The Human Machine Interface (HMI) is a high performance touch screen machine control interface for industrial applications. There are 5 HMI series, MT4000, MT5000, CZ10, F, and SZ7, which allows users to easily satisfy requirements. The MT4000 HMI is macros compatible for the standard C language, and is capable of online simulation functions and storing very large user configurations. Furthermore, MT4000 models consistently perform quickly and effectively to process information in a secure way. Compared to the MT4000 HMI, the MT5000 series has additional features, making it a more diversified product line. The MT5000 HMI features 2 USB Ports, audio and video output, multi-media capability, communication via internet, 520MHz Intel RISC CPU, Standard SD card slot, and larger memory. The MT5000 series uses Modbus, Fieldbus, Profibus, and CANopen communication by way of OPC software. The CZ10 HMI is a user friendly industrial style HMI that can withstand harsh cold temperatures and is Shock-Proof and is capable of Anti-Interference. This HMI includes keys with backlights to easily see in the dark. The F7 and F10 HMI’s both have high resolution and are Water-Resistant and Vibration-Proof. The SZ7 is a very user friendly HMI with a handheld design, easy controls, and strong design. Additionally, it has two different installation methods of either Hanging Mounting or Rack Mounting. With an IP rating of 62 the SZ7 HMI series is both Water-Resistant and Vibration-Proof. All of the above HMI products enable operators to lower their processing times by using a reliable product to support their business needs.

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KNC-HMI-MT5520T 10.4” 520MHz 16MB 32MB 3 N/A 10/100 Base-T $1,084.00 view here
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Frequently Asked Questions
How to I download the software for the programmable logic controller?
The software is available on the series item page of the Human Machine Interface, Programmable Logic Controller, or HMI/PLC.

How does the Human Machine Interface (HMI) communicate with other devices?
The Human Machine Interface (HMI) must be connected to a device whether it is through Ethernet (RJ45), serial communication (RS232, USB, or RS422) or wireless. The two devices' baud rates must be in sync so that no miscommunication occurs.

What AA products can work with the Programmable Logic Controller (PLC)?
Anaheim Automation's Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) can work with encoders for position control, or they can be connected to a PCL601, 17MDSI or any controller that takes ASCII commands via an RS232 or RS485 port. The Human Machine Interface (HMI's) can also communicate with our servo drives because of their RS232 port which processes MODBUS ASCII protocol.

What are some of the features of the Programmable Logic Controller's (PLC's) programming environment?
The Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) programming environment CoDeSys V2.3 is an extremely useful utility in that over 250 manufacturers from various industrial sector program their devices with CoDeSys. CoDeSys consists of two parts: the programming system CoDeSys and the runtime system CodeSys Control. The runtime system turns any automation device into a IEC 61131-3 controller programmable with CoDeSys. Since CoDeSys is used worldwide it comes with a large amount of libraries specific to a device or general in functionality for all devices. CoDeSys allows you the create a Visualization for a Human Machine Interface (HMI) if you need to create a graphical user interface. CoDeSys allows for remote monitoring so you can see the status of your Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) or manufactuaring line from a remote location.

What are the benefits of a Human Machine Interface (HMI) over a desktop?
The added benefits of a Human Machine Interface (HMI) are; there is a dedicated system specific to your application which means that you have a panel which will not allow internet browsing, solitaire game play and update reminders unless it pertains to your application. Human Machine Interfaces (HMI's) give you absolute control; meaning that you may give the user limited access to specific features or full access pending on how you create your interfaces.

What software is required for customers to program their HMI?

   The software required to program our Human Machine Interface differs from each vendor as well as model. The KCO Human Machine Interface units have two development environments, for the MT4000 and MT5000 models the users should download the HMIware release 1.6 and for the MT6000 the user should download the CoDeSys V2.3 software. The MT6000's units require that the customer downloads CoDeSys V2.3, MT6000 target files, MT6000 Fast Start Manual as well as generate a license using license manager. The MT6000 Fast Start file shows the users how to set up their environment for first time use, this will show them how to connect their unit and load all the proper libraries necessary to establish CAN communication. The target files are we enable CoDeSys to recognize the HMI.

   The software required to program the ATO Human Machine Interface units is called GP-Editor and this is available on the Series Item page. If the customer is buying a Human Machine Interface/Programmable Logic Controller combo unit such as; HMI-ATO-LPS040 or HMI-ATO-LPS070 they also need to download SmartStudio 2.0. The GP-Editor will allow them to program the User Interface while SmartStudio allows users to program the Programmable Logic Controller aspect of the unit.


Helpful Information
Advantages
The greatest advantage of a Human Machine Interface is that it is very user-friendly because of the graphical interface. The graphical interface contains color coding that allows for easy identification (red for trouble). Pictures and icons allow for fast recognition, easing the problems of illiteracy. Human Machine Interface products can reduce the cost of product manufacturing and potentially increase profit margins by both improving brand and lowering production costs. Human Machine Interface devices are innovative and capable of higher capacity and more interactive elaborate functions. Some technological advantages Human Machine Interface products offer are: converting hardware to software, eliminating the need for mouse and keyboard, and allowing kinesthetic computer/human interaction.

Applications
The Human Machine Interface is used throughout numerous industries including metals manufacturing, vending machines, food and beverage, pharmaceuticals and utilities, just to name a few. In metals manufacturing, a Human Machine Interface has control of how the metal is cut and folded and how fast to do so. A Human Machine Interface offers improved stock control and replenishment so the fewer journeys are required out to the vending machines. The Human Machine Interface is used in bottling processes to control all aspects of the manufacturing line such as; speed, efficiency, error detection and error correction. Utilities uses the Human Machine Interface to monitor water distribution and wastewater treatment.

Basics
Human Machine Interface stands for Human Machine Interface and a Human Machine Interface is just that, it is the interface between the user and the machine. A Human Machine Interface is considered an interface; a very broad term that can include: Mp3 players, industrial computers, household appliances, and office equipment. But a Human Machine Interface is much more specific to manufacturing and process control systems. A Human Machine Interface provides a visual representation of your control system and provides real time data acquisition. A Human Machine Interface can increase productivity by having a centralized control center that can be made extremely user-friendly.

Components of a Human Machine Interface
A Human Machine Interface is a big purchase so it is necessary to know exactly what it will be used for. A Human Machine Interface is used for three primary roles including a pushbutton replacer, data handler, and overseer. The pushbutton replacer takes the place of LEDs, On/ Off buttons, switches or any mechanical device that has some control over the unit. The elimination of these mechanical devices is possible because the Human Machine Interface can provide a visual representation of all these devices on its LCD screen while performing all the same functions. The Data Handler is used for applications that require constant feedback and monitoring, oftentimes these Data Handlers come equipped with large capacity memories. The last of the three types is referred to as the overseer because it works with SCADA and MES which are centralized systems which monitor and control entire sites or complexes of large systems spread out over large areas. A Human Machine Interface is usually linked to the SCADA systems databases and software programs, to provide trending, diagnostic data, and management information.

Convenience
The convenience that comes with a Human Machine Interface is priceless; you will find that once you have digitized your system the functionality you will get out of your Human Machine Interface is unbeatable. A Human Machine Interface combines all the control features that are found throughout your automation line and places them all in one centralized location; no more having to run to that red pushbutton that will stop your line. With remote access you dont even have to be anywhere near your automation line to start/stop or monitor production. With remote access you can have all the same features you have on your centralized unit in a smaller compact form. Along with ease of access from wherever you may be, simplicity is also a big factor in the usability of a Human Machine Interface. With simplistic screens and functions you can train almost anyone to supervise your automation line.

Description
A Human Machine Interface (Human Machine Interface) is exactly what the name implies, it is simply a graphical interface that lets humans and machines interact. The date of birth for this interface is not known due to the huge graphical interface boom we have had, and are still experiencing. Human machine interfaces vary widely, from control panels for nuclear power plants to the screen on that new iphone, but more often than not when referring to a Human Machine Interface, he/she is referring to a control panel for a manufacturing-type process. A Human Machine Interface is the centralized control unit for manufacturing lines, equipped with Data Recipes, event logging, video feed, and event triggering so that you may access your system at any moment for any purpose. For a manufacturing line to be integrated with a Human Machine Interface, it must first be working with a Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) because the PLC is what takes all the information from the sensors and transforms it to Boolean algebra so the Human Machine Interface can decipher and make decisions.

Environmental Considerations
The operating environment should always be accounted for because if you are in a warehouse that has excessive noise or vibration you might decide on a heavy duty Human Machine Interface. If you are in the food processing industry or somewhere that might need to be washed down every day you will have to think about a water-protected Human Machine Interface. You may also want to consider temperature as a factor in your selection process because if you were to be in a steel plant and next to a furnace you would want something that can withstand those temperatures.

Glossary
Macro: Macro instructions is an advanced touch screen control method which strengthens the functions of the Human Machine Interface. The Human Machine Interface will have the same logic and arithmetic operations as the PLC by the programming of macros. The use of macros will enable the touch screen to implement many powerful functions that cannot be supported by many regular components, perfecting your and to make your human-machine interfaces. Recipe: A recipe activates data transmission of consecutive registers, support downloading data from the memory of the recipe card to the PLC and vice versa. LW: A local word register is a 32 bit register which has been declared within the scope of the program. LB: A Local bit register is just a 1 bit register which has been declared within the scope of the program. RW: A recipe word register is a 32 bit register that will execute sequentially when activated. TFT: A thin film transistor is an LCD that uses thin film transistors technology to improve image quality.

How Does a Human Machine Interface Work
Let us begin with other components that are necessary to making a manufacturing control system operate. First we have the production line that consists of all the machinery that do all the work in the production of the product. Next we have all the various input/output sensors that monitor temperature, speed, pressure weight and feed rate. Third we have the programmable logic controller (PLC) that will receive all the data from the input/output sensors and convert the data into logical combinations.

How to Select
Though you may not know everything you may need to know at the beginning of the design process you should know that a Human Machine Interface generally falls into three categories: the pushbutton replacer, the data handler and the overseer. Before the Human Machine Interface came about controlling automation lines was no easy task due to the use of up to thousands of pushbuttons and LEDs all performing different tasks. The integration of PLCs and Human Machine Interface devices have virtually eliminated the use of pushbuttons and LEDs because any function that a pushbutton or a LED could perform can easily be done with a Human Machine Interface; plus it is all in one centralized location. Oftentimes you may need constant feedback from your system, or printouts of the production reports, here is where the data handler is a perfect fit. You have to make sure that you have a big enough Human Machine Interface for things like graphs, visual representations and production summaries. This type of Human Machine Interface will include functions such as recipes, data trending, data logging and alarm handling/logging. Performing these tasks can be very memory intensive, so for the Human Machine Interface to work as a Data handler you have to greatly consider memory. When your application involves SCADA or MES, the appropriate Human Machine Interface could be extremely beneficial. With these types of applications you will need a Human Machine Interface that will run windows and has several Ethernet ports also known as the overseer.

Interface Flexibility
The great thing about a Human Machine Interface is that you can personalize your interface however you would like. If you want to develop a complex system with multiple screens and several routines always running, a Human Machine Interface fully supports that. If you are looking to program a Human Machine Interface with something more simplistic you could have instructions for the controller directly written onto the Human Machine Interface. Every Human Machine Interface comes with different features some may play sound, play video or even may have remote access control. The design of your actual interface should be optimized for your specific application, taking into account environmental aspects and operators such as; noise, lighting, dust, vision and technological curves.

Physical Properties
The actual physical properties of a Human Machine Interface vary from model to model so it is important that you select to right one. A Human Machine Interface that is located in a water plant might have various water seals around its perimeter as opposed to a Human Machine Interface that is located in a pharmaceutical warehouse. The actual size of a Human Machine Interface is also a key physical property that varies, because not all applications need a large, high resolution monitor, some applications may only need a small, black and white touch screen monitor. When it comes to selecting a Human Machine Interface, the physical properties are extremely important because you have to take into consideration the operating environment and what safety measure the Human Machine Interface has to protect itself. Also, a specific size may be needed due to space limitations. Lastly, physical properties include the processor and memory of the Human Machine Interface. It is important to make sure that these two are sufficient enough to control your system.

PLC Combo
How do you control a PLC without ladder logic? How does a Human Machine Interface replace the PLC software that most PLCs comes standard with? Ladder logic is simply conditional programming. For example, if input 1 is energized then coil 1 will be powered. A statement has to be true for the output to be executed. With C programming you can do the same, but in order to program a Human Machine Interface to operate a PLC properly you must first know all the registers of the PLC. A good way to learn how to program a PLC via a Human Machine Interface is to first start working with the PLC and the software it came with. This way you get a firm grasp on how to operate the PLC without the Human Machine Interface. That knowledge will transfer over when you are ready to connect the two units together.

Quiz
1. What does Human Machine Interface stand for? 2. How many different Human Machine Interface types do we offer and what are the major differences? 3. What are the benefits of using Human Machine Interface and PLC as opposed to just a PLC? 4. What is a Baud Rate? 5. What communication protocols are applicable to our Human Machine Interface line? 6. Which PLC unit do I select if my PLC is not listed under compatible PLCs? 7. What is Windows CE and what is the Codesys packet? 8. What type of touch panel do these Kinco Human Machine Interfaces use? 9. How many controllers can I hook up to one Human Machine Interface? 10. What programming language does the EV5000 come standard with?

Troubleshooting
Sometimes when you are working with the EV5000 software your PLC and Human Machine Interface are hooked up together, but dont quite get the result you are looking for. It is hard to know exactly what is going on when you do not get output from the PLC or a PLC error appears. What happened? What exactly did I do wrong? Is my data even being sent? To answer all those questions you can simply use a numeric display and set it to the PLC register you are trying to write your data to. If this PLC register comes back with random register values then it is quite apparent that the Human Machine Interface did not deliver the information to that register. But if it was sent correctly then your numeric displays should show the information you sent. This is a very simple sanity check.

Types
There are three basic types of Human Machine Interfaces: the pushbutton replacer, the data handler and the overseer. Before the Human Machine Interface came into existence, there could be hundreds of pushbuttons and LEDs all performing different operations. The pushbutton replacer Human Machine Interface has eliminated the need for so many buttons, and has centralized all the functions of each button into one location. The data handler is perfect for when you need constant feedback from your system or printouts of the production reports. With the data handler you must ensure your Human Machine Interface screen is big enough for such things: graphs, visual representations and production summaries. The data handler includes such functions as recipes, data trending, data logging and alarm handling/logging. Finally anytime your application involves SCADA or MES, an overseer Human Machine Interface is extremely beneficial. The overseer Human Machine Interface will most likely need to run windows and have several Ethernet ports.

Types
Anaheim Automation offers three basic types of Human Machine Interface products which are the pushbutton replacer, data handler, and the overseer. Before Human Machine Interface products came to existence sometimes there would be hundreds of pushbuttons and LEDs all meaning a different thing and all buttons performing different operations. The pushbutton replacer Human Machine Interface has eliminated the need for so many buttons and has centralized all the functions of each button into one location. The data handler is perfect for when you need constant feedback from your system or printouts of the production reports. With the data handler you must make sure that your Human Machine Interface screen is big enough for such things; graphs, visual representations and production summaries. The data handler includes such functions as; recipes, data trending, data logging and alarm handling/logging. Finally anytime your application involves SCADA or MES an overseer Human Machine Interface can be extremely beneficial. The overseer Human Machine Interface will most likely need to run windows and have several Ethernet ports.

What Programming Software to Choose
When considering which programming software to use there are three main categories to choose from: proprietary, hardware independent and open software. Proprietary software is the software that the manufacturer provides which is normally fairly easy to use and allows for quicker development. The drawback is that your proprietary software will only run on that specific hardware platform. Hardware independent software is third party software developed to run on several different Human Machine Interface hardware. This type of software gives the developer much more freedom for the Human Machine Interface selection. The downside to hardware independent software is that it is not as user-friendly as the proprietary. Open Software is the last type, and this is for the advanced programmer. This allows the developer to have complete openness in the design process.

Wiring
Wiring a Human Machine Interface into your system is quite easy because most likely you are already using some type of PLC. The connection between an Human Machine Interface and PLC is easy as connecting a USB, RS-232, RS-485 or maybe no wires are required at all if both come equipped with wireless features. Although the wiring between the PLC and Human Machine Interface may be an easy task, the wiring between the PLC and the actual automation line will be chaotic. Depending on the size and complexity of your production, you might need profibus extensions for your PLC. A profibus extension is almost like a power strip that extends one input/output to multiple input/outputs by just connecting to the expansion port of the PLC. A wiring schematic from your production line to your PLC is high recommended that way programming your Human Machine Interface is sped up drastically.

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