SIMATIC PDM Process Device Manager

Introduction

SIMATIC PDM (Process Device Manager) is a universal, manufacturer-independent tool for the configuration, parameter assignment, commissioning, diagnostics and maintenance of intelligent field devices (sensors and actuators) and field components (remote I/Os, multiplexers, control room devices, compact controllers), which in the following sections will be referred to simply as devices.

By using only one particular software, SIMATIC PDM enables the processing of more than 2500 devices from Siemens and over 200 manufacturers worldwide with a homogeneous user interface. Parameters and functions for all supported devices are displayed in a consistent and uniform fashion independent of their communications interface.

With respect to device integration, SIMATIC PDM is the most powerful open process device manager on the global market. Devices which previously were not supported can be easily integrated in SIMATIC PDM at any time by importing their device descriptions (EDD). This provides security and saves investment, training and consequential costs.


SIMATIC PDM V8.2 further improves, upgrades and completes device support, functionality, performance and ease of operation.

What's New in SIMATIC PDM v8.2?

SIMATIC PDM Software Media Package (installation software) can be operated without license with the following functional restrictions in demo mode:

  • Stand-alone operation

  • Memory functions locked

  • Export/import function locked

  • Extended functionality locked

  • Communication functions limited

Optional product component "SIMATIC PDM Server":

  • Application focused on SIMATIC PCS 7 Maintenance Station V8.1.

  • Supports the display and operation of parameterization interfaces and online dialogs on each client of the SIMATIC PCS 7 Maintenance Station for the field devices monitored in the SIMATIC PCS 7 Maintenance Station and integrated by means of an Electronic Device Description (EDD).

  • Access rights to the device parameters of the field devices are administered by the user administration integrated in SIMATIC PDM based on the SIMATIC Logon service activated in SIMATIC PCS 7.

  • The following SIMATIC PDM functions are only available on the engineering station:

  • System functions of SIMATIC PDM, e.g., central settings

  • Engineering functions, e.g., network configurations

  • Change log

  • Calibration report

  • Licensing for use of SIMATIC PDM Server functionality required

Introduction of user administration:

  • Optional user administration in SIMATIC PCS 7 Maintenance Station based on SIMATIC Logon service to assign roles and function rights to users.

  • The assigned function rights refer to SIMATIC PDM system functions, for example, reading or writing.

  • If SIMATIC PDM is system-integrated in SIMATIC PCS 7 (SIMATIC PDM PCS 7), a separate license is not required for use of user administration.

  • User administration cannot be used on SIMATIC PCS 7 engineering station as well as with SIMATIC PDM in stand-alone operation.

Certification to Level HOST 61b for Foundation Fieldbus:

  • SIMATIC PCS 7 V8.1 certified to HOST 61b of Fieldbus Foundation

  • Based on this certification, SIMATIC PDM V8.2 also supports the following functions of FF field devices:

  • Cross Block references

  • Enhanced Function Blocks

  • Multi Capability Level

  • Dynamic Block Instantiation

  • Profiled Custom Function Blocks

  • Configuration of Scheduled Control Function Blocks

  • DD V5.1 Device-Level Access

Optional product component "SIMATIC PDM Command Interface":

  • Interface for remote control of different SIMATIC PDM system functions; use only project-specific, cannot be ordered

  • Licensing required for use

  • Additional requirement is installation and licensing of SIMATIC Logon service

  • Excellent programming experience required

Performance and quality improvements:

  • Measures improving quality as well as integration of previous updates

  • Measures to increase performance, for example, significantly faster selection of comparison objects

  • Measures to increase performance, for example, significantly faster selection of comparison objects

  • Change of supply logistics for SIMATIC PDM:

  • SIMATIC PDM Software Media Package (installation software without license) replaces the product SIMATIC PDM Demo

  • Service Packs and software updates will be provided in form of the SIMATIC PDM Software Media Package in the future

Integration of field devices and field components: The "Device Library 1#2014" is supplied together with SIMATIC PDM V8.2. It contains:

  • Current EDD basic library V2.0.5 from PROFIBUS & PROFINET International

  • Complete library 2013#2 of HART Communication Foundation (HCF)

  • FF Device Library V6 of Fieldbus Foundation

  • Corrections and expansions of existing manufacturer-specific device descriptions

  • New manufacturer-specific device descriptions

How existing users can upgrade?

SIMATIC PDM stand-alone
For reasons of improvements in performance and quality, we recommend updating the existing installation in the following order for SIMATIC PDM in stand-alone operation:

  • Update SIMATIC PDM software to V8.2

  • Update all used device descriptions with the help of the "Device Library 1#2014"

  • Re-import devices imported separately

SIMATIC PDM system-integrated in SIMATIC PCS7/STEP 7

  • Due to the comprehensive expansion of functionality in the context of the integration of the FOUNDATION Fieldbus (FF) and certification to HOST 61b, system-integrated operation of SIMATIC PDM V8.2 is only possible in combination with STEP 7 V5.5 SP4.

  • Due to the relationship with STEP 7 V5.5 SP4, SIMATIC PDM V8.2 can only be used in SIMATIC PCS 7 V8.1.

  • SIMATIC PDM V8.1+SP1 is still available for SIMATIC PCS 7 V8.0, V8.0+Update 1, V8.0+SP1, V8.0+SP1 Update 1 or V8.0+SP2.


SIMATIC PDM V8.2 product range

    SIMATIC PDM stand-alone product packages

  • SIMATIC PDM Single Point V8.2
    This minimum configuration with handheld functionality is designed for processing exactly one field device via point-to-point coupling. Additional functions or SIMATIC PDM TAGs are not possible. Upgrading to a different product variant, e.g. SIMATIC PDM Basic, or a different product version is also not possible. The device functions are supported as defined in the device description.

  • SIMATIC PDM Basic V8.2
    Provided the system requirements are met, SIMATIC PDM Basic can be used for stand-alone operation on any computer (IPC/ notebook) with local connection to bus segments or direct connection to the device. The product package features all the basic functions required for operation and parameter assignment of the devices. As a basic block for individual configuration, SIMATIC PDM Basic can be upgraded with all functional SIMATIC PDM options as well as with cumulative sets of 10, 100 or 1 000 SIMATIC PDM TAGs. Without TAG expansion, SIMATIC PDM Basic is suitable for projects with up to 4 TAGs.

  • SIMATIC PDM Service V8.2
    The product package for mobile servicing applications can be executed on any computer (IPC/notebook) with a local connection to a bus segment or direct connection to field devices. It comprises:

  1. SIMATIC PDM Basic (incl. 4 SIMATIC PDM TAGs)

  2. 100 SIMATIC PDM TAGs

Similar to SIMATIC PDM Basic, SIMATIC PDM Service can be upgraded with all functional SIMATIC PDM options as well as with cumulative sets of 10, 100 or 1 000 SIMATIC PDM TAGs.

The following types of communication are possible by all the above PDM Stand alone products:

  1. PROFIBUS DP/PA

  2. HART communication (modem, RS 232 and via PROFIBUS/ PROFINET)

  3. Modbus

  4. Ethernet

  5. PROFINET

SIMATIC PDM system-integrated product range

  • SIMATIC PDM S7 V8.2
    The product package designed for use in a SIMATIC S7 configuration environment requires the installation of STEP 7 V5.5+SP4. It comprises

  1. SIMATIC PDM Basic (incl. 4 SIMATIC PDM TAGs)

  2. SIMATIC PDM Extended

  3. SIMATIC PDM integration in STEP 7/PCS 7

  4. 100 SIMATIC PDM TAGs

SIMATIC PDM S7 can be expanded with the functional options SIMATIC PDM Routing, SIMATIC PDM Communication FOUNDATION Fieldbus, SIMATIC PDM Server, and SIMATIC PDM HART Server as well as with cumulative sets of 10, 100 or 1000 SIMATIC PDM TAGs.

  • SIMATIC PDM PCS 7 V8.2
    The product package designed for use in a SIMATIC PCS 7 configuration environment requires the installation of SIMATIC PCS 7 V8.1. SIMATIC PDM can then be integrated in the engineering toolset of the SIMATIC PCS 7 Engineering System V8.1.It comprises:

  1. SIMATIC PDM Basic (incl. 4 SIMATIC PDM TAGs)

  2. SIMATIC PDM Extended

  3. SIMATIC PDM integration in STEP 7/PCS 7

  4. SIMATIC PDM Routing

  5. 100 SIMATIC PDM TAGs

SIMATIC PDM PCS 7 can be expanded with the functional options SIMATIC PDM Communication FOUNDATION Fieldbus, SIMATIC PDM Server, and SIMATIC PDM HART Server as well as with cumulative sets of SIMATIC PDM TAGs (10, 100 or    1 000).

  • SIMATIC PDM PCS 7 Server V8.2
    The product package designed for use in a SIMATIC PCS 7 configuration environment requires the installation of SIMATIC PCS 7 V8.1. It expands the functionality of SIMATIC PDM PCS 7 by the SIMATIC PDM Server option. It is then possible to parameterize field devices integrated per Electronic Device Description (EDD) on any client of the SIMATIC PCS 7 Maintenance Station V8.1. SIMATIC PDM PCS 7 Server can be expanded with the functional options SIMATIC PDM Communication FOUNDATION Fieldbus and SIMATIC PDM HART Server as well as with cumulative sets of SIMATIC PDM TAGs (10, 100 or 1 000).

  • SIMATIC PDM PCS 7-FF V8.2
    The product package designed for use in a SIMATIC PCS 7 configuration environment requires the installation of SIMATIC PCS 7 V8.1. It expands the functionality of SIMATIC PDM PCS 7 by the SIMATIC PDM Communication Foundation Fieldbus option. SIMATIC PDM can then also parameterize field devices on the FOUNDATION Fieldbus H1. SIMATIC PDM PCS 7-FF can be expanded with the functional options SIMATIC PDM Server and SIMATIC PDM HART Server as well as with cumulative sets of SIMATIC PDM TAGs (10, 100 or 1 000).

  • SIMATIC PDM Extended V8.2 option
    The SIMATIC PDM Extended option enables you to unlock other system functions for SIMATIC PDM Basic and SIMATIC PDM, for example:

  1. Change log

  2. Calibration report

  3. Extended information in the Life list

  4. Export and import functions

  5. Print functions

  6. Document manager

  7. Comparison function

This functionality is already integrated in the product packages of category "SIMATIC PDM system-integrated" (SIMATIC PDM S7, SIMATIC PDM PCS 7, SIMATIC PDM PCS 7 Server, and SIMATIC PDM PCS 7-FF).


Core Benefits & Functions of SIMATIC PDM

  • Creation of project-specific device libraries

  • Adjustment and modification of device parameters

  • Comparing (e.g. project and device data)

  • Plausibility testing of data input

  • Device identification and testing

  • Device identification and testing

  • Simulation

  • Diagnostics (standard, detailed)

  • Export/import (parameter data, logs, documents)

  • Management (e.g. networks and PCs)

  • Commissioning functions, e.g. measuring circuit tests of device data

  • Lifecycle management functions, e.g. for device replacement

  • Global and device-specific modification logbook for user operations (audit trail)

  • Device-specific calibration reports

  • Graphic presentations of echo envelope curves, trend displays, valve diagnosis results etc.

  • Presentation of incorporated manuals

  • Document manager for integration of up to 10 multimedia files

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