Siemens has clearly expanded the functionality of its SCADA system Simatic WinCC in the new version 7.0.
The universal scalable SCADA system now offers operation in accordance with Windows Vista, easy language switching, high-performance analysis functions and an integrated MS SQL Server archive historian database as standard.
In the core packages, the Power Tags have been doubled from 256 to 512 and from 1024 to 2048 from the previous version.
New WinCC objects for operable elements, which have been adapted to the Windows Vista design, provide the plant personnel with optical responses about possible or required inputs.
Such elements are, for example, animated GIFs or displays highlighted by hover and glass effects. With the hover effect operable fields change colour when they are touched by the cursor. With the glass effect, the fields can be displayed semi-transparently.
In the alarm and trend display, the controls were completely revised and functionally adapted. They are available in the previous classic version and now also in the new display, which is based on Windows Vista.
A new feature allows the user to create individual buttons and to run the export function from every control. The user now configures the selections for display of alarms and trends online according to variably specifiable criteria. The calculation of an integral under a trend is a further example of a newly integrated function.
Expansions to the option WinCC/WebNavigator simplify the operation, for example the familiar multi-tabbing of Internet Explorer V7.0, in which multiple web sites can be simultaneously opened.
In addition, the web clients can be started as desired with or without Internet Explorer. The user can use this, for example, for higher plant security.
In this way, the unintentional activation of internet pages can be prevented in order to avoid the potential risk of trojans.
A new text distributor simplifies the handling of the language variants. The editors can be switched online into five European and four Asian languages.
The runtime system is configured in all supported languages. The language changeover also functions for archived messages, which simplifies the tracking of historical events.