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UniStream PLC--the PLC with Virtual HMI

Cara Bereck Levy

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Hi people!
Our newest product was developed in answer to customers who needed UniStream performance--but who do not require an integrated HMI panel.
>drum roll<

Meet the UniStream PLC  :D
This unique PLC,  unlike other UniStream controllers, does not have an integrated HMI panel--however,  it supports HMI applications just like any other UniStream.

The secret is Virtual HMI. This means that you can mount the controller on a DIN rail in a cabinet, and access it from:

  • any mobile device that supports VNC
  • the new UniStream Display (USL)
  • any UniStream Modular HMI panel (USP)
  • any UniStream Built-in (on the panels integral to the device)

The UniStream PLC is a line of PLCs with built-in I/Os that may be mounted on a DIN-rail. Unlike other UniStream Controllers, does not include a built-in HMI screen.

This PLC is appropriate for applications that need UniStream power and functionality, but that either do not require an HMI application, or that require a distributed HMI.

All UniStream PLCs support Virtual HMI--they can display HMI screens which you design in UniLogic in exactly the same way as for any other UniStream controller. You can display the HMI screens on:

  • UniStream Displays (USL), included in this release. UniStream Displays are a series of color touch-screens that support VNC.

  • UniStream Modular HMI panels (USP)

  • UniStream Built-in (on the panels integral to the device)

  • Any device screen that supports VNC

UniStream PLC Controller.png

The series is available in three versions: Pro, Standard, and Basic.

When you select your UniStream model in Hardware Configuration, only relevant options are available in UniLogic.

Differences between B10, B5, and B3

Feature

B10 Pro

B5 Standard

B3 Basic

I/O Expansion via Uni-I/O

Yes

No

Remote I/O Expansion via Ethernet I/O Adapter (URB)

Up to 8

1

VFD

32

2

MicroSD

Yes

No*

Add-on COM modules

3

2

System Memory

6GB

3GB

3GB

MODBUS Slaves

Unlimited

Up to 8

Ethernet/IP Scanners

16

1

Ethernet/IP Adapters

32

8

Web Server

Yes

No

No

SQL Client

Yes

No

No

MQTT

Yes

PID Loops

64

2

Data Sampler/Trends

Yes

No

CSV files: creating/ reading

Yes

No

FTP, server/client

Yes

No

Saving Data Tables to SD

Yes

No*

Screenshots

Yes

No

Sending email attachments

Yes

No

USB device (programming port)

Yes

No**

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Check out the product page, view installation guides, here.

----------------------------------From our official press release:

The UniStream PLC is based on proven, award-winning UniStream hardware and UniLogic software that enhances your ability to implement all of the control tasks required by your machine or process application.

A multi-function controller that matches a vast range of application requirements, the UniStream PLC provides users with advanced communication support, including Industry 4.0, and introduces a unique concept in Virtual HMIs.

Virtual HMI – A New Approach to Automation

UniStream PLC combines two technologies in one product:

  • Virtual HMI– As an Industry first, the PLC stores and runs the program logic as well as the HMI user application within the PLC itself. This brings you a unique advantage: you can view and operate your machine, or access your process via any mobile phone, PC, or remote display device.
  • Controller Hardware – The powerful controller has built-in I/Os that can be expanded to more than 2,000 I/Os, including digital, analog, high-speed and temperature, as well as communication modules supporting Modbus, Ethernet/IP, MQTT, SQL, SNMP, and more.
 

Along with the UniStream PLC, Unitronics has also released a line of compatible displays, offering customers a full package for varied PLC and HMI requirements.

Award-winning Programming Software

UniStream PLC is backed by UniLogic® all-in-one programming software, which cuts programming time up to 50%, and includes Built-in Trends and Gauges, auto-tuned PID, data sampling, complex data tools, Recipes and more.

UniLogic offers OEMs and System Integrators a faster and easier programming solution as all tasks can be programmed using the same software environment. Users can build the PLC application, design HMI screens, create web pages in multiple languages, and save it all in a library to reuse in other projects.

The best of two worlds: Robust PLC Hardware with Virtual HMI

With its robust hardware and extremely efficient time-saving programming software, the new controller benefits users in multiple ways, simplifying and speeding projects, while offering outstanding configuration versatility.

“Unitronics is well-known for outstanding innovation, and with our new UniStream PLC, we’ve done it again,” says Boaz Karmy, VP Sales and Marketing, at Unitronics. “Richly featured and powerful, yet compactly designed, the UniStream PLC raises the bar by providing unique Virtual HMI features and versatile hardware configuration, using the same programming environment.” –

UniStream PLC Controller.png



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