Perfect interaction in the TIA Portal Engineering Framework

For the first time, the TIA Portal combines the engineering systems for the diverse automation tasks. The shared framework, uniform interface, and the same type of configuration of comparable automation tasks ensures a short familiarization period with a high recognition value.

System-supported configuration without limits
For decades, the development of automation software was aimed at more functionality and more efficiency. Engineering software was developed to the point where it became a highly specialized, tailored tool for a given task. Only with the increasing importance of software ergonomics did software developers begin to look beyond their own tool and begin to include the approaches of other developers with regard to user interfaces in their considerations. The look and feel of the software products also became more uniform under the influence of office software. In this development, the TIA Portal represents the next logical step: from similar to shared, from related to integrated. An operating philosophy and a data model without loss of functionality.

An example

By simply dragging and dropping PowerTags from one block to a WinCC screen, you allow process values to be entered from the HMI. The system generates all of the necessary settings, such as the connection, HMI tag and screen object for you. Whether you have selected an individual tag or are using a multiple selection plays no role in this. You can also access PLC tags directly from WinCC screens during the configuration. A user-friendly selection window allows you to select the corresponding object. The entire TIA Portal provides selection windows for configuration, which eliminates error-prone, manual and especially multiple entries of the object names.

On-the-fly data consistency

One problem of traditional engineering systems is guaranteeing consistent data management. Every engineering tool only guarantees data consistency within its own system. Even if an attempt is made to standardize the interfaces, the configuring engineer is mainly responsible for the availability and consistency of the data, with all of the accompanying disadvantages such as additional work expenditure and increased susceptibility to errors. The TIA Portal is based on shared data management: Any changes to application data which are made at any point in a project are automatically and immediately repeated at all of the other points of use. The various editors of the TIA Portal do not have to be opened for this.

Cross-reference list and display of screen properties

For service or plant personnel, it is often difficult to get acquainted with a project and to analyze the individual project specifics. The ideal tools in this case are a cross-reference list with the (filtered) tabular listing of all of the tags, screens and functions defined in the project and the central display of the screen properties. The different views show where the object is used or what other objects are used by the selected object. There are no program limits for cross-reference lists either, which means that even linked PLC tags of a screen object are displayed in the respective blocks. In this way, the TIA Portal creates transparency in the project and facilitates the change configuration even after a long period of time.

Ready-to-use diagnostics

The timely knowledge of faulted or faulty modules and devices is essential for avoiding long downtimes. Therefore, constant monitoring of the plant is of the utmost importance. The TIA Portal provides support with its ready-to-use diagnostic mechanisms. No additional comprehensive configurations of the diagnostics are necessary. Activating the devices for the system diagnostics generates alarms derived from the configured plant layout in the "Devices and Networks" editor. These can be displayed in the HMI. In addition, WinCC provides a diagnostics viewer for the Comfort Panels, which can automatically display the information and alarms.