Software for process automation

29 March 2011

The Siemens Industry Automation Division has equipped two of its software packages for process automation with new functions. In its new Version 7.0, the Simatic PDM Process Device Manager offers a redesigned user interface with more user-friendly operation, updated and supplemented device descriptions, as well as the integration of additional libraries and field devices.

Simatic PDM – in combination with the Simatic PCS 7 process control system V7.1 SP2 or higher – now allows parameterisation of Foundation Fieldbus devices that are connected to the foundation fieldbus of the process control system. With the new Version 7.1 SP2 of the Simatic Batch software package for batch processes, the user can now choose from two operating modes for executing the recipe logic. In addition to the conventional method in which the recipe logic is processed in the PC-based operator station of the PCS 7 process control system, a new method is now available that is optimized in terms of deterministics. This executes the recipe logic in the engineering station with shorter step change times and higher plant availability.

Simatic Batch has also been equipped in Version 7.1 SP2 with new controls that enable the user to perform all necessary operations more efficiently than before. For example, fewer operating steps are now required for the batch control. Furthermore, new recipe objects have been integrated for handling exceptions, offering the user greater flexibility in creating recipes.

The Simatic PDM software package is a universal, manufacturer-independent tool for the configuration, parameterization, commissioning, diagnosis and maintenance of process devices and automation components. The Simatic Batch software package for the Simatic PCS 7 process control system is used for the automation of complex batch processes in batch production. The scalable software with its modular architecture is suitable for any size of plant from the small pilot plant to the largest production plant.

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