All-in-one, palm-sized controller has color touchscreen

Product Exclusive: Unitronics Samba is an all-in-one, palm-size controller with a human machine interface 3.5-in. QVGA 16-bit touchscreen for data entry and display of data, color trend graphs, and alarm screens. It supports 24 user-designed screens (up to 40 images per application) and integrates a powerful PLC.

May 15, 2014

Unitronics Samba is an all-in-one, palm-size controller. The human machine interface 3.5-in. QVGA (320×240 pixels) 16-bit touchscreen enables data entry and display of variable data, including color trend graphs and alarm screens. Samba supports 24 user-designed screens, and up to 40 images per application. The integrated programmable logic controller (PLC) offers a broad range of features including two auto-tuned PID loops, time-based RTC control, data logging, recipes, and others. Internal memory holds 0.5 MB of application logic, plus 512K for fonts and 0.5 MB for images. Onboard I/O connections offer digital, analog, and high-speed functionality. The flat fascia and IP66/IP65/NEMA4X rating makes Samba an excellent fit for food and pharmaceutical industries, or wherever spray and wipe-down requirements apply. Samba offers a built-in RS232 port. An RS485 serial, Ethernet, or CANbus port may be added. Samba supports GPRS/GSM, e-mail, SMS, as well as industrial TCP/IP protocols, MODBUS, DF1 slave, CANopen, J1939 and more-and it may be adapted to any third-party protocol. Free Unitronics VisiLogic software provides one simple environment for hardware and communications configuration, ladder application development, and HMI design, including a free library of industrial images. Free utilities support remote PC access and data export. Unitronics offers free technical support for all products and an active user forum. Samba offers all the functionality system integrators need for small applications, reduces space requirements and wiring, and eliminates the need to set up Panel-PLC communication, resulting in an excellent price/performance ratio, the company announced.


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