The C-More HMI Panel programming software has a simulation mode. This simulator will allow you to test your project before transferring it to a panel. Testing your application is a vital step in HMI program development. This feature of the software will save you time and money especially if your hardware is not available.
The simulator will display two windows. There is a graphical display of your HMI panel and a simulation control window. The control window will allow you to control variables in the project similar to a PLC.
We will be looking at our program developed last time (Common Screen Menu) and use the simulator to mimic how the PLC and HMI Panel will communicate in the field. This will help to detect any problems before we transfer to our panel. Let’s get started. Continue Reading!
Allowing operators of your HMI (Human Machine Interface) panel to easily navigate all of the information available is a vital part of programming. We want to present the information to the operator so they will clearly understand the programmed operation of the unit. Common menus on the HMI panel pages will allow the quick navigation, understanding, and control that your operators want. When programming operator interfaces I have always heard to use the KISS method. (Keep It Stupidly Simple.) Your HMI program interface could contain hundreds of pages containing vital information for operator understanding and control, but you must make it easily accessible and intuitive. This is how you design and program a good HMI panel display.
We will be creating a common screen menu for our C-More EA9 HMI Panel using the C-More programming software. Using our previous program created we will be making a background screen to act as our menu system. Let’s get started. Continue Reading!
We will now put our first program into the C-More EA9 HMI Panel using the C-More programming software. The Do-More Designer Simulator will be used with a modified Start Stop Jog Circuit so we can use our HMI screen to monitor the output as well as control the inputs on the PLC.
Communications will be established to our C-More EA9-T10CL unit and the firmware will be updated. We will then develop our control for our PLC ladder logic circuit.
The PLC logic for our circuit can be found on our post: How to Make a Start / Stop / Jog Circuit in a PLC. The YouTube video can be seen here.
Our C-More EA9 HMI Panel will be communicating to the PLC simulator via Ethernet with the Modbus TCP protocol. Let’s get started. Continue Reading!
The C-more Programming Software is a free download from Automation Direct. The software can run in DEMO (demonstration) mode or a key can be purchased to unlock this software. This powerful C-more Touch Panel programming software makes HMI touch screen panel setup and programming quick and simple. Simply drag and drop the objects from the object bar onto the screen construction area. A complete set of control panel objects include pushbuttons, selector switches, pilot lights, text and numeric data displays, bar graph displays, static and dynamic bitmapped images and more. Configure your PLC tags and click on the objects you want to use. A built-in simulator will allow you to review your work on the computer before downloading the project.
We will be installing the C-more Programming Software onto our PC (computer). This will be the DEMO mode of the program. The DEMO mode will do the following:
– You CAN download our sample projects and explore the capabilities of C-more.
– You CAN use the Simulator to test your project on the PC and see how the Simulator can save you hours of programming time.
– You CAN create your own objects, and save them in your object library.
– You CAN explore the online help, and find answers to many questions that might not be covered here on the website.
The full package will allow you to save your projects, download them to a panel and includes the full symbol factory library with over 4000 symbols.
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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!