S5 to S7 Upgrades – The conventional way

Although Optima exclusively offer the S57 processor to upgrade critical plant and equipment in stages from Siemens Step 5 to Step 7 and TIA Portal we realise not all our customers wish to take this approach. Well that doesn’t create a problem for us. We are happy to upgrade your plant and equipment using other innovative methods. We can offer a seamless transition from Interbus to Profinet or Masterdrives to Sinamics.

Below, you will find a list of some of the more interesting Siemens Step 5 to Step 7 or TIA Portal conversions we have carried out.

Bespoke Welding Machines’ Seam-Less Upgrade From S5 To Tia Portal

October 16, 2019

Siemens S5 PLC’s are the workhorses of industry which is why Optima still come across them on a weekly basis. Fortunately, our talented team of engineers can apply their engineering skills to a wide variety of machines. This provides a valued upgrade service for our clients. S5 has been so reliable that we are now upgrading ...

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Drive System Retrofit for MasterDrives

September 18, 2019

Optima’s innovative approach to motor and drive upgrades significantly reduces the installation time and minimises risk to your site. All of our systems are thoroughly tested before they are shipped to site, completely eliminating any “out of box” failures. By replacing legacy equipment, your production machine can be future-proofed with the latest technology features and ...

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Don’t replace old for old. Replace old with new!

July 1, 2019

Should you really replace like-for-like following failure of an automation component? Why not consider the opportunity of upgrading to a brand new fully-supported unit? The cost difference may not be what you expect. Quite the opposite in fact. Read on for more information:  When faced with the complete failure of a HMI TP177A, our customer wished ...

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All the support you need… when you need it

Here at Optima we are always looking at ways at which we can better support our customers. If the problem can be identified remotely and and fixed without requiring a visit to site, then there are cost savings to be made, both in terms of engineering time saved and production downtime losses.
Of course, not every problem can be fixed remotely, but if a more detailed prognosis can be made in the first instance, then preparations for any site visit will be more focused on the problem area. Read our Remote Access Brochure for more information.

Cloud Remote Access

Cloud Access

With this remote access system:

  • Our engineers use the same software they would use if they had travelled to the remote site. The customer does not need to purchase the specialist programming tools or laptop
  • The system uses the existing, broadband Internet connection on site, whether wired or wireless
  • If this is not available (for example at a remote operating plant or location) our 4G Mobile Data Sim configuration provides the communication link required. 
  • Depending on network coverage, the most appropriate mobile telephone network provider can be selected. Our range of high-gain antennas ensure that a reliable data link is always available
  • The system can be configured to send e-mail notifications, when machine faults / alerts occur

We would be pleased to provide you with a custom quotation for your remote access requirements.

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