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Better planning of processes with calendar and scheduling application


Nuremberg, Germany, The Siemens Industry Automation Division has enhanced its Simatic WinCC V7 process visualization software with the Simatic WinCC Calendar Scheduler option. For the first time, a calendar-based user interface is available in Microsoft Office style for simple and easy scheduling. The innovation features both a calendar as well as editors for configuring and managing events and associated actions. In addition, it is possible to set up direct connections in WinCC for the planned events and actions as well as implement global scripts.

The Simatic WinCC Calendar Scheduler software option can be used to specifically plan events and actions for controlling plant processes. Using a variety of tools, several calendars, events and associated actions can be created, filtered, processed and managed. With the actions editor, for example, the user can connect calendar data with activities such as the implementation of C-scripts. The editor can also support exceptions, such as suspending otherwise regularly occurring events as required for holidays or for maintenance work. The language setting editor facilitates multilingual versions. Variable fields, for example action names, can be assigned multi-language designations in advance. With a hierarchical user rights system, scheduling can be protected against unauthorized access. All scheduling activities are simultaneously protocoled and displayed in the alarm logging system. This ensures a high level of process transparency within the plant.

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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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