Intelligent tools for efficient engineering

Due to the permanently increasing level of automation and the related complexity of the plants the cost – and time – pressure is increasing because of the international competition. One response to this pressure has to be efficient engineering on the SCADA layer.
SIMATIC WinCC supports short Time-to-Market when building new plants and achieves a minimum of downtime when doing plant modifications because of its efficient engineering tools.

Efficient processing of mass data

By the integration of stand-alone editors for alarm logging, tag logging, text library, user administrator, user archive and the acoustic alarm into the Configuration Studio the mass data engineering got again much more efficient.
It is possible to open each single editor separately which makes it very easy to exchange data between these editors. Of course the usual operating functionality of Excel is still valid. When doing project work in a team it is of course possible for multiple project engineers to open the single editors in parallel.

Tags and the optimized communication to the S7 PLCs

Resulting from the integration into the SIMATIC Manager of the S7-300/400 PLCs it is possible to take and align all variable connections as symbols and all AS messages automatically. In combination with the actual S7-1200 and S7-1500 PLCs the transfer of the AS Symbols out of a connected PLC into the WinCC project is much faster. This reduces the time for the parameterizing of the communication dramatically and that’s why the risk of potential faults decreases. It is also possible to automatically take over the AS messages of a S7-1500 into WinCC.
Support of native drivers for PROFIBUS FMS and PROFIBUS DP, Allen Bradley, Modicon and Mitsubishi. With the help of the integrated OPC-client it is also possible to connect to any 3rd- party system.

Ready for worldwide applications

The administration and implementation of the messages for the destination countries is clearly arranged and therefore efficient to manage. The use of UNICODE makes the implementation of global applications very easy. By the utilization of the TextLibrary it is possible to export all (or subsets of the) texts used in WinCC. Vice versa it is of course possible to import all these texts after they are translated to any language.

The appropriate operator language is independent regardless of the language of the installed operating system. Every operator can individually choose the language of the displayed texts. For example it is possible to display messages simultaneously using different languages when working in international teams.

Efficient diagnosis in the engineering using the cross-reference list

Resulting from the integration of the cross-reference editor it is on one hand possible to locate very fast the places where a special variable is used for example in case of troubleshooting. On the other hand it is possible to release non used variables to align the license costs optimal to the actual project

Integrated user administration including SIMATIC Logon

Using the WinCC User Administration you consistently can assign and check the access rights of the users regardless if it is a local access or if the access is web based. For up to 128 user groups with up to 128 single users each the access rights for WinCC functions can be administered. In total it is possible to assign 999 different permissions.

The user management with SIMATIC Logon which is a part of the basic system is integrated into the security system as well as into the user administration of Windows. Therefore it also covers the extended FDA safety requirements.
SIMATIC Logon supports a plant wide user management and protects against unauthorized data manipulations

Using a configuration tool there are several setting options possible

  • Language- and environment settings (Domain / Workgroup)

  • Login device: Keyboard/ Chip card Reader / other devices

That’s why it is possible for users to login and to logout using their native language via keyboard. But it is also possible to login using a chip card where name, domain and password is saved in encrypted form..

Efficient graphics system

The modern graphics system of WinCC supports the work of a project engineer as well by the use of standardized preconfigured picture components as when creating user definable picture components and faceplates. The use of these components enables the project developer to create his own at any time reusable company specific project standards which results in a much shorter Time-to- Market for the project.

Global settings which can be done in the graphics system enable the project engineers to implement once defined company standards in a WinCC project and to apply these timesaving to all picture objects which have the same attributes. It is also possible to export these settings and to import them again to any other WinCC project. On one hand this possibility supports the in-house standardizing in an efficient way and on the other hand it provides the opportunity that several project engineers can work on huge applications simultaneously in accordance with the company standards.

When creating images it is of course possible to do Direct2D (soft shadows) and to integrate SVG – files.

Instead of using discrete colors the color palette is working with color indexes. This enables the user to realize customer-specific designs in a very simple way. If for example a customer wants to change the color from red to orange he only has to assign the color orange to the index for the color red. While changing this, the color of all red objects having the same index changes to orange

Applying modular design makes it simple to create and to centrally manage custom specific faceplates. Changes are automatically applied to all points where the faceplate is utilized. For example efficient operation is possible by the use of application specific menus and toolbars. It is possible as usual in Windows to either fix them or to leave them movable.

The project engineers are able to adapt the Menus and Toolbars to their individual needs by using the integrated ‘Menus and Toolbars Editor‘. This makes configuring even more efficient.

Libraries and wizards accelerate make the setup of projects easier. Therefore they reduce the error rate dramatically.