The design of the new Simatic S7-1200 Micro-Controller is scalable and flexible. This makes it possible to fulfill automation tasks with precision. The central module can be extended flexibly with input/output and communication modules. The "signal boards" are a new feature. They are simply attached to the front of the CPU module and provide either two DI (digital input)/DO (digital output) interfaces or one analog output. This allows a very compact design for applications with only a few signals. The new micro PLC can be expanded for serial communication with two communication modules, each with an RS232 or RS485 port.
The Simatic S7-1200 has an integrated Profinet interface for easy networking and communication between engineering system, controllers, and HMI; for example, for programming and CPU-to-CPU communication. The Simatic HMI Basic Panels for visualization are also connected via this interface. The CSM 1277 expansion module, an unmanaged 4-port Ethernet/Profinet switch, is available for networking multiple controllers or HMI devices.
For demanding technological tasks, technology functions for counting, measuring, closed-loop control, and motion control are already integrated as standard. In addition, compared to the Simatic S7-200 predecessor model, the new micro-controller also has a faster processor and larger memory, which can be divided flexibly between program and application data.
The new Simatic Step 7 Basic engineering system provides integrated engineering for controllers and Simatic HMI Basic Panels. Simatic Step 7 Basic V10.5 with integrated WinCC Basic for visualization tasks supports the user with task-oriented and intuitive editors for a high degree of user-friendliness and efficiency in engineering.
The coordinated solution of controller and engineering system can be expanded through a range of HMI Basic Panels with a high IP65 degree of protection and with integrated Profinet interface. The panels include 4 to 15-inch pixel-graphic displays with touch screen and tactile function keys. All panels consistently offer the same functionality regarding reporting, recipe management, and trend curve functions.
The Simatic S7-1200 Micro-Controller is versatile and is suitable for both the efficient automation of smaller machines and conveyor systems as well as distributed closed-loop control components in larger systems.
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