Siemens is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 170 years.
The company is active around the globe, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a leading supplier of efficient power generation and power transmission solutions and a pioneer in infrastructure solutions as well as automation, drive and software solutions for industry. With its publicly listed subsidiary Siemens Healthineers AG, the company is also a leading provider of medical imaging equipment – such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging systems – and a leader in laboratory diagnostics as well as clinical IT. In fiscal 2018, which ended on September 30, 2018, Siemens generated revenue of €83.0 billion and net income of €6.1 billion. At the end of September 2018, the company had around 379,000 employees worldwide.
Present in Italy since 1899 Siemens is one of the largest industrial companies in Italy with competence centers on industrial software and electric mobility, a Technological Application Centre (TAC) for Industry 4.0 and two production plants. With its activities, it contributes to making Italy a more sustainable, efficient and digitalized country.
The company closed fiscal year 2018 with a revenue of over 2 billion Euros.
Simatic PCS neo, the web-based control system, sets new standards in the process industry.
Siemens sets new standards in process automation and is launching an innovative web-based process control system for all industries. Simatic PCS neo is a brand-new system software, which offers companies in the process industry unique opportunities in the age of digitalization. Main features include global web-based collaboration in engineering and operation and intuitive handling representing all relevant information in a single workbench.Users benefit from an intuitive graphical user interface (GUI), where every application can be reached with just a few clicks. The workbench of Simatic PCS neo makes it easy to change at any time between Engineering and Monitoring & Control view.The seamless object-oriented data model increases efficiency and quality over the entire plant lifecycle. Simatic PCS neo sets new standards in global collaboration for all project stakeholders. All information can be accessed at any time and from any location easy and directly using a secure Internet connection. Web-based parallel working for any number of users does not require any local software installation. This basis is created by a clear rights and role administration. Consistent information is ensured at any time through the object-oriented data management as well as a clear session concept. Simatic PCS neo impresses with an open and flexible architecture, in which modular engineering with support of Module Type Packages (support of the open MTP standard) is already integrated. Maximum scalability enables the use of control technology from small process modules up to the largest plants in the world. This is made possible through the maximum reusability of engineering codes for the easy scale-up and adaptation to different plant sizes. Simatic PCS neo will meet the requirements of the standard IEC 62443. It sustainably implements the well-known multi-layer «Defense-in-depth» security concept. The system also consistently fulfills the specifications defined in the Charter of Trust. New Simatic PCS neo system software uses the recently innovated hardware portfolio and application architecture of the powerful, comprehensive process control system Simatic PCS 7 version 9.0. In this way, Siemens can provide its customers with investment and know-how protection combined with thea dvantages of the new system.Siemens sets new standards in process automation and is launching an innovative web-based process control system for all industries. Simatic PCS neo is a brand-new system software,which offers companies in the process industry unique opportunities in the age of digitalization.
More digitalization down to the field level with Profinet and Simatic PCS 7
With Simatic PCS 7 process control system, Siemens is opening up scope for new perspectives to plant operators in the process industries and creating an additional building block en route for the Digital Enterprise.
Version 9 of the Simatic PCS 7 supports the world leading Industrial Ethernet standard Profinet with two new distributed I/O lines for greater digitalization right down to the field level, as well as extensive new software functionality.
The new I/O system Simatic ET 200SP HA allows the properties of Profinet to be used to optimum effect in achieving this goal. Specifically aimed at the process industries, it is designed for high availability and can be used directly in the field up to Ex zone 2.
Its protective coating and an extended operating temperature range of -40 to +70°C allow the I/O system to be used in many cases without the need for additional air conditioning.
Despite its compact, highly space-saving design – the width of the new module has been reduced by just under half- the number of modules per head assembly or per station has been increased to 56, corresponding to just under 900 I/O signals. Another benefit is its consistently modular and flexible structure, which allows modules to be conveniently hot swapped in running operational mode. The Simatic ET 200SP HA stations can be simply and rapidly extended in line with changing requirements, as the permanent wiring and use of uniform terminal blocks enable control cabinets with a standardized structure.
The result: lower costs for planning, assembly and installation.
The Simatic Compact Field Unit (CFU) opens up new scope for the integration of field devices. The field distributor connected over Profinet is able to overcome the restrictions of conventional I/O concepts, providing consistent decentralization coupled with flexible structures. Distributed deployment of the Simatic CFU allows considerable savings to be made in terms of cables and terminal points. If a field device has to be connected, the Simatic CFU automatically initializes the linked device and integrates it quickly and simply into the process control system. The use of Plug&Produce results in simple, efficient, reliable and trouble-free device integration. Alongside the 8 PROFIBUS PA terminals, there are an additional 8 discrete I/O channels available, each of which can be freely configured by the software as Digital Inputs or Digital Outputs. The solid housing provides reliable protection from the effects of weather and any unplanned external influences.
Version 9.0 of the Simatic PCS 7 also comes with extensive software innovations offering greater productivity and flexibility for plant operators and maintenance personnel.
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