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Entry type: Application example Entry ID: 109755424, Entry date: 03/12/2018

Line Integration at the Food & Beverage Industry - Brownfield Connection Concept

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Siemens offers full standardized ready-to-use machine integration for OEM machine builders with full support by SIMATIC IT Line Monitoring System (LMS) for the line operating authority. The Brownfield Connection Concept describes the integration of existing installations which do not support embedding into production lines using the Plant Data Interface.
The Brownfield Connection Concept is part of the Line Integration Concept at the Food & Beverage Industry. An overview of the Line Integration Concept you can find here.

A special solution is required for existing systems in which it is not possible to integrate the Plant Data Interface into the control system or for which there is no option of communicating with the superordinate SIMATIC WinCC via a communication protocol.

The Brownfield Connection Concept for connecting existing systems (PWA Box) is based on the Plant Data Interface. The solution enables the seamless integration of an old machine into the line integration concept for which it is not possible to integrate the plant data interface or for which there is no option of communicating with the superordinate SIMATIC WinCC via a communication protocol.
In this solution, the plant data interface (PDI Basic) is integrated into a SIMATIC S7 1200 and the information necessary for this purpose is generated via a sensor system and physical signals which are collected via the module periphery. No intervention into the existing automation system is necessary. Configuration is done exclusively via the web interface of the control System.

The software is based on the international standards of OMAC-User Group and Weihenstephan Standards, which sets the industry-standard for the according data interfaces.
For questions concerning the application, please feel free to address your local Siemens contact.

Your benefits at a glance

  • Prevention of high costs and risks when modifying the existing automation

  • Cost-efficient “out of the box” solution with standard components from automation

  • No adaption of the existing machine automation necessary

  • No technical or software knowledge necessary

  • Easy configuration via web Server


  • OMAC – Specifikation ANSI/ISA-TR88.00.02-2015 (26 Oktober 2015)
  • Weihenstephan Standards - Content interface specification (Version 08)
  • SIMATIC S7-1214C CPU

  Dokumentation - Brownfield Connection Concept (1,8 MB)
 Registrierung notwendig  PWA Box - SIMATIC S7-1214C controller program (1017,7 KB)

Last changes
  • First release

Ergänzende Suchbegriffe
S88, PWA, Anlagenweite Automatisierung, WS-Pack

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