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Entry type: Application example Entry ID: 98278624, Entry date: 02/14/2018

Line Integration at the Food & Beverage Industry – Plant Communication Concept

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Siemens offers full standardized ready-to-use machine integration for OEM machine builders with full support by Siemens Line Management System for the line operating authority. To support this process, Siemens offers a Plant Communication concept based on PDI-Interface.

The Plant Communication Concept is part of the Line Integration Concept of the Food & Beverage Industry. An overview of the Line Integration Concept you can find  here.


Individual stations of production lines require reliable transmission of standardized data structures. The data must be exchanged efficiently, reliably, easily and independently of the automation system used via a standardized Interface.

To support the integration of lines, Siemens offers communication blocks based on PROFINET IO, Open TCP/IP or S7-Communication. These blocks based on the Plant Data Interface and supports the easily integration of machines into existing applications.

This concept 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

  • Based on the standards OMAC and Weihenstephan defined by end-customers, which is worldwide existing and all-purpose
  • Pre-engineered and tested modules from the market leader for automation technology
  • Minimization of  engineering time
  • Easy implementation of PLC to PLC communication


  • OMAC – Specification ANSI/ISA-TR88.00.02-2015 (Approved 26 October 2015)

  • Weihenstephan - Specification of the Interface Content (Version 08)

  • STEP 7 V5.5 SP3 is recommended for S7-300 / S7-400

  • TIA Portal Professional V14 for S7-1x00 Engineering

  • SIMATIC WinCC V7.3 for line integration via WinCC Channel

  • SIMATIC NET V12.0 + SP2 for line integration via OPC-Server

Last Changes
This topic was updated to PCC V3.0.

Additional keywords
S88, PWA, Plant Wide Automation, WS-Pack

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