SIMOTION vs S7-1500T

Motion Control requirements are continually increasing, becoming ever more varied and complex. Users are demanding greater flexibility, speed, precision and ease of use. 

With the introduction of S7-1500T promising to bring a host of Motion Control functions without the need for specialist knowledge of Motion. We decided to compare it against Siemens Flagship motion controller,  SIMOTION.

If its high-end motion, it's still SIMOTION

  • The S7-1500T provides a functional extension to the existing motion control functions of S7-1500, configured and programmed with the existing Step7 TIA Portal environment.
  • SIMOTION provides high performance motion control and integrates with TIA Portal via SIMOTION SCOUT add on package. Included functionality is incremental and absolute positioning, speed control, absolute and relative gearing, and camming.
In comparison, SIMOTION offers more advanced options for gearing in and out, camming in and out, as well as 3D path interpolation and
kinematic transformations. In general, SIMOTION offers more flexibility in the available options and interaction with motion commands and greater access to system variables.


SIMOTION has the following industry application libraries to reduce the required engineering time for developing more complex motion

  • SIMOTION Converting Toolbox
  • SIMOTION Handling Toolbox
  • SIMOTION Printing Toolbox
  • SIMOTION Packaging Toolbox

Reasons for using SIMOTION in preference to S7-1500T Motion

  • In very dynamic applications where very fast position cycle times are required (<1ms)
  • Where controlled desynchronization of axes is required
  • Where a large number of CAM profiles is required
  • Where minimising the time between sequential moves is critical
  • If distributed synchronisation is required between more than one motion controller
  • User wants to use Object Oriented Programming
  • Control of hydraulic axes
  • Axes requiring force or pressure control


Authorised Distribution Partner For