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Upgraded HMI family

15 July 2019

IDEC Corporation has upgraded its HG2G-V5 5.7in, HG3G-V8 8.4in, HG3G-VA 10.4in and HG4G-VC 12.1in human-machine interface (HMI) touchscreen models.

New features are said to. include brighter screens, better resolution, larger user memory and faster speeds.
 
For retrofit applications, these the HMIs can be used as direct replacements for previous models, fitting into the exact same panel cutouts. All HMI programming can be converted from existing to these new models, so no new programming is required.
 
All updated models use TFT-LCD screens displaying vivid colours, with the three larger-sized HMIs improving the resolution to 1024x768 pixels.

The entire range of HMIs in the series offers brightnesses ranging from 600 to 800 cd/m2 for improved visibility even in high-glare locations. Backlight life ratings are said to be a minimum of 100,000 hours.
 
Operating temperature range has been extended to cover -20°C to +60°C. Combined with IP66F, IP67F, Type 4X, 12, 13, Class I Division 2 hazardous location and UL 61010 approval ratings makes the units suited to use in tough environments. 
 
In addition to common and previously supported industrial protocols, such as Modbus TCP and Modbus RTU, the new HMIs also support BACnet/IP. Support is included for over 100 other serial and networking industrial protocols including Modbus RTU Master/Slave and Modbus TCP/IP. Up to four protocols can be used simultaneously, allowing these HMIs to exchange data with many sources and systems.
 
File Transfer Protocol (FTP) functionality allows users to configure the HMIs as an FTP Client or Server for transferring programs – and for copying or moving files between local memory, an external memory device or a cloud-based file, database or data storage platform. 
 
A built-in web server can be used to create web pages developed using a browser-based web page editor. This functionality provides remote monitoring and control, and it can be accessed using any device capable of hosting a web browser including a smartphone, tablet or laptop. Accessing the HMI using this method gives a remote user the same functionality as if standing in front of the local screen. Troubleshooting and maintenance of a system is possible any time and from anywhere, saving travel time and expense. 
 
Direct control by the HMIs is enabled by adding IDEC MicroSmart FC6A discrete or analogue I/O expansion modules. 


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