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Technological advances in the fields of IT, personal electronics, and manufacturing are expanding the role of the traditional HMI in the automation market. Today, there are many more ways in which humans can and want to interface with their machines. It is no longer just an operator physically standing in front of a machine using a touchscreen to control basic operations.

Human machine interfaces must network to a central location where a plant manager can monitor operations efficiently and receive quick alerts to resolve maintenance issues. And, machine operators want to be free to walk around the facility controlling their machines via tablets and smartphones.


Whether you’re designing for a new application or updating an existing one, Maple Systems provides innovative HMI touch screens, servers, and gateway products that provide the connectivity, monitoring, and control required to get the job done. These products are designed to meet the expanding need for the IIoT and Industry 4.0 solutions to connect to equipment, while still preserving the core function of a fixed operator terminal.

Our industry leading HMIs include support for IIoT protocols such as OPC UA, SQL Database integration, MQTT, and Ignition.

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Human Machine Interfaces: Our panel-mount Graphic HMIs are built rugged to withstand your touch industrial automation applications and come in a variety of display sizes to make your automation, data monitoring, and networking easy. These IIoT ready edge-devices communication with hundreds of PLCs, motors, and controllers including Allen-Bradley, Siemens, Omron, and more.

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Headless Human Machine Interface: Enjoy the same features as our panel-mount HMIs without an integrated display. Our edge gateway HMIs monitor PLC operations, gather data, and allow you to remotely access your control system on your Apple/Android smart phone, or your own tablet/laptop/PC. Our HDMI®-enabled HMI works with screens of any size, making screen size no longer a limitation in your application.

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Human Machine Interface with connected PLC: Our HMC series combines a touchscreen HMI and PLC all in one unit. Utilized worldwide to employ diverse applications, our HMI+PLCs lower costs, save space, and feature options including: Serial and Ethernet communication, support for Class I Division 2 installations, and numerous I/O configurations. What’s more, they provide an affordable combination of display and control in a single package.

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Panel Mount Industrial Computers: Our Panel PCs come with a Linux or Windows®OS, installed, touch screens, and are full-strength industrial computers that can operate any Windows® Software, powerful SCADA software such as Allen-Bradley’s FactoryTalk® View, Ignition™, AVEVA™ Edge and Wonderware®, or configure them using programming languages such as Visual Basic, Python and C++, providing you with flexible options.

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Gone are the days of machine-operator terminals based solely on switches, pushbuttons, meters, and operator warning lights. Today’s HMIs control machines and monitor, analyze, and optimize operations. Some HMIs serve as the processor for IO signals carrying feedback on speeds, temperatures, torques, tensions, and more to optimize processes.

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Human machine interfaces can help consolidate data and provide global insights based on a myriad of edge devices incorporating electronics to communicate current states. Most leading-edge HMIs today also assume all processing of data to allow that data’s presentation in human-readable graphical formats.

In fact, the task of processing data for presentation in easily understood visual readouts is something the industry now takes for granted.

Things to consider when choosing HMI:

  • Driver Support
  • Communication Ports
  • Display Properties
  • HMI Programming Software
  • Performance
  • Remote Access
  • Security
  • Certification
  • IIoT Support
  • Input Method

To learn more, check out Maple Systems’ article about 10 things to consider when choosing a new HMI.


Not all software is created equal. Before deciding on a hardware solution, you should consider what features your application requires:

  • Does the software have the features you need now, and may want to use in the future?
  • Does the HMI require a proprietary software or can you add/modify software as needed?
  • Is there a cost of the software?
  • Is the cost (if any) a one time charge or a reoccurring licensing fee?
  • What about a costly service agreement?

All our proprietary HMI software is free with no costly agreements or reoccurring licensing fees.

Our powerful HMI configuration software, EBPro, gives you the flexibility to design the screens you want quickly – pick and place graphical objects and assign communication (PLC) drivers easily. With support for over 300 communication protocols including Allen-Bradley, Siemens, Omron, Emerson, GE, Panasonic, Mitsubishi, and many more, we can seamlessly integrate into your existing system. Visit our Support Center to download your free version of EBPro, or to learn more about the software, visit our software section to read more about the features and see the videos, sample projects, and learning material available 24/7.

Don’t let the simplicity of our HMI+PLC configuration software fool you into thinking the program isn’t powerful. Easily create, test and deploy complex operations with an easy to understand user interface. All without the need to learn another complex programming language. Programming with MAPware-7000 software allows you to have web server functionality, data logging, recipes, graphs, alarms, meters, trending, create objects with multiple tasks, and more. Uses IEC 61131-3 Programming Language. Visit our Support Center to download our free HMI+PLC software, or to learn more about the software, visit our software section to read more about the features and see the tutorials available to get you started today.

Microsoft® Windows® OS’s are powerful Operating Systems that deliver enterprise manageability and security to IoT solutions. Additionally, all the features and functionality that you’d expect to find on your desktop PC are available. Our Industrial PCs are full-strength industrial computers that can operate any Windows® Software and powerful SCADA software such as Allen-Bradley’s FactoryTalk® View, Ignition™, AVEVA™ Edge and Wonderware®, or configure them using programming languages such as Visual Basic, Python and C++, providing you with flexible options. Choose either an embedded or non-embedded version of the OS.


We offers support of more than 300 controller protocols for Maple System HMI solutions (including HMIs, HMI + PLCs, Industrial PCs, and OITs). Although each of our HMI solutions support different PLCs and protocols, Maple Systems provides documentation and material on the most common PLC manufacturers in one place for your convenience.

List of brand names for industrial controls. Consider driver support when choosing a new HMI.
Maple Systems PLCs

Maple Systems offers different types of PLCs to meet your system requirements, or control panel needs. Our Micro PLC is for small scale applications (Up to 36 Digital Inputs/Outputs and 2 Analog Inputs/Outputs) and our Modular PLC is expandable (up to 384 Digital/Analog Inputs/Outputs), which can be configured with any combination of modules to fit your application.

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Allen-Bradley PLCs

Allen-Bradley PLCs are used worldwide and in all kinds of installations and applications. Our HMIs support ControlLogix, CompactLogix, Micro8xx, MicroLogix, PLC-5s, and many more Allen-Bradley PLC brands. Our Controller Information sheets will walk you through how to set-up the PLC to a Maple Systems HMI, including what communication cables maybe required and software settings.

Siemens

Siemens PLCs are used worldwide and in all kinds of installations and applications. Our HMIs support S7-1200/1500, LOGO, S5 Series, S7-200/300/400, TI505, SIMATIC series, and many more Siemens PLC brands. Our Controller Information sheets will walk you through how to set-up the PLC to a Maple Systems HMI or HMI+PLC, including what communication cables maybe required and software settings.

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Mitsubishi

Maple Systems HMIs and HMI+PLCs support many Mitsubishi PLCs and Controllers including FX5U, FX, FX0, FX0N, FX0S, FX2N, FX1S, FX1N, FX2NC, and FX3U, and more. Our Controller Information sheets will walk you through how to set-up the PLC to a Maple Systems HMI or HMI+PLC, including what communication cables maybe required and software settings.

AutomationDirect

Maple Systems HMIs support many AutomationDirect PLCs and Controllers including Productivity 3000 and more. Our Controller Information sheets will walk you through how to set-up the PLC to a Maple Systems HMI, including what communication cables maybe required and software settings.

Koyo Electronics

Maple Systems HMIs support many Koyo PLCs and Controllers including Koyo Click Series, DL, DL05, DL06, DL105, DL205, DL305, DL405, Do-more, NK1, and more. Our Controller Information sheets will walk you through how to set-up the PLC to a Maple Systems HMI, including what communication cables maybe required and software settings.

Omron

Maple Systems HMIs and HMI+PLCs support many Omron PLCs and Controllers including C200, CPM, CJ, CQM & SRM Series, CP1H & CP1L Series, NJ/NX Series, and more. Our Controller Information sheets will walk you through how to set-up the PLC to a Maple Systems HMI or HMI+PLC, including what communication cables maybe required and software settings.

ABB

Maple Systems HMIs support ABB AC500, NextMove ES, and TotalFlow FCU. Our Controller Information sheets will walk you through how to set-up the PLC to a Maple Systems HMI, including what communication cables maybe required and software settings.

Schneider Electric

Our HMIs communicate with Schneider M221 controllers via Modbus with the HMI acting as the master in a point-to-point single master, multiple slave formats. Our Controller Information sheets will walk you through how to set-up your Schneider M221 controller via ethernet or serial port, including software settings.

ASCII

Maple Systems HMIs and HMI+PLCs support devices that use the simple ASCII communications format. Our Controller Information sheets will walk you through how to set-up your ASCII device to communicate with a Maple Systems HMI or HMI+PLC, including software settings.

BACnet

Maple Systems HMIs communicate with BACnet devices via Master Slave / Token Passing (MS/TP) LAN where the HMI acts as a Master and can connect to multiple MS/TP slave devices. Our Controller Information sheets will walk you through how to set-up your HMI to communicate with BACnet devices, including software settings.

Other Devices via Modbus

Maple Systems HMIs and HMI+PLCs support the Modbus protocol. Our HMIs and HMI+PLCs can be configured as the Master or the Slave. Our Controller Information sheets will walk you through how to set-up the device to communicate to a Maple Systems HMI or HMI+PLC, including what communication cables maybe required and software settings.


We’ve compiled our training materials, along with our most common technical support questions, in one place to help you find the answers you need and get you started using a Maple Systems HMI today. From hardware to software, and everything in between, we’ve got you covered.

Here at Maple Systems, we aim to offer the best customer service in the business. This service includes constantly updating our library of tutorials in order to make using our products as simple as possible. Our tutorials are covering helpful topics in our HMI, HMI+PLC, and PLC configuration software.

Quickly grasp the user-friendly features of MAPware-7000, enabling fast project creation for the HMI+PLCs using the software’s tools and graphic images for an intuitive control system interface. Follow step-by-step tutorials to guide you through the process seamlessly.

We’ve compiled all of our most useful How-To’s, Troubleshooting, Webinar videos into convenient playlists. Choose the playlist you’d like to view below, and watch from start to finish, available on YouTube.

Whether you are just getting started, or have used a Maple Systems product for years, our Manuals & Guides will help you learn more about our products. We have Operation Manuals, Programming Manuals, Installation Guides, and Quick Start Guides on a variety of products and functionality.

Maple Systems provides sample projects (applications) and sample kits that demonstrate software features, give programming information for specific controllers, or demonstrate product capabilities. In many cases, you may need the appropriate configuration software to download and view these applications.

We have an extensive list of Technical Notes available to download on our website for our HMI, HMI+PLCs, Industrial PCs, and OITs. Topics cover compressing/uncompressing projects, how-to’s, troubleshooting, conversions and upgrades, and offer helpful solutions for a broad range of common, and not so common, questions.

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Have a question? We’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions on various technical topics to help you find answers quickly. Be sure to visit our additional FAQs page for more information.


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