EC: Simatic HMI Comfort Panels
Hardware - Integrated HMI controllers: Four-inch by 22-in. high resolution, 16 million color displays with wide viewing angle whose widescreen HMI Panels that rival the picture quality of retail displays. This is a Control Engineering 2013 Engineers' Choice Awards Honorable Mention.
The Simatic HMI Comfort Panel represents a new generation of units for demanding HMI applications. Simatic HMI Comfort Panels feature the same high-end functionality with maximum performance across the whole product range. The panels are available with different sizes of displays: high-resolution, brilliant, widescreen displays from 4 in. to 22 in., either with Touch or Key controls, and can be perfectly adapted to any application. One of the many innovations compared to the existing Simatic Panels is the option to centrally switch off the displays of the units via Profienergy in break times in order to save energy. The Simatic HMI Comfort Panels are designed for use in a rugged industrial environment. Simatic HMI Panels and Simatic PLCs are configured using the award winning TIA Portal based Simatic Step 7 and Simatic WinCC engineering software which facilitates powerful yet efficient PLC and HMI programming, networking and commissioning.
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After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.