Apr 16, 2013– Erlangen, Germany  (Techreleased) – The Siemens Low and Medium Voltage Division has extended and updated the software tools Simaris design, Simaris project and Simaris curves. The new versions support electrical designers even better in planning electric power distribution systems for industrial applications and infrastructure projects. Designers can now directly factor in the functional endurance of plants in the event of fire as legally stipulated in certain application cases, for instance. Separate protection of parallel cables in feed-in circuits can now be determined right in the planning stage. This enables an even more realistic mapping of the network and installations as planned. All product data kept in the tools was adapted to the current Siemens product portfolio.

 Simaris design 7
Simaris design 7

Simaris design dimensions electric networks from the medium-voltage level down to the power consumers on the basis of real products with a minimum of data input involved. The new version, Simaris design 7, now considers the stipulated functional endurance of technical systems in the event of fire as early as the planning stage, for example, in medical locations. Dependent on the functional endurance class selected, electrical designers are enabled to dimension cable paths or busbar systems according to these requirements when using Simaris design. Separate protection of parallel cables in feed-in circuits can now be determined right in the planning stage. This enables an even more realistic mapping of the network and installations as planned. In addition, the new version provides for identification and comparison of the power losses of the equipment suggested. This allows to optimize networks in respect of energy efficiency as early as the planning stage. Simaris design is now available in 18 languages and comes with matched technology packages for a total of about 60 countries. An interface allows to transfer data established in Simaris design to Simaris project for system planning.

Simaris project determines the space requirements and budget for power distribution in buildings based on the defined project structure and the basic technical data. Electrical designers can now factor in the functional endurance classes of busbar systems during their planning using the new version Simaris project 3. The tool automatically displays the quantities and design types of Promat plates in the component list which are required for complying with the respective class of functional endurance. Simaris project can also consider separate protection of parallel cables in feed-in circuits as early as the planning stage, so that this enables an even more realistic system planning.
Owing to the extension of the country-specific systems data stock, in particular the integration of more medium-voltage switchgear, transformers and distribution boards, Simaris project can now also be used for planning projects in Brazil, Turkey and Russia besides Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Poland. Siemens schedules the addition of more countries.

Simaris curves 3 simulates parameter settings of protective devices. Besides a visualisation and evaluation of such characteristic curves, Simaris creates a documentation of the characteristics and their tolerance bands. In addition, characteristic cut-off current and let-through energy curves can be displayed and integrated into the documentation. Simaris curves was updated in terms of its available product portfolio and complemented by country-specific products.

The Simaris software tools are part of the Siemens offering for Totally Integrated Power (TIP). TIP comprises well-matched products and systems for integrated power distribution in buildings and tools and support services for their planning. Simaris furnishes electrical designers with professional software for the dimensioning and configuration of electric power distribution systems. These tools can be easily and conveniently used owing to their straightforward user interfaces and intuitive functions.