Hardware - Integrated HMI controllers: A full PLC with an integrated 5.7-in. flat fascia, color-touchscreen HMI. This is a Control Engineering 2013 Engineers' Choice Award winner.
The Vision570 is a powerful PLC with a built-in, 5.7 in. color touchscreen HMI operator panel. With its IP66 rating, the V570-57-T20B-J model comprises a fully flat fascia, and is perfect wherever spray or wipe-down applications are required. On-board I/Os can be added by simply snapping a module onto the back of the PLC; Snap-in I/O Modules come in several configurations. I/O Expansion modules enable integrating up to 1024 I/Os per Vision PLC. The V570-57-T20B-J offers a rich range of embedded features, such as multiple auto-tuned PID loops, and internal 120K data table for datalogging and recipe programming. Communication options include TCP/IP Ethernet, GSM/SMS, Modbus and CANopen networking plus remote access for data acquisition and program download.
2 MB Ladder code application memory (plus 12 MB for images and 1 MB for fonts) enable the Vision570 to run complex control and automation tasks. The 16 bit-color touchscreen HMI enables the display of color-coded operator instructions and red, attention-grabbing alarm screens. It can also display graphs, according to historical values to reflect trends of recorded data. Display options are almost endless with more than 1,024 user-designed screens, and up to 500 images per application. Soon to come will be a USB programming port. The Vision PLC/Graphic HMI series introduces an unbeatable price-performance ratio, enabling users to enjoy the advanced features of the operator panel and the PLC, while maintaining low budget, reduced programming time and minimum wiring.
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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.
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