"In the past, designers had
to use separate engineering packages, which meant they had to constantly switch
back and forth between the PLC, HMI and drive," says Siemens' Mike Krampe. "Now they
can program in single environment, saving time in the development process."
Krampe pointed to the
drag-and-drop feature, saying it makes it simple to make changes to any
part of the system while keeping the data consistent throughout. The integrated
capabilities also allow users to modify or expand production lines more easily
than in the past.
The S7-1200 compact
controller features built-in Ethernet, high speed motion control and onboard
analog I/O, plus HMI panel connectivity, saving space and reducing the need for
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