Do-More Update for Automation Direct’s Point of View SCADA/HMI Software


point-of-view_300Launched late in 2013, Automation Direct’s Point of View software offers a powerful but easy-to-use software solution for developing and deploying SCADA/HMI solutions throughout industry. The software – available in 500, 1000 and 5000 tag versions – is available as runtime only, development only or combined runtime and development versions and has built-in communications drivers.

The software includes all you would expect from a modern SCADA/HMI package – alarms, recipes, flexible graphical animation, database support, historical data and trending, event logging, FTP, Emailing, scheduling, symbols library, security, scripting and scaleability. It also includes communications drivers for the most popular PLCs.

The most recent enhancement to the software is a dedicated driver for Automation Direct’s newer DoMore processors allowing direct import of the tag name database for the PLC. DoMore – initially released as a high performance CPU compatible with the existing Direct Logic 205 PLC modules – is now also available as a processor in the terminator field-based I/O system.

Take a closer look at Point of View or download the fully operational evaluation software which will run for 40 hours.

Control Technology add IEC61131 Programming Capability to 2500 Series® PLCs


2500P-APC1Control Technology’s 2500 Series® PLCs now offer much more than replacements for the Siemens® Simatic® TI505 systems. Control Technology (CTI) have announced the release of their latest addition to the 2500® family – the new 2500-ACP1 Application Co-Processor module. The Co-Processor is designed to work in parallel with the existing Ladder Logic CPU but accesses the systems memory and I/O – usually via an ethernet connection to the main CPU. The high speed module is programmed using CTIs IEC-61131 Workbench software and can be used to offload tasks such as complex mathematical computations, string handling and real-time data logging as well as offering an alternative programming choice for Boolean logic, timing, counting and PID loops.

The module incorporates two 10/100Mb Ethernet ports connected to an internal switch. There is also a serial port supporting RS232 or RS422 communications. Supported protocols include

  • “CAMP” for reading and writing to CTI 2500 Series® PLCs or Simatic 505® PLCs equipped with a CTI Ethernet module
  • Modbus TCP master or slave
  • Network data exchange for sharing data between CTI 2500 Series® processors using 2500P-ECC1 Ethernet Co-Processor modules and 2500P-ACP1 Co-Processor modules
  • Modbus RTU master or slave serial communications
  • General ASCII send/receive to communicate serially with devices using proprietary protocols.

The Workbench software supports any of the 5 IEC61131 languages:

  • Ladder Diagram (LD)
  • Function Block Diagram (FBD)
  • Structured Text (ST)
  • Instruction List (IL)
  • Sequential Function Chart (SFC)

The module also incorporates an SD memory card used for storing the module’s configuration, the executable program, the program source files and user data files allowing the complete configuration to be moved to another module simply by swapping the SD card. The SD card can also be used for logging real-time data with time stamping which can be accessed remotely using FTP. Contact [email protected] for more information and pricing.

Ethernet/IP Scanner/Adapter Protocol now Standard on Productivity 3000 P3-550 CPU


P3-EthernetIP_175Automation Direct have enhanced the P3-550 CPU for the Productivity 3000 Programmable Automation Controller by adding the ODVA’s Ethernet/IP as a standard protocol.

Using the embedded Ethernet port on the CPU it is now possible to support Ethernet/IP in “Scanner” mode, “Adapter” mode or both modes simultaneously thus boosting the options for interoperability with other modules and systems. Communications can be with Explicit messaging or implicit “I/O” messaging.

In “Scanner” mode, the P3-550 CPU supports up to 128 connections with a maximum of 32 devices on each.

Set-up is simple – it just requires using the “fill-in-the-blanks” style configuration from the Productivity Pro programming software. Within the configuration there are a series of diagnostics tags to aid debugging of the system.

Anybody using an older CPU can upgrade the firmware to add this feature and then simply requires the latest Productivity Pro software to implement the configuration.

Weintek Continue to Broaden the Options for Industrial HMIs





Weintek, the specialist manufacturer of Industrial Human-Machine Interface (HMI) products, continue to update their core HMI panels with the latest technology whilst adding innovative new solutions.

Having updated their 4.3″, 7″ and 10″ cost-effective HMI panels with faster processors and a slimmer design (whilst also reducing the costs) by introducing the iE models during 2013, they have continued this update of the key products by adding the MT-8121XE and MT-8150XE. These two new models (12.1″ ands 15″ respectively) are, again, upgraded with faster processors and built with a more rugged design.

Weintek, however, continue to innovate by offering alternative approaches to offering HMIs for automation and control. Late last year we announced the mTV100. This module provides all the functionality of the range of HMI panels and is programmed with the free EasyBuilder Pro development software but, instead of incorporating a display, provides an HDMI output that can be connected to any compatible TV/Monitor of your choice. This, of course, allows the use of displays much larger than the maximum 15″ offered as a panel mount device.

Their more recent introduction was the Cloud HMI. Central to the Cloud HMI is the cMT-SVR data server – a dual 1GB Ethernet module that provides the core HMI functionality and communicates with the PLC(s). The human interaction to this module can be achieved in one of two ways. The first of these is wireless access using an iPad running the Weintek HMI app accessing the project stored in the cMT-SVR. Each data server can be accessed by 3 iPads simultaneously and a single iPad can connect to and operate up to 253 data servers. The second option is to use the cMT-iV5 – a 9.7″ colour TFT panel mount display module. The display connects to the data server using 1 GB Ethernet. Since the display uses a capacitive touch screen it also supports operation using gestures in the same manner as the iPad. The data server can support iPad and cMT-iV5 connection simultaneously. Programs for the cMT-SVR are, again, developed with Easy Builder Pro.

The most recent addition returns to the more traditional integrated panel mount HMI but  offering a rear mount solution (rather than installing the display into a panel cutout from the front). The MT-8070iER is well suited to OEM applications requiring customisation of the appearance. Click here for detailed product information and current pricing.

Fantastic Range of HMI Screen Sizes now Available thanks to Weintek’s MTV100


The new MTV-100 from HMI manufacturer Weintek provides all the functionality of their industrial HMI displays but, instead of using an integrated display, provides an HDMI or DVI output that can be connected to any compatible TV. This, of course, greatly extends the screen sizes that can be used for HMI applications beyond those viable for fully integrated models.

Powered by a 600 MHz ARM Cortex A8 processor, this compact DIN-rail mountable fanless device provides a 720P high resolution HDMI output. It incorporates 256 MB of Flash memory for program storage and a further 256 MB of RAM for data storage. Additional memory can be added by using the SD/SDHC card slot.

I/O ports include a 10M / 100M /1G Ethernet port, a USB 2.0 host port, an RS232 serial port and two RS485 serial ports.

The use of larger screens allows plant monitoring from much longer distances and wider angles than with traditional panel mounted devices.

Applications for the MTV-100 are created using Weintek’s free EasyBuilder Pro software which is also used to create applications for the more recent HMI panels in their range

Nematron® Industrial PCs now Available from Lamonde Automation


Earlier this year, Lamonde Automation Ltd reached an agreement with US-based Nematron® to sell and support their industrial PCs in the UK market and to identify partners elsewhere in Europe.

Nematron® Industrial PCs

Nematron® offer a range of rugged industrial PCs – with or without integrated displays – and flat panel monitors. Their core product range is the iPC family of flat panel fully integrated industrial PCs which were introduced this year (2012). This family enhances the well-established ePC range and is based on their experience from shipping around 4,000 units in the last 5 years.

A major advantage has been gained by moving from rotating media hard drives to solid state drives as they became more economically viable. Nematron started shipping them as standard a little over a year ago and have found them exceptionally reliable with almost no failures found in more than 2,000 systems already shipped with solid state drives installed.

The flat panel PCs are all with colour TFT displays utilising LED backlights. They are available with 12.1″ SVGA (800×600), 15″ XGA (1024 x 768), 17″ SXGA (1280 x 1024) and 19″ SXGA (1280 x 1024) screen sizes and can all be supplied with or without a 5-wire analogue resistive touch screen. The base model includes an Intel® Celeron P4500 processor but the systems can also be supplied with Intel i5 520M or Intel i7 620M processors. SATA solid state drives from 40 GB to 300 GB are available and 2 GB DRAM is standard with 4 GB as an option. Units are normally supplied with an Operating System pre-installed – Microsoft Windows® 7 Professional (32 bit) is the default but this can be changed to Windows® XP Professional (32 bit) or Windows® 7 Ultimate (64 bit) if preferred. They can also be supplied with no Operating System.

As standard, the IP65 sealed front panel is powder-coated aluminium which can also be supplied without the Nematron logo for OEM applications. A machined stainless steel front panel is available as an alternative along with a 19″ rack mount powder-coated aluminium option on the 19″ models.

The range of Industrial PCs complement Lamonde’s diverse product portfolio for Industrial Automation, Process Control and Electrical Engineering. They provide a perfect match with other products from Lamonde including KEPs Infilink HMI software and KEPServer OPC server communications products plus with the range of industrial Ethertnet switches from Automation Direct.

FLOWLINE® Level Sensors now Available from Lamonde Automation


Automation Direct have announced the EchoPod® and EchoSonic® II ultrasonic liquid level sensors which can be used to provide input data for control systems such as PLCs. Several models can also be configured for local level control using their 4 relay contacts to switch local valves and/or pumps.

The EchoPod DX10 / DL10 series ultrasonic liquid level transmitters provide continuous non-contact liquid level measurement output up to 1.25m. With the free WebCal software, .users can select the voltage or current output for interface with analogue inputs on control systems or select the frequency output for interfacing with frequency-capable or counter input discrete input cards. These non-contact liquid level sensors are ideally suited for corrosive, sticky or dirty liquids, and are broadly selected for small tanks. They use an optimised narrow 2″ beam optimised for small tanks.

The EchoPod DL series multi-function ultrasonic liquid level sensors offer a 4-20mA signal output and 4 programmable relays for level switch or level control functions. With these the WebCal software can also be used to configure the operation of the relays allowing them to be used as embedded level controllers. These non-contact liquid level sensors are, again, ideally suited for corrosive, sticky or dirty liquids. Analogue output models in ranges up to 1.25m, 3m or 5.5m.

The EchoSonic II LU series ultrasonic liquid level transmitters offer a 4-20mA signal output and are also configured via the free WebCal software. These non-contact liquid level sensors are ideally suited for corrosive, ultrapure, sticky or dirty liquids, and are broadly selected for bulk storage, dry tank, lift station and process tank level sensor applications. Ranges up to 3m, 5.5m, 8m and 10m are available. These units also include auto adaptive filters optimising signal output filtering and identifying obstacles.

Infilink HMI Software from KEP


Infilink HMI Software from KEP

In October 2012 KEP launched the latest release of their cost-effective Infilink HMI package – version 5.0.27.

This latest version focuses on a number of ease-of-use enhancements to the development software. These include shortcuts for function keys, object movement, aligning objects, resizing objects, zooming and maintaining the aspect ratio for rectangles/squares or ellipses/circles..

The new release also includes stronger encryption of user details.

With Infilink, KEP continue to offer a powerful low-cost solution to PC-based HMI with no upfront (or ongoing) cost for development software or maintenance. With the free development software and the 60 minute demo mode, users are able to fully implement and test their application at no cost only paying for a runtime license when they wish to deploy the project to the live application. Infilink can be supplied to work with an existing OPC server or can be supplied with their own KEPServer product – available for a wide range of control devices and networks.

For applications running on the shop floor, Lamonde Automation are now also offering a range of powerful and cost effective flat panel industrial PCs from Nematron.

Download the latest version of Infilink now from our website.