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Article | September 24, 2013
Unitronics: New control platform
Unitronics’ UniStream all-in-one modular control platform combines dual CPUs (faster scan time, up to 2048 I/Os over 2MB of operand memory), a variety of HMI touch panels, and local and remote I/O installation.
This save space saving system handles simple or complex, large scale or small scale applications; it can be tailored to virtually any application. Users select their preferred HMI, snap on a CPU, and then snap on preferred I/Os to create an all-in-one controller. UniLogic studio software, the intuitive new programming environment for hardware configuration, control and HMI, is said to cut programming time by 50% by anticipating the programmer’s intentions and by enabling the re-use of written code. It allows the programmer to build a library of user defined function blocks and HMI screens that can be imported into any new project and even shared with others. The software’s wizards save significant time on definitions of I/O points, PIDs etc. The drag and drop, automatic line creation, and re-use options of existing code make programming quick and easy. UniLogic’s extensive graphic library and HMI widgets enable the programmer to build HMI screens that appear as if they were designed by a graphic artist.
UniStream simplifies data communication to a simple configuration task that requires no programming. It supports RS485, CANopen, UniCAN, both serial and Ethernet MODBUS. The platform can also adapt to third-party protocols; USB hosts and serial ports support external devices such as modems, printers, barcode readers, and more. USB Device also allows users to download their programs over USB. Unitronics’ UniApps are an expanding library of value added PLC embedded apps. The UniApps give users the ability to reach data, edit it, monitor, troubleshoot, debug their system, and more. The Unistream platform can be accessed remotely, through PCs, Tablets and SmartPhones via VNC. Technical support and software for UniStream are free; this also includes all utilities and updates.
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