Siemens presents version 18 of its engineering framework TIA Portal (Totally Integration Automation Portal).
Only with efficient automation engineering that can also be quickly adapted to new requirements can industrial companies shorten time-to-market, counteract the shortage of skilled workers and remain competitive. The new version of the TIA Portal therefore increases engineering efficiency once again and offers optimized functionality for so-called multi-user engineering. This means that users can now work in teams and also in parallel on projects, build shared libraries and manage them. Access rights can be assigned either individually or on a group-specific basis. Collaboration can thus be organized more flexibly.
Siemens is also expanding the TIA Portal ecosystem to include IT-oriented workflows - with Simatic Automation Xpansion (Simatic AX). This provides IT specialists with a familiar development environment, such as a Visual Studio-compliant interface or project management via GitHub. The functionalities created in this way are created in Structured Text and can thus be seamlessly integrated into TIA Portal as libraries. The engineering platform, which was previously a classic tool for Operational Technology (OT), can now also be used by IT users without having to be retrained. Siemens is thus not only taking a decisive step towards IT/OT integration, but is also countering the growing shortage of skilled workers in the OT world.
Simatic AX is cloud-based and can thus be downloaded and updated quickly and easily at any time and any place, i.e. it is "available as a servie". As applications for motion sequences in automation become increasingly complex, the new version of TIA Portal also offers simple and comprehensive engineering of 5D/6D kinematics, i.e. motion elements for up to six interpolating axes. Complex kinematics such as robots can now be very easily integrated into industrial processes in TIA Portal. This allows companies to easily expand, convert or adapt their production systems - without having to intervene in running systems.
The scope of TIA Portal and Simatic controllers is also being expanded: The Simatic S7-1500 and Simatic ET 200SP now offer higher computing and communication performance and support R1 redundancy. This ensures maximum availability of applications and helps solve future automation challenges. R1 redundancy can be integrated very easily and flexibly into existing networks without any programming effort. It is therefore one of the simplest solutions on the market and can be used in a wide range of industries: in factory automation, but also in logistics and infrastructure - where R1 redundancy is particularly relevant for large infrastructure projects. The new hardware also supports the latest security standards. Thus, version 18 of the TIA Portal again places a strong focus on the topic of security.