Consistent object-oriented data management, maximum scalability which enables the use of control technology from small process modules up to the largest plants: these are some of the process control system’s features proposed by Siemens
by Massimo Brozan
Process automation can count on Simatic PCS neo, a web-based process control system which has been recently launched by Siemens. Developed for all industries, this solution is a brand-new system software, that offers companies in the process industry interesting opportunities in this age of digitalization we are living in. Main features include global web-based collaboration in engineering and operation, and intuitive handling representing all relevant information in a single workbench.
All information can be accessed at any time and from any location
Users benefit from an intuitive graphical user interface (GUI), where every application can be reached with just a few clicks. The workbench of Simatic PCS neo makes it easy to change at any time between Engineering and Monitoring&Control view. The seamless object-oriented data model increases efficiency and quality over the entire plant lifecycle. With Simatic PCS neo all information can be accessed at any time and from any location easy and directly using a secure Internet connection. Web-based parallel working for any number of users does not require any local software installation. This basis is created by a clear rights and role administration. Consistent information is ensured at any time through the object-oriented data management as well as a clear session concept.
From small process modules up to the largest plants
Simatic PCS neo impresses with an open and flexible architecture, in which modular engineering with support of Module Type Packages (support of the open MTP standard) is already integrated. Maximum scalability enables the use of control technology from small process modules up to the largest plants in the world. This is made possible through the maximum reusability of engineering codes for the easy scale-up and adaptation to different plant sizes. Simatic PCS neo will meet the requirements
of the standard IEC 62443. It sustainably implements the
well-known multi-layer “Defense-in-depth” security concept. The system also consistently fulfills the specifications defined in the Charter of Trust. Last but not least, the system software uses the recently innovated hardware portfolio and application architecture of the powerful, comprehensive process control system Simatic PCS 7 version 9.0. In this way, Siemens can provide its customers with investment and know-how protection combined with the advantages of the new system.