May 24, 2013 by Alison Dunn
The Siemens Industry Automation division has extended its “Totally Integrated Automation Portal” (TIA Portal) engineering framework with numerous new functions. Version 12 enables all Siemens drives of the Sinamics G converter series to be parameterized via the TIA Portal, and additional diagnostic functions have been integrated. Among other things, the safety functionalities have been extended for Simatic S7-1500 and the Profinet communication performance has been expanded. The programming languages have been trimmed for even greater efficiency and new security functions provide improved protection of know-how, and better security against copying and access. Within the framework of the new version of the TIA Portal there are also updates for engineering tools for the configuration, programming, commissioning and servicing of the Siemens automation devices and drive systems. These include, for example, the following engineering systems: Simatic Step 7 V12 for Simatic controllers, Simatic WinCC V12 for HMI systems (Simatic HMI) and Sinamics Startdrive V12 for the Sinamics G converter family. In its latest Version 12, Siemens has extended the TIA Portal to include numerous functions for drive integration, system diagnosis, safety, Profinet communication, security and programming languages.