Machine manufacturers and plant operators face challenges when commissioning, maintaining and servicing their machines and plants. The latest service pack for the SIMATIC Automation Tool enables users to manage TIA automation components during all stages of commissioning, maintenance and service. Although based on TIA Portal projects, individual tasks can be executed independently of the engineering framework.
Starting with version 3.1 of Siemens SIMATIC Automation Tool, it is now possible to manage all Siemens failsafe control families including the S7-1200F, S7-1500F, ET 200SP Failsafe and ET 200pro Failsafe based on the S7-1500. In addition to firmware updates, this service pack allows you to download complete F projects.
SIMATIC Automation Tool adds value to the commissioning phase when exporting or downloading projects and customizing IP addresses. For example, it facilitates bulk operation to a large number of identical control cabinets. On the maintenance side, it allows maintenance personnel to make updates and perform optimizations due to changed mechanical configurations or program changes without having to use the TIA Portal. The last executable version of a plant can also be exported before changes are made, accessible in case of error.
Additionally, the SIMATIC Automation Tool offers an overview of the reachable and installed automation components with their respective versions of firmware and serial numbers. Users can harness an API to integrate SIMATIC Automation Tool functions into automatic processes.
Service Pack 3 of SIMATIC Automation Tool V3.1 further enhances the feature set with:
- Support for additional devices and versions
- Export of device diagnostics
- Export of PC data
- Enhanced export of device information
- Ability to back up and restore HMI recipes and user administration data
- Partial support for S7-300 and S7-400 devices
- Ability to restore device table column defaults
- Troubleshooting help for event log messages
A free 21-day trial license has also been introduced. This includes also the use of API and mass operations. It replaces the former restricted, unlicensed option for the SIMATIC Automation Tool.
Alternatively, users can take advantage of the SIMATIC Automation Tool Software Development Kit (SDK). It allows developers to create a custom application and distribute it to third parties without a license key. The SDK provides a Windows installer package that includes all necessary components.Have an Inquiry for Siemens about this article? Click Here >>