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    Siemens SIMATIC S7-1200 PLCs

    Looking to buy a Siemens SIMATIC S7-1200 PLC? RS is your trusted Siemens PLC distributor. The S7-1200 programmable logic controller (PLC) combines power and reliability for your industrial automation needs. This modular, compact and versatile controller is engineered with cutting-edge features and a user-friendly interface.

    What are SIMATIC S7-1200 PLCs used for?

    Siemens S7-1200 PLCs can be used across various industrial automation and control applications. They are designed to monitor and control processes, machinery, and equipment in industries such as manufacturing, automotive, energy, food and beverage, and more. S7-1200 PLCs can be used to monitor and control various types of processes and machinery, which helps to improve efficiency and maintain output quality.

    What S7-1200 accessories and parts are available?

    At RS, we stock Siemens S7-1200 starter kits, which include everything you need to get started with an industrial automation project. Alternatively, you can find these components available separately, enabling you to customise your PLC.

    The parts that typically go with a Siemens S7-1200 PLC can vary based on the specific application and the requirements of the automation system. However, here's a list of common components that are often used alongside an S7-1200 PLC to create a functional industrial automation setup:

    • Power Supply Unit: Provides the necessary electrical power to the S7-1200 PLC and other connected devices.
    • Input/Output Modules (I/O Modules): These modules allow the PLC to interface with sensors, switches, buttons, and other input devices, as well as control actuators, motors, solenoids, and other output devices.
    • Communication Modules: These modules enable communication between the PLC and other devices, networks, or systems. This can include modules for Ethernet communication, serial communication, and other protocols.
    • HMI (Human-Machine Interface) Display: A HMI display allows operators to interact with the PLC and the automation system. It can include touchscreens, buttons, indicators, and graphical interfaces.
    • Programming Software: Software tools like Siemens' TIA Portal (Totally Integrated Automation Portal) are used to program, configure, and monitor the S7-1200 PLC.
    • Communication Cables: Cables are necessary for connecting the PLC to other devices, such as a computer for programming or monitoring purposes.
    • Sensors and Actuators: These are the devices that the PLC interacts with to control the physical processes. Sensors provide input data, while actuators execute commands based on the PLC's instructions.
    • Terminal Blocks and Wiring: These are used to connect the PLC to the various input and output devices, as well as the power supply.
    • Mounting Accessories: Components for securely mounting the PLC and modules onto a panel or other surfaces.
    • Enclosures: Enclosures provide protection for the PLC and its components from environmental factors such as dust, moisture, and temperature variations.
    • Power Distribution Components: Components like circuit breakers, fuses, and relays ensure safe power distribution and protection for the PLC and connected devices.
    • Networking Hardware: If the PLC is part of a larger networked system, networking hardware such as switches and routers may be required.
    • Backup and Data Storage Devices: Devices like SD cards or USB drives might be used to store backups of PLC programs and data.
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