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SIMATIC PDM Process Device Manager

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SIMATIC PDM (Process Device Manager) is a universal, manufacturer-independent tool for the configuration, parameter assignment, commissioning, diagnostics and maintenance of intelligent field devices (sensors and actuators) and field components (remote I/Os, multiplexers, control room devices, compact controllers), which in the following sections will be referred to simply as devices.

Using only one software, SIMATIC PDM enables the processing of more than 4 500 devices and device variants from Siemens and over 200 manufacturers worldwide with a uniform user interface. Parameters and functions for all supported devices are displayed in a consistent and uniform fashion independent of their communications interface.

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Device parameters and functions for all supported devices are displayed uniformly and independent of their communication connection. With respect to device integration, SIMATIC PDM is the most high-performance open process device manager on the global market. Devices previously not supported can be easily integrated into SIMATIC PDM at any time by importing their device descriptions (EDD) or device description packages (FDI). This provides security and saves investment, training and follow-up costs.

PROFINET enters the field level

PROFINET is an open and manufacturer-independent Industrial Ethernet standard and represents maximum transparency, open IT communication, network security and simultaneous real-time communication. With SIMATIC PDM, it is possible to process field devices with PROFINET communication interfaces or field devices with other communication interfaces that communicate via PROFINET proxies, remote I/O stations or link modules.

Example include:

  • The SIMOCODE Pro motor management system as PROFINET field device
  • With SIMATIC PDM, it is now possible to configure field devices that are connected to the SIMATIC CFU (Compact Field Unit) distributed I/O via PROFINET. PROFIBUS PA field devices that are connected to the CFU via PROFINET can be processed or configured using SIMATIC PDM
  • The SIMATIC ET 200SP HA remote I/O station makes it possible to process connected HART field devices
  • The IE/PB PN IO-Link makes it possible to process PROFIBUS PA field devices that are connected to the CFU via PROFINET

In addition to PROFINET, SIMATIC PDM also supports other communication types, such as PROFIBUS DP/PA, HART, FF, Modbus and Ethernet, and is thus optimally tuned to the various applications in production plants.

Effective bulk operation – only Siemens can do this

Another highlight of SIMATIC PDM is the bulk operation feature. Operators can now use it create a worklist from various functions for many field devices that SIMATIC PDM executes independently and partly in parallel. Uniform tasks or work steps can now be applied to multiple field devices at the same time. The possibilities even extend to running several functions in sequence for a corresponding field device. This increases performance and saves time and money.

Bulk operations can be executed for the following SIMATIC PDM system functions:

  • Reading and writing device parameters
  • Diagnostics update
  • Exporting and importing functions
  • Setting and resetting project-specific write protection

With SIMATIC PDM, it is very easy to transfer individual parameters of a field device to any number of field devices of the same type. This saves time and is very effective.

FDI host

SIMATIC PDM is ready for the future. As an FDI host, SIMATIC PDM can now also process field devices that are described in the new standardized FDI integration technology (Field Device Integration). In SIMATIC PDM, the integration, processing and display of field devices described via FDI device description packages take place similarly to the integration technologies used to date. For the user, this ensures seamless transition to this new and innovative technology – without the need to replace field devices already in use or having to change their device descriptions or adapt automation projects. Customer benefit from investment protection of their existing plants.


SIMATIC PDM enables you to diagnose, manage and assign parameters to a wide range of field devices from different manufactures using a single program with a uniform user interface. Process device data can thus be easily set, modified, checked for validity, managed and simulated.
SIMATIC PDM can be used in a variety of different scaling levels:

Technical functionalities

  • Device management and device replacement management
  • Setting and modification of device parameters
  • Device comparison (offline/offline + offline/online)
  • Comparison of reference and actual parameter assignment
  • Simulation
  • Diagnosis
  • LifeList

Engineering functionalities

  • Export and import of network structures
  • Data export with network information from the Engineering Station to particular PDM Server in order to build the local or central PDM Service-Stations
  • Server-Client Architecture: Plant-wide access to every field device via web standard browser
  • Expanded Device Integration Manager supports creation of project-specific device libraries
  • Management of device descriptions
  • Logging functions, e.g. change log

Integrated examinations and checks

  • Engineering Station independent loop checks for parameterization and functional scope test of field devices on the decentralized PDM Service-Stations
  • Commissioning functions, e.g. measuring circuit tests of process device data
  • Verification of input validity

Further processing of data

  • Provision of type and diagnostic information for the Maintenance Stations


  • Easy integration of field devices independent of the operating system on the basis of a device description (e.g. EDD, HART-DD, FF-DD and FDI)
  • Similar visualization of all field devices
  • Provision of basic functions (e.g. export, data comparison, printing) for all field devices
  • Variety of communication options (e.g. PROFINET, PROFIBUS DP/PA, HART, Modbus)
  • Higher online flexibility through incremental download for FOUNDATION Fieldbus communication à configuration changes in runtime
  • Parameter assignment and diagnostics of field devices using LifeList with no project knowledge required
  • Type- and manufacturer-independent parameter assignment and diagnostics of field devices
  • Support of comprehensive field device-specific functions (simulation, measuring circuit test, characteristic input, calibration functions, documentation, etc.) which may be unique selling points of the field device manufacturers
  • All field device parameters can be modified smoothly online, without stopping the PROFIBUS master.
  • Over 2,500 integrated field devices from more than 200 manufacturers worldwide.
  • Large installed basis with more than 20,000 systems worldwide

Process device network view

This is the typical hardware view when using SIMATIC PDM stand-alone. Here, the communication paths for the computer on which SIMATIC PDM is installed are configured down to the process devices. The communication paths and gateways are represented as a network tree structure. Redundant networks and field devices can be processed.

Hardware project view (HW Config) (integrated into SIMATIC PCS 7 / SIMATIC S7)

This is the typical view when using SIMATIC PDM integrated into SIMATIC PCS 7 or STEP 7. Process devices are configured and assigned parameters within the hardware configuration wizard (HW Config) of SIMATIC PCS 7 / STEP 7.

Process device plant view

This is the central view for processing field devices for stand-alone use of SIMATIC PDM.  The devices configured in HW Config or the process device network view are automatically adopted in the process device plant view and displayed in tabular form with a lot of additional information. In this view, individual field devices can be processed and bulk operations performed for any number of field devices. Numerous system functions of SIMATIC PDM are available in this view. They enable efficient and quick processing of field devices.

Portal view

The SIMATIC PDM portal view is an image of the process device plant view optimized for use on mobile SIMATIC PDM clients in a SIMATIC PDM client/server application. The portal view provides a clear depiction of all field devices with information about them for the service technician. The portal view is the central entry point for the mobile processing of the field devices directly on-site.

Parameter view

The parameter view is the processing view for the individual field devices. Within a uniform basic structure specified by SIMATIC PDM, all information and parameters of a field device are displayed based on the device description supplied by the field device manufacturer, and can be changed by the operator. All online functions, process value displays or recording functions contained in the device description can also be used in the parameter view. In addition, a number of SIMATIC PDM system functions are available for each field device, regardless of type and manufacturer.