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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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey