Siemens Automation S5 To S7 Control System Upgrades Can Be Complex And Costly If Ignored.

19-May-2012 | News-Press Release

Rockford, Illinois ( prsafe ) May 16, 2012 - Quantum Design would like to announce that it will provide Siemens Automation upgrade support for companies looking to migrate their existing Siemens S5 equipment to the Siemens Simatic S7 platform. As a Siemens solution partner, Quantum Design has several certified Siemens Simatic trained engineers that can provide an excellent resource for companies looking to upgrade their Siemens S5 automation controls.

A major concern for businesses that utilize Siemens S5 hardware and software for their automation processes is a lack of spare parts as Siemens is no longer supporting the old S5 hardware. As some of these companies are aware, when a module in their control system crashes, finding a replacement part can be a risky and expensive proposition. Some companies have resorted to eBay and other online reseller merchants to acquire needed components and spare parts in order to keep their systems up and running. However, due to the dwindling supply of S5 equipment these companies are finding that Siemens hardware is becoming harder to find and the potential for unplanned downtime is no longer worth the risk.

For this reason, a migration path to the newer Siemens Simatic S7 platform is something that all Engineering, Plant and Maintenance managers should seriously consider. These migrations can be done over time and at the convenience of the customer to minimize costs and the risks associated with upgrading an entire facility all at once. "Siemens S5 installations can be very complex, integrating all kinds of hardware and plant operation software, which should be a key factor for working with a company that has the experience necessary to ensure a smooth and documented transition," according to Michael Garza, Interactive Communications Manager at Quantum Design.

With businesses running leaner everyday and the need for greater efficiency, the thought of unplanned system downtime can cause a lot of sleepless nights for those responsible for maintaining these aging systems. The Siemens Simatic S7 platform is very stable and should be supported for years to come by Siemens, which makes it a good solution when considering an upgrade path for your existing control systems.

As a Siemens solutions provider, Quantum Design offers only the highest quality Siemens solutions with a supporting staff of engineers that have the knowledge and experience to design and migrate S5 systems to the Siemens S7 platform. Offering controls system upgrades, control panel design and control panel assembly for over 25 years, Quantum Design is uniquely positioned to provide a migration strategy that can provide many benefits for businesses that utilize Siemens and other control platforms.


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