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Entry ID: 109759445, Entry date: 09/10/2018
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Standardization as the basis of digitalization

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You would like to promote a more efficient development of your machines and plants. You want more productivity, higher availability and better capacity utilization in the production process.

Standardization means targeted selection of technologies and components (hardware and software) in order to set up recurring machines and systems or set up processes. Machines and systems are mapped modularly according to specific rules and standardizations.

Set standards in your development and production with a standardized modular system based on TIA Portal and benefit from the advantages of standardization.

Advantages of standardization in development, production, operation and maintenance:

  • Maintaining and expanding competitiveness with a comprehensive cost reduction (total-cost-of-Ownership)
  • Simplified management of the machine variants, short commissioning times, lower spare parts requirements, reduced training costs, simpler maintenance, less machine downtime and thus less maintenance costs, enhanced availability
  • Uniform operation (visualization) and diagnosis (simplified troubleshooting)
  • Increased efficiency through known and coordinated components and interfaces
  • Reduction of error sources through the use of already proven program parts
  • Standardized recording and visualization of machine and operating data


Development of a standard
Technological and industry-specific requirements are essential for the development of new machines and systems.
Define project-related and cross-project standard procedures and a selection of successive standard components.






TIA Portal Guides and Guidelines

The standardization guide shows you how to modularize your machines and systems.
It provides recommendations and information on structured and standardized programming of your automation solutions.

To create an optimal program with regard to technical possibilities and authenticity we recommend the programming guides and using the programming style guide for SIMATIC S7-1200/1500, which can be found here in a compilation.

Guide to Standardization
Programming Guidelines and Programming Styleguide for SIMATIC S7-1200 and S7-1500






Libraries as a basis for standardization

Store all objects you need frequently in the libraries.
In the following you will find a guide describing the optimal handling of libraries in the TIA Portal. 

In addition, the following link provides you with libraries on the following topics:
Control / Visualization / Communication / SIMATIC Ident / Safety Integrated / Energy Management / power supply

Libraries in the TIA Portal





Generation of TIA Portal projects

To save engineering time, standardized components of TIA Portal projects can be generated automatically.

With TIA Portal Openness you automate your engineering tasks in the TIA Portal and control them remotely.
With the help of SiVArc, the control program can then be analyzed and the visualization generated using rules.

TIA Portal Openness: Introduction and Demo Application
SIMATIC Automating projects with scripts
TIA Portal Openness: Generating a Modular Machine with S7-1500
SIMATIC Visualization Architect (SiVArc) – Getting Started





Testing and simulation


To ensure high code quality and to avoid errors during commissioning and operation, S7-PLCSIM Advanced is available for you to use.


S7-PLCSIM Advanced is an independent simulation system with which you simulate and test STEP 7 programs on a virtual controller. Then you can test the program automatically with S7UnitTest.

S7UnitTest: Automated testing with SIMATIC S7-PLCSIM Advanced
SIMATIC S7‑PLCSIM Advanced: Co‑Simulation via API
Digitalization with TIA Portal: Virtual Commissioning by basic behavior modeling with SIMATIC S7-PLCSIM Advanced




Digitalization and standardization with TIA Portal


After successful standardization the basis for the digital Work flow is provided.
Use the included application examples for the different "Use Cases" in digitalization to be competitive in the long run.



Training / courses
Benefit today from SITRAIN and digitalization:

Totally Integrated Automation in the Digital Enterprise – Introduction to Standardization (DI-STAND)
Introduction to Digital Enterprise - Compact (DI-INTROC)
Automatic execution of engineering tasks (DI-AUTOEN)
SiVArc - Options of Automatic Visualization Generation (TIA-SIVARC)


Further information

Automated execution of engineering tasks (Video)