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This is a listing of tutorials and manuals found on the Siemens automation website that will get you started on the SIMATIC Step 7 software for S7-300 and S7-400 systems. From a new users perspective I’ve only heard disparaging comments about finding the right information on the Siemens’ website. I have to agree. Its information overload at it’s best. There’s a lot of different stuff there thrown together and found in different spots with very long URL addresses to add to the confusion.
Have no fear. We’re here to help. So we’ll look at the essentials for your journey.
Of course the best type of training is the hands on type but if that’s not an option then you’ll need to start digging in.
Who’s got the Software?
If you are just learning and can’t easily get the software then there are two options.
First Things First
The first thing I like to do with a new product is get an overview of everything. Getting used to part numbers and product groupings can go a long way with your comfort level. The best thing for this is the sales catalog (ST 70 – 2005). You can also order a hard copy.
Where to Start? Manuals, manuals, everywhere!
Once you install the Step 7 software there will be a directory under the SIMATIC folder called Documentation that includes the most important manuals. Hard copies can be ordered with number 6ES7810-4CA08-8BW1. Here’s how I would digest them.
There’s gold in that website if you just do a little digging! If you’re having a tough go with the manuals then you should definitely download the training material. There’s a lot more screen shots and even a picture of a balding pudgy guy to point things out to you. What more could you want?
If you’re not the manual type (and even if you are) check out the Siemens Step 7 Flash tutorials. These are very professionally done with a nice sounding narrator to take you through all the basics of the Step 7 software and hardware.
Of all the starting places to dig for more info I find the support section the best especially if you have a part number or key word you can search on. Clicking on the Product Support link will bring up a tree on the left hand side that can be expanded down to the product of your affection. Good luck and happy hunting.