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Faster, easier and platform-independent: TwinCAT HMI

What does the HMI solution of the future look like? How can the all-important user interface be given an industry-spanning design in the future so that maximum operator efficiency and optimum user comfort are ensured? Today, Beckhoff is pioneering the way to the next generation of HMI solutions with TwinCAT HMI: TwinCAT now integrates the Human Machine Interface directly into the familiar environment of Microsoft Visual Studio®. Programming is unnecessary as configuration is handled with ease using the TwinCAT HMI graphical editor. As simple as the configuration is, the handling is equally adaptable: this web-based solution, which is based on HTML5 and JavaScript, acts “responsively”, irrespective of the operating system, browser and device. The powerful basic architecture makes numerous application scenarios possible: from the local panel display solution to multi-client, multi-server and multi-runtime concepts. Individual extensions can be implemented quickly via defined interfaces; the mix of standard controls and custom design elements facilitates individualization and differentiation.

Direct entry into the world of TwinCAT HMI

A good HMI must be simple, and achieving this simplicity begins with the engineering process. Through the integration of TwinCAT HMI in Visual Studio®, the graphical What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get (WYSIWYG) editor enables you to use simple controls from a toolbox, arrange them on the interface and link them to real-time variables. In addition, it is possible to assemble and parameterize user controls from the variety of simple controls, making the HMI design kit easy to expand. Ready-made HTML5 templates – like the kind that normally require design specialists – can be integrated with little effort in order to generate complex, yet ergonomic pages. Depending on experience and the application type, the HMI logic can be implemented either on the client side in JavaScript or as a server extension that offers the possibility to create extensions in high-level languages, achieving maximum intellectual property (IP) protection. The HMI automatically adapts itself depending on the respective resolution and orientation of the display hardware; for example, a page can be used for various display sizes, aspect ratios and orientations. Since the browsers are available on different hardware platforms and operating systems, TwinCAT HMI can be executed on all processor platforms without recompiling or adaptation.

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Products

TE2000 | TwinCAT 3 HMI Engineering

TE2000 | TwinCAT 3 HMI Engineering

The TwinCAT 3 HMI (human-machine interface) integrates itself into the well-known Visual Studio® development environment. Based on the latest web technologies (HTML5, JavaScript), it allows the user to develop platform-independent user interfaces that are responsive, i.e. they automatically adapt to the screen resolution, size and orientation at hand. With the graphical WYSIWYG (what-you-see-is-what-you-get) editor, controls can be easily arranged via drag-and-drop and linked with real-time variables.

TF2000 | TwinCAT 3 HMI Server

TF2000 | TwinCAT 3 HMI Server

The TwinCAT 3 HMI Server is a modular web server that provides the human-machine interface (HMI). It supports all CPU classes from ARM to multi-core. The powerful architecture enables a wide range of application scenarios from local panel solutions to multi-client, multi-server and multi-runtime concepts.

TF20x0 | TwinCAT 3 HMI Clients Packs

TF20x0 | TwinCAT 3 HMI Clients Packs

The TwinCAT 3 HMI Server includes a connection to one client (browser) as standard. Optional client packages are available for establishing further connections at the same time, e.g. to a mobile device or panel. Optional packets are available for 1, 2, 3, 5, 10, 20, 25 or 100 clients. The number of supported clients is not tied to the devices employed, the HMI Server only counts simultaneous (browser) connections.

TF2110 | TwinCAT 3 HMI OPC UA

TF2110 | TwinCAT 3 HMI OPC UA

OPC Unified Architecture is a vendor-independent communication interface for linking TwinCAT or other controllers. The extension includes the OPC UA client, which enables integration of an OPC UA server.

TF2200 | TwinCAT 3 HMI Extension SDK

TF2200 | TwinCAT 3 HMI Extension SDK

The TwinCAT 3 HMI Server can be expanded modularly and flexibly via extensions. The software development kit (.NET) can be used for programming application-specific solutions (e.g. business logics, proprietary protocols). In addition, user IP (intellectual property) is protected, and existing functions can be accessed by the server (e.g. ADS, logging).

TF2300 | TwinCAT 3 HMI Scope

TF2300 | TwinCAT 3 HMI Scope

The TwinCAT 3 HMI Scope software oscilloscope can be used to display time sequences with high resolution. The extension enables integration of the software oscilloscope into the TwinCAT HMI and provides ready-made scope control.