The Comos enterprise platform featuring integrated data and document management can be used anywhere in the most diverse industrial environments. It enables users to control large quantities of data quickly and easily at their workstations, and new functions allow project teams to collaborate with each other across different systems and locations, enabling parallel processing of different work packages. This increases the efficiency of both engineering and asset management processes. Comos 10 enables various software solutions, such as ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning), and process control systems to be linked even more easily.
Comos 10 also allows further integration of Comos in the Simatic PCS 7 process control system. A new interface ensures a consistent, bidirectional exchange of information between both systems. This allows the previously serial engineering processes to be organized to an even greater extent in parallel, starting with the development process and continuing with the engineering of the mechanical and electrical systems right through to the automation level. The initial pilot projects produced time savings of up to 11 weeks, or 12.5 percent, and up to 315 fewer man weeks, equivalent to 9 percent of the costs.
The Siemens Industry Automation Division has expanded its Comos software solution for plant engineering and operation. Comos 10 now provides an enterprise platform for plant engineers and operators, which can handle even the largest volumes of data. It also incorporates considerably increased functionality for modern plant management. (Source: Siemens)
Working in close cooperation with well-known corporations, the new software generation of Comos has been expanded specifically for the pharmaceutical industry. The result takes into account the specific features of the industry. For example, the required document structure is created automatically in the design and engineering phase. Complemented by a clear allocation of responsibilities and schedules, this creates the basis for successful project controlling. The entire plant is also completely qualified throughout all engineering and operating phases thanks to Comos PQM (Project Quality Management).
The one question these articles never answer - WHat is the long term cost. My experience with Siemens products is that they go through a hardware revision every year and the old software won't work with new products. As long as the old hardware is available you can get away with it, but a new version of teh hardware comes out and you now have to maintain 2 systems unless all systems are upgrded to the new.
I have never seen such poor support for last years system, not even from Microsoft....
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