S7-1500 delivers more efficient control

A scalable line for automation applications.

January 17, 2013   by PLANT STAFF

Siemens Industry Inc.’s S7-1500 Simatic controller family steps up performance and efficiency in mid- to high-level automation applications.

The scalable line with its integrated motion control, security and safety functions is easily commissioned with Siemens TIA Portal engineering software and the controllers feature a colour display for complete plant transparency.

The controllers have a fast backplane bus with a high baud rate and efficient transmission protocol, plus two built-in, standard Profinet interfaces. The largest controller in the line has an additional Profinet interface onboard with a separate IP address allowing network isolation to integrate into the corporate network.

With standard motion control functions, analogue and Profidrive-compatible drives don’t need additional modules to be connected. The controllers support speed and positioning axes, as well as encoders. PLCopen standardized blocks further simplify connecting Profidrive-compatible drives.

For copy protection, program blocks bind to the serial number of the memory card to ensure the programs run only with the configured memory card and can’t be copied.

Protects configuration

Access protection safeguards the application from unauthorized configuration changes by allowing different user groups to be assigned separate rights, based on authorization levels. Special functionality is also included to recognize modified engineering data in order to prohibit unauthorized manipulation of the data transmitted to the controller.

The F-version (failsafe) function of the new controllers provides both standard and safety-related programs. A central Safety Administration Editor helps define and modify safety parameters. The controllers are certified in accordance with EN 61508 for functional safety and are suitable for use in safety-relevant applications up to SIL 3 according to IEC 62061 and PLe according to ISO 13849.

S7-1500 controllers are integrated into Siemens TIA Portal engineering framework. The software offers standardized operating for controller, HMI and drives, shared data storage and automatic data consistency throughout the project, as well as powerful libraries covering all automation objects.

Siemens Industry Inc. is a manufacturer of industrial technology products and part of Siemens AG. Siemens has plants and offices across Canada.

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