Scalable HMI: Integrated Engineering for the entire HMI portfolio
by S Gartenmaier, Siemens
Electricity+Control, September 2014 (pages 4 - 6)
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In order to meet the increasing requirements in terms of operation and monitoring, the visualisation solution not only has to be reusable for various HMI devices, but has to be expandable as required without the risk of technology gaps. Scalability from the HMI panel down to distributed multi-user systems, as well as investment protection, represents paramount priorities.
The new WinCC engineering system (TIA Portal) facilitates the easy and efficient configuration of various HMI devices. This applies to the current panel range by Siemens, from the Basic Panels down to the new powerful Comfort Panels, as well as to single-user systems and SCADA applications with client or server. The excellent user-friendliness of the TIA Portal and the perfect interaction with Step 7 offer optimum configuration support to the user. Integrated ‘drag & drop’, data consistency throughout the entire project and a uniform library concept only represent some of the highlights which are described in more detail.
- An engineering system exists that facilitates the easy and efficient configuration of various HMI devices.
- The utilisation of an integrated HMI engineering system enables users to realise applications for various target systems.
- Easy migration at the push of a button enables customers to use existing configurations.