Powerful wizards and the new Wonderware® SmartSymbols enable users to quickly create and deploy customized applications that connect and deliver real-time information. InTouch applications are flexible enough to meet users' immediate needs and scale to accommodate their future requirements, while retaining the value of earlier engineering investments and efforts.
These versatile InTouch applications can be accessed from mobile devices, thin clients, computer nodes and over the Internet. In addition, the open and extensible InTouch HMI offers unrivaled connectivity to the broadest set of automation devices in the industry.
Ease of Use
When considering which HMI software to use for an industrial application, ease of use is a major concern. Since its introduction, the InTouch HMI has been applauded for its ease of use.
In fact, for ten consecutive years, industrial software users have voted InTouch software the number one HMI on the market. The InTouch HMI empowers users to quickly and easily develop custom graphical views of their processes.
A user can develop graphics with a variety of tools in Wonderware's WindowMaker™ graphical editing program, which includes standard graphical components, bitmap images, ActiveX® controls, Symbol Factory — an advanced graphics library that contains thousands of preconfigured industrial images — and the new Wonderware SmartSymbols.
All of these tools are easy-to-use and intuitive, helping users to quickly develop and deploy visualization applications.
InTouch software offers multiple drawing tools, simple-to-configure I/O connection links, a very powerful yet user-friendly scripting engine, and one-click deployment. Easy-to-learn wizards and configuration tools also enable users to create, test and deploy applications within minutes of installing the software.
Distributed Application Features
Feature-rich and robust, InTouch software works well for the creation of single, stand-alone applications -- and it's scalable to hundreds of nodes in a distributed Network Application Development (NAD) environment. NAD facilitates centralized maintenance of an InTouch application master copy using one network server.
Each client node makes a local copy of the master application, providing strong redundancy. If the server is unavailable, the client node keeps working — using its local copy of the application. Reconnections after the server re-appears are transparent and seamless.
Another powerful NAD feature is that users can accept InTouch application changes at the client nodes, without shutting down the running InTouch application. The system alerts the operator when changes to the application are available and the operator can accept them when it is convenient. Once accepted, only the application components that were changed are downloaded and updated on the client nodes.
If the operator chooses not to accept the configuration changes, the latest application will be downloaded the next time the system is restarted. Therefore, the operator is always using the most current application and can update the running application at any time, without incurring downtime or loss of process visualization.
Powerful built-in distribution features enable easier deployment, management and administration of large-scale systems, which result in a lower total cost of ownership. The InTouch 9.0 HMI can also provide visualization of the information with the Wonderware Industrial Application Server.
The Industrial Application Server greatly reduces the engineering effort and time required to maintain and deploy large systems within one plant or across multiple plants. In this configuration, the Industrial Application Server centrally controls the security, scripting, history and connectivity for all of the applications.
The Industrial Application Server's underlying ArchestrA industrial software architecture offers a common development environment, eliminating the need to learn new software and thus decreasing costs. Also, because Wonderware's policy is to always provide a migration path for existing applications, the engineering effort and cost is preserved when expanding to larger systems or newer software.
InTouch applications can be viewed from multiple devices without any additional configuration changes. An application can be viewed from a single monitor or multiple screens.
By applying the InTouch HMI in a Terminal Services mode, the same application can be viewed over thin-client terminals, the Internet or mobile devices such as PDAs and Tablet PCs. InTouch software also reduces project costs by enabling visualization of the same application over multiple devices. In essence, the InTouch HMI provides the information users need on the devices they prefer.
InTouch 9.0 also includes a new scripting function, IOSetRemoteReferences, which enables users to modify all the datasources on a window by executing one line of code.
This makes updating the real time information displayed very fast. Customers can use this script function with the new SmartSymbols to build faceplates that contain all the standard graphical information and change propagation benefits of SmartSymbols with the fast, runtime update features of the new script function, IOSetRemoteReferences.
InTouch software can connect to virtually any industrial automation control device because of the hundreds of available I/O and OPC® servers that are designed to connect to Wonderware products.
The list of available servers is longer than that of any other HMI product on the market. This is made possible by Wonderware's device integration team as well as hundreds of third-party product developers that offer connectivity to the major PLC manufacturers.
"Designed For Windows® XP" Certification
Wonderware's InTouch 9.0 software is also the first HMI to achieve the "Designed for Windows XP" certification, which includes rights to use the logo. The rigorous certification process assures users that software certified for the Windows XP operating system will work optimally with the new features.