Organizations often go to great lengths to increase their processing capabilities, and to beef up the amount of available storage. But without a reliable network with enough bandwidth and throughput, bottlenecks are inevitable. At the same time, the rise of cloud computing, the emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT) and a relentless push toward end-to-end digitalization have greatly increased the complexity of industrial networks. Unfortunately, these factors were not taken into account when these networks were originally planned. That’s why some are already stuttering, while others will soon become overwhelmed by the next wave of IoT and digital data.
A vital step in proactive network planning, therefore, is the correct assessment of existing network resources to make well-founded decisions regarding future expansion. Siemens Network Planner Service Pack 1 (SP1) for SINETPLAN V1.0 has been designed to support planners of automation systems based on Siemens PROFINET. It facilitates network optimization via calculation of the network load down to the port level. At the same time, it offers transparency through import and simulation of existing TIA Portal/STEP 7 projects, compliance validation for planning requirements, comprehensive reporting function of the planned network design, and greater production availability via online scan and verification of existing systems.
With SPI, users gain new features:
- Import and simulation of existing TIA Portal projects (V14 SP1)
- Enhancement of the product catalog with new device descriptions
- Usage of user-specific data rates
- Support of Windows 10
The Siemens Network Planner is essential for those planning and designing PROFINET networks with a high level non-real-time communication (NRT), such as TCP/IP data, in addition to RT or IRT communication. It calculates and simulates network utilization, highlighting critical points where load is too high. This enables the organization to optimize the planned network, maximize exploitation of network resources, and avoid problems prior to commissioning.Have an Inquiry for Siemens about this article? Click Here >>