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Wago Touch Panel 600 optimized for standard, marine and advanced applications

March 25, 2019
Operator interface combines aesthetic design with advanced multi-touch technology that can react to gestures and provide the familiar navigation tools of smart phones and tablet PCs.
Versatile visualization

Wago Touch Panel 600 combines aesthetic design with advanced multi-touch technology that can react to gestures and provide the familiar navigation tools of smart phones and tablet PCs.

Wago Touch Panel 600 operates, observes, visualizes and diagnoses production, buildings and the process industry. Touch panels with various hardware configurations are available for small to mid-sized control and visualization tasks. Behind a contemporary design, Touch Panel 600 packs some powerful equipment.

The touch panel is designed to look great, so mounting it in an enclosure near a machine or process project adds a high-tech image to the equipment. The hardware backs up its high-tech appearance as do its high-quality visualization capabilities.

Not all applications have the same use requirements. They operate in different environments, and often require variations in function and configuration, depending on the application, so it's important to have flexible interface options.

The family offers a range of product versions, including standard line, marine and advanced lines. The standard line has resistive touchscreens for the most common control cabinet applications. The advanced line includes a capacitive, multi-touch, glass surface display with greater mechanical and chemical resistance for use in more extreme environments.

“The multicore processor and high-resolution screens offer engineers the opportunity to pair leading-edge technology with impressive performance and graphics,” says Charlie Norz, product manager, Wago. “Our advanced multi-touch devices can react to gestures and provide users with navigation tools that are familiar to everyone, like those on smart phones and tablet PCs, helping operators become more efficient with their daily tasks.”

The panels include hardware configuration as a web panel, "visu" panel and control panel. The web panels, as their name suggests, are optimized for web browser access to Wago controllers via standard web protocols creating web visualizations using HTML5 technology. This functionality also enables visualizations to be displayed on smartphones and tablet PCs.

The visu panel expands on the functionality of the web panel. It offers greater performance with the visualization of fieldbus data and offloads the controller. The visu panel provides an integrated web server for web visualization, so the controller doesn't need to.

A third configuration option is the control panel. It provides both web and visu panel visualization functionality, and adds execution of control functions, as well as support for additional fieldbus systems. Through the use of a library, Wago’s control panels are IoT-ready touch controllers that use MQTT to send data from the field level to the cloud.

The touch panels provide high operating speed and parallel execution of computing operations with an AMD Cortex-A9 multicore processor. This hardware, combined with an open, future-ready Linux operating system, enables programming in IEC 61131 languages or directly in Linux. The e!Cockpit engineering software, which is based on CoDeSys V3, a manufacturer-independent IEC 61131-3 automation software platform, is used for visualization, programming, fieldbus configuration, recipe management and offline simulation.

Whether visualization via HTML5 is on a smartphone, tablet or PC, built-in cybersecurity keeps data and applications safe. Both SSH and SSL/TLS encryption methods are integrated by default for establishing secure HTTPS and FTPS connections. A firewall also protects against unwanted access.

“Offering integrated cybersecurity, such as the Touch Panel’s onboard firewall and TLS encryption methods, helps users keep their plant networks secure without purchasing added networking devices,” says Norz.

Wago Touch Panel 600 is a possible solution to touchscreen operator interface needs, considering the variations and configurations available. The touch panel is suitable for use in a wide range of environments and is easy to program multiple ways. Whether used for web, visualization, control or all the above, these touch panels are designed to be future-ready.

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