As embedded computers have become ubiquitous, so too the need for human machine interfaces has grown. Now small form factor HMIs appear headed for inclusion in nearly every part of human existence.
In the complex and demanding environment that most SCADA system users operate in, real insight comes from asking and answering the right questions.
GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms has reached an agreement with Catapult Software to globally resell its iPower product as a standard Proficy HMI/SCADA-iFIX option.
InduSoft Web Studio HMI/SCADA software has been awarded the 2007 European Product Innovation Award for emerging products and technologies.
Red Lion's latest addition to the G3 series of operator interfaces is the G315C touchscreen. The G315C offers a 15" TFT active matrix 32K colour XVGA 1024 x 768 pixel LCD and a 10-button keypad for on-screen menus.
Woodside’s Pluto liquefied natural gas (LNG) project near Karratha, WA, is on schedule to commence production in 2010 after sealing a contract with Honeywell to provide its integrated control system.
The PV series from MyTek is an HMI equipped for various applications. Display sizes from 3.7 to 12.1" are available, and it can be used with most popular programmable logic controllers, inverters, temperature controller etc. With a rugged plastic housing and IP65-rated front panel, the PV series can be used in most harsh environments. The hardware features include a built-in ethernet port, a USB port, a serial interface, a parallel interface, a CF slot, real-time clock and an optional Profibus extension port. The HMI comes with a touch or keypad type screen and consists of a 32 bit RISC processor with the option of a CCFL backlight/LED backlight/Colour TFT LCD screen.
Enhancements to the Allen-Bradley MicroLogix 1100 family of industrial controllers from Rockwell Automation provide users with increased speed, power and communication capabilities. The Series B MicroLogix 1100 and MicroLogix 1100 DWD controllers deliver improved control and communications in one compact system.
Red Lion's latest addition to the G3 series of operator interfaces is the G315C touch screen. The G315C offers a large 15" TFT active matrix 32K colour XVGA 1024 x 768 pixel LCD and a 10-button keypad for on-screen menus.
The crucial benefit of basing control and monitoring on web technology is that an HMI application for an automation device only has to be edited once. It can then be called from all Windows PCs, PDAs and Saia Web panels. This saves duplication of expenditure and, with that, a lot of time.
For consumers 'wireless technology' conjures up images of iPods, Blackberrys, cell phones, television remotes and internet Wi-Fi connections
The Delta Electronics DOP-A and AE series HMIs are now available from Mechtric electric and mechanical engineering products. The DOP series are available in a wide range of screen types and sizes ranging from 3.8" blue screen to 10" 64K colour screen.
MetaSphere telemetry systems will be marketed in the Australasian region following an agreement with LogicaCMG.
"If you can't measure it, you can't control it." Since the beginning of civilisation we have been measuring physical properties and features such as distances, speed, temperature, pressure etc