Architecture: Modern/Web/Classic UI and Single/Client-Server/Multi-Server

VisiWin Architecture with Modern UI, Web UI, Classic UI > VisiWin Runtime with VisiWin Driver > SPS, OPC Server

A user interface is where interaction between the user and the machine occurs. User interfaces must provide all functions that make the user’s work easier or even possible. Our process visualization software VisiWin is best suited for this task.

With its uniquely open architecture, various networking options, the powerful runtime system, and modular user interface structures, VisiWin is fit for use in any field of application. It does not matter if it is a single application or a distributed solution. Compact panels, large monitors or multi-monitor solutions and any combination of those are possible with VisiWin. Over the years, the basic tasks of process visualization such as process value display and machine operation were extended by a number of important features, for example, forgery-safe recording of batch data and display of camera images.

The core functions of our system include data acquisition, processing and recording. However, VisiWin is at its best when it comes to more specific tasks of process visualization. VisiWin draws on the capabilities of the powerful programming languages C# and VB.NET and provides a complete API to implement any function you can think of.

Human Machine Interface

Make no compromises! Top results can only be achieved by implementing tailor-made solutions and state-of-the-art technologies. Our VisiWin User Interface variants covers a wide range of applications for various industries.

Modern UI is the tool of choice for graphically demanding projects. Transparency effects, custom UI elements, 3D images and animation – with VisiWin Modern UI everything is possible. Based on WPF, Modern UI uses DirectX to visualize contents written in XAML. Top quality and optimal utilization of the graphics capabilities of modern computers are thus guaranteed. 

Modern UI strictly separates functionality and design. Both can be edited on their own without one influencing the other. For sophisticated user interfaces, state-of-the-art input technology is a must. For VisiWin Modern UI, gesture control on multi-touch monitors is a matter of course.

The strength of VisiWin Classic UI is in standard image formats, which are used on a variety of platforms. Classic UI stands for both, straightforward project development and powerful programming capabilities. VisiWin Classic user interfaces use many typical UI elements since they are based on the widespread Windows Forms technology.

You can preserve and further develop your existing VisiWinNET applications in VisiWin Classic UI while taking advantage from the recently developed VisiWin features.

Managers, service personnel, and users alike are all excited about platform-independent web applications that run on browsers. 

Visualize your key process data on any HTML5-based browser using state-of-the-art technology with VisiWin Web UI. Smartphone or tablet, IPC or HMI panel, office PC or notebook, Windows, MAC-OS, Android, iOS or Linux—an HTML5-compatible browser is all you need to access essential data of your machine or facility. 

HTML5 provides for high-quality graphics similar to VisiWin Modern UI as well as such typical features of mobile applications as gesture control. Instantaneous transfer of new data is guaranteed by communication via web sockets. 

Furter information on Web UI


VisiWin System Architectures

VisiWin is ready for any controller constellation, offering you unlimited possibilites. Whether simple PC-PLC configurations or complex client-server architectures—VisiWin can do it!

The standard case of the HMI on the machine, small to large. Of course, this application is not limited to operating and monitoring at the machine but includes many other functions as well. However, the application is limited to a single PC.

The typical target system is the touch-operated panel PC mounted on a swing arm or on the operator station of the machine, the control cabinet PC or even the standard office PC somewhere in the facility. Communication with the PLC is usually via Ethernet. VisiWin shares the IPC with the real-time capable control application as a compact unit with a PC-based control system.

One server and multiple clients. This architecture is the right solution for large machines with several operation stations as well as facilities. The application combines HMI and SCADA features.

A client-server application may include primary and secondary operator stations, production data display on large monitors, support and maintenance information via mobile clients and much more. The clients can differ in function, contents, layout and platforms but they share the same server and its data pool with all included functions.

In VisiWin, a client is not limited to a single server but can communicate with multiple servers at the same time. A typical use case is a control room application monitoring several machines or, for example, the HMI of a production line where the HMI also surveils the cartoner at the end of the line.

There are dozens of possible application scenarios and VisiWin supports all of them perfectly. Individual servers can be assigned specialized tasks, such as recipe management, user management, etc.

VisiWin Cross-Platform HMI Offers More Flexibility For Machine Builders

A platform-independent variant of the powerful VisiWin Runtime system is now available. The VisiWin 7 Cross-Platform Runtime allows to tun VisiWin 7 Server projects and VisiWin 7 Web UI projects on any Windows or Linux-based automation device.

Learn more about the Cross-Platform Runtime

In search of the right tool?

We don’t have screwdrivers. But we do have a powerful HMI/SCADA tool that combines total openness with numerous system functions.

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