Creating a HMI Login Screen on AdvancedHMI

We will be creating a HMI (human machine interface) login screen for the cylinder program that we developed previously.
Our program had a Run, Jog and Teach mode for the cylinders. Our user will login with a user name and password. Based upon the user level that is set we will control what modes each user will be able to operate. We will also write this user level mode into the PLC.

The following is the sequence of operation:
Watch on YouTube : Creating a HMI Login Screen on AdvancedHMI Sequence of Operation
Note: All of the programs used are provided free of charge and are an excellent way to learn PLC / HMI programming.

AdvancedHMI is a free HMI software package that communicates to a number of different PLC manufacturers. This package uses visual studio and to program, however you do not need to be an expert on visual basic to implement this software. We will be using an access database (Access 2010) to store our user information. When the operator logs into the system, they will enter a user name and password. The program will compare this to the information in the database and set the appropriate modes on the HMI.

The first thing that we need to do is to create a database to store the user information. We will create a table called ‘tbl_user’. The fields in the database will be as follows:
First_Name – Text Field – 50 characters
Last_Name – Text Field – 50 characters
User_Level – Number – Integer
User_Name – Text Field – 50 characters
Password – Text Field – 50 characters

The user level will be as follows:
0 – Stop and reset the machine only (Not logged in)
1 – Run, stop and reset the machine only
2 – Run, stop, reset and jog the machine
3 – Run, stop, reset, jog and teach the machine

Here is a list of addresses that we will be using for our login screen between the HMI and PLC.

Device Data Addresses Type Do-More PLC Description
Run/ Jog Selector 00008 Input MC8  MC8 on is jog mode
Jog / Teach Selector 00070 Input MC70  MC70 on is teach mode
User Level 40005 Output MHR5  Current user level

We will add a Login / Logout button on the main page of our control. This will allow the operator to sign in or out of the machine. To ensure that the operator knows that he is logged into the system we will display a message in a label also on the main screen. Here is what our main page now looks like:

The next thing we need to do is to design the form for our login information. This will contain two text boxes for the password and user name. We will also need two buttons; Login and Cancel. Our new form will be called Page2. Here is what it will look like:

When the HMI first powers up and no user has logged in we will ensure that the Jog and Teach functions are reset by writing values directly to the PLC. We will also set the user level to 0.
Private Sub MainForm_Load(sender As Object, e As EventArgs) Handles Me.Load
ModbusTCPCom1.Write(“00008”, 0) ‘Reset Run / Jog Selector PLC
ModbusTCPCom1.Write(“00070”, 0) ‘Reset Jog / Teach Selector PLC
ModbusTCPCom1.Write(“40005”, 0) ‘Set user level to 0
End Sub

Now let’s look at the logic for the button on the main page. If a person is logged into the machine then this button will log them out. This will also change the user level to 0 and write this to the PLC. In our case, MHR5 (400005) will contain the user level code. If no one is logged in then this button will call up our login form (Page2) so information can be entered.
Private Sub Button1_Click(sender As Object, e As EventArgs) Handles Button1.Click
     If Button1.Text = “Login” Then
Page2.txtUsername.Text = “”
Page2.txtPassword.Text = “”
SelectorSwitch1.Value = False
SelectorSwitch2.Value = False
          MomentaryButton1.Enabled = False ‘Start
          SelectorSwitch1.Enabled = False ‘Run / Jog Selector
          SelectorSwitch2.Enabled = False ‘Jog / Teach Selector
          Button1.Text = “Login”
          Label6.Text = “Please Login To Operate the Machine”
          ModbusTCPCom1.Write(“40005”, 0) ‘Reset user level in PLC
     End If
End Sub

Page2 is our login form. Here is the programming logic for the Login Button.
Private Sub btnLogin_Click(sender As Object, e As EventArgs) Handles btnLogin.Click
If txtPassword.Text = “” Or txtUsername.Text = “” Then
MessageBox.Show(“Please complete the required fields…”, “Authentication Error”, MessageBoxButtons.OK, MessageBoxIcon.Error)
‘ Connect to DB
Dim conn As New System.Data.OleDb.OleDbConnection()
conn.ConnectionString = “Provider=Microsoft.ACE.OLEDB.12.0;Data Source= F:\Users\Shortt\Downloads\Creating a HMI Login Screen in AdvancedHMI\HMI\AdvancedHMIBetaV399a\AccDatabase.accdb”
Dim sql As String = “SELECT * FROM tbl_user WHERE User_Name='” & txtUsername.Text & “‘ AND Password = ‘” & txtPassword.Text & “‘”
Dim sqlCom As New System.Data.OleDb.OleDbCommand(sql)
‘Open Database Connection
sqlCom.Connection = conn
Dim sqlRead As System.Data.OleDb.OleDbDataReader = sqlCom.ExecuteReader()
If sqlRead.Read() Then
Dim FirstName As String
Dim LastName As String
Dim UserLevel As Integer
FirstName = sqlRead(“First_Name”)
LastName = sqlRead(“Last_Name”)
UserLevel = sqlRead(“User_Level”)
MainForm.ModbusTCPCom1.Write(“40005”, UserLevel)
MainForm.Button1.Text = “Logout”
MainForm.Label6.Text = FirstName & ” “ & LastName & ” Level = “ & UserLevel
MainForm.MomentaryButton1.Enabled = True ‘Start
If UserLevel = 3 Then
MainForm.SelectorSwitch1.Enabled = True ‘Run / Jog Selector
MainForm.SelectorSwitch2.Enabled = True ‘Jog / Teach Selector
ElseIf UserLevel = 2 Then
MainForm.SelectorSwitch1.Enabled = True ‘Run / Jog Selector
MainForm.SelectorSwitch2.Enabled = False ‘Jog / Teach Selector
MainForm.SelectorSwitch1.Enabled = False ‘Run / Jog Selector
MainForm.SelectorSwitch2.Enabled = False ‘Jog / Teach Selector
End If
‘ If user enter wrong username and password combination show error
MessageBox.Show(“Username and Password do not match..”, “Authentication Failure”, MessageBoxButtons.OK, MessageBoxIcon.Exclamation)
‘Clear all fields
txtPassword.Text = “”
txtUsername.Text = “”
‘Focus on Username field
End If
          Catch ex As Exception
MessageBox.Show(“Failed to connect to Database.. System Error Message: “ & ex.Message, “Database Connection Error”, MessageBoxButtons.OK, MessageBoxIcon.Error)
End Try
End If
End Sub

A further explanation of the code above can be found at the following address.
How to create login form in VB.NET

Connecting to our database
The ConnectionString will vary from machine to machine. To automatically determine the connection string to our database we can do the following:
1 – Click DataBindings in the Properties window. Click F4 if you cannot see the properties window or add it on View – Properties Window.

2 – Under DataBindings, click on Text – Add Project Data Source. This will call up the Data Source Configuration Wizard.

3- Choose Database as your Data Source Type and click Next.

4- Choose Dataset as your Database Model and click Next.

5 – Click on New Connection

6 – Click on Microsoft Access Database File as your Data Source and click Continue

7- The Add Connection window appears. Beside the ‘Database file name:’ click Browse. Locate the database file that we created above.
8 – Click the Test Connection. You should get the test connection succeeded message.

9 – Click OK to close the Add Connection wizard. Expand the “Connection string that you will save in the application”. Copy the connection string given and paste it on conn.ConnectionString.
Note: Copy – ctrl + C / Paste – ctrl + V

Here is the programming logic for the Cancel Button.
Private Sub ReturnToMainButton_Click(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles btnCancel.Click
End Sub

In this program we are just writing a user level in PLC memory address MHR05. The control of the PLC can be limited if hardwired selector switches and pushbuttons were in the system. Implementing a login screen is very straight forward and can be part of your overall automation solution.

Download the access database and the Bin directory for the AdvancedHMI login screen.

The cylinder PLC program from Building a PLC Program That You Can Be Proud Of – Part 6 can be downloaded with the following link.
Download the PLC program and the Bin directory for the AdvanceHMI Screen.

Watch on YouTube : Creating a HMI Login Screen on AdvancedHMI – Explaining the Code
If you have any questions or need further information please contact me.
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