Extended functions with Option+
Siemens presents the new SIMATIC HMI Option+ application at SPS IPC Drives 2017
As the digitalization of manufacturing processes increases, so does the need for a simple and reliable configuration of IT-related functions in HMI systems within the manufacturing environment, particularly in the areas of network connection, remote access, communication, and user identification.
An easy and manageable gateway between the runtime and the operating system
The new SIMATIC HMI Option+ application, which we will present at this year’s SPS IPC Drives, enables access to these IT-related functions. With this application we have addressed our customers’ requirements for a simple and manageable tool and have leveraged the experience gained from our SIMATIC HMI Toolbox – one of our most widely used SIMATIC HMI applications.
SIMATIC HMI Option+ acts as a gateway between the SIMATIC HMI Panel runtime and the operating system. It enables the user to display system information, configure interfaces and services, and use advanced functions for machine monitoring from the runtime. To ensure that only authorized employees can use these functions, access to Option+ can be restricted and protected with a password.
A variety of options for SIMATIC HMI
With SIMATIC HMI Option+ we offer the user a variety of options for the configuration of IT-related functions in his or her SIMATIC HMI Comfort Panels and thus emphasize the performance and flexibility of the devices, which are one of the most successful products in machine-level operator control and monitoring – and for good reason. SIMATIC HMI Option+ is expected to be available for TIA Portal V15 in the first quarter of 2018. In addition to SIMATIC HMI Comfort Panels in 7" to 22" as well as the Comfort PRO and Comfort Outdoor devices, the application supports the SIMATIC HMI Advanced device series.
Article: Marcel Roske, SIMATIC HMI Marketing Manager, Siemens AG