When we developed the version 9.0 of our proven DCS process control system, we focused on the future-oriented opportunities of digitalization right through to field level. That’s why we expanded our system solution to include particularly powerful and compact hardware products that support PROFINET, the world-leading industrial Ethernet standard – and allow greater freedom in plant design and operation.
SIMATIC PCS 7 V9.0 is based on PROFINET. The world’s leading industrial Ethernet standard is playing a key role in the digital transformation of the process industries: PROFINET provides the prerequisites for powerful, plant-wide communication in real time, which is indispensable in the era of Big Data. Furthermore, it is key to the end-to-end diagnostics, monitoring and evaluation of process-relevant data. PROFINET also lets you create flexible and easily scalable network structures. There are further advantages: cost savings across the entire plant life cycle because your wiring costs are so much lower, and because freely scalable redundancy lets you set your plant availability individually.
The integration of field devices is no longer a time-consuming exercise: the new SIMATIC CFU (Compact Field Unit) makes it easier than ever before. This compact hardware innovation initializes connected field devices automatically and integrates them into the process control system. What used to take 30 minutes now takes less than one. That’s how Plug & Produce works. The SIMATIC CFU combines a digital fieldbus with traditional I/Os and is suitable for direct field use, through to Ex-Zone 2. This substantially reduces the footprint of the entire I/O system: Traditional control panels are a thing of the past, and significant savings can be made on cables and terminal points, as well as in design and documentation costs. The device also reduces the risk of errors in operation, makes plant expansions or modernizations easier, and cuts the costs of the hardware FAT.
In any facility, space comes at a premium. And at a cost. Our response is the SIMATIC ET 200SP HA. The compact, modular periphery creates space in the control panel, providing advantages for system designers and operators. Its highly scalable structure makes it possible to precisely align expansions in the control panel with actual needs. And tool-free connection using push-in terminals and fixed wiring cuts the costs of engineering, assembly and wiring. The SIMATIC ET 200SP HA reduces the footprint of the entire system, saving costs in terms of space, air conditioning, power requirements, etc., for the I/Os in the control panel. Its expanded temperature range (from -40°C to +70°C) and Conformal Coating makes the SIMATIC ET 200SP HA ideally suited for field use. Further advantages include Change in Run thanks to a redundant layout, and a greater number of modules on the head station, increased from 12 to 56.
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