The new TwinCAT HMI system from Beckhoff Automation, Savage, Minn., ushers in a paradigm shift for modern HMI software, leveraging 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 integrates the Human Machine Interface directly into the Microsoft Visual Studio environment. Programming is not required, as the graphic editor handles configuration.

The basic architecture facilitates numerous application scenarios—from the local HMI panel solution to multi-client, multi-server and multi-run-time 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.

TwinCAT HMI highlights include:

·         Microsoft Visual Studio integration.

·         Future-proof and open, thanks to HTML5 and JavaScript.

·         Separation of design and logic.

·         Displays in any browser, including mobile devices.

·         Multi-client and multi-server architecture.

·         Modular expandability.

Beckhoff Automation LLC