Said to be simple to use and highly intuitive, UniLogic software is an all-in-one programming environment for Unitronics’ award-winning UniStream line, compact PLC + HMI controllers with on-board I/Os.
UniLogic enables you to code Ladder, design HMI screens and web pages, configure hardware, set up and implement communications, potentially cutting development time by up to 50 per cent.
“With my position I’ve tested literally hundreds of PLCs and none have offered the level of hardware and software capabilities as Unitronics. The new Unilogic platform has taken that and more to an all-new level. Rapid prototyping, coupled with Unitronic’s top-notch customer support has truly made our current project an amazing experience” – Patrick Mullane, Research and Development, Fulton Boiler
Unilogic top 10 features:
1. All-in-one ergonomic design – everything is visible
All programme components are logically organised in the ‘Solution Explorer’: Hardware Configuration, Ladder functions, HMI and Webserver screens, Actions, Data Tables, Data Sampling, as well as all aspects of communications from configuration to SMS and emails. Context-sensitive toolboxes change as you work, offering only the relevant options and functions.
2. Structs – tag database on steroids
Structs are groups of data tags of different types organized into a single, logical unit. UniLogic automatically creates Structs during the programming process to support hardware configuration, and to support complex functions such as Communications and PID control.
Boost your programming power by creating specific structs to service your program functions and reuse them throughout the programme, especially with UDFBs (User Defined Function Blocks). Define a Struct as internal to a UDFB to allow it to perform as an independent function and be reused in any project.
3. Speed Ladder programming
Editing Ladder is virtually error-free; drag and drop action automatically snaps elements into place. UniLogic software means you ‘write-it-once’, creating code structures that can be used across projects. Raise efficiency via UDFBs (User Defined Function Blocks), self-contained functions you create to perform specific tasks, such as oven control.
4. Power data tools – Data sampler, data tables, recipes
Data Sampler enables you to record dynamic application data, such as output values, at fixed intervals into files on an SD card. You can also represent Data Samples as Trend graphs on the HMI screen.
Data Tables are a unique Unitronics power feature. You use them to organize and manipulate data via Ladder functions, create data logs, create and implement Recipes, import/export values from/to Excel, allow users to enter/edit data into Data Tables via the panel, and more.
5. Design beautiful HMI displays – stream video
HMI screens appear as if they were designed by a graphic artist, when you use UniLogic’s extensive free graphic library and HMI widgets. The simple HMI editor supports layers, image transparency, overlap, and rotation.
Video and audio player widgets, complex trend graphs and gauges for the display of run-time values, and data table display, are visible in the HMI toolbox, just drag and drop them onto your screen.
6. Create complex web pages
You do not need to know any HTML at all to design elegant web pages: the drag & drop interface is identical to the HMI editor, and the rich graphic library is at your disposal. The Web Page toolbox offers user controls and widgets, enabling the end user to view and enter application data via any web browser.
7. Build-it-once, then reuse – the ultimate time saver
Add your UDFBs, HMI screens, and Web Pages to the Library. Then, drag & drop them where you need them—UniLogic takes care of the tags. You can import your Library into any project, and share it with others.
8. Languages: from Italian to Chinese at the touch of a button…
UniLogic supports any language that you can type—including Asian languages such as Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. You simply enter translated text into the Language Table Translation. You can instantly switch HMI language via user actions or program events.
9. Built-in alarms – easily boost application safety
The comprehensive Alarm Management system is designed in accordance with the ISA 18.2 standard guidelines for the implementation, operation, and management of alarm systems in the process industries. Intuitive to implement and easy to operate, the system includes a number of features that allow operators to detect Alarms, analyse them, and take action.
These include the Alarm Banner, which alerts operators to Alarms, the Alarm Summary table that enables managers to review active Alarms and take action, and the Alarm Status Viewer HMI widget, which allows operators to view all Alarms, check status, disable and shelve them, and even to enter Comments via UniStream’s virtual keyboard.
UniStream can export the Alarm Log via FTP, send it as an email attachment, or the operator may copy it directly from the controller via a DOK. Alarms feature full multi-language support.
10. Communications: configuration not programming
Communications are incredibly fast and easy to configure and implement. UniStream data communications function independently of Ladder. A single PLC can contain multiple slave definitions—and also multiple master definitions.
UniStream can communicate with any device via plug-and-play support for major fieldbus protocols such as MODBUS, CANopen, SNMP, DF1 slave, and EtherNet/IP–plus the Message Composer, which enables data communications with external devices such as frequency converters, bar-code readers, and printers via virtually any Ethernet, CANbus or serial third-party protocol. UniStream also supports CAN Layer 2, FTP Client/Server, SMS, email, and communications via GSM/GPRS modem.
UniStream connects: Remotely Access your data VNC support allows you to access UniStream controllers from PC, cellphone, or tablet. The built-in Web Server also enables remote application monitoring and data editing.
UniLogic, like all Unitronics software and utilities, including updates, may be downloaded from the Unitronics website free of charge. In addition, Unitronics standard policy of customer care allows you to enjoy personalised technical support, as well as unlimited participation in Unitronics highly active, moderated Tech Support forum.
UniStream is a new generation of PLC + HMI controllers which is the result of over 20 years of PLC development experience combined with the strongest trends in automation today. Your control applications benefit from UniStream’s unique modularity, including:
• Powerful, dual CPUs—that translate into faster scan time, up to 2048 I/Os, and over 2MB of operand memory.
• High-quality HMI touch panels in different dimensions—together with an easy-to-use HMI editor for elegant display design.
• Sophisticated, space-saving I/Os—effortless local and remote I/O installation.
Simple or complex, large scale or small, you can tailor UniStream to suit your precise application requirements: select your preferred HMI panel, snap a CPU onto its back, and then snap on I/Os to create a compact all-in-one controller.