SIMATIC PCS 7
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The innovative distributed control system SIMATIC PCS 7 enables you to respond swiftly to constantly changing market requirements. Integrated safety concepts ensure continuous operation of your systems and protect man, machine and the environment. The offers high system availability, investment security and future-safe technology, together with a reduced total cost of ownership.

SIMATIC PCS 7 combines a unique scalable architecture with powerful engineering tools and a wide variety of additional functions such as alarm management, process safety and asset management, all of which can be integrated seamlessly into your existing environment. SIMATIC PCS 7 has everything you need to completely and safely automate your entire production process, from goods receipt to goods issue, in both manufacturing and process plants.
Totally Integrated Automation creates the perfect framework for strategically harnessing optimization potential – throughout the entire production process:
• Time and cost savings from efficient engineering
• Minimized downtime thanks to integrated diagnostic functions
• Greater flexibility in production due to integrated communication
• Plant and network security provided by integrated security functions
• Protection of personnel, machinery and the environment with seamlessly integrated safety technology
• Improved quality due to data consistency
• Simplified implementation of automation solutions with global standards
• Better performance with the interaction of systemtested components
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Process Control System Support
Process Control System Support
In many automated production facilities, changes are made to SIMATIC PCS 7 projects on a daily basis, with individual processes often optimised by multiple workers due to shift changes. Documentation is key here, as this keeps workers informed about why a change was made. Furthermore, SIMATIC PCS 7 installations are generally used in locations where documentation is required for audits and certification. The ability to track changes between two software projects is not only an invaluable aid during shift changes, but also when searching for errors or optimising a PCS 7 installation. Every change made to the system is labour-intensive and time-consuming. Moreover, there is also the risk that errors may occur. If a change is saved in the project, then the old version is lost unless a backup copy was created in advance. If no backup was created, it will no longer be possible to return to the previous state if and when programming errors occur. Each backup denotes a version used by the SIMATIC PCS 7 system to operate an installation. To correctly interpret a version, information is required on WHO changed WHAT, WHERE, WHEN and WHY: - Who created the version/who is responsible for the version? - Who released the version? - What was changed in the version i.e. in which block or module of the SIMATIC PCS 7 installation were the changes made? - When was the version created? Is this the latest version or is there a more recent version? - Why were the changes made to the version? If they are part of a regular maintenance cycle, then is the aim to fix an error or to improve production processes? - Is this particular version also the version currently being used in production? The fact that SIMATIC PCS 7 projects use extremely large quantities of data complicates the situation even further, and it can take a long time to load and save information as a result. Without a sustainable strategy for operating a SIMATIC PCS 7 installation, searching for the right software version can become extremely time-consuming and the installation may run inefficiently as a result.
IT security for critical infrastructure with versiondog
IT security for critical infrastructure with versiondog
Flood prevention and sewerage are highly mechanised and automated services that utilise the latest high-performance computerised controllers and IT networks. For a growing number of public water authorities, the versiondog data management system from AUVESY has significantly improved the process of keeping track of the associated data. Although the primary purpose of versiondog is usually to provide change and data management, it is also helping German water authorities fulfil the requirements of the country's IT Security Act 2015, especially with regard to ICS systems.
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