SAVAGE, Minnesota, April 27, 2021 – Expanding the toolbox of available HMI controls, Beckhoff has released the new TwinCAT HMI Control. In combination with the Beckhoff image processing software, TwinCAT Vision, the new control gives users the option of directly integrating image processing into the TwinCAT HMI operator interface. TwinCAT Vision can transmit live video and images from machine vision systems into TwinCAT HMI. This control solution can be configured within minutes, and it can expand the image display control and color control.
The image display control enables direct linking of multiple machine vision images and switching easily between currently displayed images. It also supports the following:
freezing the image to stop it from refreshing and allowing detailed analysis of the last capture
scaling and moving the image within the vision control (by means of touch gestures, mouse input or direct entry of specific values) for more precise viewing of image details
displaying a toolbar with directly usable control elements (e.g. for selecting images, scaling, creating shapes, freezing the image refresh and downloading the displayed image)
displaying an information bar that shows current details and values, such as image size, pixel coordinates, color values and shape data
drawing shapes (points, lines, rectangles, ellipses and polygons) with modifiable positions and sizes to determine size, area and coordinates and to set regions of interest, among other things
displaying graphics (a cross, rectangles and circles) or image overlays for the purpose of setting up and positioning cameras and workpieces
In addition, the TwinCAT Vision HMI package’s color control provides the following features:
three options for entering and displaying color values (a text box, a slider and a color input element in the browser)
flexible configuration and editing of the number of channels, the color value range and available controls
a choice of horizontal or vertical screen orientation
conversion between various color formats, such as grayscale, RGB and HSV
Beckhoff Automation is a provider of advanced and open automation solutions based upon proven technologies for customers to implement high performance control systems faster and at a lower overall cost than traditional PLC and motion control systems. Beckhoff’s “New Automation Technology” product range includes PC-based control, Industrial PCs, automation controllers, operator interfaces, I/O, servo drives and motors. With representation in more than 60 countries, Beckhoff is well positioned to provide global sales and service to its customers. Beckhoff sales and service are handled directly, with no intermediaries involved for exceptional customer service and consultation.