The VEPxx.4 series Embedded PCs are a WinCE or WinXPe OS IPC with integrated
screen. Programming software allows
functionality ranging from simple HMI screens to MES capability. It can function as an HMI, PC-based PLC,
motion controller or as a CNC. The integrated controller and visualization are
integrated, leading to system simplification.
The fact that this one product can do so many different applications
leads to simplified panel layout/design and a reduction of inventory parts for
the new machines and spare parts for existing machines. It has a wide range of
capabilities (HMI - MES - PLC - CNC capabilities) with a single piece of
hardware. Just change the firmware card
to activate the necessary product functionality.
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For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.