Control Software Features Integrated Safety Functions

Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc. has recently unveiled the industry’s first PC-based control software with integrated safety functions.

Siemens new Simatic  WinAC RTX F software for PC-based control safely controls critical devices from a standard Dual-Core Windows XP PC, eliminating the cost for a separate safety-rated controller. The software also allows standard control logic, as well as office applications, to run on the same PC with safety-rated logic, significantly reducing integration time and cost.

Scalable for standard PCs or WinXP-Embedded PCs, WinAC RTX F software is available preloaded on several Siemens PC-based or embedded controllers, including the Simatic S7-mEC-RTX F Modular Embedded Controller and IPC 427C-RTX F industrial PC. These safety compliant controllers include built-in networking interfaces for Profisafe rated I/O including Simatic ET 200 family products on both Profibus and Profinet/Ethernet protocols.

Available for a wide range of process and discrete automation applications, the TUV-certified software meets the toughest automation safety requirements and complies with EN 954-1 to Cat. 4, IEC 62061 to SIL 3 and EN ISO 13849-1 up to PL e-safety standards.