• Short Summary

    With new technology playing an increasing role in our lives, the West German electrical and computer giant, Siemens, is looking to a better future for manufacturers and their workforce.

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    WEST GERMANY:


    1.
    GV PAN EXTERIOR Wheat starch plant
    0.08

    2.
    SV Man unloading grain
    0.16

    3.
    SVs INTERIOR ZOOM INTO CU Grain sifters (2 shots)
    0.32

    4.
    SV PAN AND CU Central control room with computer screens (2 shots)
    0.45

    5.
    GV & CU Hot air machine to dry starch (2 shots)
    0.56

    6.
    GV Truck leaving plant
    1.04

    7.
    GV TV BMW car plant
    1.07

    8.
    SVs INTERIOR Robots on car assembly line (4 shots)
    1.38

    9.
    SV Men installing dashboard, windscreen and engines (5 shots)
    2.02

    10.
    SV Finished car being checked
    2.06


    LIMERICK, IRELAND:


    11.
    SV PULL BACK TO GV EXTERIOR Cement factory
    2.16

    12.
    SV Truck unloading limestone, worker, crusher mixing clay and limestone (4 shots)
    2.34

    13.
    SV Crushed stone on conveyor belt
    2.40

    14.
    CU PULL BACK TO SV PAN Homogenisation silo
    2.46

    15.
    GV ZOOM INTO CU Man in control room, computer (2 shots)
    2.54

    16.
    SV TILT UP TO GV Rotary kiln (2 shots)
    3.04

    17.
    GV TILT DOWN Trucks being filled with clinker
    3.10




    Initials ASG/BB





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    Background: With new technology playing an increasing role in our lives, the West German electrical and computer giant, Siemens, is looking to a better future for manufacturers and their workforce. The firm claims its latest developments have improved efficiency and standards of productions in various industries. In this ultra-modern West German plant, computerisation has made it possible to achieve continuous production of wheat starch, which is used in the processing of food, paper, drugs, and adhesives. The plant treats some 250 tonnes of wheat daily. The grain is first cleaned, then ground into flour. The flour goes through mechanical sieves which remove the bran. Each phase, centrally monitored by computer, can be altered if necessary at the flick of a switch without affecting overall production. Once the starch is dry, electronically-controlled loading ensures prompt despatch of the finished product. The monitoring system enables a single operator to detect instantly an actual or even potential malfunction in any part of the equipment, which, used continuously, has to be in prime working condition at all times. At the BMW car factory in Munich, work previously involving great physical stress has now been fully automated, and production flexibility achieved through manufacturing control. Robots, dotted along 57 welding lines, assemble car bodies from prefabricated metal parts. The work, which is noisy and includes lifting heavy weights, can be carried out round the clock by robots with the same faultless precision. A mobile terminal enables supervisors to check and adjust each operation to the required pace. While robots carry out the more strenuous tasks, workers remain in charge of the final product. Control is now so flexible that the individual customer's requirements, stored in a computer, are taken into consideration at each stage of assembly, with up to 30,000 possible variations available. Automation has also simplified cement production at this factory in Limerick, Ireland. The main raw materials, limestone
    and clay, are locally extracted, but their initially variable quality has to be equalised. The raw materials, mixed at one to five ratio, is crushed, then automatically distributed in storage, where consistency of quality is partially achieved. The pre-mixed compound is then pulverized and transferred to silos where electronic gauges and control equipment ensure an evenly balanced mix. The now homogenised product is directed to rotary kilns before being ground into the fine, grey powder we call cement. One operator monitors all stages of production from a computerised set of central controls, which enable him to check results instantly and identify any fault.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4ST90IO1OFE1L3NWIGUDM17UK
    Media URN:
    VLVA4ST90IO1OFE1L3NWIGUDM17UK
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/12/1983
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:03:11:00
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    N/A

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