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Efficient approach to demanding motion control solutions

15 November 2016

Siemens has updated the software for its high-end motion control system Simotion. Version 4.5 is equipped with object-oriented programming (OOP) and communication via OPC UA, which allows mechanical engineers to implement large software projects more efficiently. They can also access Simotion data in a standardised way, across all automation levels – as far as the Cloud.

With the new Simotion software V4.5 and the object-oriented programming OOP according to IEC 61131-3 ED3, complex applications can be broken down into manageable object structures to precisely illustrate the structure of a modular machine, for example, says the company.Mechanical engineers can thus better standardize and reuse software modules and considerably reduce the programming and testing costs and susceptibility to errors. This allows them to implement large software projects considerably more efficiently than before.

This allows mechanical engineers to better standardise and reuse software modules and reduce the programming and testing costs and susceptibility to errors. This allows large software projected to be implemented considerably more efficiently than before.

In Version 4.5, the Simotion software  supports OPC UA, the standardised communication protocol for the cross-manufacturer exchange of data in automation technology. This allows access across all automation levels to the data of the Simotion Motion Control system – as far as the Cloud. Authentication, authorisation and encryption protect the communication. The new OPC UA communication supplements the Profinet communication for such things as real-time applications with Simotion, where both protocols are used on a single cable, without any loss of performance.


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