SIMATIC Controllers

Siemens offers the right controller for a wide range of automation requirements.  The SIMATIC range of controllers comprises of Basic, Advanced, Distributed, Software and Motion Controllers offering impressive scalability and integration of their functions. The engineering in the Totally Integrated Automation Portal (TIA Portal) enables optimum automation solutions to be found for every application.

PLC System Overview Controller

System Overview

basic plc or controller

Basic Controller

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Advanced Controller

The intelligent choice for your automaton tasks
Every machine or plant has individual requirements for system performance and application complexity. With its extensive range of controllers, Siemens offers the perfect control solution for each application.

 System Overview

For simple and stand-alone automation tasks
Basic Controllers are the intelligent choice for compact automation solutions with integrated communication and
technology functions. It is available in both standard and safety versions.

 Basic Controller

For medium and highly complex machine and plant automation
Advanced Controllers automate not only complete production plants, but also applications which demand the greatest performance, flexibility and networking capability.

 Advanced Controller
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Motion Controller

distributed controller or plc

Distributed Controller

software controller or plc

Software Controller

For extended motion control functionalities
Motion Controllers complete the scalable motion control portfolio from Siemens, with functionalities such as gearing or camming.

 Motion Controller

For serial machines with limited footprint and machines with distributed architecture
Distributed Controllers combine the advantages of a SIMATIC S7-1500 with the design of a SIMATIC ET 200SP.

 Distributed Controller

For PC-based automation
The Software Controller is used wherever maximum precision and speed are required as well as PC-based automation. The PC-based controller is fully independent of the operating system during operation.

 Software Controller

SIMATIC Controllers portfolio overview

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Why SIMATIC Controllers?


  • Cost-effective controllers for all performance levels ranging from simple to complex applications

  • Scalable offering ensures portability of programs throughout the full range of controllers

  • Integrated Safety: Cat 4, SIL 3, PLe safety levels available in each size of the Siemens automation controllers

  • Integrated Security: Protection against unauthorized access and intellectual properties

  • Integrated Diagnostics: “No programming” diagnostics automatically displayed on all system devices: HMI, controller web server, engineering software and S7-1500 series display

  • Commissioning features: Integrated Trace within the controller for fault analysis

  • Built-in Communications: Ethernet TCP/IP (onboard all S7-1200/1500 series) for PROFINET IO communications, programming and third-party fieldbus protocols. PROFIBUS is included (either onboard or added module).

  • Connections to existing controllers: Options including native PROFINET, PROFIBUS, Modbus, Modbus TCP, TCP/IP and Open Ethernet protocols. Ability to share data via EtherNet/IP without any code modifications to current installed controllers.

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