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System overview SIMATIC Controllers

SIMATIC Controllers offer the intelligent choice for your automation tasks

Every machine or plant has individual requirements for system performance and application complexity. With its extensive range of controllers, Siemens offers the perfect control solution for each application.

The Basic Controllers S7-1200 with a range from small to middle size applications, the Advanced Controllers S7-1500 for medium and complex applications, the Distributed Controllers ET 200SP for decentralized applications and the Software Controller S7-1500 for PC-based applications.

All Basic, Advanced and Distributed Controllers are also available as fail-safe versions for implementation of fail-safe applications.

Siemens Controllers portfolio in system overview

Basic software Distributed Advanced


Siemens Controllers portfolio in application overview

Basic Controllers

Advanced Controllers

Distributed Controllers

Software Controller

Basic Controller
Advanced Controller
Distributed Controller
Software Controller

Compact automation solution with require-ments for integrated
communication and technology functions – often combined with cost effectiveness

Complete production automation and appli-cations for medium-sized and high-end machines with high demands in terms of performance, communi-cation, flexibility and technology functions

Machines with distribu-ted architecture, series machines, with limited space requirements for the mid-performance range

Machines in the high-performance range which require maximum precision and speed, as well as a PC connection

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Focusing on the application - the right controller for individual automation requirements

Integrated functionalities within all SIMATIC Controllers

Apart from scalability, every controller offers integrated system functions such as efficient engineering, high performance, innovative design, reliable diagnostics, Safety Integrated, Technology Integrated and
Security Integrated.
This allows flexibility in the design or adaption of automation solutions, without repeatedly having to accumulate further know-how and expertise.


Efficient engineering

Engineering Effizienz

The seamless integration of SIMATIC Controllers in the common TIA Portal engineering framework permits the consistent storage of data, the smart library concept, and a uniform operating philosophy. This makes the use of universal functions particularly easy.


Innovative Design

High performance

Reliable diagnostics

Innovatives Design
Hohe Performance
Vielfältige Diagnose

Each controller can be set up and wired differently.
The SIMATIC Controllers portfolio offers modular, compact and
PC-based CPUs.

The highest performance in every class: The Controllers are scalable not only in their speed of processing, but also in their performance characteristics.
In addition, they offer net-working options across different communication standards.

The integrated system diagnos-tics with efficient fault analysis and fast troubleshooting cuts commissioning times and minimizes downtimes in pro-duction. Faults are uniformly indicated in the engineering on the HMI, in the web server and in the display of the SIMATIC S7-1500.

Safety Integrated

Technology Integrated

Security Integrated

Safety Integrated
Technology Integrated
Security Integrated

Fail-safe SIMATIC Controllers offer the greatest possible level of integration: one controller, one communication system and one engineering for both standard and failsafe automation.

Technology functions for metering and measuring tasks, closed-loop control and motion control are integrated into all SIMATIC Controllers.

Intellectual property and the investment it represents are safeguarded by the integration of know-how protection, protection against copying and manipulation, and additional password protection for access to program contents.