Function blocks are standardized software modules that model process engineering equipment such as valves and motors in I&C terms. They form the starting point on the software side for controlling your plant and are made available in well-organized libraries for engineering tasks and for program-specific implementation.
The Advanced Process Library (APL) in SIMATIC PCS 7
is based on many years of experience of configuration engineers and plant operators.
takes into consideration current NAMUR recommendations and PNO specifications.
increases ease of use through new and improved functionalities.
facilitates and speeds up the interaction of the operator with the plant.
SIMATIC PCS 7 Advanced Process Graphics (APG)
offer plant operators more compact and simplified displays in overview screens.
enable predictive plant control.
support easy monitoring of quality-relevant process parameters through uniform operator control elements and hybrid displays.
ensure optimized operational sequences.
improve the efficiency of operators and the plant over the entire life cycle of the process control system.
In addition to these, other libraries are available that extend the control system in function-specific and industry-specific ways. For example:
All libraries are compatible with one another, provide you with tailor-made functionalities, and contribute significantly toward standardizing your automation solution.