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Go wide! Meet the Vision430 all-in-one PLC/HMI/IO with 4.3in touchscreen

27 January 2015

The award-winning Vision controller series, from Unitronics, welcomes its newest member — the Vision430. The beautiful, wide 4.3in built-in colour touchscreen brings added value to any application that requires a compact PLC controller with onboard I/Os. The touchscreen and five function keys are housed in a flat fascia with an IP66/IP65/NEMA4X rating — a good fit for the food and pharmaceutical industries.

Each Vision430 model offers a unique onboard I/O configuration that can include digital, high-speed, and analogue I/Os, including PT100/thermocouple and weight/pressure measurement. Expansion modules enable local and  remote I/O at distances of up to 1,000m, making Vision430  a cost-effective solution for applications up to 512 I/Os.

Power features include 24 auto-tuned PID loops to control temperature, level, and pressure. Time-based and immediate interrupt support make Vision430 a natural for ‘rapid response’ applications such as packaging machines. 

Built-in recipe capabilities are supported by Data Tables, which store the parameters required to control a specific process. Data Tables also enable the controller to store data logs to micro-SD card. The micro-SD card also stores application back-ups, and allows complete PLC cloning.

Communication options include Ethernet, cellular, and industrial protocols such as MODBUS, DF1 slave, BACnet, J1939, CANopen and more. In addition, the ‘Protocol’ utility allows Vision430 to communicate via almost any ASCII protocol. The unit can be directly accessed via mini-USB programming port, and remotely accessed using GPRS/GSM/CDMA and other IP networks for data acquisition and program download. Another major benefit is the ability to notify supervisors of critical information via e-mail and SMS, enabling real-time remote management.

The machine operator communicates directly with the application via the resistive analogue touchscreen — or remotely, via the free Remote Operator utility — which displays data, colour trend graphs, and attention-grabbing alarm screens. Display options are almost endless, with more than 1024 user-designed screens supported by 12 MB of memory for images and 1MB for fonts.

OEMs and machine builders can profit from intuitive, all-in-one VisiLogic software that enables rapid hardware configuration, PLC, and HMI application programming. VisiLogic includes a full library of Drag & Drop function blocks for complex automation control tasks, such as PID, and a rich, FREE color library of industrial images.

Produced by Unitronics, a global developer and manufacturer of PLC + HMI controllers, Vision430 is backed by Unitronics standard policy of customer care, which includes FREE software and utilities, plus FREE personalised technical support. This combines with reduced overall system costs—minimized hardware requirements, saved cabinet space, and reduced Panel-PLC –I/O wiring—to bring an excellent price-performance ratio. 

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