Online programming for touch screens and panels is available from Balmoral Technologies .
During machine start-up, the user can simply plug the computer into the Panel’s Programming Port and do the following:
- Create a troubleshoot screen
- Create a troubleshoot button on main screen
- Disable critical outputs
- Monitor registers and/or speciﬁc bits in the ladder logic, without ever having to shut down the machine
After a machine upgrade including a new PLC and Operator Interface, the System Integrator asked the Machine Operator what he would like to see better yet. The Operator said the new ‘computer’ was great with all the colours but he missed the old pressure gauge.
The System Integrator immediately pulled out his notebook computer, hooked it up to the Touch panel, launched his programming software and put it in On-Line mode. And then, right in front of the operator’s eyes, moved the other objects on the screen and put an Analogue Meter exactly to the operator’s colour taste, without ever having to shut down the machine. All this took less than 2 minutes.