New capabilities offered with Version 7 include Configuration/Change Management. New tools, including Security and Access control, Version Trail, Version Management, and Change Logging help minimize project risk, maximize traceability, and comply with FDA 21 CFR Part 11. Also new is Redundant fieldbus with Safety Communication. New Profibus PA redundancy provides increased availability and reliable safety communication for instrumentation and control elements, says the vendor. Other new capabilities include: Integration of Foundation Fieldbus; Smart Alarm Management; a comprehensive approach to Industrial/Cyber Security; and Plant Asset Management and Condition Monitoring.
Siemens Energy & Automation Inc.