Red Lion Controls, an expert in communication, monitoring, and control forindustrial automation and networking, has released its newest generation of Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) – the Graphiteseries of advanced operator interface panels. With all cast-aluminum construction, the Graphite series provides the industry’s first rugged HMI solution to combine a wide range of versatile plug-in modules with protocol conversion, data logging and web-based monitoring and control.
Red Lion’s Graphite series lets customers connect, monitor, and control process in industries that include manufacturing, oil and gas, and water and wastewater. The series’ range of plug-in modules enables customers to easily create a solution for today, with an option to expand to meet changing business requirements. Further, organizations will realize a reduction in development and commissioning times over traditional systems that use an HMI paired with separate I/O, PLCs and other controllers.
“We have used just about everyone’s HMIs, and Graphite is by far the best in terms of appearance and functionality,” said Pierre de Giorgio, president at BlueBay Automation. “It is the most feature-rich HMI that we have ever used, the graphics and resolution are amazing, and with Red Lion’s Crimson 3.0 software, the move to Graphite is seamless.”
Graphite HMIs are available in eight models, sizes ranging from 7 to 15 in. with sleek bezels that provide a relatively large display given their overall dimension. The 7 and 10 in. HMIs are available as sunlight visible models. Combined with Graphite’s rugged packaging, these models are ideal for harsh outdoor environments.
Offering a built-in web server, Graphite HMIs let users monitor and control application via PCs, tablets, or smartphones. SMS text-messaging and email alerts provide early warning of process issues, which helps avoid costly downtime. In addition, its built-in protocol converter lets programmers select 13 or more simultaneous protocols from a list of over 250 to seamlessly integrate disparate devices such as PLCs, drives, barcode readers, and panel meters.
“The HMI has become the nexus of the machine, and Red Lion’s new Graphite series offers the highest level of protocol support to simplify even the most complex multi-vendor environments,” said Jeff Thornton, director of product management at Red Lion Controls. “By logging performance data and critical events, customers can implement process improvements or perform fault-finding activities.”
Crimson 3.0 is said to make it fast and easy to configure protocols, define data tags, set up sophisticated applications and create an attractive user interface. Designed for ease of use, Crimson lets customers cost-effectively standardize on one HMI for all of their machines, regardless of the PLC or drive manufacturer used.
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