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No programming required – efficient user interface engineering integrated directly into Visual Studio®

SAVAGE, Minnesota, November 30, 2015 – The newly announced TwinCAT HMI system from Beckhoff Automation ushers in a paradigm shift for modern HMI software. Instead of proprietary systems for engineering and communication, and their use only on certain operating systems, Beckhoff leverages IT standards such as Microsoft Visual Studio® for the engineering, HTML5 for the design, and Websockets and HTTPS for secure communication.

The new TwinCAT HMI solution from Beckhoff provides the solution and a first step toward the next generation of HMI, integrating the Human Machine Interface directly into the familiar Visual Studio® environment. The software and programming environment were designed with optimum efficiency and maximum user comfort in mind. Programming is not required, as the graphic editor comfortably handles configuration. As simple as the configuration is, the handling is equally adaptable: this web-based solution, based on HTML5 and JavaScript, acts “responsively”, adapting the display to best suit the screen in use regardless of the operating system, browser or device.

The powerful basic architecture facilitates numerous application scenarios – from the local HMI panel solution to multi-client, multi-server and multi-runtime concepts. Individual extensions can be quickly implemented via defined interfaces, and the mix of standard graphic controls and custom design elements enables a high degree of individualization.

Depending on experience and application, the HMI logic can be implemented on the client side in JavaScript or as a server extension. This offers the possibility to write extensions in .NET or C++, achieving a high degree of intellectual property (IP) protection as a result. Beckhoff offers a scalable hardware and software portfolio for flexible operator interface concepts in TwinCAT HMI and an extensive product range of Control Panels and Panel PCs.

Reliable ControlsTwinCAT HMI highlights at a glance:
-    Visual Studio® integration
-    Future-proof and open, thanks to HTML5 and JavaScript
-    Separation of design and logic
-    Displays in any browser, including on mobile devices
-    Multi-client and multi-server architecture
-    Modular expandability

For more information: visit http://www.beckhoff.com/english.asp?highlights/twincat-hmi/default.htm

Beckhoff Automation is a provider of advanced and open automation solutions based upon proven technologies for customers to implement high performance control systems faster and at a lower overall cost than traditional PLC and motion control systems. Beckhoff’s “New Automation Technology” product range includes PC-based control, industrial PCs, automation controllers, operator interfaces, I/O, servo drives and motors. With representation in more than 60 countries, Beckhoff is well-positioned to provide global sales and service to its customers. Beckhoff sales and service are handled directly, with no intermediaries involved for exceptional customer service and consultation.


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