Paul Bunell (Director of Product Management - Automation) describes Red Lion's CR1000 and CR3000 HMI's.
The breadth of screen sizes and options available with CR1000 and CR3000 HMIs enables you to reduce risk from human error by delivering a consistent user experience across platforms. With 16M colors and widescreen options available, train new operators faster and with greater comprehension by offering full-color visual guides to shorten downtime during changeovers or for troubleshooting common issues.
Red Lion’s protocol communication capabilities are among the most powerful in the industry. With an ever-expanding library of over 300 industrial drivers and the drag-and-drop simplicity of protocol conversion with Crimson®, the CR1000 and CR3000 HMIs ensure your equipment stays relevant and connected for years to come.
Added connectivity in the HMI means less burden on the system PLC, reducing complexity & cost. The CR1000 and CR3000 HMIs have up to two (2) 10/100Base-T(X) Ethernet ports and up to four (4) serial ports. A USB device port, standard on every model, speeds program download time versus serial connections. For those applications needing significant human input, USB host ports enable you to speed data entry by adding peripherals like keyboards, a mouse or bar code scanner to your operator process.
Crimson 3.1 Software
Shorter product lifecycles mean integrators’ and OEMs’ end customers expect them to design & build or quickly retrofit highly customized machines faster than ever before. The easy-to-use import utility in Crimson® 3.1 enables users to upgrade existing Crimson databases for these displays with a just a few clicks.
Enhanced primitives offer smoother edges and more fill options with an anti-aliased rendering for a more natural appearance. More updated symbols & primitives mean less importing and formatting of custom elements. And Crimson’s smart conversion utility allows developers to quickly repurpose key elements or entire databases to scale capabilities between systems.
Features like data logging and web serving enable equipment manufacturers and operations management to evaluate machine usage and operation and offer service recommendations like preventive maintenance before bigger problems arise. Data can be acquired from any or all connected devices and compiled into CSV files which can be stored, displayed, emailed or automatically synchronized with a server.
Further maximize production efficiency by tapping into upstream systems using SQL Queries. The SQL Queries feature available on our CR3000 HMIs automates the downloading of data from Microsoft SQL Server to populate values in a process. Typical applications include recipes for batch applications, production expectations (KPIs) per shift, or to set user IDs eligible to log in to specific equipment.
Remote Monitoring and Control
The web server available on the CR3000 HMI offers a full-screen display option, mobile-responsive pages, HTTPS operation with certificate provisioning and features like HTTP redirect, CSS and Java Script support.
Offer multi-channel alerts to personnel about existing or pending issues both on-screen and via email or SMS to ensure problems are addressed quickly to maximize uptime.