Atlanta, GA– Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc. introduces a new compact controller solution comprised of the Simatic S7-1200 controller and Simatic HMI Basic panels that can both be programmed with Simatic Step 7 Basic engineering software. The ability to program both devices using the same engineering software significantly reduces development costs. The S7-1200 compact controller includes built-in Ethernet, high speed motion control I/O and onboard analog I/O, as well as HMI panel connectivity to minimize space requirements and the need for additional hardware for small control systems.
By providing a compact controller, HMI and networking configuration that are fully integrated with one engineering software package, the Simatic S7-1200 helps OEMs, system integrators and end users reduce development time and cost. The new Simatic Step 7 Basic engineering software provides a single interface with one user program, eliminating the need to purchase and maintain multiple engineering packages required for traditional automation systems. The automated interfaces between controller and HMI configuration lessen the error potential common with manual entry. Task-oriented and intuitive editors in Simatic Step 7 Basic provide a high degree of user-friendliness and engineering efficiency.
Tight integration between small controllers, HMI panels and the engineering software satisfies users’ need for flexible control systems that can perform multiple operations and require minimal changeovers. Using the integrated capabilities within the Simatic S7-1200, manufacturers can now add new equipment and retool production lines more easily with less engineering cost and time.
Traditional Nano and Micro PLC products often lack scalability in controller selection or are limited in expansion options, forcing automation users to unnecessarily migrate to larger more costly systems. The S7-1200 compact controller is offered in a variety of I/O combinations and power supply options, including nine models of either VAC- or VDC- supplied units with combinations of DC or Relay I/O. Signal modules for I/O expansion and communication modules easily connect to the sides of the controller. All Simatic S7-1200 hardware can be mounted on standard DIN rail or directly on the control panel, reducing electrical enclosure space and cost.
Signal modules are available in 8-, 16-, and 32-point input, output and combination models supporting DC, relay and analog I/O signals. Additionally, innovative new signal boards available in 4-channel digital or 1-channel analog I/O snap into the front of the S7-1200 controller enabling I/O upgrades without consuming additional enclosure space. This scalable design can accommodate applications from 10-I/O up to its maximum expansion of 284-I/O, with user program compatibility throughout its range to avoid having to reprogram when moving to a larger controller.
Other features include up to 50 KB total memory with a floating boundary between user and program data, a built-in real-time clock/calendar, 16 PID loops with auto tune capability, enabling the controller to determine the near-optimum loop settings for the most common process control applications. The Simatic S7-1200 also includes an integrated 10/100Mbit Ethernet communications port with Profinet protocol support for programming, HMI /SCADA connectivity or PLC-to-PLC networking.
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