Omron is introducing the Sysmac One series that combines control and HMI functionality within one package to tackle machine builders' requirements to reduce panel space and minimise installation time - but without compromising on capability.
All Sysmac One devices include an NS-series HMI, available in a wide range of display sizes with a choice of two powerful CJ1 series PLCs, plus a standard network interface such as DeviceNet or Profibus – all in one unit. There is also an option to place an expansion board at the back of any Sysmac One unit to deliver extra functionality such as an advanced Ethernet interface or I/O extension.
Performance is enhanced with separate CPUs, while the transparent architecture enables easy remote maintenance - both the PLC and HMI components and even field devices are transparently accessible through a single port.
As well as incorporating multiple networks, Omron's Smart Active Parts technology – pre-programmed, pre-tested visualisation objects with embedded communication code – delivers drag-and-drop simplicity to HMI design for easy connection to field devices.
Sysmac One is also completely integrated into Omron's CX-One concept. With CX-One software, users can build, configure and program a host of devices such as PLCs, HMIs and motion-control systems and networks using a single software package with one installation and license number. This reduces the complexity of the configuration and allows automation systems to be programmed or configured with minimal training.
Machine builders can also combine Sysmac One with Omron's new, 'intelligent' SmartSlice modular I/O system where panel space is at an absolute premium.
Bill Swain, Product Marketing Manager at Omron Electronics, comments: "Our close working relationship with machine builders indicates that there is increasing pressure to reduce panel space. Sysmac One saves space and offers extended functionality which we believe will be welcomed by the market."