Siemens releases its upgraded Version 8.2, which is a further enhancement of its SIMATIC PCS 7 process control system specifically designed for rising demands of automation.
The new version comprises various functionalities, enhanced performance and efficiency of the process control system over the entire life cycle of process plants – from the planning stage through to maintenance.
Plant engineers are sought to benefit from more efficient engineering solutions, while operators are said to experience greater convenience in daily operations due to greater system availability and lower overall running costs.
Commenting on the new development, Jessica Liao, Senior Consultant for Southeast Asia, Process Automation, Siemens Pte Ltd, said, “It is critical for businesses to respond swiftly to market requirements that are constantly changing. An integrated control system enables operators to have a holistic view of the entire work process and be able to make informed decisions more efficiently to reduce downtime. With the new version of SIMATIC PCS 7, our customers will have an edge in today’s competitive manufacturing environment.”
Among the Key Nuggets:
- Version 8.2 of SIMATIC PCS 7 offers individual, networked and reliable plant monitoring. Web systems can now also be operated and observed over the Intranet/Internet. For this, operators can use extensive configuration possibilities for individual and secured online access to the operating and monitoring level of a production plant, enabling the implementation of benefits such as remote control room concepts.
- The integration of mobile terminals in SIMATIC PCS 7 has also been extended allowing information such as production characteristics, trend or alarm functions to be viewed at any time from any location using smartphones or tablets – no matter which operating system is used.
- SIMATIC PDM (Process Device Manager) supports plant-wide access to field devices. Diagnosis, maintenance, parameterisation, configuration and commissioning can now be performed from mobile terminals with standard browsers or from any optional computer within a system.
- The new version of SIMATIC PCS 7 supports operators with a new range of search and visualisation functions. One of these is the measuring-point-browser, which accelerates the selective search for measuring points with relevant plant information. The Operator Trend View tool depicts the process sequence in the form of trend graphs for a rapid overview, helping the operator achieve optimised plant monitoring and process control. The group view visualises existing measuring points, making operation faster and more intuitive for plant personnel.
- The new version of PCS 7 also offers integrated monitoring of all energy-relevant consumption data for a complete plant.
“The Southeast Asia region is an important market for Siemens and we have a proven track record in industries such as Oil & Gas, Pharmaceutical, Glass as well as Water, to name a few. We look forward to working even more closely with our customers to ensure that all operations are running smoothly and efficiently with the new offerings of SIMATIC PCS 7,” added Liao.
The new Logic Matrix can be efficiently processed, exported or imported with Microsoft Excel. Furthermore, in SIMATIC PCS 7 version 8.2, mass data engineering has also been substantially extended: for instance, technological engineering with function, system and layout plans and the relevant documents for SIMATIC PCS 7 projects. This substantially reduces the work entailed in compiling PCS 7 documentation.
To ensure that the process control system stays abreast of the latest technological developments at all times, Siemens offers a Software Update Service (SUS) for SIMATIC PCS 7. This also encompasses support for new operating systems such as Microsoft Windows 10 and Server 2012 for PCS 7 V8.2.