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After taking this course, you’ll learn:

  • Explain the differences between the Plant Bus and the Terminal Bus of a PCS7 configuration

  • Describe the hardware and software configuration requirements for a typical standalone PCS7 system

  • Create a new PCS7 project and configure the Hardware and Network components to support an example project

  • Describe what a Continuous Function Chart (CFC) is and how to create and configure a CFC to perform desired logic

  • Create CFCs to use as templates for common control tasks, such as 2-position valve control and VFD and motor control

  • Create interlock CFCs and define specific interlock logic for an example project

  • Download a program to the AS400 and simulator program operation using S7-PLCSIM

Course curriculum

    1. 1.1 Understanding PCS7: An Introduction

    2. 1.2 Exploring PCS7 Hardware: Structure Insights

    3. 1.3 Navigating PCS7 Software: Structural Components

    1. 2.1 Kickstarting Your PCS7 Project: Creation Basics

    2. 2.2 Hardware Configuration in PCS7: A Step-by-Step Guide

    3. 2.3 Mastering Network Configuration in PCS7

    1. 3.1 Archiving and CFC Logic Creation in PCS7

    2. 3.2 Customizing Hardware Configuration in PCS7

    3. 3.3 Building Complex CFC Logics in PCS7

    1. 4.1 Implementing Valve & Motor Operation Templates in PCS7

    2. 4.2 Incorporating Pump Templates in PCS7 Projects

    3. 4.3 Interlock Configuration: Ensuring Safety in PCS7

    1. 5.1 Compiling, Downloading, and Simulating Projects in PCS7

About this course

  • 13 lessons
  • 2 hours of video content
  • Pro Course
  • Earn Certificate of Completion

Ideal for you if…

  • You are an experienced PLC programmer and would like to understand how the SIMATIC hardware can be integrated into a DCS platform

  • You are an engineer that has been asked to design, configure, or implement a PCS7 system

  • You are a technician and have been asked to maintain or troubleshoot devices connected to the Plant Bus in a PCS7 system

  • You want to expand your understanding of complex hardware, network, and program configurations


PCS7 is an integrated, full-featured, scalable DCS control system based on the latest technologies from Siemens. PCS7 builds upon the Siemens SIMATIC hardware platform and integrates seamlessly into the Totally Integrated Automation software platform.

An example project is developed to demonstrate how the hardware and software components are chosen and connected in a standalone PCS7 system. Concepts such as Plant Bus, Terminal Bus, AS, SIMATIC Manager, and Operator Station are presented and used to configure a complete PCS7 system.

The example project uses various CFCs to configure logic for the AS400. Template CFCs are identified for use in typical logic structures to monitor and control common devices such as valves, motors, and VFDs. Interlock CFCs are configured to provide enhanced control schemes and methods of interconnecting CFCs to real I/O and other CFC outputs are demonstrated.

After the program logic is developed, the processes to compile and download the hardware, network, and program configurations are demonstrated. The program is simulated in S7-PLCSIM, and the logic is monitored in online watch mode.

Prepare for better pay & bigger responsibility

Eduardo Cali

I’m a maintenance technician at my company and I recently transferred to automation. We’re working more and more with Siemens so I needed to get up to speed on the newest PLC software. RealPars videos feel like a real classroom experience. The instructors are great…they’re easy to follow and they make the lessons relevant to real-world applications and I like that. I definitely recommend RealPars.

Mario Flores

I tried other online training, but I have to say that RealPars instructors helped me connect the dots in a way the others didn’t. I was able to expand my Siemens knowledge…I only knew Allen-Bradley…now I understand the differences and similarities better. I find RealPars to be a professional and affordable way to get the big picture of PLC as well as gain lots of practical knowledge.

Meet your instructor

Scott Sommer, PE, CAP

Scott Sommer has worked in the automation industry for over 37 years. In addition to his full-time job as Director, Automation Engineering Professional Development at Horizon Controls Group, Scott is proud to help develop the next generation of automation engineers. In his free time, he’s a RealPars instructor and an ISA trainer.

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  • Can I get a certificate for this course?

    Yes. RealPars will issue a Certificate of Completion (certified by RealPars) when you complete the course.

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  • Can my employer purchase a course for me?

    Yes. Most people enroll individually, and then submit their receipt to their employer for reimbursement. However, if your employer has a tuition budget and wants to train 5 people or more, you can send us an email at [email protected] and we will help you with bulk signup.

  • Can I register for a course if I am working full time?

    Of course. All of our course content is pre-recorded, so you can work and study on your own time.

  • Do I have to travel to take this course?

    Nope! All our courses are offered online, so you can take them from anywhere in the world. All you need is a high-speed internet connection and the applicable software for your course.