Allen Bradley/Rockwell is no longer supporting its DH+/RIO protocol originated in 1980’s. Whereas there are over one million nodes in manufacturing plants all over the world on PLC2, PLC5, SLC 500, Control Logix, Compact Logix and Micro Logix PLCs, there is no other HMI on the market that still supports the DH+/RIO protocol. It is because of EZTouch HMIs that these plants do not have to change their networks to Ethernet I/P, saving them hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Dual PLC Drivers with automatic tag conversion.
All EZTouch HMIs now have the capability to simultaneously talk to two PLC networks. For example, Ethernet I/P on one side and DH+ on the other side. Tags are automatically converted. This allows the two networks to communicate to each other through EZTouch.
As Rockwell is wanting to have all DH+/RIO installations to be converted to EtherNet/IP, this dual driver capabiltiy of EZTouch HMI is extremely useful in cutting costs of conversion from DH+/RIO network to EtherNet/IP network. EZTouch interfaces with the older PLCs such as SLC 500 while allowing it to communicate to the new PLCs like ContolLogix and CompactLogix added to the production line.
EZTouch Original with DH+/RIO 6", 8", 10"
EZ3 Work Horse w. DH+ & EtherNet/IP 6", 8", 10", 15"
EZ7 Detachable Marvel w. DH+ & EtherNet/IP 8", 10", 12", 15"
EZW Embedded Windows w. DH+ & EtherNet/IP 10", 15" Note: These are not form, fit and function replacements of PV and PV+ even though they will provide equivalent functionality. For drop-in-replacements, contact our sister division Uticor at 1-800-711-5109 or write to email@example.com
All HMIs except for EZTouch, require the machine or process to be shut down to make a change in the HMI program. While a new program is being uploaded to the HMI, it is non-functional and hence the machine can’t be allowed to operate during this time. Every time the HMI program is edited, there is machine down time of typically an hour. All EZTouch series HMIs have a patented on-line edit exceptionally innovative feature that allows the HMI program to be edited without the machine missing a beat.
Tiny EZminiWifi installed on the HMI allows Laptop to program HMI from 50 ft. away. $49
This tiny little module that plugs into one of the serial ports in the HMI (we recommend installing on every HMI) allows a programmer to connect his/her laptop to the HMI without a cable. So many times, it is not so easy to reach the Operator console to connect the programming cable to the HMI. Combination of our patented On-Line Edit feature and EZminiWifi becomes an exceptionally innovative solution to making changes on HMI screens without having to open up the control cabinet and connect the Programming cable.
Best looking objects and animation.
EZTouch HMIs have the best looking objects simulating real life panel actuators and indicators. And the animation of process is great.
Most Rugged 0.090” thick anti-glare touch screen.
All EZTouch HMIs except the 12” model have an extremely rugged customized touch screen that is 0.090” thick as compared to paper thin touch screens used in our competitor’s products, increasing the durability of the EZTouch touch screen.
Unicode for multiple languages.
All EZTouch HMIs have a Unicode feature for multiple languages, that is each Object can be displayed in different languages. This allows every operator of the HMI to be able to communicate to it in the language of his or her choice.
Easiest Programming Software, design time in hrs not days.
There is a reason why our company is called EZAutomation and our HMI is called EZTouch. We make it so easy to learn our programming language that no user, hundreds of thousands so far, thank you, ever had to attend any class to learn the programming. Most of our competitor’s products, like from Rockwell, Siemens, Mitsubishi, Unitronics, Schneider, Maple and others require a 3-5 day class to learn how to program their products. Our programming language is so intuitive and so simple that the design time for any screen and the entire project is reduced to hours instead of days.
Full Project simulation on your PC.
EZTouch programming software allows you to preview and test your entire project by our Project simulation feature on your PC itself before loading it up in your EZTouch. It’s a great time saver for programmers.
“C level” scripting and logic expressions.
This unique feature in all EZTouch products off loads a very substantial burden on the PLC and reduces PLC scan time, number of rungs, and size of memory, as these calculations can be done essentially off-line in HMI.
EZ3, EZ7 & EZW models can store HMI/PLC data on their USB or micro SD cards and remotely retrive this data real-time over Internet using AVG File Manager. The USB drive or the micro SD serves as a free chart recoder saving the cost of an external chart recorder costing hundereds of thousands of dollars.
Most advanced Alarm management and logging.
*New Feature: EZTouch now provides an Alarm database, Alarm preview, Alarm history, Alarm count, Alarm protection and a special feature to send Alarm directly to EZMarquee. It also allows for the EZTouch HMI to email or text alarm messages.
All EZTouch HMIs in a plant or multiple plants, have the capability of getting monitored by using EZPlantview software allowing all critical parameters to be collected and displayed in the individual HMI which can be viewed on one or multiple large screens in a control room.
On-Screen Recipe Edit.
All EZTouch HMIs feature an on-Screen recipe edit where you can edit the recipe on the HMI itself without needing to connect to a laptop with programming software.
Remote Monitoring and Control, Smart phones & Ethernet.
All EZTouch HMIs have a remote monitoring and control feature where you can monitor and control the functionality of an HMI remotely via a Smart phone with iOS or Android OS. RMC can also be done over Ethernet connection in all EZTouch HMIs.
Unique Visibility tag for best screen space utilization.
EZTouch HMis have an extremely innovative Visibility tag on all objects. Object appears on the screen only if the visibility tag is true. Along with EZTouch’s feature of overlapping objects, visibility tag is a great space saver on the screen.
Pass-through programming for all PLCs.
All EZTouch HMIs allow pass-through programming of any device connected to the HMI, whether it is a PLC, PAC or a Drive. PLC Programming software of any make, for example Rockwell can pass through the same programming port as the EZTouch programming software making it very convenient to program the whole control system through just one port/connection.
Patented HMI on-line edit, No Machine Shutdown, No downtime!
You wouldn’t buy a PLC today
if it didn’t have On-Line Edit...
...So why should you have to buy a Touch
Panel without On-Line Programming?
Only the EZTouch® has On-Line Programming
After a machine upgrade including a new
PLC and Operator Interface, our System
Integrator asked the Machine Operator what
he would like to see better yet. The Operator
said the new “computer” was great with all
the colors but he missed the old pressure
Our System Integrator immediately pulled
out his notebook computer, hooked it up to
the Touch panel, launched his programming
software and put it in On-Line mode.
And then, right in front of the operator’s eyes,
moved the other objects on the screen and
put an Analog Meter exactly to the operator’s
color taste, without ever having to shut down
All this took less than 2 minutes.
Operator: “Now that is nice!”
Let’s get these on all the
PLC Communications and Drivers
A vast majority of North American Plants still have AB's Data Highway Plus (DH+) and Remote IO (RIO or Blue hose) networks in place.
Allen Bradley is no longer manufacturing PanelView's with DH+/RIO drivers. Instead they would like you to switch over to EtherNet/IP costing hundereds of thousands of dollars in a typical plant.
The good news is that EZAutomationc ontinues to build its EZTouch line of HMIs with DH+/RIO drivers.
In addition, our PV & PV+ replacements HMIs now have the capability to simultaneously talk to two PLC networks. For example, Ethernet I/P on one side and DH+ on the other side. Tags are automatically converted. This allows the two networks to communicate to each other through EZTouch.
This dual driver capability serves dual functions. On one hand the EZTouch PV repalcement HMIs can talk to the older PLCs such as PLC5, PLC2, SLC 500 on DH+/RIO network, and on the other hand, these same HMIs can talk to the newer PLCs from Allen Bradley such as ControlLogix & CompactLogix on the EtherNet/IP network.
EZTouch HMI Supported Drivers for Rockwell PLCs:
A-B DF1 Half and Full Duplex (PLC-5, SLC500, Micrologix 1000, 1200 and 1500)
DH485/AIC/AIC+ for Micrologix 1000, 1200,1400, 1500,SLC 500, 5/01, 5/02, 5/03)
A-B Micrologix 800 CIP Protocol
A-B EtherNet/IP (MicroLogix 800, Control & Compact Logix)
A-B DF1 over Ethernet (for Micrologix & SLC 500 PLCs)
A-B Data Highway Plus (DH+) except 7" EZ3 & 7" EZ7
A-B Data Highway Plus (DH+) / RIO on all EZTouch Original HMIs
Remote capability over PC, Tablet or Smart Phone (Apple iOS and Google Android)
If you need assistance, be sure to visit the RMC Support page.
EZ RMC™ Remote HMI is an application designed for your mobile devices on both iOS and Android platforms, for the monitoring and control of your EZTouch HMIs from EZAutomation.net. Enjoy direct access to your EZTouch HMI from anywhere at the tips of your fingers, on your phone or tablet. The EZ RMC™ Remote HMI is available on both the iTunes App Store as well as the Google Play store.
This App currently works with EZAutomation's EZTouch EZ3 Series, Windows based CE Series HMIs (6" to 10"), Windows 7 based EZWindows HMI (10" or 15"), EZTouch Plus Dedicated OS HMIs (15"), or using our runtime EZ-SOFTHMI software running on a compatible PC. Support for other platforms is under development, and updates will be announced when available.
Realtime View and Control of your EZTouch HMI panel
"Pinch" style zoom for more in-depth view of your HMI project
Save screenshots directly from the App
Multiple user accounts can be configured for each panel project, with multiple levels of security, including either only Viewing ability, or both Viewing and Control
Record your most used panels in your Favorites for quick access, and designate one HMI for direct access by default when the App is opened
iOS App works with all iOS devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch) running iOS version 6 or later
Android App works with devices running OS version 4.0.3 - Ice Cream Sandwich or later