Siemens Introduces Simatic PCS 7 v8.0

June 26, 2012
New features offer improved data exchange and engineering workflow.

The Siemens Industry Automation Division has equipped the Simatic PCS 7 V8.0 of its process control system with new features, including improved data exchange and engineering workflow, redundancy-related and fault-tolerant functions, new controllers, and extended functionality.

Upgrades include a new Process Historian that provides an integrated scalable, long-term archiving system, consolidating history from multiple continuous and batch projects. Users can now access the archive data and reports quickly for the purpose of optimizing production and assets.

It also has improved Profibus and Profinet communication for fault tolerant and redundant applications. The Simatic S7-400H controllers have been upgraded to offer increased I/O capacity and an integrated two-port switch Profinet interface. In addition, the Simatic PDM (Process Device Manager) has been supplemented by adding new import/export functions.

The Advanced Process Library (APL) now has new blocks for motor management, starters and compact drives, while the AdvES advanced engineering system has a new type concept compliant with ISA 88 (Control Module Types) and a user interface with a progress indicator. The industry library has been enlarged with technological blocks for heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) applications.

In addition, package units for Simatic S7-300 as well as remote operator panels can be integrated using the Industry Library based on the APL style guide. The PCS 7 Telecontrol add-on permits the setup of hierarchical system configurations, while route control allows graphic offline path searching. Scalability is also extended by another new automation controller.

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