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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. As you will see, we continue to invest in our products so that our customers can be faster and more efficient. This video will highlight in depth one of the great new features for the software: The Object Layer List! The new Object layer list allows users to view and edit layered objects, grouped objects, overlapped, hidden and locked objects quickly in order to increase efficiency. The new Object layer list will allow the user to access anything on the active screen. In the object layer list menus you can see all objects, overlapping objects, locked objects and hidden objects. All objects will show us every object on screen 1. These are listed as their viewed state, locked or unlocked state, the layer number, the object type, the object name that is user assigned and the size and location of the object on the screen. On screen 1, there are a group of buttons and we can use the find overlapping object tab to see which objects are in this selection. This allows the user to edit one object at a time for example like this one pushbutton. The new feature allows this one object to be grouped or ungrouped. I will ungroup the buttons, display and frame and now I can edit any part of this object. When finished I group it all back together. If there is a busy screen and an object is in the way during editing, that object can be hidden. Which brings us to the hidden tab. Under this tab you can see all of the objects on the screen that are hidden and we can unhide them. Hide only hides the object in the project once you download to the panel, the objects will be visible. This is a helpful programming tool to allow the programmer to hide an object so other objects can be viewed easily in case there is a very busy or crowded screen. We now have a locking feature so that an item or object can be locked which will keep it from being accidentally edited or moved. The locking feature remains with the project so that several programmers can work on 1 project without accidentally editing the others work. When you save the project, the locked object will still be locked when the project is opened the next time. Watch as I click and drag and select every object on screen 1, then go to the object layer list and LOCK every item on the screen. Now screen 1 can no longer be edited until these objects are unlocked. 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.