The process object view of the SIMATIC Manager supports the working procedure of the process engineer by providing a universal view of the process tag. It shows the technological hierarchy of the plant as a tree, in combination with the tabular view of all aspects of the process tag/process object (general, blocks, parameters, signals, messages, image objects, archive variables, hierarchy folders, equipment properties and shared declarations). These provide the technologists with a fast orientation.

The CFC editor is the tool for the graphic configuration and commissioning of the continuous automation functions – Continuous Function Charts (CFCs). Supported by a high-performance auto-routing and an integrated message configuration, which can be used to place, parameterize and interconnect pre-assembled blocks on CFC drawings. High-performance test and commissioning functions and separately configurable documentation options belong to the range of functions of the CFC, in addition to editing functions.

The SFC editor is suited for the graphic configuration and commissioning of sequential controls for discontinuous production processes – Sequential Function Chart (SFC). It has an editor and high-performance test and commissioning functions.

Basic elements for the graphic configuration of automation solutions form the preconfigured and tested blocks, faceplates and icons organized in process control libraries. The use of these library elements plays a major role in minimizing the engineering work and project costs.
Two process control system libraries are integrated in the standard engineering software of SIMATIC PCS 7:

  • SIMATIC PCS 7 Standard Library

  • SIMATIC PCS 7 Advanced Process Library

The Version Cross Manager conveniently detects all types of differences between various revisions/versions of a SIMATIC PCS 7 project and makes them available for view.

SIMATIC Version Trail supports version-specific archiving of libraries, projects and multi-projects. The tool assigns the data with identifiers and manages them in a version history. Individual versions can be read back from the archive and reused – and all this with access protection from SIMATIC Logon.