From the new version of the TIA Portal to artificial intelligence that increases sustainability to the cloud-based control system, Siemens presented solutions that make the collaboration of manufacturing and IT technologies easier and more efficient at the SPS 2022 exhibition.
The SPS conference, which features the entire spectrum of smart and digital automation, returned to Nuremberg this year after missing last year due to COVID, where it will take place on November 8-10. between 999 exhibitors displayed their latest solutions and welcomed more than 43,000 professional visitors.
– At its stand, which filled an entire exhibition hall, Siemens presented its innovative solutions that integrate information technology (IT) and manufacturing (OT) technologies using practical examples. From sensors to IoT solutions that include edge computing, they are combined with development that requires minimal coding and ready-to-use applications, said Zsolt Barabás, Siemens Zrt.’s sales engineer, who we asked about the latest announcements after the exhibition. – Through automation and digitization, these solutions make production and design processes more open, flexible and sustainable.
TIA Portal V18 is here – now with Visual Studio support
The solutions debuting at the exhibition are part of Siemens Xcelerator’s new digital business platform, which includes a partner ecosystem and an online marketplace, which helps companies to transform easier, faster and scalable, regardless of their size and digital maturity.
Among them, the V18 version of the TIA Portal integrated development environment stands out, which supports the collaboration of engineering and development teams, the joint creation, management and company-wide introduction of automation libraries with multi-user access.
– One of the new features of the TIA Portal is SIMATIC AX, which uses an IT-centric approach – said Zsolt Barabás. – Although the TIA Portal basically uses automation and drive technology solutions, with the addition of SIMATIC AX, IT professionals can also develop engineering functions in it with the familiar Visual Studio tools, and for version management and testing they can use GitLab’s open source DevOps software package. The libraries they create can be seamlessly integrated into the TIA Portal, in which both sides can work together with standardized code sets. Since SIMATIC AX is also cloud-based, companies can easily download and update it anywhere, anytime.
Siemens has been a leader in the development of programmable logic controllers (PLCs) for more than sixty years, and several industry standards are associated with the company’s name, and it presented new PLC innovations at this year’s SPS conference. It equipped the S7 1500 PLC controllers with higher memory capacity and industrial communication performance, which helps IT-OT integration and automation with faster and more efficient data transfer. R1 redundancy has appeared for the redundant S7 1500 H systems, which now enables the construction of a duplicate communication network on Profinet networks, thus increasing reliability.
A TIA Portal V18) version was supplemented with advanced (5D/6D) kinematics and motion control functions, and the integration of artificial intelligence and industrial robots was also emphasized.
The controller is smaller, but more powerful – energy-efficient SIMATIC controllers
It has reached another milestone with version 4.0 Simatic PCS neo DCS process control system, which can be scaled up to managing 64 thousand process objects and 56 controllers, so it can be used to automate any industrial process.
A SIMATIC S7-4100 a new controller was added to the PCS neo process control system. Compared to the current generation of controllers – which will remain available for the long term – the new controller is 30 percent smaller, so it takes up less space when installed in the cabinet. With up to six Profinet or Profibus interfaces, the Simatic S7-4100 offers more choices in terms of communication, and uses up to 50 percent less energy thanks to the latest Siemens chipsets.
Added a new function to the Siemens Analyze MyDrives Edge also its application, which gives greater insight into the energy consumption of the entire drive system. With its artificial intelligence, the new app not only calculates the energy consumption and operational efficiency of the drive from the data from existing sensors and measuring devices, but also shows the cost of its operation and the size of its carbon footprint – thereby promoting further optimization.
– At its stand, Siemens illustrated with numerous examples that a SIMATIC Energy Manager Pro and how companies can increase their energy efficiency with the help of the related measuring devices, and how they can incorporate sustainability-enhancing solutions into their installations, whether they implement a greenfield or a brownfield investment – said Zsolt Barabás. – Both the SIMATIC Energy Manager Pro software and the range of measuring instruments are available on the domestic market, our domestic customers have already implemented them in several areas and are using them with success.
Source: technokrata by www.technokrata.hu.
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