The intelligent choice for your automation task: SIMATIC controllers

SIMATIC Controllers
SIMATIC controllers are the intelligent choice for your automation task

Powerful, compact, and modular, in the control cabinet or directly at the machine, PLC- or PC-based: With SIMATIC, you’ll always find the right controller.

You have a requirement, and our range of SIMATIC controllers offers the right solution. Scalable, consistent, powerful, and efficient in engineering – automation the SIMATIC way.

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Features and functions

Five steps to the right controller

Set-up of the control system, system performance, programming languages, motion control functions, system architecture: Do you already know what functions and features your controller should have? Then our function check will guide you directly to the right SIMATIC controller in just five steps.
Applications

The right SIMATIC controller for every application

Every machine or system has its specific demands on system performance and complexity of application. You’ll easily find the right controller for your application in our SIMATIC controller portfolio.

Typical of these application:

Compressors, compressed-air technology, and vacuum technology are found in many industries and processes. The following features are important for control technology:

 

  • Small- to medium-quantity framework
    A small number of I/Os, signal processing is performed in the lower to medium performance range.
  • Comprehensive communication options
    Compressors, compressed-air technology, and vacuum technology require different interfaces.
  • Integrated technology functions
    Compressors, compressed-air technology, and vacuum technology require integrated closed-loop control in the form of PID controllers.

For these requirements, we recommend the SIMATIC S7-1200 Basic Controller. For more information, visit the product page. Or you can directly start our TIA Selection Tool.

Typical of this application:

Production processes often require a lot of different sequential programs that need to be controlled.

 

  • Medium-quantity framework and modularly expandable
    Simple control tasks can usually be covered with a medium-quantity structure. Many automation solutions have to be functionally adaptable and require a modular controller.
  • Modular expandability and flexibility
    Flexibility is especially important for the automation program, which means that different sequential programs with the corresponding parameters often need to be kept in reserve.
  • Cost-effectiveness
    These applications are subject to high cost pressure and have to be implemented as economically as possible in order to stay competitive.

For these requirements, we recommend the SIMATIC S7-1200 Basic Controller. For more information, visit the product page. Or you can directly start our TIA Selection Tool.

Typical of this application:

Simple closed-loop control plays an important part in numerous production processes. For example, it controls temperature, pressure, and flow rate.

  • Comprehensive communication options
    The devices require different communication interfaces (including PROFINET, Modbus/TCP, serial protocols).
  • Modular expandability and flexibility
    The closed-loop control must be functionally adaptable: modular controller, flexible automation program.
  • Integrated technology functions
    Integrated closed-loop control options ensure an exact sequence of control variables and parameters.

For these requirements, we recommend the SIMATIC S7-1200 Basic Controller. For more information, visit the product page. Or you can directly start our TIA Selection Tool.

Typical of this application:

In many production and logistics processes, a seamless materials supply – for example, via conveyor belts or AGV – is essential. The right controller has the following characteristics:

  • Compactness and versatility
    The controller has to be installed and be expandable inside a small space in the cabinet.
  • Safety
    Safety and standard functionalities in one device save space and make programming simple and flexible.
  • Ruggedness
    High resistance to shocks and continuous loads due to vibration; reliable when exposed to extreme fluctuations in temperature.

For these requirements, we recommend the SIMATIC ET 200SP Distributed Controller. For more information, visit the product page. Or you can directly start our TIA Selection Tool.

Typical of this application:

Materials must be transported to a precise destination, for example across long distances via a conveyor belt or by AGV. This requires the right conveyor technology, which is often distributed. The controller must have the following characteristics:

  • Machine-level installation
    Renders conveyor units independent of higher-level controller, reduces cable routes, and simplifies diagnostics.
  • Comprehensive functionality
    The controller has to deliver a wide range of requirements: safety, motion tasks, and process and system diagnostics.
  • Ruggedness
    The systems have to be resistant to water, dust, and loads due to temperature, shock, and vibration.

For these requirements, we recommend the SIMATIC ET 200pro Distributed Controller. For more information, visit the product page. Or you can directly start our TIA Selection Tool.

Typical of this application:

Mobility in the future will require open and flexible automation solutions. This means that the right controller needs to feature:

  • Compactness and versatility
    Systems for e-charging systems must be as compact and also as functionally versatile as possible.
  • Integrated and scalable
    The system has to be flexibly expandable to far more than 100 charging points.
  • Open interfaces
    There are a variety of interfaces between the charging unit and the backend (often payment systems).

For these requirements, we recommend the SIMATIC ET 200SP Open Controller. For more information, visit the product page. Or you can directly start our TIA Selection Tool.

Typical of this application:

Depending on the size of the machine or plant, flexibly usable and reliable controllers are required that cover a large performance range. In this case, the controller must offer:

  • High performance
    Power reserves, fast data exchange, smart communication, and minimal cycle and response times.
  • Large-quantity structures
    Read in and continue to process large numbers of input signals, forward them quickly to many actuators, and reliably edit data.
  • Scalability
    Flexible systems and lines require modular concepts and different configurations of the automation system.

For these requirements, we recommend the SIMATIC S7-1500 Advanced Controller. For more information, visit the product page. Or you can directly start our TIA Selection Tool.

Typical of these application:

For material and product testing, the automation system must decide within a fraction of a second whether the quality is adequate. The right controller needs to offer:

  • Versatile interfaces
    A redundant, openly expandable controller for access from multiple operating terminals or via the intranet
  • High-performance data acquisition
    Supports analyses to improve plant availability, productivity, energy consumption, and quality.
  • Complex data evaluation
    The production data has to be available over a long period of time for tracking and tracing and for quality assurance.

For these requirements, we recommend the SIMATIC S7-1500 Software Controller. For more information, visit the product page. Or you can directly start our TIA Selection Tool.

Typical of this application:

Processes that are complex to control often have to be physically modeled. That’s why the right controller needs to offer:

  • High availability during ongoing operation
    The controller must be resistant to dirt, shocks, and vibration.
  • Model-based closed-loop control
    The controller has to automatically readjust servomotors, for example for a constant material flow in casting processes.
  • Complex process monitoring
    Processes and legislation require detailed process validation and the perfect functioning of components.

For these requirements, we recommend the SIMATIC S7-1500 Software Controller. For more information, visit the product page. Or you can directly start our TIA Selection Tool.

Typical of this application:

Pick and place, assembly tasks, and handling tasks require freely programmable movements in space for different kinematics. The right controller must offer:

  • Ease of programming
    Program in a familiar environment based on PLCopen.
  • System-integrated kinematics
    Easily parameterize typical kinematics with up to four interpolating axes.
  • Convenient engineering
    Simple configuration, commissioning, and diagnosis of kinematics as well as 3D visualization of movements.

For these requirements, we recommend the SIMATIC S7-1500 T-CPU Advanced Controller for complex motion control applications. For more information, visit the product page. Or you can directly start our TIA Selection Tool.

Typical of these application:

Machining products while they’re in motion requires a precise synchronization of axes between product feed, saw, knife, flying shears, and sealing unit. The right controller has to offer:

  • Ease of programming
    Program technologically complex movements in a familiar environment based on PLCopen.
  • Highly dynamic synchronization/desynchronization
    Fast production sequences and high clock-pulse rates call for high dynamics and precision for exact cutting positions.
  • Print-mark synchronization
    Precise-print mark acquisition for adapting to changing product characteristics.

For these requirements, we recommend the SIMATIC S7-1500 T-CPU Advanced Controller for complex motion control applications. For more information, visit the product page. Or you can directly start our TIA Selection Tool.

Typical of this application:

Flexible filling processes – for example, in the beverage industry – require that the motion of the filling tubes be quickly and individually adaptable to the container format. The right controller must offer:

  • Ease of programming
    Program technologically complex movements in a familiar environment based on PLCopen.
  • Nonlinear motion control
    Flexible adaptation to new product characteristics and container geometries for quickly changing production sequences.
  • Print-mark synchronization
    Precise labeling requires the precise acquisition of label positions and their placement.

For these requirements, we recommend the SIMATIC S7-1500 T-CPU Advanced Controller for complex motion control applications. For more information, visit the product page. Or you can directly start our TIA Selection Tool.

System overview

SIMATIC Controllers by comparision

Our SIMATIC controller portfolio has the right controller for a wide range of automation tasks. The Basic, Advanced, Distributed, and Software Controllers offer impressive scalability and integration of their functions. Regardless of the controller you choose, the engineering in the Totally Integrated Automation Portal (TIA Portal) enables optimal automation solutions to be found for every application.

Integrated functions in all SIMATIC Controllers

In addition to their scalability, every controller offers integrated system functions such as efficient engineering, high performance, innovative design, reliable diagnostics, Safety Integrated, Technology Integrated, and Security Integrated. This allows great flexibility in the design or adaption of automation solutions, without having to constantly accumulate more knowledge and expertise.

The intelligent choice for your automation tasks

Whether you need compact controller solutions with integrated functions, powerful controllers for the highest demands, or controllers for distributed architectures or PC-based automation: Our SIMATIC controller portfolio has the right PLC for your requirements.

Basic Controllers

Basic Controllers – be flexible thanks to networking possibilities

Basic Controllers are the intelligent choice for compact automation solutions with integrated communication and technology functions. They are available in both standard and safety versions.

Advanced Controllers

Advanced Controllers – increase productivity with the ultimate power

Advanced Controllers automate not just complete production plants but also applications that demand the greatest performance, flexibility, and networking capability. SIMATIC S7-1500 is the latest controller generation and therefore the most future-proof controller with optimal system performance.

Distributed Controllers

Distributed Controllers – save space with the smallest footprint

Distributed Controllers are used for machines with a distributed architecture and for series machines with limited space available. They combine the advantages of a SIMATIC S7-1500 with the design of a SIMATIC ET 200SP. With SIMATIC ET 200pro, a CPU module with S7-1500 technology is available as a modular space-saving solution for tough environmental conditions near the machine. 

Software Controllers

Software Controllers – be open and independent

The Software Controllers are used wherever maximum precision and speed are required as well as PC-based automation. The PC-based controllers operate independently of the operating system. 

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