"The G3 HMIs feature the most on-board communication
ports of any HMI available, and let you web- and network-enable many
different types of hardware using their integrated Ethernet port," said
Mike Granby, Red Lion President. "For the first time, remote
users across the LAN or around the world can communicate with and
control multiple devices including PLCs, PCs, drives and PID controllers." Granby
added, "Now OEMs can make complete integration of their machines
a reality, with a low cost HMI panel that offers remote access, multi-device
data acquisition and logging, as well as event triggering-even automatic
posting of logged data to a web page."
All G3 HMIs feature an integrated gateway that converts any attached
device's serial protocol to on-board 10 Base T/100 Base-TX Ethernet.
A built-in USB port provides data exchange with a connected PC,
and CompactFlash support allows virtually unlimited data storage,
free from battery concerns. One RS422/485 port and two RS232 ports
are provided as standard, and each port is operable at up to 115,200
baud. One each RS232 and RS422/485 ports are available with an
optional card, enabling up to five comms ports per G3 HMI.
The 8-inch G308 and 10-inch G310 HMIs are resistive analog touchscreen
terminals featuring 256-color VGA displays, integrated programmable
membrane keypads, and 8MB of on-board Flash memory. The G308 measures
8.18" x 10.32" x 2.2" (207.8 x 262 x 56 cm) and
features seven programmable keys, while the larger G310 measures
x 12.83" x 2.2" (241.3 x 325.8 x 56 cm), features eight
programmable keys, and has a sunlight visible outdoor version available.
Each G3 HMI model also includes Red Lion's powerful and intuitive
Crimson 2 software at no extra charge. Crimson includes an extensive
library of device drivers to quickly establish communications between
the G3 and virtually any device, integrated web server, drag-and-drop
data mapping and a "virtual panel" function that mirrors
the HMI display to a remote PC. If a specific device driver does
not exist, Red Lion will write the driver and provide it free-of-charge.
Red Lion G3 HMIs start as low as $599.