Integrating the Maple PLC Line with Maple HMI or HMI + PLC Products
If you need an HMI for local monitoring and control of your automation system, Maple Systems provides several HMIs that are compatible with our PLCs. Maple PLCs integrate seamlessly with our HMI and HMC (HMI + PLC) lines. Maple PLC and HMC product lines are both programmed with MAPware-7000, which offers a built in communications driver for the two. Maple Systems HMI products are programmed with EZwarePlus/EBPro, and Modbus RTU/TCP can be used for communications. For applications requiring IIoT connectivity, a cMT device can be added to the system, allowing for data distribution to the cloud with MQTT or OPC UA.
PLC and HMC
Maple PLCs can communicate with an HMC (HMI + PLC) either with or without I/O modules attached to it. A potential application would have the PLC existing in a remote cabinet, while the HMC is installed in a convenient location for the operator. With the HMC optional I/O modules, local control switches could be monitored and controlled by the HMC to reduce wiring complexity. Additionally, only one configuration software is required to program both pieces. When using the Native Ladder logic editor, a native PLC to HMC driver is available, and tags can be imported from one project to another. In IEC mode, Modbus is used to communicate between the PLC and HMI. In models that support Ethernet, a crossover Ethernet cable, part number 7431-0104, can be used. For all other models, serial cable, part number 7448-0215, is required.