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After taking this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Describe the basic functions of a Siemens Basic HMI panel

  • Add a Basic HMI Panel to the automation hardware configuration

  • Configure the HMI to access the data table of a connected PLC

  • Use TIA Portal to create HMI displays using the screen objects catalog

  • Use WinCC Basic to animate displays and adjust object behavior and properties

  • Design and implement a navigation scheme to move between multiple displays

  • Download the WinCC to the WinCC simulation environment

  • Simulate the WinCC display actions by connecting to the PLC simulator to provide “live” data inputs and outputs

Course curriculum

    1. 1. What is an HMI and How Do I Add an HMI in TIA Portal

    2. 2. Adding a Touchscreen HMI to the Hardware Configuration

    3. 3. Configuring a PLC Program to be Used With the HMI

    4. 4. Using WinCC to Create a Screen for the HMI

    5. 5. Compiling, Loading, and Simulating an HMI Screen

    6. 6. Viewing and Changing Properties of HMI Objects

    7. 7. Creating a Screen-to-Screen Navigation Strategy

    8. 8. Extending the Navigation Strategy to Multiple Screens - Part 1

    9. 9. Extending the Navigation Strategy to Multiple Screens - Part 2

    10. 10. Simulating the Navigation Strategy with Multiple Screens

    11. 11. Completing the Screens and Testing the HMI - Part 1

    12. 12. Completing the Screens and Testing the HMI - Part 2

    13. 13. Configuring Additional Objects and Animations Using WinCC

    14. 14. Completing the HMI Project and Testing with the Simulator

About this course

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

Ideal for you if…

  • You are ready to expand your knowledge of Siemens S7 programming beyond the PLC

  • You need to create visualizations and graphics for operator interactions or program testing

  • You want to learn how to program and connect graphic displays to PLC data using Siemens Basic HMI panels

  • You want to use the HMI simulation application in TIA Portal


In this course you will learn how to use WinCC Basic in TIA Portal to create an application that will run in a standard, basic Siemens touch-panel operator interface, called a Human Machine Interface, or HMI for short.

An HMI allows the operator to visualize the process and interact with the process using graphic displays. These displays may include pushbuttons, data entry ports and other animated elements that allow the operator to interact with the process.

HMI displays include information about the process, such as tank levels, flow rates, pressures, and temperatures, as well as other process data like step or mode information. HMI displays can be configured with diagnostic or alarm information to allow the operator to receive alerts and warnings.

You will gain experience in designing HMI screens and adding and modifying objects on the screen to create behaviors that match stated specifications. Multiple screens will be configured to allow demonstration of a screen-to-screen navigation strategy. When the screens are completed, the HMI configuration will be downloaded to the HMI simulator, and with the associated PLC simulator running, real-time testing of the screens using data from the PLC will be demonstrated.

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.

Here’s why you’ll succeed

  • One-on-one support

    Stuck or have a question? You get unlimited support from our team of proven PLC programming experts.

  • Laser-focused lessons

    We only teach you exactly what you need to know to master a PLC course. No fluff, filler, or wasting your time.

  • Experienced instructors

    All PLC training courses include step-by-step instructions from the world’s best so you can join their ranks and gain an unfair advantage.

The RealPars guarantee

  • Suited for all skill levels

    we’ll help you get the skills you need to stand out and get hired!

  • Learn practical skills

    You can immediately apply learnings and improve your results.

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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.

  • What is the required software?

    TIA Portal Basic V16 or higher

  • 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.