The new C-more HMI configuration software version 6.0, from AutomationDirect, delivers more functionality, more usability and more value to our popular C-more HMIs. The new software offers more alarm and recipe features, additional math and tag logic, plus improved Windows compatibility. This newest version is compatible with all previous C-more projects and includes:
New menu options, customizable toolbars, updated graphics and more to provide improved ease of use.
New tag combinations added to the event manager allow for simple logic with multiple events. Users can combine up to four different tags to trigger actions based on logical results, going beyond simple alarm and message functions. The easy-to-use event manager allows actions to be taken on a screen change, a set date or time, a single tag status or value, and now on a combination of tag status or values.
New math functions add more computing power to the project. Create custom formulas with constants or tag values or use the math keypad which provides access to simple and complex operations including log, sine, and square root.
An enhanced alarm list offers more options for alarm customization and new alarm filters allow for dedicated alarm summaries. The alarm list object allows operator interaction with alarms that have occurred and allows operators to view, confirm or clear the alarms. Alarms can include specific messages with embedded PLC tag data, as well as, date and time information for the alarm status.
Among the added accessibility features, a new object layer list window shows all the objects on the active screen and allows the user to lock/unlock, hide/unhide objects or quickly select them for editing. It also allows access to individual objects in a group without ungrouping and contains additional lists for hidden, locked or overlapping objects. New recipe functions allow access to databases containing 99 recipe sheets, each with 1000 recipes of 256 possible tags or values can now be modified and saved on-the-fly while the machine is running.
Take a look at our new C-more software for the newer C-more EA9 touch panels. This new C-more software still has the same legendary ease of use as our previous versions so no learning curves. In this video, we will highlight some of the new Alarm features for our new C-more software. First, lets discuss why alarms are important in HMIs: Alarms are used to notify operators of critical situations that may arise during a process. The alarm list object allows operator interaction with alarms that have occurred and allows operators to view, confirm or clear the alarms. Alarms can include specific messages with embedded PLC data, as well as date and time information for the alarm status. These alarms can also be used to notify management or supervisors the current status of operation. There are a lot of NEW options and settings for the programmer and for the user. I am using the sample Alarm project found in our new software, so you can open the same project and follow along if you have downloaded the latest software. Screen 1 highlights the Events and Actions available as alarms. If we open an alarm list, we see the new alarm screen type selection, we can select alarms by touching the screen, and we have new alarm selections and new formatting for list, message and header. Screen 3 is a great example of an alarm that requires attention from an operator. The alarm is triggered and the date and time of the alarm is saved. Now the confirmation of the alarm from the operator is saved with date and time and if you look here, we can show when the alarm was deactivated or cleared. Watch as we demonstrate how the alarm works by using our simulator. We have an Alarm Count setup showing how many times each alarm was triggered. We can scroll up or down and clear the alarms. On the left, we have icons that help to see an alarm state, and a color code fort the alarm status. We can sort each of these columns by selecting the column. Screen 4 is an alarm history showing all of the times and dates of our alarms. As you can see, the new alarm features are very powerful and beneficial in the production environment. These are only a few of the many new features and benefits of the new C-more software. Check out our more in depth how to videos on our C-more HMI and C-more software found on our website and our YouTube channel.
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