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Article | August 13, 2012
Maple Systems: HMIs with advanced features
Three new HMI models from Maple Systems including a 7-in. (HMI5070P), 12.1-in. (HMI5121P), and 15-in. (HMI5150P) TFT touchscreen display, are housed in a sleek aluminum enclosure that is compact and resistant to corrosion, and are specifically designed for efficient graphic animation and heavy data processing.
The HMIs connect to a long list of PLCs, drives, and motion controllers through two serial ports, a USB port, a CAN bus port, and an Ethernet port (including support for BACnet and importing tag data for Rockwell Automation and Siemens PLCs). Use the SD slot or USB port to log data or capture alarm history. Two video input ports (HMI5121P and HMI5150P only) allow connection to two motion cameras to the HMI for remote monitoring, and the built-in media player can play video files for training or instructional purposes.
The EZwarePlus configuration software has many enhanced options including increased recipe functionality, advanced macro support, and better diagnostic tools to make it easier to program and maintain the HMI. With the sophisticated security options, users can manage accounts and privilege settings to ensure that only authorized employees are allowed to perform sensitive tasks.
The HMIs can email messages to remote personnel to alert them of alarm conditions in the plant. With the EasyAccess feature, set up remote monitoring and control the HMI from any networked PC. The HMIs support VNC, allowing you to monitor the HMI from a handheld device or smart phone.
All of the HMI5000P Series are NEMA4 (IP65) rated and carry both CE and RoHS certification. These models will also carry UL listing pending certification.
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