The FlexiPanels® support Operator interface features. The user can also implement logic, specific to application using standard Ladder programming. A PLC logic block can be executed at power up, during every scan or upon a timer interrupt. The FlexiPanels® operator interface functions revolve around Screens and Tasks that can be assigned to screens and application.
FlexiPanels® HMIs are also available with Touch Screen and Function keys. The Function keys also have built-in LEDs. The function keys are independent of Touch Screen. These function keys are screen dependent Function Keys. User can assign any application related task / actions to these function keys.
Touch Keys Task
Touch Keys in FlexiPanels® can be assigned Tasks for three instances: when the screen is touched, while the screen is touched and when the screen is released. Multiple tasks can be assigned to a touch key. In addition to above, tasks for data entry, alarm management etc. can be defined. These definitions allow Complete flexibility in cursor control and key operations when changing data.
Real time and historical Alarms can be defined in FlexiPanels®. User-friendly Alarm object can be defined on the display. Alarms can be real time or historical. Keys can be assigned to acknowledge Alarm, view and scroll.
Recipes data is stored in the FlexiPanels® memory. With one button stroke, a set of data can be downloaded to the PLC. Once in the local memory, the recipes data can be edited using simple data entry objects.
Bitmaps / Wizards
Different bitmaps can be embedded on the FlexiPanels® screen. Transparent buttons can be used for data entry and set points on bitmap images. Bitmaps can be imported into the application and displayed on the FlexiPanels® screens. In addition, several wizards are supported to create commonly used objects such as Analog meters, Lamps, Buttons and Bar graphs. 32K colors are supported for bitmaps.
Easy events logging and trend tracking
Touch Screen based FlexiPanels® models support data logging feature. A part of FlexiPanels® memory can be allotted for data logging. Real time as well as Historical Trending is also supported. The user can also display multiple trends with different pen color on one screen.
FlexiPanels® support ladder functionality. User can define logic in the unit using FlexiSoft® software. The execution of ladder could be through communication port or through I/O. Only HMI version of FlexiPanels® also support ladder functionality. It is used for critical applications where data is processed before sending it to controller.
The execution of ladder logic is in microseconds. Ladder monitoring for debugging
is also supported in FlexiPanels® configuration software.
Multilanguage / Unicode Support
All the languages are supported in the FlexiPanels®. The user can now display messages, alarms in any regional / local language. All Windows® fonts can also be used for text in an application.
FlexiPanels® have upto two serial communication ports. Both the ports can be used for programming of FlexiPanels®, printing screens (alphanumeric data), connecting to third
party serial devices (barcode readers, temp scanners etc.) or to connect to a PLC
or drive. Dual port feature is supported for FlexiPanels® models having 2 serial ports. User can configure these serial ports to connect 2 different devices supporting different protocols, such as PLC / Drives / DCS / SCADA etc.
FlexiPanels® support optional Ethernet port (Modbus TCP/IP). It can be used to connect to a PLC and monitor machine / process status from remote location. The Ethernet port can also be used for remote Program upload / download in FlexiPanels®.
FlexiSoft® is a compact, Windows® based software to configure the FlexiPanels® units.
User friendly configuration tools and easy approach, helps user create applications quickly and easily.
To get started with FlexiPanels®, user needs:
3. USB Programming cable (Part no. PC-USBAB-00)
OS requirements for FlexiSoft® are:
Windows Version : Microsoft Windows® 2000 or above
FlexiPanels support following Dot matrix serial printers: