Maple System'sHMI5043T is
a 4.3 inch 16:9 widescreen model and the HMI5104TH is
a larger 10.4 inch high-resolution unit. Both models have an Ethernet port and
VNC server enables the user to remotely monitor and control the HMI from any
location via desktop computer, laptop, cell phone or any other smart device
that has internet connectivity. The VNC remote
monitoring of the Maple HMI allows you to remotely control the PLCs and
Controllers that command your automation process.
The 16:9 widescreen
high-resolution display of the 4.3 inch model offers clarity with 65 thousand sharp
rich colors that show on its high-brightness high-contrast backlit TFT display.
The 4.3 inch unit has a 480 x 272 pixel screen resolution and the 10.4 inch
unit has a 600 x 800 pixel screen.
Both units have a 32 bit RISC
processor, 128 MB of Flash storage and 64 MB of data memory. Connectivity of
these units includes USB, Serial and Ethernet ports. Also there is support for
Allen-Bradley EtherNet/IP, GE, Siemens, Omron and Modbus TCP/IP. Each unit
contains an analog touchscreen with infinite touch-response points. Other
important features include online/offline simulation, alarm and recipe
management, data logging and sampling, true-type fonts and multiple languages
with international characters.
The HMI5043T is useful
for OEM applications. Useful for analog controls, lights and switches and are able to communicate with multiple controllers using
different PLC protocols allowing for integration to augment an existing system.
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