Atlanta, GA – Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc. has enhanced its Simatic® PCS 7 Process Automation System with new features designed to reduce engineering and lifecycle costs.
Version 7.1 of Simatic PCS 7 includes a new Advanced Process Library that offers pre-engineered function blocks, faceplates and human machine interface symbols. Unlike typical library offerings that are relatively basic, the PCS 7 version 7.1 Advanced Process Library offers comprehensive functionality, greatly reducing the need for costly engineering customization and improving long term supportability.
Additionally, the Advanced Process Library’s faceplates have been designed to be more ergonomic and intuitive for the operator by linking them to other displays containing related process information. For example, the motor faceplate contains links that allow operators to easily trace the cause of the first out interlock and correct the condition. The standard PID controller faceplate contains a link that automatically calls up an integrated control performance monitoring display making it easy to analyze the control performance of the loop to identify valves that require maintenance or impact product quality.
PCS 7 version 7.1 also includes improvements that support reduced time to market and production optimization by providing a new level of flexibility for batch processes. Control recipes can be modified while running thereby giving operators greater flexibility to address unplanned events or to fine tune a recipe. As-run recipes can be saved as a new Master Recipe for future usage.
The new version offers enhancements in historical / real-time trending and reporting. Operators and engineers can analyze production data and alarms working with Excel to better monitor, track and document key performance indicators.
PCS 7 version 7.1 breaks traditional DCS limitations by offering the world’s only platform that integrates new and existing automation systems (process, batch, discrete and safety) and devices (instrumentation, analytics, motors, drives and safety instrumented functions) within a single platform. The system also boasts common tools for engineering, visualization and plant-wide asset and maintenance management.
For more information about Siemens Simatic PCS 7 version 7.1, call (800) 964-4114 or visit www.sea.siemens.com/process.