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 Product Announcement: Weintek cMT X Series

Product Introduction HMIs now often have a wide variety of capabilities, such as data display, machine control, data storage, PLC communication, protocol translation, graphic display, alarm notification, media playback, and IIoT integration. For an advanced HMI, these capabilities are now perceived as basic requirements, however, they can place a heavy burden on the HMIs CPU. Operators are used to operating high-speed consumer devices such as smartphones and tablets and expect a similar user experience and operation speed when working with HMI. For these reasons, Weintek has released the cMT X Series HMI: cMT3092X / cMT3152X / cMT3162X. The cMT X Continue reading New Product Announcement: Weintek cMT X Series

TechTip: Calculating The Difference Between Two Values Using a Macro In a Weintek HMI

This TechTip is about using a macro for a simple calculation to determine the difference between 2 values. To calculate the difference between 2 values, first we use the “>=” operator to determine if value1 is greater than or equal to value2, if this is the case, our result is calculated value1 – value2. If value2 is greater than value1 then our result calculation is value2 – value1. The macro is shown below: As usual there’s a demo project available for you to try out using EasyBuilder Pro’s excellent simulator. Download the demo here.

TechTip: Using the Shape Library with Weintek HMI

A frequently asked question we receive is “How do I create a multi-state lamp – for example to use with a Word Lamp?” This TechTip will hopefully make the process of creating a multi-state shape object clearer. Start a blank EasyBuilder Pro Project and locate the rectangle shape tool… Set properties for our shape outline… (note that “Filled” is un-ticked at the moment). Draw the outline frame on the design window… Copy and past the outline frame and make a solid filled shape by ticking “Filled” and setting appropriate colours… Select the Outline frame… Click on “Shape”… … which will Continue reading TechTip: Using the Shape Library with Weintek HMI

We’re Exhibiting at Robotics and Automation 2019 – Ricoh Arena, Coventry 29/30 October 2019

We’re exhibiting at Robotics and Automation 2019 being held at the Ricoh Arena 29th & 30th October 2019. Come and see us on stand 622. Be sure to register at https://www.roboticsandautomation.co.uk/ . Look forward to seeing you there.

TechTip: Recipes On Weintek HMI

This tech tip is about the recipe function on Weintek HMI, a frequently asked question. As usual, we’ll work through the steps for a basic example to get you started. As with most of our TechTips, this can be achieved without any hardware, making use of the excellent simulator feature in EasyBuilder Pro. A recipe, is a set of parameters that is used to produce a product or run a particular process. These could be times, temperatures, operation counts, volume or weight of material etc. The example program is for a bread making process. The parameters for our bread recipe Continue reading TechTip: Recipes On Weintek HMI

New feature on Weintek cMT Series HMI: Control Token

cMT Series HMI offers flexible and versatile functions which allow multiple users to control an HMI at the same time, to help ensure system safety by preventing an object from being controlled by multiple clients simultaneously, Weintek have developed a new feature: Control Token: With control token enabled, only one cMT Viewer client can acquire the control token at a time, and only the cMT Viewer client that with possession of the control token can operate the object. Other clients can only acquire the token one by one only when the previous possessor of the token leaves or closes the page. Continue reading New feature on Weintek cMT Series HMI: Control Token

New Product Announcement: MT8053iE 4.3″ HMI with Dual Ethernet & Built-in EasyAccess 2.0

Product Introduction: Ethernet is gradually becoming the standard interface for PLCs and controllers, the demand for data exchange with upper layer devices (SCADA) over the network and integration with cloud services is also increasing. To meet these demands, Weintek released models with dual Ethernet ports: MT8073iE(7”), MT8090XE(10”), and cMT Series, which all received positive customer feedback. To provide users with a wider choice of screen sizes, Weintek have launched a new 4.3″ dual-Ethernet HMI – MT8053iE. Adding new I/O ports into such small enclosure is always a challenge due to space constraints, however, Weintek pushed the boundaries to make it possible. Continue reading New Product Announcement: MT8053iE 4.3″ HMI with Dual Ethernet & Built-in EasyAccess 2.0

New Product Announcement – cMT3071 – 7″ HMI

Product Introduction and Features Being compact and cost-effective, Weintek 7” HMI have always been a popular product. With that in mind, Weintek have introduced a new 7” HMI: cMT3071. The new model aims to make cMT Series models a more accessible option allowing more of our customers to build their smart factories using cMT’s rich, powerful features. The cMT3071 boasts higher hardware spec than its iE/iP/eMT Series counterparts in every aspect, with better computational performance it delivers a richer user experience. Equipped with a dual-core Cortex A9 1GHz CPU, 4GB Flash and 1GB RAM, the cMT3071 runs more smoothly, allows projects with Continue reading New Product Announcement – cMT3071 – 7″ HMI

TechTip: Using Project Tags In a Macro On a Weintek HMI

In this TechTip we’re looking at using tags in a project and how they work in a macro. Address Tags are a great way to maintain control of elements you may wish to reassign later to an alternative address. In our simple example, we have 2 tags set up in the Address Tag Library using local bits. They are called “Lamp” and “Lamp2” mapped to LB10 and LB100. In our Macro we can pick Tags by ticking the “User-defined tag” box on the macro helper: Macro from our example project is as follows… note the use of Tags “Lamp” and Continue reading TechTip: Using Project Tags In a Macro On a Weintek HMI