Siemens Simatic? PCS 7 Enhancements Open Advanced Process Control to Everyone
Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc. today announced that it has enhanced Version 7 of its SIMATIC® PCS 7 Process Automation System to include a comprehensive set of easy-to-use advanced process control (APC) capabilities.
From basic to advanced process control, the PCS 7 system improvements give chemical, petrochemical, ethanol, glass, and other process plants the tools to increase throughput and yield, while minimizing energy costs, raw material consumption and product variability.
"Many think advanced process control is extremely complex," said Todd Stauffer, Siemens PCS 7 marketing manager. "PCS 7 now delivers an out-of-the-box, integrated set of tools that provides basic to sophisticated APC capabilities, which can be implemented by virtually anyone at the plant."
The APC enhancements in Version 7 of PCS 7 are tightly integrated into the system, allowing users to choose from different proven methods to help optimize their processes. The improvements include basic PID enhancements such as auto tuning and gain scheduling, through a more sophisticated model such as predictive control (MPC), fuzzy logic and neural network control. At the most advanced level, Version 7 of PCS 7 now offers control performance monitoring, including statistical analysis of process variable, control error and manipulated variable.
APC functionality is delivered by a set of embedded function blocks, which run in the controller along side standard logic with pre-built faceplates for operation and monitoring through the HMI.
As with previous versions of the PCS 7 system, the enhanced version breaks traditional distributed control system limitations by offering the world’s only platform that integrates new and existing automation systems (process, batch, discrete and safety) and devices (process, discrete, safety, and electrical) within the plant. The system also boasts common tools for engineering, visualization, and plant-wide asset and maintenance management.
Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc. is one of Siemens’ operating companies in the U.S. Headquartered in the Atlanta suburb of Alpharetta, Ga., Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc. manufactures and markets one of the world’s broadest ranges of electrical and electronic products, systems and services to industrial and construction market customers. Its technologies range from circuit protection and energy management systems to process control, industrial software and totally integrated automation solutions. The company also has expertise in systems integration, technical services and turnkey industrial systems. For more information: www.sea.siemensmold.wiki.
Siemens AG (NYSE:SI) is one of the largest global electronics and engineering companies with reported worldwide sales of $107.4 billion in fiscal 2006. Founded nearly 160 years ago, the company is a leader in the areas of Medical, Power, Automation and Control, Transportation, Information and Communications, Lighting, Building Technologies, Water Technologies and Services and Home Appliances. With its U.S. corporate headquarters in New York City, Siemens in the USA has sales of $21.4 billion and employs approximately 67,000 people throughout all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Eleven of Siemens’ worldwide businesses are based in the United States. With its global headquarters in Munich, Siemens AG and its subsidiaries employ 475,000 people in 190 countries. For more information on Siemens in the United States: www.usa.siemensmold.wiki.
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