Siemens has launched version 4.0 of its SiMatic PCS neo control system, designed to prepare plants for the future, helping to alleviate shared industry challenges, like collaboration, modular automation, scalability, interoperability, integration, and lifecycle management.

The system supports all parts of the Module Type Package (MTP) standard, allowing for easy integration that can be achieved independently of the manufacturer hence supporting a “plug and produce” methodology. It also offers workflow improvements to further reduce engineering efforts.

The new controller is 30% smaller, with extended communication capabilities. It also reduces energy consumption by up to 50%. Importantly in the South African context, it’s robust, maintenance-free, and no batteries are required to buffer system data in the event of a power failure.

In addition to the SIMATIC PCS neo v4.0, Siemens is releasing its fully integrated SIMatic CN 4100 communication gateway.