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End of Year Roundup—plus ‘Top UniGurus 2014’ Shout-out!

Cara Bereck Levy


This past year, 2014, was a stellar year for Unitronics. Not only did we introduce products to round out existing lines, we launched a brand-new line of PLC + HMI touch-screen controllers, Samba.

Samba, with its beautiful display, on-board I/Os , fine feature range, and highly competitive price was snapped up by small machine manufacturers, showing impressive sales volumes from day 1.

In addition to the great market response, our Samba was nominated for—and won—the prestigious Engineers’ Choice award.

This was also a great year for the Unitronics community. Check out some cool statistics for 2014:

- We welcomed 5,713 new members to our user forum…

-…who made 2,113 posts in 467 new topics…

- …that were viewed 132,568 times!

In addition to our Unitronics support team staff, there are some fine forum members who devote a great deal of time to helping others, writing detailed answers to questions and helping people trouble-shoot their applications.

Our top UniGuru MVPs for 2014 are:

  • Joe Tauser
  • Simon Webb
  • Barry Lanier (forum name: Flex727)
  • Ober Yela (forum name: HighTech)
    In addition to his activity on the forum, Ober has posted a number of videos featuring Unitronics products—check them out on his channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/oberyela/videos

To show our appreciation, the profiles of our MVPs will be marked with a new icon:

Top poster 2014

It is no small thing, when time is your most valuable commodity, to use that time to help other people benefit from your expertise – kudos to you all!

Okay—without further ado, please join me—here it is, the Unitronics’ 2014 Roundup!

Our Industry Awards

I am proud to note that this is the third year in a row that Unitronics’ products were honored to receive a Control Engineering Engineers’ Choice award—and this year, we won in one category, and received an honorable mention in another!

Unitronics Product Launches

Samba, available in 3.5, 4.3, and 7”, was not the only new product line launched in 2014.

Vision™: our award-winning series of powerful PLC + Color-touch HMI controllers, welcomed additional offerings:

  • Vision430™, a new line comprising a beautiful LED 4.3” wide graphic touch-screen.
    Currently available in 9 models, the V430 offers an expandable I/O configuration with a broad range of digital, analog, high-speed, and temperature I/Os, USB programming and serial ports, and a CANbus or Ethernet port option.
  • Vision1210™ - Black, an elegant, big-screen model with a flat, black fascia and an NEMA4X/IP66/IP65 rating—excellent for applications that require a powerful, flexible controller with a big screen that matches the spray & wipe requirements of the food and beverage industry.
  • The EXF-RC15 -a stand- alone, remote I/O Module that brings you high-Speed I/O plus PWM/PTO.

The UniStream™ platform is our completely modular PLC + HMI controller for large-scale machine applications. This 2014 Engineers’ Choice award winner also broadened its range:

  • UniStream 15.6" HMI panel – big and elegant, this LED touch-panel gives you 1366 x 768 resolution and a 16M (24-bit) color range.
    You can snap up to 5 Uni-I/O modules onto the back of the panel, integrate up to 2048 local & remote I/Os – and communicate with third-party devices via a broad range of CANbus and IP protocols, including EtherNet/IP.
  • Uni-I/O™ modules can be snapped to a panel or hooked up via Expansion adapters. New modules include a thermocouple module and new analog options, plus a new line of space-saving, densely-populated ‘wide’ I/Os.
  • Expansion Adapters are now available in more lengths, from: 125cm up to 3000cm.

Our Jazz line is the PLC + textual HMI + onboard I/Os that replaces “smart relays” with a real PLC—for the same low price. Two new models were launched in 2014:

  • JZ20-T10: 6 Digital Inputs, 4 Transistor Outputs
  • JZ20-T18: 6 Digital, 2 Analog/Digital, 2 Analog Inputs, 8 Transistor Outputs

Other products released to market are compatible with all of our PLC + HMI controllers:

  • GSM/GPRS modem
  • BACnet to MODBUS Gateway

More than ever, Unitronics offers you true All-in-One value: a complete range of automation products and software from the pioneers of the PLC + HMI controller, backed by Unitronics unparalleled sales and tech support.

Enjoy them in the coming year!


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