness of drive in difficult environments, such as ambient temps up to 140º F (60º C)

Compliance with environmental class 3C2
for frames ABC (3C3 with SIPLUS; 3C3 is standard for frames DEF)

Integrated safety with easy setup
(STO2, SS12, SBC2, SLS3, SDI3, SSM3)

Integrated energy recovery
simple setup efficient infeed technology

Positioning capability

Integral part of Totally Integrated Automation (TIA)
with interfaces for PROFINET and PROFIBUS — coupling to third-party systems via USS / Modbus RTU, BacNet MS / TP and EtherNet/IPTM

* G120, G120C includes all of the benefits of the V20 plus the additional items noted. 2Functions for stopping the drive safely (STO – Safe Torque Off; SS1 – Safe Stop 1; SBC – Safe Brake Control). 3Functions for safely monitoring the motion of a motor (SLS – Safe Limited Speed; SDI – Safe Direction; SSM – Safe Speed Monitor).

SINAMICS application examples for spinning production and processing

Siemens has ready-to-run application examples for many spinner applications, including wiring diagrams and parameter descriptions. Sample configurations for connecting SINAMICS drives with SIMATIC PLCs include hardware, software and wiring examples, installation instructions for the supplied S7 project, drive parameterization and HMI sample projects.

Customer benefits

  • Provides a basis for customer-specific machine configurations

  • Optimal leveraging of TIA advantages

  • Free download via the Siemens Online Support Portal:

SINAMICS G120: Speed control of a SINAMICS G120drive with S7-1500 via PROFINET/PROFIBUS with Safety Integrated (via Terminal) and HMI

This application example shows how to configure and commission the SINAMICS G120 and the SIMATIC S7-1500 using the technology functions of the S7-1500.

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SINAMICS G120: Speed control of a SINAMICS G120 drive with S7-1200 via PROFINET/PROFIBUS with Safety Integrated (via Terminal) and HMI

This application example shows how to configure and commission the SINAMICS G120 and the SIMATIC S7-1200 using the technology functions of the S7-1200.

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SINAMICS G120: Speed control of a SINAMICS G120 with Allen-Bradley controller
(Compact / ControlLogix with RSLogix 5000) via

This application example shows how to configure and commission SINAMICS G120 drives with an Allen-Bradley controller via an EtherNet/IP network.

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SINAMICS V20: Speed control of a SINAMICS V20 with S7-1500 and ET 200SP via USS® Protocol, with HMI Connection

This application example shows how to connect SINAMICS V20 drives to the SIMATIC controller via decentralized ET200SP stations.

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