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HMI solution with time-saving single-point programming approach

25 November 2013

The new UNIPLAY HMI touch screen display, from Trio Motion Technology, allows machine builders and OEMs to develop applications faster and with increased simplicity by sharing motion control and graphical user interface programming in a single easy-to-use integrated software environment.

The 7in and 10in high contrast colour displays combine with all Trio MC4 Motion Coordinator multi-axis motion and machine controllers and the Motion Perfect v3 (MPv3) application development, configuration and connectivity software for drag and drop creation of user interface screens that are transferred to the HMI, via an Ethernet connection, at runtime.
Creating screens inside MPv3 achieved by dragging a series of preloaded scalable objects such as buttons, labels and text or numeric entry boxes to an HMI page with right click keystrokes that customise the objects – assigning values, colours and actions etc. Further screen customisation is possible with import for logos and other graphics files to form animated displays.

Each panel is assigned a unique IP address with all set-up and program code information stored and editable in the MPv3’s project file. With no need for separate HMI programming and no additional languages to learn or further interfacing to third-party panels, this single-point programming approach can help reduce development timescales and costs.

The sealed front bezel of the unit is NEMA 4/IP65 rated and is suitable for washdown use. Built-in power isolation technology and conformance to European CE requirements ensures reliable use in noisy environments. In addition to the Ethernet port, the panels include RS232/485 and USB host and client ports for further communications potential and an SD Card slot is available for program storage or upload where required.

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