Red Lion Controls announced that it has introduced five new communication modules to expand its CR3000 Human Machine Interface (HMI) operator panel capabilities, offering support for additional commonly used industrial protocols. The plug-in modules are specifically designed for use with the CR3000 HMI platform, providing the connectivity its customers require for expanding the monitoring and control functionalities to their automation systems.
Red Lion’s new modules support the growing demand for device interoperability, allowing its customers to better leverage Red Lion’s CR3000 HMIs with built-in protocol conversion and 300+ communications drivers to support automation equipment.
Combining an HSPA+ cellular module with a CR3000 HMI provides its customers with an added solution to more cost-effectively monitor and control remote equipment. The use of high-speed cellular networks can help to eliminate site visits and allows users to receive additional device and performance data in real-time, which can save time and costs. The PROFIBUS DP module adds PROFIBUS DP slave support while the DeviceNet module allows the HMI to perform as a DeviceNet Group 2 server.
Originally developed for in-vehicle networking of passenger cars, the CAN and J1939 protocols are also used for engine controllers and in building automation applications, such as lift control, embedded door controls and HVAC equipment. When added to CR3000 HMI operator panels, these modules can eliminate the need for external communication gateways, which can save time and cost by further simplifying the programming and installation costs.