Software configures process automation system.

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SIMATIC PCS 7 v6 features single common interface that configures HMI, control, historian, batch, and fieldbus aspects of process control device. It supports concurrent engineering, automatic change management, optimized communication, and automatic optimization of control strategy. Centralized security administration, electronic signature, and configuration audit trails support manufacturers who need to comply with FDA regulations.



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Siemens Releases New Version of Simatic PCS 7



Eliminating Traditional Automation System Boundaries

SPRING HOUSE, Pa., June 26, 2003 - Siemens Energy & Automation has released a new version of its innovative SIMATIC PCS 7 Process Automation System. SIMATIC PCS 7 Version 6 eliminates the traditional boundaries that exist between the different software tools used for the configuration of a process automation system. A single common interface configures the HMI, control, historian, batch and fieldbus aspects of a process control device. This device-centric approach increases productivity, reduces personnel training, improves change management and reduces configuration time. Furthermore, PCS 7 Version 6 significantly increases system capacity.

This new version also adds significant flexibility by allowing online system modifications for its I/O, controller, HMI, batch and historian components. Features such as support for concurrent engineering, automatic change management, optimized communication and automatic optimization of the control strategy enhance the usability of PCS 7. Centralized security administration, electronic signature and configuration audit trails support manufacturers who need to comply with FDA regulations, i.e. 21 CFR Part 11. With PCS 7's SIMATIC Batch, operations are improved via dynamic unit allocation, batch manager redundancy and enhanced recipe generation capabilities.

The new version of SIMATIC PCS 7 is part of Totally Integrated Automation. Totally Integrated Automation provides uniform automation technology on a single platform for all industries throughout the entire manufacturing facility - from inbound logistics, through primary and secondary processes, to outbound logistics. Leveraging the Totally Integrated Automation platform, SIMATIC IT enables optimal plant utilization through manufacturing execution systems and business applications.

Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc., based in the Atlanta suburb of Alpharetta, Ga., is the operational center for Siemens process automation business in North America. The Process Automation Systems business unit, which includes SIMATIC IT / Manufacturing Execution Solutions, the SIMATIC PCS 7 process control system, the APACS+ process automation system and process safety systems, is located in Spring House, Pa. The company provides solutions to help increase plant productivity and safety, reduce time-to-market and improve product quality in industries such as chemical, pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, glass, cement, food and beverage, metals, oil and gas, pulp and paper and refining.

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Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc.
Attn: Catherine Derkosh, Mail Stop 220
1201 Sumneytown Pike
P.O. Box 900
Spring House, PA 19477-0900

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Siemens AG (NYSE: SI), headquartered in Munich, is a leading global electronics and engineering company. Siemens and its subsidiaries employ 426,000 people in 190 countries and reported worldwide sales of $77.8 billion in fiscal 2002 (10/1/01 - 9/30/02). The United States is Siemens' largest market in the world, with 11 of Siemens' worldwide businesses headquartered here and annual sales of $21.5 billion in fiscal 2002. The Siemens companies in the U.S. employ approximately 70,000 people in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Corporate headquarters for Siemens' U.S. businesses are located in New York City. For more information: www.usa.siemens.com.

Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc., is one of Siemens' operating companies in the United States. Headquartered in the Atlanta suburb of Alpharetta, Ga., Siemens Energy & Automation Inc. manufactures and markets the world's broadest range of electrical and electronic products, systems and services to industrial and construction market customers. Its technologies range from circuit protection and energy management systems to process control, industrial software and totally integrated automation solutions. The company also has expertise in systems integration, technical services and turnkey industrial systems.

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