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New software-based drive functions

  • Siemens extends its range of software-based functions for Sinamics S120 drive system
  • Advanced Technology Functions enable application-specific configuration or retrofitting of drive systems
  • Fast and easy installation of functions on the drives via the DCC Editor

Siemens is extending the range of applications for its Sinamics S120 drives family with new, software-based Advanced Technology Functions. The specific functions concerned are synchronous operation (1:1 or with gear ratio), camming, and positioning of the synchronous axes. The new functions are part of the DCB (Drive Control Block) extension function block library General Motion Control (GMC), which is available for downloading from the Siemens Industry Support web pages. The Advanced Technology Functions allow users to extend their existing or new Sinamics S120 drive systems with new application-specific functions. In addition, drive-related control and adjustment tasks can be transferred from the controller to the drive, making it possible to protect critical process knowledge effectively against unauthorized access.

The DCB extension function block library and the new functions can be installed quickly and easily on the Sinamics S120 drives via the graphical user interface of the DCC (Drive Control Chart) Editor. The DCC Editor is part of the Starter commissioning software. To access the full range of Advanced Technology Functions, users must activate a chargeable license on the drive.

In addition to the motion functions now being exhibited, Siemens plans to offer even more Advanced Technology Functions for its Sinamics S120 drives in the future, ranging from further DCB extension function block libraries through to an open architecture interface and application-specific functions for hydraulic servo pumps or sway controls.

The DCB extension function block libraries are created using the DCB Studio software. Customers can purchase the DCB Studio to develop their own functions, or can commission Siemens to create specific module libraries and functions for them.

For further information on Advanced Technology Functions, please see

Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 165 years. The company is active in more than 200 countries, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world's largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is No. 1 in offshore wind turbine construction, a leading supplier of combined cycle turbines for power generation, a major provider of power transmission solutions and a pioneer in infrastructure solutions as well as automation, drive and software solutions for industry. The company is also a leading provider of medical imaging equipment – such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging systems – and a leader in laboratory diagnostics as well as clinical IT. In fiscal 2014, which ended on September 30, 2014, Siemens generated revenue from continuing operations of €71.9 billion and net income of €5.5 billion. At the end of September 2014, the company had around 357,000 employees worldwide.

Further information is available on the Internet at

Reference Number: PR2014110063DFEN


Mr. Peter Jefimiec
Digital Factory Division
Siemens AG

Gleiwitzer Str. 555

90475 Nuremberg


Tel: +49 (911) 895-7975


Peter Jefimiec | Siemens Digital Factory

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