Making your network transparent

Network monitoring and transparent diagnostics

Network failures not only prevent access by plant operators to the field devices, but often also mean that field devices can no longer communicate with one another. In the worst case, this can bring production to a standstill.

The SINEMA Server software has been specially developed for industrial applications. It allows networks in an automation environment to be analyzed and monitored using standardized diagnostics options such as SNMP, PROFINET, and SIMATIC, for example. Collected data is saved in a long-term archive so that it can be evaluated and displayed as required. The determined network diagnosis may additionally be seamlessly integrated via OPC and web mechanisms into HMI/SCADA systems (e.g. WinCC, PCS7).

The SINEMA Server provides maximum transparency in industrial networks through automatic topology recognition, constant network monitoring, as well as comprehensive diagnostics and reporting functions. Network diagnostics can be easily integrated into HMI/SCADA systems such as WinCC as well as third-party systems.

SINEMA Server also offers complete integration of topology into the HMI/SCADA system via web browser. Warnings and error messages can be passed on via the integrated OPC interface.

Transparency for Industrial Networks
  • Inter-project and plant-wide representation of all components and ports

  • Current representation of all neighborhood relationships in the network

  • All-round analysis of diagnostics statuses of all components

  • Inter-project/plant-wide representation of the detected diagnostics statuses

  • Traceability of events
    Display of developments

  • Repeatable checking and documentation of relevant network properties

  • Seamless integration in HMI/SCADA systems

  • Reduction of the time needed to update firmware/change configurations

Guaranteed integration

Through the constant expansion with PROFINET and Ethernet-based devices, with SINEMA Server Siemens offers a integrated network management system from the connection to the office network via the automation system network components all the way to the machine level including drive technology and even power supply. SINEMA Server also offers the highest level of openness for Ethernet-based devices from other manufacturers; these can be easily and conveniently detected and diagnosed by means of SNMP. The SINEMA Server can therefore be used in infrastructure networks, such as in transportation.

The various license scopes (50, 100, 250, 500 nodes) allow the SINEMA Server to be used simply and efficiently to monitor smaller as well as larger networks. If more nodes are required, any number of them can be monitored by a central SINEMA Server, for example, individual production cells can be centrally monitored by only one SINEMA Server station.

Key features

  • Intuitive operation

  • Automatic device detection and generation of the network topology

  • Central firmware management for SCALANCE X, W and M

  • Channel-selective PROFINET diagnostics

  • Combination of SNMP, PROFINET and SIMATIC diagnostics

  • Generation of alarms on events

  • Comprehensible network reports

  • Integration into HMI/SCADA systems

  • User-specific topology display

  • User-defined display

  • Diagnostics via web browser

  • Adaptable device profiles

  • Adaptable configuration limits with up to 50,000 network nodes