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HMI workstations aim to optimise productivity and increase plant safety

27 February 2017

Eaton has expanded its range of MTL GECMA HMI workstations, introducing two new products – a Thin Client (TC) and Personal Computer (PC) version.

The company is now able to offer a complete range of workstations based on a common platform design. As such, plant managers can reduce operation costs, optimise productivity and increase plant safety, with the additional benefits of reducing space in the cabinet, and future-proofing the plant. 

The TC and PC versions complement the existing modular MTL GECMA Remote Terminal (RT). The HMIs are approved to global hazardous certification for Zone 1 environments. 

The TC version is designed for virtualisation applications, for example for batch control. The workstation works with a client server in the safe room across a LAN. This saves space in the cabinet as no dedicated PC is needed and the user can control up to 255 HMIs from a single server. 

The PC version is stand-alone working across the LAN. The workstation features a ‘watch dog’ function which automatically monitors the operating system and if there is no input from the system it automatically re-starts itself. This avoids hard re-starts, which saves time associated with turning the system on and off, and minimises any stress on the system for increased reliability.


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