Plug-and-produce simplicity and more flexibility through consistent decentralization

The integration of field devices is no longer a time-consuming exercise: the new SIMATIC CFU (Compact Field Unit) makes it easier than ever before. This compact hardware innovation initializes connected field devices automatically and integrates them into the process control system. What used to take 30 minutes now takes less than one. That’s how Plug-and-Produce works.

The SIMATIC CFU combines a digital fieldbus with traditional I/Os and is suitable for direct field use, through to Ex-Zone 2. This substantially reduces the footprint of the entire I/O system: Traditional control panels are a thing of the past, and significant savings can be made on cables and terminal points, as well as in design and documentation costs. The device also reduces the risk of errors in operation, makes plant expansions or modernizations easier, and cuts the costs of the hardware FAT.

Traditional approach

Decentral approach with SIMATIC CFU