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Operator panels offer improved control

27 February 2008

ABB has introduced a new range of control panels for its AC500 PLCs, providing operators with a clear and easy-to-use method of controlling any automated process. Available in various options, the range of CP400 operator terminals provide immediate access to a wealth of data, enabling users to better manage operating conditions.

The CP400 range offers the ideal human machine interface (HMI), by providing enhanced transparency and efficiency in automated processes. The CP400 is currently available in several models, ranging from the standard CP410 through to the large-screen CP450, which features a colour touch screen. Depending on the model selected, the CP400 range delivers highly efficient functionality such as alarm and event management, graphics animation, Macro and Ladder Diagram functionality and multi-language displays (up to five languages).

Users can quickly view and easily manage project components using the screen manager - available as a detailed list or screen miniatures. They can also simplify the creation of any project by using the Macro and Ladder functions, providing ready-to-use modules such as arithmetic functions. Available with on and offline simulations, the CP400 can be used to test projects, screens and alarms as well as check communications and controller functions before starting a process. This helps manufacturers save valuable time on testing and commissioning.

Offering easy programming and quick configurations, the control panels are ideal for any application area helping to facilitate plant decisions.

All CP400 models can be connected to a printer, keyboard or modem and are fitted with a 32-bit RISC processor and 4Mb of flash memory, enabling it to be used in large control projects and data management applications. The control panels can also communicate with other ABB controllers, including the AC31 and AC500, as well as all major PLCs. The available back-lit displays range from a compact three-inch monochrome display up to a large size, 10.4-inch, TFT colour display with 65,000 colours.

For additional security, the CP400 enables users to protect their files and machine configurations using global and object-specific passwords, with up to nine protection levels, to prevent unauthorised downloading of application data.

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