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Entry type: Product note Entry ID: 109739470, Entry date: 08/12/2016

Delivery Release: Siemens Network Planner - SINETPLAN V1.0

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The Siemens Network Planner supports planners of automation systems based on PROFINET and supports the professional and proactive simulation of the network of a system.

Highlights at a glance

  • Network optimization via calculation of the network load down to the port level
  • Transparency through import and simulation of existing STEP 7 projects
  • Validation of compliance with planning requirements
  • Comprehensive reporting function of the planned network design
  • Increased production availability via online scan and verification of existing systems

The Challenge

Industry 4.0 has been a part of production for some time, at least as far as data is concerned: The complexity of industrial networks is constantly growing because connectivity is required from the sensor all the way to the cloud. The downside: Networks that were not planned correctly can soon reach their limits if the data volume was not already taken into consideration during the planning phase. In the worst case, such bottlenecks in data traffic can result in the failure of nodes and segments so that larger production segments can be affected. One of the main tasks of proactive network planning therefore consists in the correct assessment of the existing network resources in order to make well-founded decisions regarding the next steps.

The Solution

SINETPLAN supports planners of automation systems and networks based on PROFINET. The tool facilitates professional and proactive dimensioning of the PROFINET installation already during the planning phase; it also supports the optimization of the network and assists in fully exploiting network resources and planning reserves.

Details and background

In PROFINET communication, IO data such as process data and alarms are always transferred in real time (RT), for which the best possible network utilization is already taken into consideration in the engineering (e.g. STEP 7) to guarantee reliable operation of the plant.
But in addition to these real-time data, large volumes of TCP/IP data are also transferred ever more frequently in automation systems. These data can include picture data from HMI systems, high-resolution videos from camera systems for quality monitoring, etc.
Even if real-time (RT) communication is given priority or bandwidth is reserved for isochronous real-time (IRT) communication, it still makes sense to think about the entire layout of the network because non-real-time communication is also important for plant operation.

What does SINETPLAN offer?

The Siemens Network Planner supports planners in the planning and design of PROFINET networks, especially when there is a high level non-real-time communication (NRT), such as TCP/IP data, in addition to RT or IRT communication.
The tool calculates and simulates the network utilization in a PROFINET network and shows critical points where the network load is too high. In addition, it simulates the network load of the real-time data (real-time communication) as well as the non-real-time communication caused, for example, by standard Ethernet nodes.
This means you get an overview and transparency of the network utilization of the planned system prior to installation and commissioning. If the Siemens Network Planner points out critical network segments, you can easily change the plans and start the simulation once again.
In this way, you can optimize the planned network, maximize exploitation of network resources, or plan reserves, and thereby avoid problems that might only become apparent during commissioning or even productive operation. This increases production availability, improves operational safety, provides the "One cable for everything" PROFINET benefit.

Customer benefits

  • Cost reduction from transparency prior to commissioning
  • Calculation of worst-case queue occupancy of the ports and the connections
  • Efficiency thanks to the import and simulation of existing STEP 7 projects
  • Maximum utilization of available network resources
  • Validation of compliance with planning requirements
  • Increased production availability and prevention of downtime due to network failures

Product features

  • Tool-supported network layout and simulation even during the planning phase
  • Transparency of network utilization for RT/IRT data as well as NRT traffic (e.g. TCP/IP)
  • Reporting function with results from simulation and validation
  • Vendor-independent and cross-project simulation
  • Analysis of Pcap files to determine traffic generated by NRT network nodes

System requirements

SINETPLAN V1.0 has been released for use with the following operating systems (for 32-bit and 64-bit versions):

  • Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise SP1
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1

Note: Operating system support of Windows 10 is scheduled for the next version.

Compatibility with other products

Requirement for import of a STEP 7 project:

  • STEP 7 Classic V5.5 SP4 HF9
    Download of Hotfix10 for STEP7 5.5 SP4:  109738871

The following virus scanners were tested with SINETPLAN V1.0:

  • Trend Micro 11.0.4205 SP1
  • McAfee VirusScan Enterprise 8.8 Patch 6
  • Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1
  • Kasperski Anti-Virus 2016
  • Windows Defender

Ordering data

SINETPLAN V1.0Order number
Trial license, 21 days 109748671 
Floating license download6ES7 853-0AE00-0YA5
Floating license DVD6ES7 853-0AA00-0YA5

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