The first to work with technology of the future

Just as Siemens was introducing SIMATIC S7-1500, ESA Elektro Automation launched a pilot project with the new series. The long-time Solution Partner from Austria was the first company to be given the opportunity to use the latest device generation from the global market leader – much to the advantage of its customers, who also benefitted from the tremendous performance of the system.

The most important requirements for a potential pilot user are technical expertise, a partnership characterized by trust in the manufacturer, and above all the willingness to invest time and manpower in the implementation of the new technology. And what does the user receive in return? As a Siemens Partner, the user is given the opportunity to be one of the first to work with technology of the future – and thus to gain a competitive advantage as well as relevant experience.

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    Successful pilot project

    As a long-time Siemens Partner, ESA Elektro Automation had the ideal qualifications and the right application. As a result, the company was the first in Europe to work with SIMATIC S7-1500, though it had to be kept strictly secret. Located close to Amstetten, ESA Elektro Automation is a complete supplier for electrical engineering and automation technology. The company’s technicians were eager to thoroughly test the practical application of the series. Now they can openly discuss their impressions, as they did in an interview with the trade magazine Austromatisierung. In the magazine, Managing Director Andreas Teufel used one sentence to summarize the certificate issued by ESA for the new SIMATIC S7-1500 as well as for the associated TIA Portal V12 engineering framework: “This is definitely a big winner for Siemens.”

    The ideal conditions

    Because SIMATIC control units have been in standard use at ESA Elektro Automation for years, the company already had a SIMATIC S5 and S7 portfolio. The programmers maintained an extensive Step7 library with numerous software modules they had written themselves, and the company had additionally already created its own ESA standard both on the SPS and on the HMI side. These were reasons why the Siemens Partner was highly interested in testing the ability to migrate existing programs to the new S7-1500 technology – a feature that had been announced by Siemens. The result more than convinced the company. Participating in the pilot project allowed ESA Elektro Automation to work with the next generation of control units from the global market leader – and provide its customers with optimal results.