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Beckhoff Automation Introduces TwinCAT HMI: Simple, Open and HTML5-based

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

TwinCAT HMI platform

The 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 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.

TwinCAT 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

Interested in implementing responsive, web-based HMI to optimize your operator interface experience? Contact your local Beckhoff sales engineer today!

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