Greater control: Siemens simplifies advanced process automation

Siemens Energy & Automation says the latest version of its SIMATIC PCS 7 system makes it possible for almost any plant worker to install and manage advanced process control networks.
By MBT Staff October 11, 2007

Siemens Energy & Automation says the latest version of its SIMATIC PCS 7 system makes it possible for almost any plant worker to install and manage advanced process control networks.
Version 7 of the Siemens SIMATIC PCS 7 Process Automation System was released Oct. 3.
‘Many think advanced process control is extremely complex,” says Todd Stauffer, Siemens PCS 7 marketing manager. ‘PCS 7 now delivers an out-of-the-box, integrated set of tools that provides basic to sophisticated APC capabilities that can be implemented by virtually anyone at the plant.”

The new release has improvements that should give chemical, petrochemical, ethanol, glass, and other process plants the tools to increase throughput and yield while minimizing energy costs, raw material consumption, and product variability.

Stauffer says the new version of PCS 7—like its predecessors—breaks traditional distributed control system limitations by offering the world’s only platform that integrates new and existing automation systems (process, batch, discrete, and safety) and devices (process, discrete, safety, and electrical) within the plant. The system also boasts common tools for engineering, visualization, and plantwide asset and maintenance management.