Open Data Port (ODP) from Phoenix Contact is a solution to monitor and manage telecontrol stations with data transfer via GPRS. The advantages of this solution are claimed to lie in the reliable data transfer, the use of standard PLC and modem components, as well as standard industrial interfaces and protocols.
The Seneca S401 range of Modbus HMI displays utilises organic LED (OLED) technology, giving them a rapid response time, wide viewing angle, high colour rendition and high contrast and brightness ratios.
The Unitronics Vision1040 PLC and integrated HMI is designed to allow machine manufacturers and system integrators to add a 10.4″ colour touch screen equipped with a nine programmable function key display and full PLC functionality to their systems. It provides up to 1024 I/O options, a USB programming port, data logging, and built-in recipe capability.
Advantech and Wonderware have announced they are collaborating to provide what they call ‘one-click’ factory automation computing.
Pro-Face Australia has announced two 12.1″ sunlight-readable HMIs. The AGP3600-U1-D24-CA1M model is a CANopen master style HMI, capable of running ladder logic programs and controlling up to 510 digital I/O points. It can also run four third-party protocols simultaneously.
Penny+Giles JC1500 is a robust, hand-operated, 12-bit, programmable joystick based on Hall-effect technology designed for single-axis operator control of cranes, aerial work platforms and other off-highway vehicle applications. The compact joystick comes with a range of user-defined features, enabling OEMs to quickly and efficiently build safe and reliable control systems.
Beijer Electronics has added the T150-st to its Exter series of operator panels. The Exter T150-st has an acid-resistant stainless steel construction, so it is suited to those situations where acid-based cleaning agents are used.
Pro-Face has introduced the GP4100 series HMI. These 3.4″ STN monochrome touch screens have a pixel resolution of 200 x 80. The HMIs can be used in either landscape or portrait mode and are only 28 mm thick.
The purpose of tuning loops is to reduce errors and thus provide more efficient operation that returns quickly to steady-state efficiency after upsets, errors or changes in load. The ‘forgotten loop’ has been the operator, who is typically trained to ‘average’ parameters to run adequately under most steady-state conditions.
The Simatic HMI IPC477C and HMI IPC577C are 12 and 15″ panel PC devices with key operation.
IEI Technology has introduced an industrial-grade, multi-touch panel PC, the IOVU-430M.
Longwatch, developer of the Video Historian for Video MES applications, has announced support of the Wonderware ActiveFactory trend chart object. This enables users to link plant video directly with Wonderware’s graphical data trend charts automatically.
The AHM-6xx7 Series HMI controllers are designed for monitoring and process control applications. Suitable for graphical machine control through the use of touch screens, these dedicated panel PCs are based on the Intel Atom N270 1.6 GHz processors and provide support for embedded operating systems.
Interworld has released the AHM-61x6 Series of human machine interface (HMI) controllers. Suitable for graphical machine control through the use of touch screens, these dedicated panel PCs are designed around Intel Core 2 Duo processors and provide support for desktop and embedded operating systems.
VisuNet GMP (good manufacturing practice) is a product range from Pepperl & Fuchs which is tailored to the specific requirements of pharmaceuticals, and the food and beverages industries. The product portfolio includes monitors, remote monitors and PCs.