Siemens Simatic KP400 HMI

Posted by Advanced Controls & Distribution on Sep 21, 2017 10:54:29 AM

Simatic HMI Panels have been at the forefront of industrial monitoring and control for years, and are known for their effective and robust nature. Not only do they feature an innovative design, but their high performance makes them applicable throughout all sectors of market. Backed by Simatic WinCC, the panels are a rock-solid component in any industrial workplace.

The HMI Panels are intuitively configurable though the TIA Portal and follow an identical design. This makes them scalable for all kinds of applications. Simply choosing the display size for the desired application and altering a few other details can get your project kickstarted. Same goes for software, which is as scalable as you want it to be. Simatic products value long-term investment, and provide easy migration techniques to keep programs in-line with the latest technology.

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Topics: Siemens, HMI, Networks

Get the Most Out of Your HMI Scripting

Posted by Paul Gazzo on Nov 24, 2015 9:18:11 AM

An underutilized item in your automation toolbox is the scripting capability embedded in your HMI software.

Quite often, the data generated by a control system requires further manipulation, massaging if you will, retransmission on alternate protocols, or long term storage on an MES/MRP system. 

The default approach to these issues is typically:

  • Programming in the PLC with file and data commands that are not ideally suited to the task
  • Implementing a solution on a PC-based system so as to utilize third party software such as Excel
  • Purchasing protocol conversion hardware such as gateways
  • Saving data to text or csv files for further processing by custom written programs

While these methods can provide the required functionality, they may not be best solutions from a cost/time perspective.  Depending on your role in the overall automation solution, these approaches might not even be viable.

 

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Topics: Siemens, PLCs, HMI

Two Easy Clicks for Great Diagnostics at your HMI

Posted by Mark Justice on Feb 22, 2015 12:26:00 PM

Getting good diagnostic information about your system components doesn't need to be a hassle anymore.  With Siemens S7-300, S7-400, and S7-1500 series PLC’s, a simple checkbox can enable System Diagnostics that work in conjunction with Siemens Comfort series HMI’s.  Ok, sounds good, but what is it? 

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Topics: Siemens, PLCs, HMI

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