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Smart Screen Updates

Build a highly functional factory with efficient screen update on AGV

Time and labor for updating screens
Automated guided vehicles (AGV) are used to deliver various parts automatically in factories. As a demand for smaller AGVs continues to be strong to effectively use limited space inside factories, we see more cases where small operator interfaces are installed on display and operation terminals. With AGVs where small operator interfaces are installed, however, it takes a tremendous amount of time every time when screens need to be updated due to troubles such as failures of operator interface or changes in production line layouts. One of the reasons for it is that small operator interfaces do not have a function to update screens using networks, which is most likely installed as standard to large scale display devices.
When a request come from a factory for layout (system) change, the operator at AGV manufacturer needs to develop new screens and goes to the factory and makes changes to the screens by physically connecting the personal computer with operator interfaces. This procedure is possible if the factory is located nearby, however, if the user is a global corporation and its factories are everywhere in the world, it is not easy for AGV manufacturer to visit each factory for maintenance.

Compact operator interface with communication capability for easy screen update

The HG1G series operator interface can solve all of the troubles that AGV manufacturers and users have. With its compact 4.3-inch display, the HG1G is equipped with the FTP server function that allows transferring of files through the server, which enables easy screen updating using networks.
If operations are started with a USB memory and a wireless unit connected to the HG1G ahead of time, the AGV manufacturer can simply save new project data for screen updating onto the USB memory through the FTP server function via wireless network when the screens need updated. Then, a maintenance person at the site can press the update button displayed on the screen to complete screen updating. If no maintenance person is available, the update button can be pressed by remote control from a personal computer, using the Web Server Function.
Now there is no need for anyone from the manufacturer to physically go to the factory. Screen update is quick and easy. By reducing maintenance time, the user can easily change lines. Productivity improvement can be expected, too, even when production sites are located all over the world.

IDEC operator interfaces with high performance for the cost
The HG1G series operator interface is a perfect HMI for the era of IoT. With the FTP server function, project data for screen updating can be updated and history data can be transferred easily from anywhere. With its ability to remotely control from mobile terminals or personal computers, situations can be checked anytime and quick action can be taken at the time of emergencies. Please contact IDEC for solutions utilizing HMI if you have any concerns in remote-monitoring of machines from daily site control to possible emergency situations.