Compact HMI with advanced functionality
24 August 2015
Mitsubishi Electric has added a new, compact, colour HMI to its GOT2000 range, offering improved visualisation and enhanced functionality.
The GT2104 offers a 4.3in, high-resolution TFT display, with a widescreen format and the ability to display over 65,000 colours.
The GT2104 offers functions such as data logging, multi-channel operation, operator authentication, backup/restore functionality and Mitsubishi Electric’s ‘FA transparent’ function to simplify PC access to connected automation components.
The GT2104 has been designed to provide an affordable alternative where users might previously have only been able to justify use of a monochrome HMI. The compact body makes the unit suitable for use in space-limited applications.
A high resolution backlit display ensures clarity in the display of screen elements such as graphs, meters and switches, while 65,536 colours allows these elements to be given a more realistic appearance, which aids usability. For added flexibility, the GT2104 can be used in a vertical orientation in addition to the more standard horizontal, enabling it be used in applications with only a very narrow mounting space.
The HMI builds in a host of connectivity options as standard, including Ethernet, USB and serial (RS422/485 and RS232), as well as an SD card interface. Further, Mitsubishi Electric’s FA transparent function enables users to connect a PC to the HMI and link through it transparently to connected automation equipment, simplifying setup, programming, monitoring, modification and testing of those components, which might be mounted deep within a panel or machine.
It also offers a multi-channel function, which allows a single GOT HMI to be simultaneously connected to and control two channels of FA devices over Ethernet or serial communications. Furthermore, the data logging functionality enables users to manage data from a number of FA devices connected to the GT2104 for later analysis.
Recognising the importance of security and to help eliminate unintended operator errors, the GT2104 offers operator authentication, where different levels of operator access and display can be defined by passwords.
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