ABB HMI, drive faceplates offer views into automation systems

By |  January 29, 2021
Brighter screens is just one benefit of ABB's recent development. Photo: ABB

Brighter screens are just one benefit of ABB’s recent development. Photo: ABB

ABB debuted the CP600 Gen 2 HMI with drive faceplates, which provides a NEMA 4X rating, brighter screens, additional communication ports and integral web server capability with faceplates to expand and customize operator views.

According to ABB, the CP600 Gen 2 HMIs are available in 7-in., 10-in. and 15-in. sizes. The units join the CP600-eCo units and the CP600-Pro units to cover the full range of industrial display needs.

The CP600-eCo control panel, with screen sizes from 4.3 in. to 10.1 in. widescreen, is aimed for basic to standard functions and high usability for clear interaction with the operation process. The CP600-Pro HMI, with screen sizes from 5 in. to 21.5 in. widescreen, comes with high-end visualization performance, multi-touch operation, versatile trendsetting communication and representative design, ABB says.

With drive faceplates, the ABB CP600 HMI expands drive operator interface options for ABB’s all-compatible drives. Connected to one drive – or across a network of drives – the faceplates provide the most commonly needed control, monitoring and diagnostic functions, the company adds.

Additionally, simple configuration enables users to monitor, control and diagnose up to eight drives. By using ABB’s Panel Builder 600 engineering tool, ABB says users can easily expand communications to even more drives. Expansion can be as simple as adding one additional parameter on a prewritten faceplate, or adding a complete set of machine-specific faceplates with complex graphics and company logos.

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