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Mitsubishi improves visualisation on its human machine interface

The GT2107 Wide Series Human Machine Interface
The GT2107 Wide Series Human Machine Interface

Mitsubishi has updated its human machine interface and integrated what it says is improved visibility and performance. 

The company says the improvements to its GT2107 HMI were driven by “end user demand”.

Mitsubishi says the GT2107 is an interface that monitors and controls machine components with a graphical touchscreen that connects to equipment such as programmable logic controllers, variable frequency drives and servos.

The compact HMI features a 7-inch wide display with 800 x 480 resolution for clear image quality and is equipped with a remote connectivity option through a virtual network computing server.

The optional VNC server provides remote access to the HMI and connected equipment, allowing users to operate the system using tablets or personal computers to view data in real time.

The GT2107 also offers predictive maintenance information, giving plant managers the opportunity to proactively plan and manage equipment maintenance.

Beyond predictive maintenance information and remote connectivity, the GT2107 Series HMI offers many other features which Mitsubishi says are designed to meet the increasing factory automation pressures faced by engineering and plant managers, particularly in applications used in printing, solar, material handling, energy and small packing systems.

Key features of the GT2107 HMI include:

  • Program backup/restore function
  • Two USB ports (device and host)
  • Interactive display for seamless integration with Mitsubishi Electric devices
  • Device monitoring
  • Logging
  • Factory automation transparency (download/upload through front USB to equipment)
  • Servo maintenance function
  • SD card drive

The GT2107 HMI provides end users with access to logged information, while the wide video graphics array allows them to see more information on the screen.

A keyboard, mouse or other host device can be connected through the USB host. In addition to USB device ports and an SD card drive, Ethernet and serial connectivity are provided as standard features.

Agnieszka Zupancic, senior product marketing engineer at Mitsubishi Electric automation, says: “The GT2107 is a huge advancement in HMI technology. It was designed to provide as much information as possible to improve system operation, troubleshooting and maintenance, on small, low cost HMIs.

“Both our end users and OEM [original equipment manufacturer] customers will benefit from the innovations we built into the interface. For example, we expect that the flexible SD card drive, which stores projects, system applications and resource data will be especially useful to OEMs.”