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Changing Perspectives in Automation with the launch of Siemens Simatic PCS 7 V9.0

• Simatic PCS 7 process control system Version 9.0
• Hardware innovations for distributed I/O concepts
• Comprehensive support for Profinet open Industrial Ethernet standard
• Wide-ranging compatibility generates added value
• New software functionality

Plants in the process industry have to satisfy increasingly tougher demands in terms of flexibility, scalability, availability and security – while still offering maximum sustainability and protection of investment. Digitalization is opening up entirely new perspectives within these complicated and competing demands.

Step by step, Simatic PCS 7 V9.0 is paving the way toward digital transformation for the process industry. With its hardware and software innovations, the new version of the proven process control system is making it safer and easier to plan your start on the path to digitalization.

At the recent African product launch in Pretoria, South Africa, Mikhail Vakhutinskiy (Head of Siemens Process Automation) explains, “With Version 9 of its Simatic PCS 7 process control system, Siemens is opening up scope for new perspectives to plant operators in the process industries. This represents another important step forward by Siemens towards digitalization. In addition, Version 9 of the process control system Simatic PCS 7 supports the world leading Industrial Ethernet standard Profinet with two new distributed I/O lines for greater digitalization down to the field level and a range of software innovations.

Despite its compact, highly space-saving design – the width of the new module has been reduced by just under half – it allows the operation of up to 16 channels. The number of modules per head assembly or per station has been increased from 12 to 56, corresponding to just under 900 I/O signals instead of the previous 96 (when using 8-channel modules).

Another benefit is its consistently modular and flexible structure, which allows modules to be conveniently hot swapped in running operational mode in what is called a “Change in run”(CiR). The Simatic ET 200SP HA stations can be simply and rapidly extended inline with changing requirements, as the permanent wiring and use of uniform terminal blocks enable control cabinets with a standardized structure. The result: Lower costs for planning, assembly and installation.

The Simatic Compact Field Unit (CFU) opens up new scope for the integration of field devices. The field distributor connected over Profinet is able to overcome the restrictions of conventional I/O concepts, providing consistent decentralization coupled with flexible structures.

“This version significantly enhances the performance of the SIMATIC PCS 7 process control system in order to fulfill the continuously increasing requirements of the process industries. Thanks to its new hardware and improved software features, the PCS 7 can now be used for an even larger spectrum of applications. It simplifies processes and saves costs as well as precious space and time. Plants thus become more flexible, more efficient and easier to modernize” ends Vakhutinskiy.

Relevant links: www.siemens.com/pcs7-V9 www.siemens.co.za Contact for journalists Keshin Govender Phone: +27 11 652 2000; E-mail: keshin.govender@siemens.com Follow us on Twitter at: www.twitter.com/siemens_press Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 165 years. The company is active in more than 200 countries, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world’s largest producers of energyefficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a leading supplier of efficient power generation and power transmission solutions and a pioneer in infrastructure solutions as well as automation, drive and software solutions for industry. The company is also a leading provider of medical imaging equipment – such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging systems – and a leader in laboratory diagnostics as well as clinical IT. In fiscal 2016, which ended on September 30, 2016, Siemens generated revenue of €79.6 billion and net income of €5.6 billion. At the end of September 2016, the company had around 351,000 employees worldwide. Further information is available on the Internet at www.siemens.com 

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