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How to Configure an Industrial Remote Monitor Using VisuNet Control Center Software

Posted by Aaron Severa on Mon, Feb 13, 2017

Process automation plants using industrial HMI often place the equipment in remote locations in the field, away from the process control room or maintenance stations. For busy plant personnel, it's much easier to be able to configure these remote monitors from a centralized location or even off-site remote location. In addition, maintenance and technical support for the daily HMI operators can now be done remotely without needing to physically stand in front of the screen, which is often difficult and time-consuming (pharmaceutical clean rooms, large refineries for example.)

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Topics: Industrial Monitors/ HMI, Software

Communicating with Your HazLoc Control Panel

Posted by DJ Haney on Fri, Jan 27, 2017

When installing a purged control panel or industrial HMI in a hazardous location, power supplied to the control panel must be regulated so that components are not energized before the panel is protected by a purge cycle.

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Topics: Purge/ Pressurization Systems, Industrial Monitors/ HMI, Intrinsic Safety

What Is a Zone 1 Div. 1 Industrial Monitor?

Posted by Mark Lovell on Wed, Dec 14, 2016

What Is the Difference Between Zone 1 and Division 1?

A Zone 1 / Div. 1 industrial monitor must meet the requirements necessary for operating in the presence of ignitable concentrations of gases, vapors, or dusts that are likely to exist, either continuously or intermittently, under normal conditions.  That said, the certification requirements vary according to where you will be using your equipment.

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Topics: Industrial Monitors/ HMI

Remote Access and Control for Industrial Workstations Using VNC

Posted by Patricia Stafford on Thu, Jun 30, 2016

Process challenges that lead to system integration

When industrial workstations are located in a hazardous area, you often need to invest in training for qualified personnel who must comply with safety guidelines as well as deal with the physical layout and restrictions of facilities that include hazardous areas. Investing in equipment that likewise meets the challenges of the hazardous area is a must.

It's rather time consuming to walk back and forth between the production area and the control room to access a local HMI system. It's much more efficient and convenient to monitor control room functions locally, right inside the process area, using properly certified equipment that is rugged enough to withstand the tough environments external to the control room. Being closer to the process empowers you with greater control and monitoring capabilities in real time.

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Topics: Industrial Monitors/ HMI

ThinManager in Life Sciences Using Industrial Remote Monitors

Posted by Lou Szabo on Fri, May 29, 2015

Our remote monitor thin clients come in a variety of sizes and flavors. The standard remote monitor (RM) is designed for easy startup and maintenance. The ACP ThinManager RM is designed for users with ThinManager as their thin client management tool.

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Topics: Industrial Monitors/ HMI

Remote Monitoring via KVM Extenders

Posted by Lou Szabo on Thu, Apr 23, 2015

KVM Extender Selection Criteria

Industrial keyboards, video monitors, and/or mice are usually located within 6 feet or 2 meters of the source PC or thin client. However, there are times when you need to mount an industrial display farther away from the source signal—sometimes in a different building or type of location, such as outdoors, on the process floor, and/or in a hazardous location.

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Topics: Industrial Monitors/ HMI

Industrial Displays for Division 2 Hazardous Areas

Posted by Lou Szabo on Thu, Mar 12, 2015

Customers often want to know what exactly is a Class I, Div. 2 industrial display. Or, what choices there are for HMI visualization and machine control in a Division 2 area, and if a purge system is required. The answers depend on what is connected to the display, and the type of HMI software. This information helps you decide whether to look at an industrial monitor, a panel PC, or a networked monitor via thin client or KVM back to a host in a control room.

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Topics: Purge/ Pressurization Systems, Industrial Monitors/ HMI

VisuNet HMI Solutions and Applications for Hazardous Areas

Posted by Aaron Severa on Wed, Aug 06, 2014

I recently read "Creative Ways to Cut Costs in Hazardous Areas" by Dan Hebert, Senior Technical Editor at Control magazine. The article discusses some of the interesting applications where a hazardous-rated industrial HMI unit is required. Some of the solutions involve outdoor areas where they are exposed year round to high or low temperatures, rain, high winds, and bright sunlight. Other solutions involve long distances in between components and call for a way to communicate between these two points.


Because no two applications, solutions, or locations are exactly the same, the requirements of the end user can be drastically different. This means that manufacturers have to create standard products that cover the bulk of the applications, but also be flexible enough to create custom HMI solutions to cover the remaining applications that just cannot be satisfied by standard off-the-shelf solutions.

For more information on the industrial HMI products that Pepperl+Fuchs has to offer, please visit www.visunet.com. This website is our home base for all things HMI. It includes information on all of our standard and custom HMI solutions, as well as industry-specific information and a selection tool to assist in recommending a system that fits your exact application.

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Topics: Industrial Monitors/ HMI

Purged Industrial Displays for Division 1 Hazardous Areas

Posted by Lou Szabo on Thu, Jul 10, 2014

What is the correct purge system to use for a Class I, Div. 1 industrial display?  It’s a common question asked of our technical support experts. Another variation: What choices do I have for HMI visualization and machine control in a Division 1 area and which purge system does it require?

The first two questions to answer are to what is the display connected and what is the HMI software.   This information tells us whether we are looking at an industrial monitor, a panel PC, or a networked monitor via thin client or KVM back to a host in a safe area.

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Topics: Purge/ Pressurization Systems, Industrial Monitors/ HMI

Ask an Expert Industrial HMI - Episode 2

Posted by Andy LaMar on Tue, Jun 10, 2014

Div. 2 KVM Extenders, Class I, Division 2 Industrial PCs, Zone 1 Remote Monitors, and What's New in 2014!

This is our second installment of Ask an Expert where we sit down with a product expert and answer questions from our customers. Today's expert is Lou Szabo, who is our Business Development Manager for our HMI portfolio.

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Topics: Ask an Expert, Industrial Monitors/ HMI

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