Siemens has extended its Totally Integrated Automation Portal (TIA Portal) engineering framework with numerous new functions. Version 12 enables all Siemens drives of the Sinamics G converter series to be parameterized via the TIA Portal, and additional diagnostic functions have been integrated. Among other things, the safety functionalities have been extended for Simatic S7-1500 and the Profinet communication performance has been expanded. The programming languages have been trimmed for greater efficiency and new security functions provide improved protection of know-how, and better security against copying and access. Within the framework of the new version of the TIA Portal there are also updates for engineering tools for the configuration, programming, commissioning and servicing of the Siemens automation devices and drive systems. These include, for example, the following engineering systems: Simatic Step 7 V12 for Simatic controllers, Simatic WinCC V12 for HMI systems (Simatic HMI) and Sinamics Startdrive V12 for the Sinamics G converter family. The TIA Portal enables users to perform automation and drive tasks quickly and intuitively. The software architecture is designed for high efficiency and user-friendliness, and it is suitable for both first-time users and experienced users. It offers a standardized operating concept for controllers, human machine interface (HMI) and drives, for shared data storage and automatic data consistency, for example during configuration, communication and diagnosis, and also offers powerful libraries covering all automation objects.