C-More EA9 HMI Series Panel System Hardware

Human-machine interfaces (HMI) are made to display and control operations for our automation solution. Information is displayed in a graphics format. (Graphical User Interface – GUI) The HMI is usually part of the SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) system.
Communication from the HMI to the control is usually done through a serial (RS232 / RS485 / RS422) or Ethernet (RJ45) method with different protocols depending on the manufacturer of the control. The automation control device is not limited to a PLC. (Programmable Logic Controller) You can communicate also to drives, temperature process controllers, etc. The HMI usually will include several different protocols and port configurations to maximize the amount of control product that it will be able to communicate.

C-More Operator Panels come in 6”, 7” wide, 10”, 10” wide, 12” or 15” models. They are programmed using the EA9-PGMSW programming software through either the USB or Ethernet cable. A voltage supply of 12-24 VDC is required for the panel. The optional C-More AC Power Adapter EA-AC can also be used to supply this voltage.
We will be looking at one of the newest members of the C-More Panel HMI devices from Automation Direct. This is the EA9-T10CL. This ten-inch colour TFT LCD screen offers great features that we will be exploring as we review this product. Let’s get started. Continue Reading!

Productivity 1000 Series PLC AdvancedHMI Modbus TCP Ethernet Communication

Advanced HMI is a powerful, adaptable HMI/SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) development package that takes advantage of Visual Studio. There is no coding required and you can simply drag and drop items onto the page. The best thing is that the software is free. We will look at using AdvancedHMI with the Productivity 1000 Series PLC.

Our sample Productivity 1000 PLC program will display a digital panel meter and a gauge of a value in the PLC. Stop and start momentary pushbuttons on the HMI will allow this number to increase or stop. An indication will turn green when the number is increasing and red when it has stopped. The AdvancedHMI package will communicate Modbus TCP over Ethernet to the Productivity 1000 PLC. We will be able to monitor our process via the AdvancedHMI window. Let’s get started.

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Productivity 1000 Series PLC Firmware Update

Firmware is usually PLC operating system code that is written into a read only memory. The BIOS (Basic Input Output System) of a PC (personal computer) is a good example of firmware. It provides the low level interface between the hardware and software. The firmware for the productivity series of PLC’s must be downloaded separately from the programming software.

We will be updating our firmware of our Productivity 1000 PLC from 1.2.5.36 to the latest version 1.2.7.37. Let’s get started. Continue Reading!