Increased security and availability: Keep your system always up to date! 

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An often underestimated risk: The support end of an operating system implies that the manufacturer no longer supplies it with security-relevant updates. The consequence: newly discovered security vulnerabilities are no longer closed and can therefore be exploited by cyber criminals. For this reason, we at Siemens ensure compatibility with the current and common Windows operating systems with the regular further developments of our SIMATIC PCS 7 process control system. A control system upgrade not only increases security and plant availability, but also reduces long-term maintenance costs for obsolete products. To ensure that you get the maximum benefit from your investment, we offer long-term support and regular upgrades to the latest versions of our process control technology.  

Security through upgrade - Now available: SIMATIC PCS 7 V9

Anyone who upgrades the control system not only saves time and money in the long term, but above all protects themselves against serious failures! In concrete terms, this means that Windows 7 installations and their corresponding server generation (Windows Server 2008 as well as 2008 R2 or older) represent an increased security risk for your plants! Today, cyber-attacks deliberately lead to plant downtimes with unforeseeable consequences for production and the image of the company. By using a current control system version, compatibility with the latest updates for supported Windows servers and clients is ensured via the Microsoft Windows Server Update Service (WSUS), this protects in the best possible way against security gaps. Benefit from the upgrade to the latest control system versions: They offer innovations in the field of digitalization, meet the highest security requirements and include competent product support and continuous development with new functionalities plus updates.

 

To increase competitiveness and safe production, we offer you tailor-made solutions to bring your systems up to date quickly, safely and easily:

  • For components with status "obsolete" we offer the Legacy System Services (LSS). They guarantee a supply during the upgrade measures. This provides the necessary scope for planning and implementing upcoming modernization measures.
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  • If certain SIMATIC PCS 7 versions are required as an intermediate step in an upgrade, they are also available without restriction without LSS. Benefit here from the central provision of the software 'on demand' for modernization and upgrade of SIMATIC applications.
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  • Even during the upgrade phase, the SIMIT simulation platform can be used to virtually evaluate the future behavior of the modernized control system in relation to the existing system landscape before the real commissioning. This reduces possible errors and ensures a fast and smooth recommissioning of the plant. 
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Available for the proactive life cycle management of your SIMATIC PCS 7 plant. Proactive maintenance and care of your production plant saves time and costs in the long term. In addition, proactive strategies increase plant safety and extend the service life. In addition, the risk of unplanned plant downtime is significantly reduced.
The SIMATIC Management Console minimizes the administrative effort in your SIMATIC PCS 7 plant. It enables a convenient inventory of the installed base of software and hardware components and easy comparison of the current version with the latest software and firmware updates. The SMMC is available starting with SIMATIC PCS 7 V8.2 and facilitates the inventory of your plant.

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Do you want to extensively modernize or expand your existing plant? With a modernization, you can benefit directly from reduced engineering times and faster recommissioning.

 

Use the opportunities offered by the object-oriented type and instance concept of SIMATIC PCS 7. The structure corresponds to the general requirements of the ANSI/ISA standards ISA-88 and TR-106 and is offered in the form of the individual control module type (CMT). The technological connections, variant formation and bidirectional comparison of the types with the instances make the CMT even more powerful compared to the original function block templates. Existing original function block templates can be automatically converted to CM types. The technological connections of a Control Module such as parameters, signals or messages can be provided with attributes and used via drag and drop, e.g. on an SFC plan. In turn, options and variants can be used to extend the core function of the CMT with specific modules or functions, which can be activated individually for each instance. This minimizes the number of types required and thus reduces the effort for maintenance and service. For the technological content of the CM types, the future-oriented Adanced Process Library (APL) is included in the standard of SIMATIC PCS 7. Additional predefined types are available for download via our Support Portal. The prefabricated and system-tested blocks of the APL contain typical control, display and drive functions. It is also possible to modify, extend and define your own CM types.

 

Another major advantage resulting from the comprehensive type and instance concept is the seamless integration into other tools. The combined use of SIMATIC PCS 7 with the SIMATIC PCS 7 Plant Automation Accelerator (PAA) enables bidirectional data exchange for consistent and more effective project engineering. The SIMIT simulation platform also supports this concept and allows faster and virtual commissioning of the plant by means of automatic synchronization of the simulation models with the SIMATIC PCS 7 project.

 

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Siemens focuses on continuity, compatibility and quality in version management. Previous versions are maintained by us at a high quality level for many years, but at some point a control system upgrade will be necessary. To ensure that you get the maximum benefit from your investment, we offer individual upgrade packages for cost-effective conversion of existing licenses and engineering data as well as step-by-step modernization at the various levels of your plant.

The actuality of installed single stations, servers or clients should be checked regularly. A no longer supported operating system tears risky holes in the overall IT security concept due to missing security updates. Prevent the risk of failures by replacing older IT hardware that no longer supports the current Microsoft operating systems. An actively supported Microsoft operating system and the SIMATIC PCS 7 software are already pre-installed on our SIMATIC PCS 7 Industrial Workstations (IPCs). Numerous interfaces allow each IPC to be expanded quickly and flexibly. Sophisticated innovative industrial design and integrated diagnostic and reporting functions make the rack computers highly available and particularly easy to maintain.

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The innovative CPU 410-5H Process Automation is currently the fastest and most powerful controller with support for redundant PROFINET configurations and Field Interface Security for process automation. It thus covers the entire performance range of the conventional SIMATIC S7-400 automation systems AS 412 to AS 417. Existing installations can be expanded or converted with little effort using the SIMATIC PCS 7 controller. A single hardware platform, adaptable for all purposes, application sizes and performance ranges? This considerably reduces spare parts and warehousing costs. Since the automation performance of each controller can be changed at any time, unnecessary planning reserves or cumbersome hardware specification can be dispensed with. Functional expansions are simply activated via firmware updates. This ensures continuous innovation and existing investment. The CPU 410 is an essential component of the proven SIMATIC PCS 7 process control system. In the product certification according to IEC 62443-4-1 and 62443-3-3, TÜV SÜD has tested and confirmed the security functions implemented in the SIMATIC PCS 7 process control system.

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You also benefit from our many years of experience when migrating a wide variety of systems. We would be pleased to work out an individually tailored, future-oriented solution for your migration project with our SIMATIC PCS 7 process control system. Siemens offers dedicated SIMATIC PCS 7 migration products and solutions both for its own PCS 7 predecessor systems and for systems from other manufacturers (e.g. ABB, Honeywell, Emerson or Invensys). 

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The SIMATIC PCS 7 training program from SITRAIN is a winner: every SIMATIC PCS 7 course gives you thorough skills to ensure maximum efficiency throughout the entire life cycle of your plant.

 

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