Next-generation HMIs with multi-touch and improved performance

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Next-generation HMIs with multi-touch and improved performanceMitsubishi Electric is launching the GOT2000 series HMI (human-machine interface) product range. This next-generation family of graphical operator terminals benefits from improved user-friendliness, expanded functionality and simple integration into Mitsubishi Electric's broad portfolio of automation products. Furthermore, the GOT2000 HMIs cost around 20 per cent less than their predecessors.

As the successor to the popular GOT1000 HMIs, the GOT2000 range is said to increase plant productivity and energy efficiency while reducing total operating costs - partly through Mitsubishi's strong emphasis on long-term reliability and ease of maintenance in the event of a hardware or software fault. In particular, the GT27 series is characterised by an intuitive operating concept with multi-touch function and gesture control, so people familiar with smartphones and tablets will immediately feel at home with the HMIs. The GT23 series HMIs suit applications that are more cost-sensitive. Mitsubishi Electric is also now offering models with flush, clean, white front panels in response to requirements from the food industry.

New vector graphics mean that complex systems can be represented graphically and, rather than the user having to drill down through a series of screens, finer detail can be revealed by using pinch zoom controls; the quality of the graphics does not deteriorate on zooming, thanks to the use of vector graphics.

Built-in video functionality enables remote cameras to be used for monitoring distant parts of the process or areas where it would be hazardous for personnel to be present, and cyclic buffering records the process before and after an incident for storage and analysis, which can help enormously in troubleshooting.

HMIs with fast response to inputs

New faster processors in the GT2000 operating panels, combined with the VxWorks operating system, give them a fast response to inputs, monitoring and boot speed. There is also a large internal storage capacity for data logging and documents such as operating manuals, plus a backup/restore facility. The multi-touch function not only gives flexibility to screen layouts but also adds security when two-point switching is deployed (NB this is not suitable for safety functions). As with the previous series of Mitsubishi HMIs, the GOT2000 devices uses the VxWorks realtime operating system, so they are not vulnerable to malware that targets Windows-based devices.

Mitsubishi Electric has also expanded the range of communication options offered by its new GOT2000 series. Along with Ethernet, two serial interfaces (RS232 and RS22/485) and an SD card slot, USB connections are now included on the front and back. An optional WLAN interface enables the HMI to be accessed remotely via PCs and tablets. Just like their predecessors, the GOT2000 operating panels are equipped with the special FA transparency function, enabling PCs connected via the HMI to establish a direct link to Mitsubishi Electric Automation devices such as PLCs, frequency inverters or servo motors. In addition, the GOT2000 HMIs can connect to a remote PC so that, for example, a maintenance engineer can access a desktop computer while still working on the machine.

Initially, the GT27 range of HMIs include 8.4, 10.4 and 12.1inch high-resolution displays with 65,536 colours, while the GT23 operating devices are available in 8.4 and 10.4inch models. Screen design is implemented by using GT Works3 software, which also forms part of the iQ Works integrated development environment. The work involved in screen design can be reduced considerably by using the numerous ready-made templates provided in GT Works3.

The GOT2000 series HMIS are plug-and-play compatible with all Mitsubishi Electric Automation products, and the PLC parameterisation via the HMI ensures optimised integration. These functions give users flexibility in plant design while reducing engineering development costs. The GOT2000 series is also backwards-compatible, as the dimensions of these models are identical to those of their predecessors, and existing GOT1000 project data can be transferred to the new HMIs via a translation tool. All these features support significant cost savings and user-friendly migration.

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25 April 2014

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