How Lifecycle Products support?

Implementation is carried out in the following main steps:

Acquiring and exporting inventory data using the SIMATIC Management Console (SMMC).

Planning & Compatibility:
Analyzing inventory data and planning the target status or the necessary updates. In this connection, the following points, amongst others, are specified:

  • Which software and hardware is to be updated

  • Are the updates to the software compatible with the existing software and any other planned software updates? (Use of the compatibility tool)

  • Which hardware is mandatory for the software updates or is necessary for good performance?

Purchasing and managing the necessary licenses for the software (using the online software delivery service)

Installation (Roll Out):
Carrying out software updates (with SMMC)

Stay up to date

After this, measures are taken to make it possible to easily keep the system up to date in future too (e.g. using SUS, and Newsletter settings).

This brings the following advantages, among others:

  • Rapid analysis of components and installed software

  • Easier planning of plant updates/upgrades

  • Predictable costs for software support with a reasonable fixed annual rate (SUS Manager)

  • Upgrades and Service Packs are available to download immediately after delivery release via the Online Software Delivery (OSD) platform

  • Transparent and clear management of licenses

  • Reduction of installation costs due to a more efficient workflow (SIMATIC Management Console)

  • A significant reduction in administrative work due to centralized management of software versions on all the PC stations of a PCS 7 plant

  • Long-term support for plant life cycle services