« Back To Motion Control & Motors News
Siemens Industry, Inc. Logo

Member Since 2001


Siemens Industry, Inc. manufactures and markets one of the world's broadest ranges of electrical and electronic products. Its technologies include motion control, totally integrated automation solutions, industrial software, energy management, circuit protection and process control. The company also has expertise in system integration, technical services and turnkey industrial systems.

Content Filed Under:

Factory Automation and Machine Tool Factory Automation and Machine Tool


New Safety Integrated Controllers from Siemens

POSTED 03/08/2016

Latest generation of Simatic controllersNuremberg - Siemens new automation controllers extend the range of possible applications for the latest generation of Simatic controllers. The main focus is on the enhanced Safety Integrated range with fail-safe CPUs for the Simatic S7-1500 Software Controller and the distributed Simatic ET 200SP Open Controller. The Simatic ET 200pro Distributed Controllers have been upgraded for standard and fail-safe automation tasks with new CPUs with the latest Simatic S7-1500 technology.

Now, for the first time, the Simatic S7-1500 Software Controller is available with integrated safety functionality. The new CPU 1507S F is the world's only software controller with fail-safe PC-based control that is independent of the operating system. This also eliminates the otherwise essential safety controller, which not only saves space and costs, but also reduces the engineering overhead. The combination of PC-based control and high-level language programs makes the Simatic S7-1500 Software Controller especially suitable for special-purpose machine manufacturing. As it runs independently from Windows, it offers high system availability: For example, this helps the controller to boot quickly, and enables Windows to be updated and rebooted while the controller is running.

The distributed Simatic ET 200SP Open Controller has also been equipped with safety functionality for the first time. The new powerful CPU 1515SP PC F now enables standard and fail-safe automation tasks to be handled by a single device. The advantages include the lower engineering, evaluation and service costs, a smaller space requirement in the control cabinet, and lower stocks of spare parts. The modular Simatic ET 200SP Open Controller is especially suitable for series machine manufacturing. It combines the functions of a PC-based software controller with visualization, Windows applications and central I/Os (inputs/outputs) in a single compact device. Two new controllers with Simatic S7-1500 technology complement the Simatic ET 200pro Distributed Controller, the extremely compact, very rugged and powerful I/O system with IP65/67 degree of protection for mounting directly at the machine. The CPU1516pro-2 PN, which is based on Simatic S7-1500 technology, will be available from mid-2016 in a standard and a fail-safe version for standard and fail-safe automation tasks up to Performance Level e in a single unit.

Subscribe to Our Newsletters

The A3 newsletters are your gateway to the latest industry updates, expert insights, and exclusive content in robotics, vision & imaging, motion control & motors, and industrial artificial intelligence technologies.


Background information
Siemens offers the right controller for an extremely wide range of automation requirements. The scalable Simatic range of controllers, comprising Basic, Advanced, Distributed and Software Controllers, all have the same range of functions. The S7-1200 Basic Controllers are used for compact automation solutions, and the S7-1500 Advanced Controllers for complex tasks, while the ET 200SP Distributed Controllers are suitable for distributed applications, and the Software Controllers for PC-based applications.

About Siemens AG
Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 165 years. The company is active in more than 200 countries, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world's largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is No. 1 in offshore wind turbine construction, a leading supplier of gas and steam turbines for power generation, a major provider of power transmission solutions and a pioneer in infrastructure solutions as well as automation, drive and software solutions for industry. The company is also a leading provider of medical imaging equipment – such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging systems – and a leader in laboratory diagnostics as well as clinical IT. In fiscal 2015, which ended on September 30, 2015, Siemens generated revenue of €75.6 billion and net income of €7.4 billion. At the end of September 2015, the company had around 348,000 employees worldwide.