Process Control System

Version Upgrade of a Field-Proven Control System

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Further innovations concern topics like IT security. The Simatic PCS 7 overall system was awarded Achilles Bronze status here. The Achilles certification program of Wurldtech Security Technologies is accepted internationally as the standard for industrial security. The certification confirms that the overall system has the necessary functions to guarantee safe and stable process operation.

Hardware Innovations

Within the scope of the new version, there are also some hardware innovations of interest to plant managers. Thus, the second Ethernet interface of the standard AS Simatic PCS 7 CPU 410 can now be used. This allows implementation of redundant Profinet ring structures without further communication processor.


The new Simatic ET 200SP distributed I/O provides significant benefits in user-friendliness, allows high-speed communication via Profinet, and ensures more performance. Its compact size, integrated power module, and increased energy efficiency make this distributed I/O device the ideal partner in applications in the water industry or the food and beverages industry.

Siemens has implemented crucial advantages in the new version of Simatic PCS 7 control system. Taken individually and also in their entirety, these ensure better performance and higher efficiency throughout the entire life cycle.

* The author is Marketing Manager Industrial Automation Systems, Siemens AG, Industry Sector, Karlsruhe/Germany.