Siemens is also
expanding the TIA Portal ecosystem with IT-oriented workflows – with Simatic
Automation Xpansion (Simatic AX). This provides IT professionals with a
familiar development environment based on Visual Studio Code and version
control via GitLab. In this way, libraries with object orientation can be created
in Structured Text and integrated into the TIA Portal. The engineering platform
– which was previously a standard tool used with operational technology (OT) –
can now also be used by IT users without first reskilling them. With this
development, Siemens isn’t just taking a decisive step towards IT/OT
integration, it’s also countering the growing lack of skilled workers in the OT
world. Simatic AX is available as a service and cloud-based. Projects can
therefore be downloaded and updated quickly and easily at any time and any
applications in automation are becoming increasingly complex, the new version
of the TIA Portal also offers simple and holistic engineering of 5D/6D kinematics:
in other words, motion control functions up to six interpolating axes. Complex
kinematics like robots can now be easily integrated into industrial processes
in the TIA Portal. This allows companies to easily expand, convert, or modify
their production facilities without interfering with running systems.
The scope for TIA Portal and Simatic controllers has
also been further extended: The Simatic S7-1500 and the Simatic ET 200SP now provide
a higher computing and communication performance and support R1 redundancy.
This ensures the maximum availability of applications and helps solve future
automation challenges. The R1 redundancy can be easily and flexibly integrated
into existing networks with no programming effort. This makes it one of the
simplest solutions on the market that can be used in a wide variety of
industries – in factory automation as well as in logistics and infrastructure,
where R1 redundancy is especially relevant for large infrastructure projects.
The new hardware also supports the latest security standards, and so the Version
18 of the TIA Portal will again place a strong focus on state-of-the-art
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Simatic AX was edited on November 14, 2022.