WinCC leaves nothing to be desired when talking about efficiency or user friendliness. Libraries and wizards make the generation of a project fast and easy and reduce error-proneness considerably. As a software for most complex HMI tasks WinCC is able to handle comprehensive projects and mass data. (Configuration Studio, Cross reference Lists,..) Libraries and wizards make creating projects faster and easier while substantially reducing the possibility of errors. User-specific faceplates can be created at a central location and managed with the help of block technology. Changes are automatically implemented at all points of use. Efficient operation is made possible with application-specific menus and toolbars that are "fixed" or "movable" as is customary in Windows.
The engineering system lets you choose from 5 European and 4 Asian languages. Each display language can be easily and efficiently implemented during runtime. UNICODE allows you to change to individual languages at any time, both in the engineering phase and at runtime. Such changes are independent of the language of the WinCC Server and of the language activated on the operating system.
Historical process information is saved in process value archives. The archiving of data and events in the form of process value,message and user archives is implemented with high performance: up to 10,000 measured values per second and up to 15,000 messages within 10 seconds as a message burst. The memory requirement is very low thanks to powerful compression functions. In the WinCC basic system, it is possible to archive 512 archive tags. PowerPacks allow an increase up to 80,000 tags for each server. Central and optionally redundant long-term archiving can be implemented with the SIMATIC Process Historian option.
Using WinCC User Administrator, you assign and control users access rights for configuration and runtime. As the administrator, you can set up at any time - including at runtime - up to 128 user groups each containing up to 128 individual users and assign them appropriate access rights to WinCC functions. A total of 999 access rights is possible. Starting with WinCC V7 SIMATIC Logon is part of the WinCC basic system. The user administration with SIMATIC Logon integrates into the security system and user management of Windows and thus meets enhanced security requirements according to FDA regulations. SIMATIC Logon which is part of the basic system comprises a number of security mechanisms and provides a plantwide user management..
A configuation tool allows user specific settings:
Language and environment (domain and workgroup)
Login device: Keyboard / Chipcard Reader/other devices
Thus users can login in their own language via keyboard or with a chipcard on which name, domain and password are encrypted.
allows the application of user archives, in which related data is stored in data records. WinCC and its automation partners (e.g. a SIMATIC S7 PLC) can write to these data records and exchange them among one another.
is for monitoring changes in operator activities in runtime operation as well as for recording project changes at the engineering stage with the help of Audit trails and Project Versioning
is a subset of WinCC/Audit to track changes of a WinCC project during Engineering including document management and project versioning.
WinCC/Calendar Scheduler and WinCC/Event Notifier
The Calendar Options supplement WinCC with calendar-based functions. You can use the Calendar Scheduler to trigger time-based actions; the Event Notifier sends messages depending on specific events in the WinCC message system.
SIMATIC Information Server
supports the creation of target group-oriented reports and analyses of historical WinCC data on the basis of Microsoft Reporting Services.
Production analysis and optimization on the basis of individual key performance indicators.The option WinCC/Downtime Monitor which was used in a comparable area of application will no longer be released for WinCC V7.2 and higher.
adds diagnostic capabilities to the process visualization system. ProAgent is fully integrated in the SIMATIC diagnostic concept and optimized for the SIMATIC S7 Controllers.