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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. In this video, we will highlight some of the new Recipe features for our new C-more software. Let's first cover what a recipe is and why you may need to program recipes in a C-more panel. Recipes can be used with mixing and blending equipment, batch equipment or with machines that simply have several input data in order to produce a product. Recipes are beneficial on machines that manufacture more than one product and require different parameters for each product. Without Recipes, a machine that requires a lot of input parameters will require operators to enter the parameters manually from the HMI. This is where recipes are advantageous. Recipes relieve operators from tasks such as manual timing, temperature adjustments, vacuum, agitator speeds, open and closing valves, motor speeds etc. Recipes eliminate human variables and guarantees machine control for recipes and increases process efficiency. Efficiency and consistency will allow the machine to achieve repeatable product quality and reduce time, scrap and materials. Now, let's cover some of the great features that our C-more software has for recipe functions: Our new C-more software has new recipe functions that allow access to databases containing 99 recipe sheets each with 1000 recipes of 256 possible tags or values which can now be modified and saved on the fly while the machine is running. I have two separate projects running here, each with examples. The first is a recipe project for cookies. Each batch of cookies requires different input data like, ingredients, bag type etc. As you can see, when the operator selects a different style of cookie, a new recipe with all of its data is loaded from the HMI into the PLC. On this second project, it's a rough example of the call recipe function. When we call the recipe, you can see the ingredient inputs for our cookie recipes. I can make changes on the fly by selecting the recipe and editing and then loading it. I can also edit each tag in the recipe by selecting the column and then selecting edit. Recipe Runtime will allow data entry, as well as insert and delete recipe rows. In the C-more software, we make recipe functions simple and productive. 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. We also have further in depth recipe topics that can be found on our website under library.automationdirect.com