Thin client HMI solution to meet Industry 4.0 challenges

17 May 2016

The smart thin client solution, VisuNet RM GXP with new RM Shell 4.1.VisuNet GXP with RM Shell 4.1 was introduced by Pepperl+Fuchs at Hannover Fair, to demonstrate smart solutions for applications in Zone 1 and 21.

Solutions for Industry 4.0 must allow direct horizontal and vertical access to information from the production system. In addition to communication within the production process, this enables access across all hierarchical levels, right down to the sensor.

The Internet of Things offers opportunities that can be used to their best advantage with smart HMI systems, such as VisuNet GXP which communicates with the process control system or the MES (which can be located in the cloud) to enable control and monitoring of the process plant.

The VisuNet GXP can also access sensors via a web browser for the purposes of commissioning, configuration, or maintenance tasks.

The additional of VisuNet Control Center software allows for remote management of smart thin client-based remote monitors. With its IP-based communication, these can be set up, configured, and monitored from a central workstation. This means that engineers no longer need to be physically present in the hazardous areas or clean room. With the remote maintenance mechanisms of the VisuNet Control Center, administrators can connect to each smart remote monitor with RM Shell 4.1.

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