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PC-based Automation
SIMATIC PC-based Automation

Industrial PCs

Our reliable and innovative industrial PCs are the optimal PC hardware platform for PC-based Automation from Siemens.

PC-based controllers

Siemens has developed a wide range of coordinated hardware and software components for PC-based Automation. Focal point: SIMATIC PC-based Control with SIMATIC WinAC, the open, flexible and reliable controller for your PC-based Automation solution.

Embedded controllers

SIMATIC S7-mEC is a modular controller in S7-300 design with the latest embedded PC technology. It comprises the EC31 (CPU) as well as the optionally available expansion modules.

Embedded bundles

Embedded bundles based on the embedded industrial PCs are extremely compact, powerful and rugged systems for machine-level use. The functions PC-based Control (also fail-safe) and/or visualization are already pre-installed and ready to use.

Software packages for SIMATIC IPCs

Low-price software packages with the SIMATIC WinCC, WinCC flexible visualization software products or the SIMATIC WinAC RTX (F) software controller are offered for a range of SIMATIC IPCs. Simultaneous ordering of the industrial PC and the software package is required.

Application examples

Unit-type cogeneration unit

When redesigning unit-type cogeneration units, the automation approach should also be restructured. The objective was to execute all control, visualization and archiving tasks which were previously handled by a PLC and a PC on a compact unit. Space was to be saved in the control cabinet, and the administration and training requirements reduced. At the same time a rugged, maintenance-free device was required which can also be easily connected over the Internet.

The advantages of the solution with SIMATIC PC-based Automation:

  • Microbox PC IPC427C as a rugged, compact embedded system
    • Control, visualization and archiving of the process parameters in one device
    • Space and cost savings thanks to integration of several tasks on a single embedded industrial PC
      Previously: one PLC and one visualization PC
  • Easy and quick access to the embedded IPC over the Internet

The plant concept

Measurement of foil thickness

During the manufacture of plastic films, a highly accurate and uniform foil thickness over the entire width is a decisive quality criterion. For this purpose, a measuring head with radioactive source moves back and forth above the film and perpendicular to the continuously transported reel, and a sensor moves underneath the foil.

From the attenuation of the radiation, the foil thickness can be determined exactly at each position by extensive mathematical calculations, and deviations from the reference thickness can be compensated.

The advantages of the solution with SIMATIC PC-based Automation:

  • Visualization is performed using WinCC, and control using WinAC RTX on a PC.
  • Complex mathematical algorithms are required for evaluation of the extensive measured data.
  • These are meaningfully implemented in the high-level language C++. Seamless and high-performance integration of these algorithms into the STEP 7 program is via the ODK (Open Development Kit).
  • Data exchange between WinAC RTX and WinCC, for visualization of the extensive measured curves, takes place very quickly via the hard drive cache. This functionality was also implemented via the ODK.
  • Interconnection of the standardized technology function is via CFC (Continuous Function Chart).

The plant concept

PC-based control of paint shops for plastic automotive parts

For reasons of quality assurance and product liability, paint shop manufacturers are obliged to use a host computer for archiving the process data of a paint shop for flat parts, but this quickly developed into a PC-based automation system with control tasks.

The advantages of the solution with SIMATIC PC-based Automation:

  • Performance of the SIMATIC WinAC PC-based control
  • Coupling to Linux servers through an Industrial Ethernet fiber-optic network
  • Open and flexible for expansions
  • Possibility of integration into the existing automation concept
  • Archiving and backup of process data, as well as production data acquisition

The plant concept

Innovative PC-based solution with safety for solar panel production

For a new plant for the production of solar panels, the existing highly heterogeneous concept is to be replaced by a new, state-of-the-art automation solution which can cover the comprehensive demands in a compact and integrated way.

There are increased performance and memory requirements due to the increased complexity of the system. The PLC should also be able to provide the specified safety functions (emergency stop, access protection to hazardous areas).

Various bus systems must be linked in plant 3. Also a customer-specific Windows application is to be used on the selected systems and therefore the connection to a higher-level MES system has to be implemented.

The system is designed for high throughput and three-shift operation.

The advantages of the solution with SIMATIC PC-based Automation:

  • Very high performance and available memory with the SIMATIC Modular Embedded Controller EC31-RTX F. In the RTX F version (worldwide the first software PLC with safety functionality), the EC31 offers full coverage of all safety requirements in the plant. This system is integrated seamlessly in Totally Integrated Automation and enables effective, plant-wide engineering.
  • Thanks to its openness (Open Development Kit), WinAC RTX on the host SCADA industrial PC offers the possibility for integrating a Windows customer application with very little effort, and is thus used as a data concentrator (process quality/diagnostics data), and communication with the host MES system is also implemented in combination with WinCC (SCADA).
  • Industry-standard products from the SIMATIC range offer maximum quality for 24/7 round the clock operation.

Safe transfer at sea

For transferring persons at sea to wind energy plants or oil platforms, a Dutch company has developed a six-legged platform on hydraulic cylinders.

This platform is basically an upside-down flight simulator, and allows safe transfer from a ship even in bad weather.

A SIMATIC S7 modular embedded controller (S7-mEC) with fast I/O cards measures the movements of the ship and controls the extending or retracting of the cylinders so that all movements are compensated.

The advantages of the solution with SIMATIC PC-based Automation:

  • Fault-tolerant SIMATIC S7-400H in redundant design for general control tasks
  • Two lower-level SIMATIC S7 modular embedded controllers which meet the requirements for high speeds, integration of fast I/O cards, and a flexible, modular and rugged design.
  • An integrated programming environment with SIMATIC STEP 7
  • Automation products from Siemens comply with the stringent requirements of the offshore sector

PC-based machine data acquisition optimizes the production of farming machinery

To introduce more efficient, resource-saving and therefore cost-effective production processes in the factory, a leading farming machinery manufacturer has integrated a central, plant-wide machine data acquisition system using Panel PCs. Due to the need for retrofitting in the existing environment, flexible and space-saving installation of the Panel PCs was paramount.

More than 200 fully enclosed SIMATIC HMI IPC477C PRO Panel PCs for central machine data acquisition with communications interfacing to the production machines and the production planning computer. Mounting of the Panel PCs directly at the machine without additional control boxes on stand-alone columns.

The advantages of the solution with SIMATIC PC-based Automation:

  • Enhanced efficiency by optimizing the complete production organization through a high degree of uniformity.
  • Minimized use of resources (less paper is required in production)
  • Simple, low-cost retrofitting of the Panel PC directly in production on a stand, without the installation of an additional operator console.

PC-based control in automotive test rigs

Test rigs in the automotive industry require trouble-free operation and high quality.

A high-performance system is required in the control, processing, archiving and visualization of measured data which can also provide openness and flexibility for connection to different bus systems and for the use of software.

The advantages of the solution with SIMATIC PC-based Automation:

  • Flexible, easy-to-service and maintenance-friendly system with Windows XP Embedded in conjunction with SIMATIC WinAC
  • Reduction in integration overhead thanks to integral interfaces such as PROFINET, PROFIBUS, Ethernet, CAN, and the flexibility when using modules for different bus systems, e.g. PC/104
  • System availability concept ensures round-the-clock operation and reduced downtime costs
  • Fan-free, temperature-resistant operation up to 50°C saves additional cooling measures
  • High investment security through long-term availability of the components

The plant concept

PC-based control in the semiconductor industry

In the semiconductor industry, high quality and fault-free operation round-the-clock are decisive criteria. A high-performance system that guarantees fast and precise production of the semiconductors is required for controlling the machines, monitoring the production system, and processing the production data.

High flexibility and openness are also required for connecting to the production control system and machine engineering system.

The advantages of the solution with SIMATIC PC-based Automation:

  • Compact, rugged industrial PCs with powerful processors and the latest technology enable high processing performance
  • Pre-installed systems save time and costs when integrated into the overall system
  • WinCC ToolLink-EDA (equipment data acquisition) enables diagnostics of process and machine data in real time
  • System availability concept with integral RAID1 functionality and remote monitoring with SIMATIC PC DiagMonitor ensures fault-free 24-hour operation
  • High investment security through long-term availability of the components
  • International certification and worldwide support guarantee global use

The plant concept

Track & trace line controller for tobacco industry

In order to comply with new legal regulations, a track & trace system in an existing plant has been extended. The requirement is to test 100 cartons per minute in three-shift operation and to save the data in an SQL database for traceability reasons.

The automation system should be characterized by high ruggedness, but also offer the openness required to connect additional components such as printers and the Machine Vision system.

The advantages of the solution with SIMATIC PC-based Automation:

  • Compact automation solution consisting of embedded industrial PC Microbox PC IPC427, PLC with preinstalled and ready-to-use software PLC WinAC RTX, and visualization with WinCC flexible
  • Control of the entire track & trace system and interfacing to the control system
  • Open solution with the help of the WinAC ODK (Open Development Kit) thanks to a link to an SQL database for managing the serial numbers and other data
  • Additional openness and flexibility by connecting printers and vision system

Retrofit of a woodworking machine – safe!

In the past, machines and plants for wood-working were equipped with specially developed, proprietary controllers. Today, future-oriented standard components are used for retrofit projects. The customer decided in favor of integrating standard automation and safety technology in a single unit with the SIMATIC WinAC RTX F software controller in a fan-free and maintenance-free IPC, the SIMATIC IPC427C Microbox PC. PROFINET as an innovative fieldbus connects distributed I/O, safety and operator panels quickly and easily.

The advantages of the solution with SIMATIC PC-based Automation:

  • The compact PC-based automation solution multiplies the performance and precision of the plant.
  • Implementation of PROFINET resulted in a series of additional advantages such as the diagnostics capability.
  • Integration of standard and fail-safe automation in a single unit achieved component savings. The size of the cabinet was reduced by 20 percent and the wiring by 50 percent. The customer benefited from a high level of operating convenience and minimized machine downtimes.

Image processing with data backup

In image processing applications, high performance computers are required due to the large volume of data to be processed. The image data must be recorded, processed and saved quickly. Frame grabber cards with a high data throughput, for example, are used for recording image data. The interfaces for the expansion cards must not become bottle-necks in this case. To ensure continued problem-free processing of the acquired data, you need a state-of-the-art system with up-to-date processor and memory technology.

Lots of data is produced again during the subsequent data backup. Thus the available storage medium must be fast and fail-safe at the same time. An open system is required for connecting to existing plants.

The advantages of the solution with SIMATIC PC-based Automation:

  • Rugged SIMATIC PC with state-of-the-art processor performance and the latest technology
  • Current interfaces such as PCI Express for applications with a high data throughput rate, e.g. frame grabber cards for recording image data
  • Visualization on up to two monitors with an optional, high-performance graphics card
  • Onboard communication interfaces such as Ethernet and PROFINET, e.g. for connecting to EPS systems or integration in existing systems
  • International certifications and global support facilitate the worldwide use of the image processing solution

The plant concept

High-performance industrial PC for reliable control and monitoring of wind power plants.

All Siemens turbines for offshore wind power plants feature special technical characteristics that ensure long-term, low-maintenance operation. In contrast to sites on land, offshore wind farms are not always accessible to service teams. The basic quality requirements and standards for all components used in terms of absolute fail-safety and reliability, are therefore extremely high.

The SIMATIC Box PC of the 627 series that has been implemented matches the requirements of the solution provider all the way down the line. The rugged industrial PC is designed for 24-hour continuous duty at ambient temperatures up to 55 °C. For reliable operation, the Box PC is installed in a solid metal housing that is resistant to shock and vibration and that demonstrates a high degree of of electromagnetic compatibility (EMC). For a high level of data security, the option of a mirror disk system with two hard disks (RAID1) was selected. The RAID1 controller is already onboard, and does not occupy a PCI slot.

The rugged, reliable hardware with extremely compact dimensions in durable industrial design also stands up to the demands of continuous operation in a harsh environment.

The advantages of the solution with SIMATIC PC-based Automation:

  • The mounting dimensions of Box PCs remain identical over several device generations and mounting solutions can be simply reused for the next generation.
  • Furthermore, when a new device generation is used, any front-accessible interfaces and function elements can be retained. For example, the Siemens Wind division already utilized a complete lifecycle of a Box PC generation and no adjustments to a new hardware platform were required when the successor product was introduced.
  • Through compliance with international standards, such as CE and UL, and worldwide service, the Box PC can be implemented round the globe.

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