Daylight Readable HMI

Sept. 8, 2009
Siemens releases the latest addition to its Simatic HMI family, the MP 377 15-inch Daylight Readable HMI, enabling users to see full color HMI screens in outdoor daylight environments.

The new Daylight Readable HMI meets the needs of automation users requiring a rugged HMI for outdoor installation where screen visibility is necessary in direct sunlight. “Daylight readable HMIs are popular in several outdoor applications including oil, gas, irrigation, marine, electric power and many more. Previously, users were limited to only non-graphical text panels or monochrome electroluminescent panels without any support for color touch screen graphics, making it difficult to develop intuitive HMI operator screens,” says Alan Cone, product marketing manager, Siemens Industry.

The MP 377 15-inch Daylight Readable HMI includes a UV protected exterior and 3mm thick glass to resist any sunlight discoloration and ensure its rugged IP66 environmental rating for outdoor installation. Its high contrast full color display is based on transflective technology specifically designed for maximum viewing capability in daylight environments.

The MP377 touch panel is a multipurpose HMI capable of running SIMATIC WinAC PC-based control software along with standard WinCC flexible HMI panel software. With its TFT color display and built-in PROFINET/Ethernet and PROFIBUS/MPI communication ports, this panel is capable of running control logic and providing HMI screens for an automation system without the need for a separate logic controller. Designed on the Windows CE operating system, the MP 377 can run many standard PC applications including HTML and JAVA support within its preinstalled Microsoft CE Internet Explorer enabling remote monitoring and control for quick troubleshooting or program changes.

Additional hardware features on the MP377 include 1024x768 screen resolution for large screen area viewing, capacitive touch screen for finger or thin glove activation, and energy saving LED backlight with an adjustable dimming range for darker non-glare outdoor environments. Each MP377 panel includes (2) USB ports for peripheral connection to flash drives, keyboard, mouse or printer, and 12MB of onboard application memory that can be expanded using its integrated SD memory slot or CF card slot. Its built-in web server provides internet/intranet connectivity options using WinCC Flexible Sm@rtService, Sm@rtAccess technology for remote access to diagnostics, historical data logging and even full remote screen operation.

The MP377 15-inch Daylight Readable HMI meets IP66 environmental enclosure ratings and is certified with industry standard agency approvals, including cUL US HAZ. LOC. Class 1, Div. 2; ATEX Zone 2/22; FM Class 1, Div. 2; CE and C-Tick.

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