Exclusive: Low-cost PLC touchscreen computer goes multimedia

EZCE Touchpanel from EZAutomation division of AVG features Microsoft CE .Net 4.2 and multimedia capabilities in a diskless computer with more than 50 PLC drivers.



EZCE Touchpanel from EZAutomation provides Microsoft CE .Net 4.2 and multimedia capabilities at an economical price.

EZCE Touchpanel from EZAutomation division of AVG features Microsoft CE .Net 4.2 and multimedia capabilities in a diskless computer with more than 50 PLC drivers. Prices start at $799 for a 6-in. monochrome unit and range up to $2,799 for a 15-in. color device. Flat panel HMI can download, store, and display training and maintenance information, including electronic photos, videos, PDFs, and other text documents. The capabilities dramatically reduce tech support, points out Brian Sandrock, marketing coordinator. For example, he says, “When proximity sensor performance degrades on a machine, a PLC could signal the operator and launch a video showing where the prox is and how to replace it.”

Previous screens developed on EZTouch or EZPanel HMIs can be enhanced easily via a PC and ported to many devices. EZCE matches the existing EZPanel eight screen sizes and has the same footprint as the original EZTouch and EZPanel enhanced models. EZPanel enhanced programming software is common to and interchangeable among all three mod-els. The devices also run Visual Basic or C++.

Other product features include 3-D high-speed vector-based graphical objects with scalability; 128 colors for use in objects and graphics; user-selected display text in nine languages; built-in Symbol Factory; and screen and object password protection. Drivers for 15 major logic platforms are supported. EZCE has various import/export capabilities for tags, messages, and alarms to/from Excel or CSV files; multi-state bitmap object (bit or word selectable); multi-state indicator/message object (bit or word selectable) that allows up to four embedded data variables in messages; bitmap button objects; and floating point support for meters, bar graphs, PID, and line graphs.



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