Industrial HMIs for operating and monitoring - Embedded.com

Industrial HMIs for operating and monitoring

MUNICH, Germany – Kontron announces its second generation of the Micro Client industrial HMI: the Micro Client II. By focussing on intended use as an industrial thin client including touch functionality for operating and monitoring, it provides all the features required for thin client oriented HMI applications in a cost-optimized design that includes a modular IP65 protected front panel with touch screen.

Thin client for HMI applications in a cost-optimized IP65 protected design

The Kontron Micro Clients II can be implemented with either SATA, CompactFlash or Ethernet boot functionality. This makes them suited for all common server-orientated HMI client technologies. Depending on the application needs, the fanless and scalable HMIs are equipped with embedded processors ranging from the AMD LX 800 processor with 500MHz up to the 1.0GHz Intel Celeron processor. To suit the requirements of numerous control and monitoring applications in machine and plant engineering as well as the building automation, automotive, medical and transport sectors, the industrial HMIs are available with a resistive touch screen in all prevalent display formats (7, 10.4, 12.1 and 15 inch). As a cost effective, turnkey solution for high volume projects or applications with several decentralized HMIs, the systems help OEMs and application engineers improve operational safety, user friendliness and overall application usability by means of intuitive and easy to use touch menus and web-based visualization without compromising application costs.

For extensive communication capabilities the Micro Clients II offer 2 x 10/100 Ethernet, 2 external USB 2.0 ports, 1 x RS232 with optional RS422/RS485, as well as an optional CAN bus interface. They also feature sophisticated embedded graphics for intuitive GUIs, as well as touch-beep and optional AC97 sound for multi-media oriented operating and monitoring applications including acoustic feedback. The fanless design enables silent operation, reduced maintenance costs and lower total-cost-of-ownership due to the impressive MTBF of over 40,000 hours.

The thin clients integrate all these features in a compact housing with IP65 protection on the front. For versatile use the front panel can be omitted, enabling the systems to be integrated into all custom specific housings including vandal protected systems for public use. In this case, the OEM needs to integrate the optional touch screen functionality. With bolt or clip panel mount plus the optional VESA mount, the HMIs are easy to install, even in existing applications. Moreover, since all Kontron panel PCs with the same screen size are interchangeable, customers can easily scale the performance of their thin client PCs up to systems with multicore processors without changing the design of the (custom) housings.

Shock and vibration resistance, thermal stability and compliance with the strictest EMC standards are standard features of the HMIs as is long term availability of at least 5 years. They are certified in accordance with CE and cULus and are available with support for Windows CE.net, Windows XP Embedded and Embedded Linux as standard along with numerous protocols, including http, XML and Remote Desktop Protocol.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.