Handheld HMI features small form factor and light weight

Mike Edwards   

Products HMI IDEC

IDEC Corporation has introduced the 4.3 in. LCD screen size HG1P handheld human-machine interface (HMI). At 500 g and with contoured hand grips, a hand strap, and a wall hanging bracket, the unit’s ergonomic design makes it comfortable for long duration and fatigue-free use by technicians and engineers, the company says.

The design of the HMI is tested to withstand 1.5 m drops, and it uses a flush mount selector switch to prevent breakage.

Competing products in this category are typically heavier, bulkier, and more prone to inadvertent damage, it adds. The touchscreen is bordered with 12 physical momentary function keys (F1 to F12) with click-feedback, which write to internal memory bits within the HMI.

In addition, a hardwired emergency stop button, selector switch, and a 3-position enabling switch make this unique handheld HMI flexible for designers and convenient for users.

Connectivity to automation platforms is via a standard 19-pin connector, using optional cables from the company up to 7 m long or user-created cables up to 15 m long, which are easily replaced if damaged.

The cable transmits power, hardwired signals, and digital communications.

Available in both serial and Ethernet models, the HG1P supports major industrial communication protocols such as Modbus TCP/IP, Modbus RTU, FTP client, FTP server, webserver, and user communication. In operation, the HMI consumes 3 W.

IDEC products are available in Canada through Xtronics.

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