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Plants in the process industries have to satisfy increasingly stringent demands in terms of flexibility, scalability, availability, safety and security while still offering maximum protection of investment for life cycles that may exceed 30 years. SIMATIC PCS 7 V9.0 provides the smart answer to these complex and competing demands.
In Hanover, from April 24 to April 28, we presented a portfolio of hardware and software and the corresponding services that companies of all sizes can use to benefit from digitalization. We call this portfolio “Digital Enterprise.”
When we developed SIMATIC PCS 7 V9.0, the new version of our proven process control system, we focused on the future-oriented opportunities of digitalization right through to field level. That’s why we expanded our system solution to include particularly powerful and compact hardware products that support PROFINET, the world-leading industrial Ethernet standard – and allow greater freedom in plant design and operation.
SIMATIC PCS 7 V9.0 paves the way for plant-wide digitalization. Thanks to total PROFINET support, our trail-blazing system not only bridges the gap of communication down to the field level, but also between now and the future. Or more precisely, towards digitalization.
SIMATIC PCS 7 V9.0 is based on PROFINET. The world’s leading industrial Ethernet standard is playing a key role in the digital transformation of the process industries: PROFINET provides the prerequisites for powerful, plant-wide communication in real time, which is indispensable in the era of Big Data. Furthermore, it is key to the end-to-end diagnostics, monitoring and evaluation of process-relevant data. PROFINET also lets you create flexible and easily scalable network structures. There are further advantages: cost savings across the entire plant life cycle because your wiring costs are so much lower, and because freely scalable redundancy lets you set your plant availability individually.
The integration of field devices is no longer a time-consuming exercise: the new SIMATIC CFU (Compact Field Unit) makes it easier than ever before. This compact hardware innovation initializes connected field devices automatically and integrates them into the process control system. What used to take 30 minutes now takes less than one. That’s how Plug & Produce works. The SIMATIC CFU combines a digital fieldbus with traditional I/Os and is suitable for direct field use, through to Ex-Zone 2. This substantially reduces the footprint of the entire I/O system: Traditional control panels are a thing of the past, and significant savings can be made on cables and terminal points, as well as in design and documentation costs. The device also reduces the risk of errors in operation, makes plant expansions or modernizations easier, and cuts the costs of the hardware FAT.
In any facility, space comes at a premium. And at a cost. Our response is the SIMATIC ET 200SP HA. The compact, modular periphery creates space in the control panel, providing advantages for system designers and operators. Its highly scalable structure makes it possible to precisely align expansions in the control panel with actual needs. And tool-free connection using push-in terminals and fixed wiring cuts the costs of engineering, assembly and wiring. The SIMATIC ET 200SP HA reduces the footprint of the entire system, saving costs in terms of space, air conditioning, power requirements, etc., for the I/Os in the control panel. Its expanded temperature range (from -40°C to +70°C) and Conformal Coating makes the SIMATIC ET 200SP HA ideally suited for field use. Further advantages include Change in Run thanks to a redundant layout, and a greater number of modules on the head station, increased from 12 to 56.
In addition to the highlights – PROFINET, SIMATIC CFU and SIMATIC ET 200SP HA – the latest version of our process control system comes with a whole range of innovations that also play their part in increasing process automation efficiency.
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All around the world, innumerable companies in every industry rely on SIMATIC PCS 7 to systematically optimize their processes.
BASF in Ludwigshafen has relied on a process control system from Siemens since 1989.
It is constantly being upgraded – and was migrated to SIMATIC PCS 7 in 2015.
The control room for the vinyl ether plant is now tidier, better organized and ready for the future.
One of the world’s largest chemical plants for the manufacture of polyamide 6.6 and its intermediate products
Future-proof conversion of all production units to SIMATIC PCS 7
SIMIT simulation software to optimize plants prior to commissioning and to make the task of migration easier
Simulation of ocean conditions using state-of-the-art automation and drive technology
Researching the impact of ocean warming and acidification, declining water quality and pests on coral reefs
High-precision data recording and reporting using industrial technology