SCADA/HMI


Siemens expands WinCC capabilities

September 2009 SCADA/HMI

New functions for scada software bring more plant transparency.

The Siemens Industry Automation Division has expanded its Simatic WinCC/DowntimeMonitor and Simatic WinCC/DataMonitor software options for the Simatic WinCC V7 scada system. The DowntimeMonitor can now also be used for equipment with varying production speeds. The shift model has also been enhanced to include up to three shift calendars for comparing the use of machines and plants with different shift models. This feature can prove useful for analysing production fluctuations, for example when two machines deliver varying product qualities or quantities when operating under otherwise identical conditions. The DataMonitor tag selection for the Webcenter has also been improved.

The WinCC/DowntimeMonitor and WinCC/DataMonitor software options are used for visualising production processes as well as capturing, analysing and distributing production data. The software calculates production figures, as well as displaying and evaluating them which results in increased plant transparency and productivity. In the latest WinCC/DataMonitor version, the user now utilises the server to distribute the reports previously created offline in Excel. Thanks to new tools for the installation-free Webcenter, process values are displayed with more transparency than ever before. This version of the WinCC/DowntimeMonitor and WinCC/DataMonitor also provides the user with Gantt diagrams for the machine status which can quickly zoom details of any selected period of time, with a single mouse click immediately leading back to the original time space within the overall display.

It is also possible to set the maximally attainable production speed (no. of pieces/time unit) for production changeovers. The system can now automatically adjust to alternately filling smaller and larger containers or cutting shorter and longer work pieces, for example. This means that the actual values in each case can always be properly assigned to the relevant maximum value and the correct figures calculated, eg, performance from the actual and desired throughput.

For more information contact Keshin Govender, Siemens Southern Africa, +27 (0)11 652 2412, keshin.govender@siemens.com, www.siemens.co.za



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