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Going Green and Plant Integration Keep HMIs Looking Good.

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HMIs have revolutionized the way machine operators or engineers interact with a system or a process. But the HMI market is mature, and prices have fallen dramatically over the last 30 years. The poor economy and the lack of investment by large companies in upgrades or plant expansions will cause headaches in 2009 and beyond, but on the bright side, HMI manufacturers are addressing new needs that will keep customers coming back for more.

According to a Frost & Sullivan research study, “Process and manufacturing industries are increasingly integrating plant-floor automation and control into supervisory and enterprise-level systems through remote communications, as result of which the need for security has been rising. HMI manufacturers must address the issue of security and provide potential customers with adequate precautionary measures, especially for Web-based systems, through infrastructure and access protection measures, so that clients can invest in highly developed HMI solutions.”

Going green is also on everyone’s mind today. Frost & Sullivan goes on to say, “environmental regulations continue to place a great deal of pressure on end-user companies to tighten regulations regarding fugitive emissions and waste discharge. Retooling plants to comply with such regulations will continue to drive the HMI market as new technologies are developed. Regulations affecting enduser industries put pressure on manufacturers to make new products that meet requirements set by government bodies. This should drive revenues for HMIs.”

Patti Pool
Products Editor
ppool@putman.net

Model SV-2400 24-in., NEMA 4/IP56, all-steel, enclosed LCD touchscreen monitor is capable of running resolutions up to its native mode WUXGA of 1920 x 1200 pixels with both analog and digital input sources.
WIDESCREEN MONITOR
Stealth Computer
888/STEALTH
Model SV-2400 24-inch, NEMA 4/IP56, all-steel, enclosed LCD touchscreen monitor is capable of running resolutions up to its native mode WUXGA of 1920 x 1200 pixels with both analog and digital input sources. It features a 16:10 aspect ratio, low power consumption, 250 nits of brightness, 160-degree viewing angles and a contrast ratio of 1000:1. The monitors are available with an anti-reflective, tempered glass protective overlay or an optional capacitive touchscreen.
EnduraTouch 1500FX and 1700FX front-access NEMA 4X PCs, primarily for harsh factory floor environments, have a stainless steel enclosure, 15-in. a or 17-in. LCDs and sealed I/O ports.
HARSH FACTORY FLOORS
Comark
508/359-8161
EnduraTouch 1500FX and 1700FX front-access NEMA 4X PCs, primarily for harsh factory floor environments, have a stainless steel enclosure, 15-inch a or 17-inch LCDs and sealed I/O ports. Self-contained cooling technology prevents leaks and keeps out dust where liquids, humidity and extreme temperatures and caustic washdowns are daily. It meets FSIS requirements. HMI supports Windows XP, Embedded XP, Windows CE and Linux. Options: touchscreen, wireless networking and PCI expansion.
G3 Kadet operator interface allows communications between multiple devices and protocols in OEM machine monitoring and control.
COST-EFFECTIVE HMI
Red Lion Controls
717/767-6511
G3 Kadet operator interface allows communications between multiple devices and protocols in OEM machine monitoring and control. It has a TFT display in three sizes: 4.3-inch, 5.6-inch and 8-inch. All models come standard with one RS232 and one RS232/422/485 port and support over 170 different protocols. The 5.6-inch. and 8-inch models include a third RS232/422/485 serial port and integrated 10 Base-T Ethernet allowing simultaneous communication with up to seven device types.
GP-Pro EX version 2.2 HMI application development software features multimedia capability, remote PC access, high-speed device linking and a builtin control logic editor.
APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT
Pro-face America
734/429-4971
GP-Pro EX version 2.2 HMI application development software features multimedia capability, remote PC access, high-speed device linking and a built-in control logic editor. The software speeds application development for both OEMs and end users who need to standardize on one HMI package that supports both Windows-based systems and dedicated operator interfaces.
VisuNet RM eliminates copper and fiber-optic KVM (keyboard, video and mouse) interface technology, while leveraging open network-based Visual over Etherenet (VOE) technology founded on Microsoft standards.
COMMUNICATE VIA ETHERNET
Pepperl+Fuchs
330/486-0002
VisuNet RM eliminates copper and fiber-optic KVM (keyboard, video and mouse) interface technology, while leveraging open network-based Visual over Etherenet (VOE) technology founded on Microsoft standards. VOE technology facilitates operation of up to 32 remote monitoring stations per server and supports redundant servers, pathways and hot switchover.
Simatic MP 377 Multi Panels offer 64K of colors and are available in 12-in. TFT displays and 15-in. and 19-in. touchscreen models.

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