The functionality of SIMATIC PDM is optimized in order to be used in various application cases in operations management, service, commissioning and device management. The possible applications range from the processing of a single field device in the service workshop to the processing of a large number of field devices in large automation projects. SIMATIC PDM is used as a data supplier in the engineering station or the SIMATIC PCS 7 / SIMATIC PDM MS maintenance stations.

SIMATIC PDM is ideal for the following applications:

Single-point station

Used for the processing exactly one field device with a direct connection from SIMATIC PDM to the field device.

Local service and parameter assignment station

Used for processing multiple field devices at one fieldbus segment or remote I/O stations. In this application, SIMATIC PDM is connected to a local bus segment.

Central service and parameter assignment station

Used for the processing several or even large numbers of field devices in a production plant. In this application, SIMATIC PDM is connected to the central plant bus and can access the field devices via the SIMATIC automation stations. Information about the fieldbuses and the connected field devices can be transferred from the SIMATIC PCS 7 engineering station. This station can be used several times within one automation project; service and parameter assignment stations can thus be set up granularly for plant sections or for specific devices. The SIMATIC PDM version used is independent of the software component version of the automation system and can thus always be kept up-to-date.

HART service and parameter assignment station

Used for the processing HART field devices that are connected via HART multiplexers and wireless HART gateways. In this application, SIMATIC PDM is connected to the local HART multiplexer networks or to the Ethernet networks of the wireless HART gateways.

Field device parameter assignment tool in the SIMATIC PCS 7 engineering station

Used for the processing of field devices directly in the hardware configuration wizard of the SIMATIC PCS 7 engineering station, or locally on the field device via a mobile SIMATIC PDM client, with the data storage kept in the engineering station. In this application, SIMATIC PDM communicates with the field devices via the communication paths of the engineering station.

Field device service and parameter assignment tool in the maintenance stations of the SIMATIC PCS 7 product family

Used for field device management in the operating phase of an automation project. The field device processing functions of SIMATIC PDM are called on the operator stations of the maintenance stations, or locally on the field device via a mobile SIMATIC PDM client. SIMATIC PDM supplies the following maintenance stations of the SIMATIC PCS 7 product family with field device type, parameter assignment and diagnostic information:

  • SIMATIC PCS 7 Maintenance Station

  • SIMATIC PDM Maintenance Station

On these maintenance stations, the information provided by SIMATIC PDM is displayed, processed further, utilized for the generation of messages, and can be forwarded to cloud-based applications.