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Entry type: Application example Entry ID: 82634916, Entry date: 01/16/2014

SIMATIC PCS 7 Advanced Process Functions (Video)

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With Advanced Process Functions (APF) you can efficiently configure and administer both business and process data. Its focus lies on batch oriented processes with simple recipe controls for small to medium mixing systems, which are driven with different parameter sets.

For the automation of a plant, in many industries there is the additional requirement to collect, process and archive business and process data. This includes, for example, the administration of orders, storage locations and materials, and the back up to an archive server.

APF is based on an engineering tool that enables project engineers to generate function blocks, user archives and visualization objects. The integration of these elements into the SIMATIC PCS 7 project enables the realization of customer-specific automation tasks that include the following:

  • Evaluating material parameters at the automation level
  • Posting of materials: removal of raw materials from storage locations and delivery of processed materials to storage locations
  • Locating available materials and their storage locations
  • Parameter, job and archiving management

The function blocks are connected to user archives so that the master data can be maintained and results data can be archived and evaluated in the PCS 7 operator station (OS).

APF can be used in various industries, which include:

  • Chemical industry - especially in specialty and fine chemicals
  • Food and beverage industry
  • Pharmaceutical industry

This entry was created with SIMATIC PCS 7 V8.0 and APF V1.4, the procedure is valid for higher versions of SIMATIC PCS 7 and APF.

Media System
The following videos illustrate properties and selected functions of the SIMATIC PCS 7 APF based on the following topics:

  • Description of typical mixing and dosing processes with APF
  • Advantages of using Advanced Process Functions
  • Managing materials and storage locations
  • Managing parameter sets, jobs and the archive functions
  • Usage of APF engineering tools


How to use
Download the files into a directory of your choice (the path must not contain special characters) and unpack the demonstration system (ZIP archive). The animation will start as soon as you double-click on the "exe" file you unpacked from the archive.

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E-Learning, Tutorial, Teaser, Webcast, multimedia demonstration system, Film, Screencast, media system
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