HMI software takes on more responsibility

HMI is not just an operator interface any more. In fact, these days OI is probably the least of its functions. CONTROL Senior Technical Editor Rich Merritt provides a Product Roundup of new HMI devices.

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HMI Software Gets All Fixed Up
Proficy HMI/SCADA iFIX with FIX Desktop software allows users of FIX software to use the database and connectivity features of Proficy iFIX, while continuing to view and control plant-wide processes in their existing graphics environment. This add-on is transparent to an existing software infrastructure, allowing users to enhance their current HMI/SCADA investment without having to re-configure their system. GE Fanuc

Web-enabled Operator Interface Terminal
WebOIT hardware and A-Studio version V5.1 software provide everything needed to connect a PLC to the Internet. The software is Microsoft .NET technology compliant, runs under Windows XP and CE.NET, supports the newest OCX version of OLE controls, and allows OEMs and end users to create web-enabled SCADA and HMI systems for process control, automation, and embedded controls. It includes an industrial touch panel computer, and development software. Advantech

HMI Web Software is a Drag
HMI Builder provides a drag-and-drop environment that minimizes typing and drawing when developing HMI screens for use on the Web. When graphical elements, such as a tank or motor, is dropped in the design window, they appear and function exactly as they will in the runtime environment. The HMI screens work over Internet and Ethernet networks, providing remote viewers with the same visual display as local screens. Control Technology

SISsy HMI Automates Safety Loop Testing
The Smart Safety Instrumented System provides automated safety loop testing of transmitters and valve controllers for IEC 61508, and SIL3 ratified safety systems. Safety data and alarms are presented on the company’s DeltaV operator interfaces, stored in its historians, and passed to the AMS Suite for integrated documentation and management. Emerson Process Management

Deterministic Communications Module Takes Priority
The ControlNet Scheduled communications module provides deterministic, repeatable communication for the company’sPanelView Plus HMI and VersaView CE computers. Unlike unscheduled communications, which use leftover bandwidth as it becomes available, the scheduled module takes priority placement on the network’s bandwidth, guaranteeing that a signal will transmit within a specified time period.Users can schedule how often a controller is updated with data. Rockwell Automation

Touch Panels Talk to Everybody
EZTouch touch panels are available with Data Highway Plus,  Ethernet, Modbus Plus, DeviceNet or Ethernet I/P communications capability.  Using an Ethernet option card, up to eight panels can be connected to one or multiple DirectLogic PLCs, using off-the-shelf Ethernet hubs. Prices start at $425. Panels are available in 8, 10 and 15-in. sizes with slim bezels, in color or monochrome versions. AutomationDirect

Worldwide HMI Changes Text, Language and Icons On Line
Automation Studio software provides online language switching by changing texts and their fonts,   keyboard layouts and key displays, and measurement units and process variable scaling according to each respective country. The number of languages and fonts the software can handle is limited only by the amount of available RAM Other enhancements include a single development tool that allows seamless integration of controllers, drives, visualization, communication and software. B&R Industrial Automation

HMI Gets Downright Personal
The OperateProcess Portal interface in Industrial IT System 800xA provides personalized workplaces for users such as maintenance technicians, process engineers, production managers or plant operators.  A single window environment can include data from smart field devices, asset optimization functions, information management, batch management, safety systems, and MES (Manufacturing Execution Systems) applications. ABB

Where in the World is Carmen Operator? The PDA Knows
InstantHMI PDA Clipboard validates data entries people make by automatically recording the person’s physical location and time when data is entered.Using the Global Positioning System, the location of the PDA is always known.Barcoding and RFID can be used to make the capturing of data automatic and more reliable. The HMI is compatible with Allen-Bradley, Koyo, Mitsubishi, Modicon, Omni Flow, Siemens, Trio, Toshiba, Watlow, Wago and Yaskawa controllers. Software Horizons

Smart Controller Has Built-In Display
TFT Control Panelhas an Intel Pentium-compatible 266 MHz CPU that can run Windows CE and XP Embedded operating systems, so it can be used to run SCADA or visualization software provided by the end user. It has an anodized metal housing cut from solid aluminum and is available in protection class IP 65 (front)/IP 20 (rear) or completely IP 65. Beckhoff Automation

Stainless Steel Bezel Fronts Industrial Computer
The A2T-15 industrial panel computer system has a flat screen color TFT display, analog resistive touchscreen, and NEMA 4X stainless steel bezel. Priced at $2,495, it includes on-board Ethernet ports, multiple USB ports, Pentium 4 architecture and 2 PCI expansion slots. Panel mount requires no tools for installation. Ann Arbor Technologies

Big Touch Screen Takes Industrial Abuse
The 21-in.Model SV-2100 Industrial Grade touch screen LCD monitor withstands water, dust and dirt intrusion. The steel-enclosed NEMA 4/IP displayruns resolutions up to UXGA 1600 x 1200 pixels with both analog and digital input sourceswith 250 nits of brightness and a contract ratio of 500:1. Monitors are available with resistive and surface acoustic wave (SAW) touch screens. Stealth Computer

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