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Integrated industrial software: Siemens heralds a new age in modern engineering with the TIA Portal

Combining industrial software with automation engineering opens the door to substantially reduced times to market for new products and a far more speedy return on investment.

Siemens Industry Automation Division CEO Anton S. Huber took the opportunity to emphasize the central and growing importance of software for Siemens and for the industry sectors at the Siemens press conference held on the first day of the SPS/IPC/Drives 2010 in Nuremberg:

“Today, Siemens leads the way in the development of software for the manufacturing industries. By implementing a program of strategic acquisitions, we have extended our product range and are now able to offer a complete software portfolio covering everything from product design to production control.” This development has also culminated in a new, completely integrated engineering framework, the “TIA Portal”, which forms the highlight of the Siemens offering at this year’s show. Huber comments: “This innovation represents a further development of our world leading Totally Integrated Automation range, which will allow us to support our customers moving forward into a whole new era of modern engineering.”

“We integrate industrial software and automation engineering to provide cohesive solutions to cover the whole product life cycle including the production process,” explains Anton S. Huber. “Our customers will be able to find solutions to all their automation and drive engineering assignments using the new TIA Portal, which is designed to maximize efficiency, is intuitive to operate and also future-proof. It will sharpen their competitive edge, and allow them to speed up the time to market for their products. We envisage scope for growth in this type of integrated solution”, Huber continues.

“Despite the 2009 recession, we have maintained our research and development spending with a view to driving forward our innovation initiative. We have invested in the future and focused on technological innovation irrespective of economic cycles,” said Huber. As he explains, this resolve has culminated in an array of innovations at this year’s SPS/IPC/Drives fair in the fields of low-voltage controls and industry power supply systems. Added to this were new developments in the company’s controller and industrial PC ranges, as well as innovative remote access solutions for its Teleservice and Telecontrol products and new additions to the RFID and code reading system portfolio. According to Huber, Industry Automation has seen a significant increase in business during the post-recession year. Boosted by higher demand and improved capacity utilization, Industry Automation registered fourth-quarter profits of 334 million euros, representing a 61 percent year-on-year increase. Revenue rose by 21 percent and new orders by 25 percent on the back of growth across every one of the business units and regions. Taken over the whole of fiscal 2010, new orders rose by 15 percent to 6.421 billion euros, revenue rose by 8 percent to 6.226 billion euros and profits by 54 percent to 1.048 billion euros.

Huber places Siemens well out ahead of the field in the development of engineering software, having responded at an early stage to the growing complexity of automation applications with the launch of its Totally Integrated Automation alongside its Simatic S7 controllers way back in 1996. As he explains, the objective at the time was to integrate different engineering tools and so help engineers attain clarity with an integral and consistent project overview. Today, 14 years on, the TIA Portal heralds a new and exciting era for all Siemens automation and drive engineering tools, with the promise of a previously unattainable level of user benefit and efficiency.

The new software architecture is a completely new development which is suitable both for the uninitiated and for experienced users. The TIA Portal forms the basis of all future systems used for engineering, programming and commissioning automation devices and drive systems across the whole of the Siemens Totally Integrated Automation spectrum. Examples include the new engineering systems Simatic Step 7 V11 for Simatic controllers and Simatic WinCC V11 for Simatic HMI (Human Machine Interface) and process visualization applications. The TIA Portal offers the whole range of engineering functionalities within a single framework with a standardized user interface. The TIA Portal functionality can be simply extended by installing additional software packages, for example to permit the engineering of drives using the new StartDrive V11 engineering software. In preparation for its development of the TIA Portal framework, Siemens spent years analysing typical engineering applications and investigating and evaluating customer requirements the world over. Prior to the market launch of the now fully integrated TIA Portal and the Version 11 software packages, the concept had already been thoroughly tried and tested. Since last year, over 20,000 Simatic S7-1200 and Basic Panel customers have been using software modules from the new framework.

The Siemens Industry Sector (Erlangen, Germany) is the worldwide leading supplier of environmentally friendly production, transportation, building and lighting technologies. With integrated automation technologies and comprehensive industry-specific solutions, Siemens increases the productivity, efficiency and flexibility of its customers in the fields of industry and infrastructure. The Sector consists of six divisions: Building Technologies, Drive Technologies, Industry Automation, Industry Solutions, Mobility and Osram. With around 204,000 employees worldwide (September 30), Siemens Industry achieved in fiscal year 2010 total sales of approximately €34.9 billion.

The Siemens Industry Automation Division(Nuremberg, Germany) is a worldwide leader in the fields of automation systems, industrial controls and industrial software. Its portfolio ranges from standard products for the manufacturing and process industries to solutions for whole industrial sectors that encompass the automation of entire automobile production facilities and chemical plants. As a leading software supplier, Industry Automation optimizes the entire value added chain of manufacturers – from product design and development to production, sales and a wide range of maintenance services. With around 33,000 employees worldwide (September 30), Siemens Industry Automation achieved sales of €6.2 billion in fiscal year

Reference Number: IIA2010112514e

Reiner Schönrock | Siemens Industry
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