TechTip: Using GETBIT in a Macro on Weintek HMI

Occasionally, you may need to read a bit or bits from a PLC or controller register if they are not directly accessible via the driver being used – an example of this could be a PLC status word where each bit represents the status of various PLC conditions, for example, “Battery Status” or “CPU Error” etc. Or it may be that you want to replicate some PLC logic that is otherwise inaccessible. The GETBIT macro instruction is very useful in these circumstances, enabling you to retrieve an individual bit and use that in conjunction with further logic such as an Continue reading TechTip: Using GETBIT in a Macro on Weintek HMI

New Supplier Announcement: Teknokol HMI Enclosures and Support Arms

Lamonde Automation is delighted to announce that we’ve signed a new supplier partnership with Teknokol, manufacturers of HMI enclosure systems which can be mounted directly to your machine, or the wall, or with custom-made support arms. Ergonomically designed and with IP65 protection, the enclosures have various depth options, and both the ECOline and TKP2000 series are modular, giving increased flexibility to suit your project. The enclosure front sheets are constructed from 2mm or 3mm aluminium, and Teknokol can provide custom-coloured couplings and covers upon request, as well as the processing of front sheets with laser cut-outs to accommodate any HMI, Continue reading New Supplier Announcement: Teknokol HMI Enclosures and Support Arms

Case Study: Board24 – Remote Monitoring & Control with CCTV and Fire Alarm Integration

We needed to find a way for the engineers on the Baler to see if the fans were running and to stop them remotely.  We also wanted to be able to see the status of the Baler from the fan end of the system without running over to check. Board24 is an FSC Certified manufacturer of recyclable corrugated sheetboard. They set high standards in terms of our product quality and environmentally friendly approach. They produce corrugated board which is 100% recyclable, 100% biodegradable and made from 90% recycled or recovered paper. We talked to Mark Crawford, Electronics Project Manager, about Continue reading Case Study: Board24 – Remote Monitoring & Control with CCTV and Fire Alarm Integration

New Feature Announcement – Touch Gesture on Weintek cMT X Series HMI

Use your HMI like a SmartphoneTouch gesture, supported on selected new cMT X Series HMI, provides easier and even more intuitive operation, allowing operators to use a variety of gestures such as swiping or pinching to make the HMI execute specified functions, without the need for on-screen buttons. Easier and Simpler UI StyleDeveloping HMI UI layout can take some time, designing the layout and the look of UI buttons, as shown on the left image below. In comparison, the image on the right illustrates that by replacing UI buttons with touch gestures, not only is the time for button design Continue reading New Feature Announcement – Touch Gesture on Weintek cMT X Series HMI

C-More Programming Software is now free!

Automation Direct’s EA9 C-more HMI programming and configuration software is now a free download! C-more HMI touch panels provide a graphical interface designed to interchange and display graphics, animation and data to and from a PLC by merely touching the screen. You can virtually replace every pushbutton, switch, meter, and other peripheral device with one C-more touch panel. C-more touch screen panels are available in 6″, 7″, 8″, 10″, 12″ and 15″ colour TFT display versions. A headless HMI (no-screen) model is also available for larger or user-defined display options. The C-more HMI configuration software provides a powerful set of Continue reading C-More Programming Software is now free!

New Weintek Driver Announcement – Automation Direct Productivity Series

To compliment the excellent Productivity Series Controller from Automation Direct, Weintek have added a dedicated driver and tag import facility so user Tags from the controller project can be easily added to an HMI program. First write your Productivity Controller program in Productivity Suite… If you’re familiar with Productivity Suite, you no doubt know that you can define tags for your i/o, registers, timer values etc as you go making it a very intuitive controller to use. The Productivity tag database is accessed from the edit menu. In this example, we’re only looking at Discrete i/o, Integers & Booleans… You Continue reading New Weintek Driver Announcement – Automation Direct Productivity Series

Announcing the cMT-iM21 – 21.5″ Industrial Touch Screen

cMT-iM21 is a new generation touchscreen monitor exclusively designed for industrial applications. Equipped with HDMI video input, Full HD display and 21.5” large screen, this touchscreen monitor is able to display your UI and a large amount of data with stunning clarity. The cMT-iM21 has a very compact design and weighs in at just 4.9kg, reducing installation requirements for space and panel weight limitations. Despite its light weight, the cMT-iM21 has a tough aluminium enclosure, 6H anti-scratch tempered glass surface and NEMA4/IP65 protection structure ensuring that the cMT-iM21 is suited to harsh industrial environments. A key feature of the cMT-iM21 Continue reading Announcing the cMT-iM21 – 21.5″ Industrial Touch Screen

Announcing the cMT-HDMI

Hot on the heels of the cMT3072 is the cMT-HDMI, the proven, popular cMT architecture with an HDMI output. The cMT-HDMI is an HMI without a screen – the screen can be an HDMI screen such as a TV or industrial monitor. As well as the rich cMT features, the cMT-HDMI also offers several improvements over the mTV-100 with support for different resolution screens and native support for several industry standard touchscreens (list of currently tested models below – connection to the touchscreen is via USB): • HOPE HIS-ML (19.5) • IMD-C160PT (15.6) • iEi DM-F22A/PC-R11 (21.5) Support for the cMT-HDMI will be Continue reading Announcing the cMT-HDMI

7″ cMT Series HMI – cMT3072 – Launching 1st December 2017

The latest addition to the Weintek HMI range is the 7″ cMT3072. Built on the proven Weintek cMT architecture, the cMT3072 brings the rich features of the CloudHMI cMT architecture to the 7″ HMI market. The panel cut-out is the same as the existing Weintek 7″ HMI but the resolution is improved from 800 x 480 to 1024 x 600 on the cMT3072. The screen itself is IPS rather than the existing TFT offering superior clarity and wider viewing angles. With the built-in EasyAccess 2.0 licence, remote access to the HMI and PassThrough to PLCs and controllers is a breeze and dual ethernet Continue reading 7″ cMT Series HMI – cMT3072 – Launching 1st December 2017

We’re exhibiting at the Factories of the Future Expo 4-5th April 2017

Running parallel to the Industry 4.0 Summit, the Factories of the Future EXPO will showcase the latest products and services for Industry 4.0, IIoT, smart factories and the future of manufacturing. The expo will be attended by manufacturing professionals from the UK & continental Europe  and will givethem an opportunity to see the latest advances/ new technologies in automation, robotics, software, sensors, virtual reality, augmented reality and other related areas. We will be showing products from Automation Direct & Weintek that can help you build your IIoT & Smart Factory. Come and see on stand S60. See event details here: Continue reading We’re exhibiting at the Factories of the Future Expo 4-5th April 2017