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 Displays Come Alive With Animation
Industrial Gadgets Pro software has a software component library with realistically animated valves, pipes, gauges, sliders, pumps, motors, tanks, buttons, and switches.To make them work, the HMI developer connects the process tag to the object and configures it. Components work with VB, VB.NET, and HMI and process software such as ABB 800XA, iFix, DeltaV, InTouch, RSView, WinCC, Iconics, and others. Software Toolbox

Splish, Splash, this HMI is Taking a Caustic Bath
The stainless steel 8901/8903 Series meet caustic washdown, NEMA 4X and IP66 ratings. Both have an active matrix TFT display, 1GHz processor, shatterproof polycarbonate screens, IP67 compliant I/O connectors, operating temperature range of 0-50 °C, VESA 100mm mounting pattern and an internal cooling system.Options include shatter resistant resistive touch screens, NEMA 4X keyboard, electro-polish finish for clean room applications, and flexible mounting options for pedestal, wall, or pipe configurations. Comark

HMI Enhancements Make DAQ Faster
Enhancements in Version 1.91 of InteractX HMI include a boost in runtime performance, and more than 20 updates to communications drivers. Upgrade are free for current customers. Real-time data acquisition has been updated to automatically optimize the amount and efficiency of data being acquired from controllers. Runtime has been improved to update panels faster and require less CPU time. CTC Parker

PLC Programming Tool Gets HMI
Visualization tools for the CoDeSys IEC 61131-3 programming tool include HMI, Target-Visualization, and Web-Visualization, all of which reproduce the masks created in CoDeSys and communicate with the controller via the same mechanisms used when programming. This means a configuration as would have to be done when using OPC is not necessary. 3S-Smart Software Solutions

Sanitary HMI Works in Food and Beverage Applications
The Premium Panel flat panel operator interface has an IP69K rating that protects devices against high pressured/jet steam cleaning and wash-down and the ingress of dust for hygiene/sanitary protection. It is available with or without a keyboard housing. Made of Type 304 brushed stainless steel, the operator enclosure can attach directly to the company’s stainless steel pendant arm system. Rittal

Software Puts Labview on a PDA
The LabVIEW 7.1 PDA Module software helps develop applications that will run on any Pocket PC 2003 consumer PDA device and on some industrial devices, including handhelds and touch-panel screens. The software supports a Bluetooth interface, PCMCIA, four programmable PDA buttons, and a PDA touchscreen. For data acquisition, it has a  200 kS/sec sampling rate, the ability to scan across multiple channels, and access to functionality on PCMCIA devices such as analog and digital triggering. National Instruments

Hazardous Operator Interface Terminal
With a Class 1, Div 2 Hazardous Area Rating, SCADAPackVision50 compact operator interface terminal can monitor process parameters in the field. It has a high-visibility LED backlit LCD display with 4 lines x 40 characters, 20  programmable function keys, up to 32 alarms, eight programmable LED indicators. Programming is via Windows-based software. The terminal provides prompts to change data and presets. Control Microsystems

OI Has Big Touch Screen
OptoTerminalG75 has a 10.4 in. diagonal, 640x480 pixel color touch screen, standard Ethernet port, an aluminum housing, an active-matrix TFT display and soft keys. It is NEMA-4 rated and CE certified. The OI has 4MB flash and 16MB RAM. Price is $1995.00. Opto 22

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