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Siemens TIA Portal gains in terms of power and efficiency

18 February 2013

Siemens Industry has extended its Totally Integrated Automation (TIA) Portal engineering framework with a number of new functions, adding power and efficiency to the existing framework’s capabilities.

The newly launched Version 12 enables all drives of the Sinamics G converter series from Siemens to be integrated into the TIA Portal. In addition, further diagnostic functions have been integrated including extended safety functionalities for Siemens Simatic S7-1500 and the Profinet communication performance.

The programming languages provide even greater efficiency and new security functions give improved protection and enhanced security against third party manipulation such as replay attacks, as well as superior copy and access solutions.

Within the framework of the new version of the TIA Portal there are also updates for engineering tools for the configuration, programming, commissioning and servicing of the Siemens automation devices and drive systems.

These include engineering systems: Simatic Step 7 V12 for Simatic controllers, Simatic WinCC V12 for HMI systems (Simatic HMI) and Sinamics Startdrive V12 for the Si-namics G converter family.

Simon Keogh for Siemens Industry says: “Version 12 of the TIA Portal provides users with further benefits designed to increase productivity and flexibility, such as the integration of drives and better security. Commissioning time is enhanced and maintenance strategies are supported, reducing downtime and improving operational efficiencies, as it is very user-friendly.”

The Siemens TIA Portal enables users to perform automation and drive tasks quickly and intuitively. The software architecture is designed for high efficiency and user-friendliness, and it is suitable for both first-time and experienced users.

It offers a standardised operating concept for controllers, human machine interface (HMI) and drives, shared data storage and automatic data consistency, for example, during configuration, communication and diagnosis.  It also offers powerful libraries covering all automation objects.

In Version 12, Siemens has extended the TIA Portal to include numerous functions for drive integration, system diagnosis, safety, Profinet communication, security and programming languages.

Simon Keogh concludes: “Version 12 of the TIA Portal is the next stage of ongoing development for an engineering framework that helps users perform automation and drive tasks quickly and intuitively.  We believe the broad range of enhancements that are central to Version 12 will prove highly beneficial and help drive efficiency objectives.”


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