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New migration solution for control systems from Siemens: Connection of ABB Advant controllers to Simatic PCS 7


Erlangen, Germany, With the new solution concept for connecting ABB Advant controllers to Simatic PCS 7, the Siemens Industry Solutions Division is further expanding its range of solutions for migrating control systems. The CM104 MB300 gateway is fully integrated into PCS 7 and allows temporary parallel operation of the old and new systems. This not only reduces standstill times and production failures, it also enables step-by-step modernization of the control system.

To link ABB Advant controllers to PCS 7, Siemens has developed a gateway to which you can connect existing I/O units. Gateways are used to link control systems with each other. They transmit process data from the old system to the new system and vice versa, and they also convert protocols and harmonize throughput.

The CM104 MB300 gateway integrated into PCS 7 guarantees temporary parallel operation of the old and new systems with changing communication relationships. It can be designed as a simple connection or as a fully redundant connection. For this purpose, it uses ABB’s Master Bus 300 protocol that ensures transparent communication between the different system environments.

The PCS-7 gateway for ABB Advant controllers is suitable both for migrating Advant systems to PCS 7, and also for expanding such systems with Siemens components. The engineering is carried out using standard PCS 7 and STEP 7 tools, thus enabling step-by-step, low-cost expansion and modernization of existing systems. You can find more information at:

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The Siemens Industry Sector (Erlangen, Germany) is the world’s 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 totaling EUR38 billion.

With the business activities of Siemens VAI Metal Technologies, (Linz, Austria), Siemens Water Technologies (Warrendale, Pa., U.S.A.), and Industry Technologies, (Erlangen, Germany), the Siemens Industry Solutions Division (Erlangen, Germany) is one of the world’s leading solution and service providers for industrial and infrastructure facilities. Using its own products, systems and process technologies, Industry Solutions develops and builds plants for end customers, commissions them and provides support during their entire life cycle. With around 31,000 employees worldwide Siemens Industry Solutions achieved an order intake of EUR 8.4 billon in fiscal year 2008 (preliminary and unaudited).

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