15 November 2019

It’s not an update, it’s a new era!

A lot has changed within the last 30 years. This can be seen by mesago, the organizer of SPS2019, which is giving a new name and concept to the fair this year. Those who have been following the fair already for many years can see this even more clearly by the products and solutions shown and discussed at the fair over the past years.
Siemens is active in the field of Human Machine Interface since the eighties and has often used the formerly named SPS/IPC/DRIVES fair as an opportunity to introduce many innovations and features.
This will be the case again this year.

What does the future of visualization looks like?

The operation of machines is in one of the biggest transition phases ever. As digitalization continues, not only new topics such as cloud computing or edge computing are coming along, but many of the topics that have been around for a long time are changing fundamentally. The ever-increasing amount of data that must be visualized, the increasing number of connected systems, as well as the increasing expectations on the visualization itself, are only a few examples that reflect the change in this area. The use of apps on smartphones and tablets in both private and business contexts sets the standard for the usability of a modern user interface in the industrial environment.

It should not be forgotten that with a special view on the interaction between human and machine, completely new scenarios such as augmented reality, chat bots or voice control are just around the corner and will shortly become part of many industrial applications.
To meet these demands and expectations of operators, it is not only necessary for automation engineers to be willing to deal with these issues, but it is also necessary to provide the right tools to take advantage of these changes and integrate them efficiently into the development process.

A few years ago, we at Siemens therefore asked ourselves what the HMI of the future will look like and which impact these trends will have on our products. After many exhausting months, we are presenting the results for the first time at this years SPS trade fair.


A completely new developed visualization system for all industrial applications, consisting of new hard- and software. The runtime of the new visualization software SIMATIC WinCC Unified in the TIA Portal based on native web technologies such as HTML5, SVG and JavaScript. The high scalability of the newly developed platform enables integrated solutions from panels to SCADA systems. When designing the system, great attention has been on openness aspects. For this purpose, interfaces have been implemented that on the one hand enable automated project engineering (TIA Portal Openness) and on the other hand significantly simplify data exchange during operation. Runtime Openness and an OpenPipe programming interface are available to the user for this purpose.
Engineering of WinCC Unified takes place in the TIA Portal. Components created once can be reused on all platforms because the technologies used ensure maximum flexibility in the choice of execution environment. WinCC Unified will initially be available for Panel- and PC-based systems but is also prepared for the execution in the edge or cloud environment in the future.

Right from the beginning it was our goal to develop a system that enables the user to implement an application exactly the way which is necessary to ensure the best possible user experience for the operator.

SIMATIC HMI Unified Comfort Panels

The SIMATIC WinCC Unified System includes a completely new generation of high-end operator panels:
SIMATIC HMI Unified Comfort Panels
With this generation of operator panels we are entering a new era of SIMATIC HMI. For the first time, it will be possible to install apps on the devices and run them in parallel to the visualization itself. This will be possible thanks to the support of Siemens Industrial Edge.
The visualization on the devices is based on WinCC Unified and thus provides a consistent vector-based visualization, which significantly simplifies scaling from the smallest 7″ device to the largest 22″ device.
The devices not only have a fundamentally new visualization, but above all offer significantly increased system performance, as well as a beautifully designed glass front with Multi touch.

Be one of the first to learn all about it

To make sure, that you’re not going to miss any information about the WinCC Unified System, I highly recommend you join us at the fair as well as making your registration for the WinCC Unified Community.
After the launch at SPS2019 we’re going to distribute all the information you need to know about the new system.

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