Omron Soft NA HMI Improves Usability
Omron Automation Americas has launched a software version of its NA5 human-machine interface that will run on the company’s IPC series to give end users more control over their machines.
Soft NA from Omron Automation Americas is designed to offer seamless and efficient control and visualization for OEMs and end users seeking better control and visibility of their equipment.
The launch is a combination of the Omron IPC and Soft NA. The company says the Soft NA is a human-machine interface (HMI) suited for applications not requiring a full supervisory control and data acquisition system, eliminating the need for inter-process communication software such as ERP software, Sysmac Studio or CXOne for data and a separate NA5 HMI for NJ/NX machine control.
Soft NA implements the full functionality of the NA5 Sysmac HMI, but in a software format that will run on an IPC. Before the release of this new combination, customers lacked an easy way to use Omron’s IPC as an HMI for the company’s controllers, the company says.
End users needing an HMI to the Sysmac NJ/NX system and the ability to run additional software for other purposes such as ERP or data collection are among those who will benefit most from this new solution. Soft NA can also help OEM customers who need to build NJ/NX-based machines with enough computer power for other applications.
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