Simatic PCS 7: V.7 tackles DCS barriers

The latest release (version 7) of Simatic PCS 7 Process Automation System from Siemens Energy & Automation Inc. reportedly gives plant operators new ways to minimize cost of ownership, protect automation assets, increase plant availability, minimize downtime, optimize process performance, and modernize existing systems.

06/01/2007


The latest release (version 7) of Simatic PCS 7 Process Automation System from Siemens Energy & Automation Inc. reportedly gives plant operators new ways to minimize cost of ownership, protect automation assets, increase plant availability, minimize downtime, optimize process performance, and modernize existing systems. Version 7 is said to break traditional DCS limitations by integrating new and existing automation systems (process, batch, discrete and safety) and devices (instrumentation, analytics, motors, drives, and safety instrumented functions) in a single platform. The system also features tools for engineering, visualization, and plant-wide asset and maintenance management.

“These improvements are the result of experience gained from installing over 5,000 PCS 7 systems worldwide over the past 10 years,” said Raj Batra, vice president, Siemens Automation and Motion Div. “Version 7 eliminates the limitations of common control systems with a single platform that can start small and be expanded with future growth. Regardless of the size or scope of the operation, PCS 7 can handle the process.”

New capabilities include:

  • Configuration / change management tools, including security and access control, version trail, version management, and change logging help minimize project risk, maximize traceability, and comply with FDA 21 CFR Part 11.

  • Redundant fieldbus with safety communication. New Profibus PA redundancy provides increased availability and reliable safety communication for instrumentation and control elements.

  • Integration of Foundation Fieldbus. Engineers who have standardized on Foundation Fieldbus instrumentation can integrate with PCS 7 and Siemens plant-wide asset management system.

  • Smart alarm management tools help minimize unplanned downtime and achieve operational excellence with state-based alarming and alarm shelving.

  • Industrial/cyber security. A comprehensive approach to industrial security (virus scanners, firewalls, user management, access control, auto-configuration of Microsoft Windows firewalls, and “defense in depth” architectures) helps protect automation assets from cyberspace threats.

  • Plant asset management and condition monitoring. Siemens plant asset management system has been expanded to support user-defined equipment assets. The expansion also defines key asset condition monitoring. As a result, plants may implement preventive and predictive maintenance strategies to minimize costs.

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