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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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey