REDUCE YOUR OPERATING RISK
The market for industrial automation solution is not as dynamic as the consumer sector, and changes of PLC generation are not as frequent as with, for instance, mobile phones. However, such changes still take place, and automation systems in many industrial plants are based on obsolete Siemens Simatic S5 controllers. The S5 is a PLC launched by Siemens in 1979. Their production ended in 2003, and the S5 series was superseded by the S7 series. Thus, almost 15 years have passed already.
It is evident that the risk of unplanned downtime of plants or machinery controlled by the old controller is very high.
The primary risk factors related to the use of Simatic S5 controllers include the following:
- purchasing a new controller, modules, etc. is no longer possible,
- availability of spare parts is very limited,
- the prices of spare parts for the S5 series are very high,
- it is becoming increasingly difficult to find engineers familiar with the S5 series,
- SIMATIC S5 controllers are incompatible with SIMATIC S7 controllers.
Replacing an old PLC with a new one is not an easy process, and it requires adequate expertise – something we have and can offer to you:
- in-depth knowledge of the software of S5 controllers,
- analysis of existing algorithms and technological process,
- converting software and, in many cases, developing new software,
- shortening downtime to the minimum,
With our experience in this area and owing to the large number of completed projects, we are capable of retrofitting even very complex systems, ensuring that they area adapted to the current needs of the user.