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.
Here is a detailed list of the HMI touch screen.
• Touch screen display (LCD) 280 NITS display brightness
• 10.4” diagonal colour TFT (Thin Film Transistor)
• Analog resistive (1024 X 1024) touch screen allowing unlimited touch areas
• EA9-PGMSW programming software
• 800 x 600 pixel display
• 64K colours
• 50,000 hour average backlight half-life
• USB port B (program/download) and USB port A (USB device options)
• Ethernet 10/100 Base-T port (program/download & PLC communication
• Remote Internet Access
• Serial PLC interface (RS-232/422/485)
• One built-in SD memory card slot
• 12–24 VDC powered (18W), 110VAC power adapter (optional)
• Audio Line Out, stereo – requires amplifier and speaker(s)
• 26MB project memory
• Data logging
• 0 to 50°C [32 to 122°F] operating temperature range
• NEMA 4/4X, IP65 compliant when mounted correctly, indoor use only
• Slim design saves panel space
• UL, cUL & CE agency approvals
• 2-year warranty from date of purchase
Communication is usually what sets apart HMI systems. The CMore EA9-T10CL has several built-in ports for communication to your control system. You can program the unit with a USB or Ethernet port using the programming software..
The following table will show you the communication drivers that have been written for the EA9 Series of C-More Panels. Generic protocols like Modbus TCP and Modbus RTU can be used on numerous automation products.
C-More EA9 Series PLC Drivers
|Allen-Bradley||MicroLogix 1000, 1100, 1200, 1400, 1500, SLC 5-/01/02/03||DH485/AIC/AIC+|
|Allen-Bradley||MicroLogix 1000, 1100, 1200, 1400 and 1500
ControlLogix™, CompactLogix™, FlexLogix™
|DF1 Half Duplex; DF1 Full Duplex|
|Allen-Bradley||PLC-5||DF1 Full Duplex|
|Allen-Bradley||ControlLogix, CompactLogix, FlexLogix – Tag Based||DF1 Half Duplex; DF1 Full Duplex|
|Allen-Bradley||ControlLogix, CompactLogix, FlexLogix – Generic I/O||Messaging EtherNet/IP Server|
|Allen-Bradley||ControlLogix, CompactLogix, FlexLogix – Tag Based
Micrologix 1100, 1400 & SLC5/05, all via native Ethernet port
MicroLogix 1000, 1100, 1200, 1400,1500 & SLC 5-03/04/05, all via ENI Adapter
|Allen-Bradley||Micro 800 series||Modbus RTU
|Modbus RTU||Modbus RTU devices||Modbus RTU|
|Modbus TCP/IP||Modbus TCP/IP devices||Modbus TCP/IP|
|GE||90/30, 90/70, Micro 90, VersaMax Micro||SNPX|
|GE||90/30, Rx3i||SRTP Ethernet|
|Mitsubishi||FX Series||FX Direct|
|Mitsubishi||Q02, Q02H, Q06H, Q12H, Q25H||Q CPU|
|Mitsubishi||Q, QnA Serial||QnA Serial|
|Mitsubishi||Q, QnA Ethernet||QnA Ethernet|
|Omron||C200 Adapter, C500||Host Link|
|Omron||CJ1/CS1 Serial, CJ1/CS1 Ethernet||FINS|
|Modicon||984 CPU, Quantum 113 CPU, AEG Modicon Micro Series 110 CPU: 311-xx, 411-xx, 512-xx, 612-xx||Modbus RTU|
|Siemens||S7-200 CPU, RS-485 Serial||PPI|
|Siemens||S7-200 CPU, S7-300 CPU, S7-400, S7-1200 CPU; Ethernet||Ethernet ISO over TCP|
|Productivity Series||all||AutomationDirect P3000 Serial or P3000 Ethernet|
|Do-more||all||Do-more Serial or Ethernet|
|CLICK||all||AutomationDirect Modbus (CLICK)|
Watch the videos below to see the unboxing and review of the EA9-T10CL system hardware and the Powering of the Unit.
C-More EA9 Panels from Automation Direct
C-More – Graphic Panel (EA9 Series) User Manual and Quick Start Guides
EA9-T10CL C-More Specifications
C-More EA9 Programming Software (Current Version V6.42)
This software will enable you to program all of the C-More EA9 HMI units. It includes a simulator for your application.
Next time we will install the C-More Programming Software (EA9-PGMSW).
Watch on YouTube : C-More EA9 HMI Series Panel Unboxing and Review
Watch on YouTube : C-More EA9 HMI Series Panel Powering the Unit
If you have any questions or need further information please contact me.
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