RED Lion Controls has announced the G3 HMI Series, a family of operator panels that offer up to five communication ports, as well as next generation software and a built-in gateway to web-enable virtually any device.
Available from Control Logic , this capability delivers remote access, monitoring and virtual operation - either via company LAN or the Internet - facilitating real-time operational access and data logging from a remote PC.
All G3 HMIs feature an integrated gateway that converts any attached device's serial protocol to on-board 10 Base T/100 Base-TX Ethernet.
A built-in USB port provides data exchange with a connected PC, and CompactFlash support allows virtually unlimited data storage, free from battery concerns.
One RS422/485 port and two RS232 ports are provided as standard, and each port is operable at up to 115,200 baud. One each RS232 and RS422/485 ports are available with an optional card, enabling up to five comms ports per G3 HMI.
The 8-inch G308 and 10-inch G310 HMIs are resistive analogue touchscreen terminals featuring 256-colour VGA displays, integrated programmable membrane keypads, and 8MB of on-board Flash memory.
The G308 measures (207.8 x 262 x 56mm) and features seven programmable keys, while the larger G310 measures 241.3 x 325.8 x 56mm, features eight programmable keys, and has a sunlight-visible outdoor version available.
Each G3 HMI model also includes Red Lion's intuitive Crimson 2 software at no extra charge. Crimson includes an extensive library of device drivers to quickly establish communications between the G3 and virtually any device, integrated web server, drag-and-drop data mapping and a "virtual panel" function that mirrors the HMI display to a remote PC.
If a specific device driver does not exist, Red Lion will write the driver and provide it free-of-charge.