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New AS-i master connects Simatic S7-1200 with the lowest field level

The AS-i master CM1243-2 communication module of the Siemens Industry Automation Division connects AS-Interface networks to the Simatic S7-1200 controller.

The module significantly expands the application area of the controller. The AS-i master enables sensors and actuators to be easily and quickly integrated at the lowest field level both in the Simatic S7-1200 and in the TIA Portal. Configuration via the TIA Portal is comparably fast and user-friendly, similar to Profinet or Profibus networks.

The AS-i master CM1243-2 communication module of the Siemens Industry Automation Division integrates the AS-i network quickly and easily into the Simatic S7-1200 controller.

The AS-i master CM1243-2 of the Siemens Industry Automation Division offers exceptionally easy and effective connection of the lowest field level to a higher-level controller and thus to the process level and MES level. The new AS-i master automatically organizes the data traffic on the connected line, handles not only signal scanning but also performs parameter setting, monitoring and diagnostic functions. CM1243-2 also offers additional integrated functions, such as the configuration of Sirius M200D AS-i motor starters without additional function blocks and access via a web interface. A total of 62 AS-i slaves or 992 inputs and outputs to an AS-i master can be connected. A standard power supply can be connected via the optional DCM 1271 data coupling module, enabling the realization of a low-cost AS-i Power24V network.

Configuration and commissioning of the AS-i master is especially easy to perform due to the integration of the new device in the TIA Portal. AS-i engineering is performed directly in the TIA Portal and is similar to configuration with Profibus and Profinet. No additional software is required. The TIA Portal shows the topology of the connected AS-i network with a click of the mouse. The user can conveniently adapt the parameters of the slaves on screen.

The Siemens Industry Sector (Erlangen, Germany) is the world's leading supplier of innovative and environmentally friendly products and solutions for industrial customers. With end-to-end automation technology and industrial software, solid vertical-market expertise, and technology-based services, the Sector enhances its customers' productivity, efficiency, and flexibility. With a global workforce of more than 100,000 employees, the Industry Sector comprises the Divisions Industry Automation, Drive Technologies and Customer Services as well as the Business Unit Metals Technologies. For more information, visit

The Siemens Industry Automation Division (Nuremberg, Germany) supports the entire value chain of its industrial customers – from product design to production and services – with an unmatched combination of automation technology, industrial control technology, and industrial software. With its software solutions, the Division can shorten the time-to-market of new products by up to 50 percent. Industry Automation comprises five Business Units: Industrial Automation Systems, Control Components and Systems Engineering, Sensors and Communications, Siemens PLM Software, and Water Technologies. For more information, visit

Reference Number: IIA2011112901e

Mr. Peter Jefimiec
Industry Automation Division
Siemens AG
Gleiwitzerstr. 555
90475 Nuremberg
Tel: +49 (911) 895-7975

Peter Jefimiec | Siemens Industry
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