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The CuPanel is an HMI (Human-Machine Interface) touch panel development kit. It includes an HMI touch controller and a WYSIWYG development tool (the CUPANEL Editor) for programming the touch controller. Using the powerful CUPANEL Editor users can create professional human-machine interfaces by drawing controls on a canvas representing the touch controller's screen. Supports MODBUS, Mitsubishi FX and LS Master-K (CNET) serial protocols
The CUPANEL is an HMI (Human-Machine Interface) touch panel development kit. It includes an HMI touch controller and a WYSIWYG development tool (the CUPANEL Editor) for "programming" the touch controller. However, programming in the classical sense of the word is not required, and this is what makes the CUPANEL so unique. Using the powerful CUPANEL Editor and a personal computer, users can create professional human-machine interfaces by "drawing" controls (i.e. buttons, gauges, graphs, etc&ldots;) on a canvas representing the touch controller's screen. These controls' appearance and functionality can then be customized in great detail by selecting from a feature-rich set of menu options that include RS-232 communication.
Connecting the CUPANEL to a PCIn order to create user interfaces for the CUPANEL you will need to connect the CUPANEL to a desktop, laptop, or other type of personal computer via a USB connection.To connect a PC to the CUPANEL, Microsoft's ActiveSync (Windows XP) or Windows Mobile Device Center (Windows Vista and Windows 7) must be installed on your PC. Screens can thn be uploaded to the CuPanel.Connecting the CUPANEL to a PLCConnecting the CUPANEL touch controller to a PC will enable the ability to create an HMI user interface project using the CUPANEL Editor and download it to the CUPANEL touch controller, but eventually the CUPANEL touch controller will need to be interfaced to a Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) or Remote Terminal Unit (RTU). The CuPANEL has 3 serial ports, 3 x RS232 and 1 x combined RS232/RS485. (At the moment, the Ethernet port is not supported)The CuPanel can communicate with any MODBUS device such as; CuBLoc PLC's >> Modbus IO Terminal Units >> Modbus Temperature Units >>or any serial device that can talk MODBUS. The CuPAnel can also be used with Mitsubishi FX PLC's and LS Master-K (CNET) devices.
CommunicationMost of the controls can be bound to a specific bit or word register on a PLC. When the register's value changes, any control bound to that register is updated to reflect the change. Bit registers can be bound to screen components such as an LED lamp - whenever this register's value is ON, the lamp will show lit. If this register's value is OFF, the lamp will show unlit.Word Registers can be bound to analogue screen components such as a analogue gauge or strip chart. Changes in the PLC registers will be reflected on screen. Similarly, screen components such as the slider can be bound to PLC registers, so that values changed on screen will be reflected at the PLC.
For more information, please watch the CuPanel demo video;
CuPanel Screen Components
Event HandlerThe Event Handler Control is a powerful control used to define actions to perform when a certain event occurs. Actions can be setting values, writing to a PLC, navigating to a new page, etc&ldots; just to name a few. Events can be a Timer tick, a Page load, a button click, etc&ldots; An action defines what should be performed, and an event defines when and/or on what condition the action should be performed. The Event Handler Control is functional only, and is therefore not displayed on the user interface at runtime.Popup WindowThe Popup Window Control is used to define a popup window to display under a certain condition. The condition is configured in the Popup Window Control's properties, but the actual content of the popup window is created as a Page. Drawing a Popup Window Control on the canvas defines size of the popup window and location where the popup window will display.
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