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Combined PLC and HMI increases I/O options

| By Gerald Ondrey

This company’s SmartAXIS touch family has been expanded with the new FT2J Series combined PLC+HMI (photo). A compact all-in-one form factor combines built-in full function controller features and functions, both onboard and expandable I/O, and an advanced technology 7-in. touchscreen display, providing many advantages for a wide variety of industries. The FT2J is compact and consumes far less panel space than separate units. Because the PLC and HMI are internally connected, require only one power supply, and share the same network connection, installation is simplified. The FT2J is ready to use and communicate right out of the box, and end users can perform configuration with an intuitive and easy-to-use integrated development environment for both PLC and HMI functions, cutting configuration and programming time. — IDEC Corp., Sunnyvale, Calif.