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HMIs for use with NI LabVIEW

Posted: 28 Nov 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:National Instruments? ni? touchscreen? human machine interfaces? hmi?

NI's new human machine interfaces

National Instruments (NI) announced that engineers and scientists can use its new flat-panel touchscreen, touch-panel computer and panel PC human machine interfaces (HMIs) with its LabVIEW graphical development environment to develop user interfaces.

LabVIEW offers a rich user interface development environment with royalty-free deployment for the interfaces with the LabVIEW Application Builder and each touch-panel interface includes a LabVIEW PDA Module deployment license. In addition to delivering a user interface development environment for the new interfaces, LabVIEW can target a wide range of distributed programmable automation controller products, including high-performance PC-based I/O with PXI or industrial PCs, distributed I/O with Compact FieldPoint, FPGA-based high-speed I/O with CompactRIO and distributed vision systems with the Compact Vision System.

NI's new HMIs
The FPT-1015 is an industrial 15-inch flat-panel touchscreen that offers a color LCD with a resistive touch screen. This HMI connects through a standard VGA port and USB. It offers a large display area and touchscreen for high-performance PXI test applications with any embedded PXI controller or for machine vision applications with NI CVS-145x systems. Engineers can deploy this HMI with PXI functional test systems on the manufacturing or factory floor.

Engineers can also use the TPC-2006 industrial touch-panel computer for embedded or machine control applications. This product delivers a 5.7-inch LCD monitor with resistive touchscreen that runs the Windows CE .NET OS that engineers can program with the LabVIEW PDA module. It features low power consumption, a high-performance 266MHz Intel ARM9 processor, and a rugged design with no rotating media, a fanless cooling system and NEMA4/IP 65 industrial ratings.

Meanwhile, the PPC-2015 is a 15-inch color panel PC with a resistive touchscreen and a 2GHz Pentium 4 processor. The panel PC runs the Windows XP OS with a 40GB hard drive and provides connectivity through Ethernet, USB, two PCMCIA ports and two half-length PCI slots. It provides a fully functional HMI for all NI PAC hardware through an Ethernet port and offers five USB ports and two PCI slots for connectivity to a broad range of NI hardware such as industrial PCI-based data acquisition boards or external USB-based data acquisition modules.

Engineers can deploy LabVIEW applications on the new HMIs and then connect via Ethernet to a wide variety of PAC hardware from NI. LabVIEW also provides open connectivity to other hardware through industry standards, including Ethernet, USB, PCI and PCMCIA.

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