Omron's HMI architecture provides transparent data access


Schaumburg, Ill.— Omron Electronics LLC unveiled June 26 its new architecture for HMI, NS advanced operator interface, at its Technology Connection 2002 event here. Omron reports that NS can access information from PLCs up to three networks away from a single screen. Informa-tion can be accessed simultaneously from an Ethernet network, Omron's ControllerLink network, and up to two serial ports.

In addition, NS HMI features a four-channel video input module to display camera images from increasingly popular vision inspection sensors. NS' connectivity aids users with network-wide access to data. Also, its ladder monitor tool allows a PLC's ladder program to be monitored from a system menu, so users don't have to use a laptop or PC to troubleshoot.

Available 7-in. (STN), 10-in. and 12-in. (TFT), NS-series screens have 256 color displays that in-corporate features familiar to a Microsoft Windows environment, such as list boxes and pop-up menus. Its screen program capabilities include recipes, multi-state lamps and switches, macro programming and trend graphs.

NS comes with 4 MB of on board memory for screen data, and is expandable to 20 MB with expansion memory. A compact flash card can be used for screen program transfer; storage of recipe and list box data; and storage of logged data values into common, separated, writable format.

Screen programming is done via NS Designer software that includes a test mode, so screen projects can be tested before loading them to hardware, which further saves time. NS' profile is only 1.9 in deep to fit easily into machines, and it is NEMA 4 rated.

Omron adds that NS' combination of programming power, network connectivity and ease of use makes it an excellent alternative to PC-based HMI in both end-user and OEM applications.

Control Engineering Daily News Desk

Jim Montague, news editor

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