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New engineering functions simplify maintenance operations in the process industry


Nuremberg, Germany, Siemens’ Industry Automation Division has equipped its Simatic S7 F Systems engineering tool with new functions for safety-related applications in the process industry. The new software version V6.1 now features a “Maintenance Override” function for maintenance operations. Automatically generated faceplates enable the user to place bypasses in the safety program which can be mutually interlocked if necessary. Bypasses can be placed both at individual and at groups of up to three process signals. It is also possible to set a reset time so the bypasses automatically reset on expiry of the prescribed time period.

Simatic S7 F Systems is an engineering tool that is provided with safety-related function blocks certified by the German Technical Inspectorate (TÜV). The function blocks are interconnected by the user simply in CFC (Continuous Function Chart) to create a safety-related program for the fault-tolerant Simatic S7-400H controller. This solution is especially suitable for safety-related applications up to SIL3 according to IEC 61508 and IEC 61511 in the process industry.

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The Siemens Industry Sector (Erlangen, Germany) is the worldwide leading supplier of production, transportation, building and lighting technologies. With integrated automation technologies as well as comprehensive industry-specific solutions, Siemens increases the productivity, efficiency and flexibility of its customers in the fields of industry and infrastructure. The Sector consists of six Divisions: Building Technologies, Drive Technologies, Industry Automation, Industry Solutions, Mobility and Osram. With around 222,000 employees worldwide Siemens Industry posted in fiscal year 2008 a profit of EUR3.86 billion with revenues totalling EUR38 billion.

The Siemens Industry Automation Division (Nuremberg, Germany) is a worldwide leader in the fields of automation systems, low-voltage switchgear and industrial software. Its portfolio ranges from standard products for the manufacturing and process industries to solutions for whole industrial sectors that encompass the automation of entire automobile production facilities and chemical plants. As a leading software supplier, Industry Automation optimizes the entire value added chain of manufacturers – from product design and development to production, sales and a wide range of maintenance services. With around 42,900 employees worldwide Siemens Industry Automation achieved in fiscal year 2008 total sales of EUR8.7 billion.


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