Siemens has expanded its Simatic S7-1500 Advanced Controller portfolio to include a new type of multifunctional platform that combines control and PC functions in a single device. Two new technology CPUs also widen the portfolio for midrange Motion Control tasks.
The CPU 1518(F)-4 PN/DP MFP multifunctional platform is a type of device for Advanced Controllers that enables high-level language functions to be integrated and stand-alone applications to be created and reused. The multifunctional platform combines a typical controller with tasks that had previously been outsourced to a PC – such as model-based and high-level language programming and solutions with databases. Existing technological C/C++ algorithms can continue to be used, and the data exchange between PC and controller, which previously had to be programmed, has been simplified. Furthermore, the configuration has been standardized and the space requirement reduced, while at the same time the overall solution has been made more resilient on one item of hardware with a stable Simatic embedded operating system.
The user programs controller-independent C/C++ applications, such as protocol converters and database applications, with standard commercial programming tools, such as Eclipse. These now run as stand-alone C/C++ applications in parallel to the control program on the multifunctional platform. The additional PC hardware previously required has been eliminated. Users can now also use model-based development tools, such as Matlab Simulink, and transfer their complex functions into the new Simatic Advanced Controller CPU 1518(F)-4 PN/DP MFP. The multifunctional platform can be used with TIA Portal V15 or higher.
The technology CPU 1516T-3 PN/DP and fail-safe technology CPU 1516TF-3 PN/DP combine standard, safety, and Motion Control functionalities, such as gearing and camming, in one device. The new CPUs complement the already available range of Advanced Controllers. Midrange Motion Control tasks can be implemented in conjunction with the Sinamics V90 PN and S210 servo drive systems. The Motion Control functionalities of all Simatic S7-1500 technology CPUs have also been extended to include the control of 2D to 4D kinematics. This now makes additional handling applications possible, such as Pick & Place, Cartesian Portal, Delta-Picker and Scara robots.