EC: SIMATIC PCS 7 Version 8
Process Control systems: Simatic PCS 7 Version 8 integrates functional variety, flexibility, and performance within Siemens Totally Integrated Automation Portal, a complete range of products, systems, and solutions for all levels of industrial automation. This is a Control Engineering 2013 Engineers' Choice Award winner.
Simatic PCS 7 Version 8 integrates functional variety, flexibility, and performance within Siemens Totally Integrated Automation (TIA), a complete range of products, systems, and solutions for all levels of industrial automation. The key, new features of version 8 are integrated engineering, Profinet, and an advanced process historian. Integrated engineering allows you to exchange data between planning and engineering tools like Comos with Simatic PCS 7, which lowers the entire plant design and implementation process costs. The emerging Profinet technology is supported in version 8 enables more data throughput, longer distances, easy configuration, and flexible network topologies. With the new process historian and data visualization tool, you get clear access to real-time and archived data, which can help optimize processes and operating equipment.
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After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.