Schneider Electric has introduced the latest HMI software product to its market-leading Wonderware InTouch portfolio.
The Wonderware InTouch Machine Edition HMI software for machines and embedded systems improves manufacturing performance for end users, OEMs and machine and systems builders, while giving them scalability and tight integration with Wonderware Historian and Wonderware System Platform.
With its ability to directly connect to industrial data sources, the new software enables users to access the information they need to improve plant operations and achieve lower total cost of ownership in real time.
Ravi Gopinath, executive vice president, software, Global Solutions Business, Schneider Electric says that the addition of Wonderware InTouch Machine Edition software is another example of Schneider Electric’s continued investment in new technology and product development.
Observing how the Wonderware brand has long been associated with easy-to-use software solutions that can be integrated with any controller and run on any computer, the new Machine Edition HMI software continues the tradition and represents ongoing investment and commitment to one of Schneider Electric’s core offerings.
InTouch Machine Edition software has comprehensive features that simplify integration of information and automation systems for users.
Key features include ability to directly replace a traditional panel-computer HMI while providing the functionality normally found in larger PC-based HMI systems; more than 240 native communication drivers with connectivity to almost any control hardware; rich visualisation, scripting, security, alarming, trending and recipe management functionality empowering plant operators to make better business decisions using real-time data; plus functions powerful enough to be used as part of a 21 CFR part-11 compliant solution by customers in regulated industries.
Craig Resnick, vice president, consulting, ARC Advisory Group explains that many machines are delivered from the machine builder with a minimally functional HMI or an HMI that is tightly tied to a single PLC brand. This approach limits the options for operators as they are unable to leverage the full potential of the machine as an integral part of the whole production system.
However, Wonderware InTouch Machine Edition software reverses this trend because users do not have to standardise on a single hardware offering, and can quickly create intuitive and highly maintainable HMI applications, making machine information more accessible to operators and managers. The software can also feed information to a larger supervisory system and provide a common control room environment for high-level operations management. Providing this level of information in a compact footprint gives users greater control, faster response times, higher operating efficiencies and lower total cost of ownership, as well as a broader understanding of the health of the entire business.
Wonderware InTouch Machine Edition strengthens Schneider Electric’s software solutions portfolio for a broad range of end users and OEM customers in the embedded HMI segment. Integration with Wonderware Historian software enables data to be securely and reliably saved, retrieved, analysed and interpreted for greater insight into the business. Live data can be communicated to desktop versions of Wonderware InTouch, Wonderware System Platform and Wonderware InBatch software. Data can be used in scripts, alarms, history, recipes and graphics to enable monitoring of machine status and performance information such as OMAC PackML data and overall equipment effectiveness.
This level of integration with the Wonderware software portfolio makes it easier than ever before to integrate machine-level information in production-line and plant-level solutions.