EBPro Programming Environment
Since designing the layout of screens and user-interface (UI) of the HMI is typically where most of the development time is spent, it is important to explore how EBPro makes this process easy. Additionally, because the programming that will control the inputs and outputs of an HMI will generally reside on the PLC, making sure that the HMI correctly communicates with the PLC, and vice versa, is critical.
Our HMI software supports over 300 different PLC and controllers, including Modbus, making it extremely versatile. Refer to our PLC Connectivity tab or the supported drivers tab in EBPro to verify that your PLC is compatible with a Maple HMI and download the Controller Information Sheet.Download EBPro
Address Tag Library
After launching EBPro and selecting an HMI model, the available system tags for the particular model can be found in Address Tag Library.
Read more about Address Formatting and Ranges in the EBPro Programming Manual
The Address Grid is an accessible graphical tool within the Address Pane that provides a comprehensive overview of memory registers that are used or available in the project. The Address Grid is conveniently displayed via pane view, providing ease of programming window objects.
Controller Cable Wiring Diagrams
We offer hundreds of custom communication cable drawings for the industry's most popular PLC manufacturers. Whether you want to build your own cable or have us build it for you, we can provide you with exactly what you need.
Refer to the Communication Cables in the Support Center.
Debugging with EasyWatch
EasyWatch allows users to monitor the HMI or the PLC address values via Ethernet from the PC, or to invoke the Macro for debugging remote monitoring, and controlling.
For example, after creating a Numeric Input Object in EBPro, you can set its address to LW-10 and then add the address to EasyWatch. Once the address has been added to EasyWatch, the value in the register will be consistently updated while connected and monitoring. The ability to easily view and monitor the status of any register makes EasyWatch a versatile utility with a variety of different uses.
EasyDiagnoser is a helpful tool for easily monitoring PLC to HMI connection status and diagnosing connectivity issues and serves as a very useful and efficient troubleshooting aid
The Find/Replace Address feature provides a convenient way to quickly find assigned tag names for local or remote addresses, with the option to replace them with a value from a different tag or address, providing a very useful method for programming tags.
Pre-built Libraries of multi-state buttons, switches, valves, labels, shapes, pictures and fonts make adding design elements easy.
The Picture Library offers the ability to import your own graphics and assign them to multiple object states.
Libraries are compressed along with your project, providing the versatility of transferring the project between different PCs without losing graphics and fonts directories.
These built-in libraries greatly assist productivity and ease of project design.
Read more about Libraries in the EBPro Programming Manual
Easy to read icons help you quickly add objects to your project (Set-word, Word Lamp, Bit lamp, Toggle Switch, Function Key, Combo Button, and many more.) All of your design elements conveniently located in one functional toolbar.
Read more about Objects in the the EBPro Programming Manual
The EBPro User Interface
Importing CSV or Excel Files
This feature offers the flexibility to export your tags and edit them in a productive spreadsheet format, create new tags and delete existing tags, greatly enhancing programming productivity.
PLC Tag Imports
EBPro provides Index Registers for changing addresses flexibly. With Index Registers, user can change the object's read/write address directly on HMI without changing its settings.
Customize your Menus
EBPro's user interface is a ribbon-based environment. By dividing the ribbon into easy-to-understand categories and dropdowns, this makes finding objects and navigating the programming environment both user-friendly and efficient.Customize the UI by selecting which features you would like to see.
Open Device Connection Guide
When in the Device Settings, by clicking the Open Device Connection Guide you will be immediately connected to the PLC's Controller Information Sheet or PLC Connection Guide to learn more about configuring communications for your PLC, as well as detailed information about accessible memory registers and data types.
See the PLC Connectivity Tab for a list of Supported Devices or our Controller Information Sheets in the Support Center.
With Offline Simulation, you do not need to have the PC connected to the PLC. A simulated HMI screen will run on the PC that shows you how things will look on the HMI as you develop your project. All PLC values displayed in the project will revert to zero or off.
Read more about Off-line Simulation in the EBPro Programming Manual.
With On-line Simulation, connect your PC to the PLC over either Ethernet or a serial port (a USB-to-serial converter can be used with the PC). The simulator will interact with your PLC program and display data just as if the HMI were connected to the PLC. This can save development time since you don’t have to download to the HMI every time you make a change to your project in order to test it with the PLC.
Read more about On-line Simulation in the EBPro Programming Manual.
Our HMIs can be configured to operate in Serial or Ethernet Pass-Through mode. In this mode, data being sent from a PC is routed through the HMI to a PLC or controller. The Utility Manager installed by default alongside EBPro is used to configure Pass-Through operation.
This can eliminate the need to disconnect the PLC from the HMI when it is necessary to configure either the HMI or the PLC.
Read more about Pass-Through Mode in the EBPro Programming Manual