HMIs with built-in LabView environment

By Control Engineering Staff December 8, 2005
Line of HMIs from National Instruments includes FPT-1015 flat-panel touchscreen, TPC-2006 touch panel computer, and PPC-2015 panel PC.

Flat-panel touchscreen, touch panel computer, and panel PC HMIs from National Instruments come with LabView graphical development environment to develop user interfaces. Interface development environment offers royalty-free deployment for the interfaces with LabView Application Builder; each touch panel interface includes a LabView PDA module deployment license. LabView also targets a range of distributed programmable automation controller (PAC) products, including high-performance PC-based I/O devices with PXI or industrial PCs, distributed I/O products with Compact FieldPoint, FPGA-based high-speed I/O devices with CompactRIO, and distributed vision systems with the Compact Vision System.

FPT-1015 15-in. flat panel includes a color, LCD resistive touchscreen and connects through a standard VGA port and USB. Its large display area suits PXI test applications with any embedded PXI controller or machine vision application using NI CVS-145x systems.

TPC-2006 touch-panel computer for embedded or machine control has a 5.7-in. LCD and resistive touchscreen running Microsoft Windows CE .Net that can be programmed with the LabView PDA module. It has low power consumption, a 266 MHz Intel ARM9 processor, no rotating media, and NEMA 4/IP65 ratings.

PPC-2015 15-in. color panel PC with resistive touchscreen and a 2.0 GHz Pentium-4 processor runs Windows XP and has a 40-GB hard drive. It connects through Ethernet, USB, two PCMCIA ports, and two half-length PCI slots. System provides a fully functional HMI for NI PAC hardware through an Ethernet port and offers five USB ports and two PCI slots for connectivity to a broad range of NI hardware. Two PCI slots allow integration with motion or vision cards. It is suited especially for PAC hardware platform machine control.

—Jeanine Katzel, senior editor, Control Engineering,
jkatzel@reedbusiness.com