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Engineering system for controllers and panels now available with additional functions


Nuremberg, Germany, The Siemens Industry Automation Division has added new functions to the Step 7 Basic engineering system for the Simatic S7-1200 controller and the Simatic HMI Basic Panels. New features are the Chinese program interface, more commands for editing tables, a larger number of configurable variables for the Basic Panels and a converter for Simatic S7-200 projects to Simatic S7-1200.

With the Chinese program interface, Step 7 Basic now has six language versions along with German, English, French, Italian and Spanish which can be selected by a mouse click. The new FieldRead command enables reading from tables with a variable index and the FieldWrite command enables writing. Thus indirect addressing tasks can be easily implemented in the user program. For HMI tasks the number of configurable internal and external variables for the Basic Panels has been increased: 250 variables for the KTP400 Basic mono PN and 500 variables for the KTP600 Basic mono PN, KTP600 Basic color PN, KTP1000 Basic color PN and TP1500 Basic color PN versions. The new converting tool enables the programs of Simatic S7-200 projects to be reused in Simatic S7-1200 which means that Step 7 Micro/Win programs can be easily converted to Step 7 Basic. In the process, functions are automatically divided into individual program blocks. The comments and titles of the networks and the network numbers are retained. Nearly all the commands can be converted directly. Non-convertible codes are specially highlighted. The converter is available for downloading free of charge from the service and support pages of Simatic.

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The Siemens Industry Sector (Erlangen, Germany) is the worldwide leading supplier of environmentally friendly production, transportation, building and lighting technologies. With integrated automation technologies and 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 207,000 employees worldwide (September 30), Siemens Industry achieved in fiscal year 2009 total sales of approximately 35 billion.

The Siemens Industry Automation Division (Nuremberg, Germany) is a worldwide leader in the fields of automation systems, industrial controls 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 39,000 employees worldwide (September 30), Siemens Industry Automation achieved sales of 7.0 billion in fiscal year 2009.


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