Numerous operating concepts

Numerous operating concepts

Whatever you want to operate or monitor – you'll find the ideal HMI device as an interface to your system here.

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Optimally tailor your operating concept to your machine or system. Cost-effective automation also means efficient input and monitoring. Whether directly on site, centrally in the control center, high performance or multifunctional – it is you who determines the features of the HMI devices from Phoenix Contact.

Your advantages

  • Tailored use of the software, thanks to extendable scope of functions
  • Easily scalable through identical software version for all versions and performance classes
  • User friendly, thanks to preconfigured hardware and pre-installed software
  • Flexible controller connection, thanks to pre-installed drivers
  • Efficient multi-user operation thanks to server-client architecture and web connection
  • Robust and durable, thanks to the aluminum front
  • Wide range of services for tailor-made solutions

Three steps to an optimum HMI solution

Whether in the central control room, in the production area or directly on the machine: efficient automation requires the right visualization. And visualization requirements determine which HMI device is the right one to choose. The optimum solution can be found if you follow the following three steps:

HMI selection process  

Find the right HMI in three steps

Step 1: visualization as a basis for selecting an HMI

Interaction of user interface, functionality, and system coupling  

The specifications for these three aspects determine the visualization concept and, therefore, which HMI device is the right one

The significance of each of the various aspects (user interface, functionality, and system coupling) determines the features of the corresponding visualization system and which HMI type should be selected.

  • The user interface aspect refers to the graphical options that should shape a user interface
  • The functionality aspect indicates the operation and monitoring functions the software should offer
  • The system coupling aspect refers to communication and integration in control systems




Optical requirements

Interfaces with alphanumeric display, geometric objects, and simple animationsSimple interfaces with geometric objectsGraphics-intensive interfacesGraphics-intensive interfaces based on an extensive icon library and complex animations
Functional requirementsHMI basic functionalityHMI basic functionalitySCADA functionalitySCADA functionality
Supported controllersPhoenix Contact controllersThird-party controllersPhoenix Contact controllers and selected third-party controllersThird-party controllers
Compatible devices with appropriate runtimeHMIs for WebVisit softwareHMIs for microbrowser applicationsHMIs for Visu+ softwareHMIs for Movicon™ software

Step 2: estimate resource requirements based on the scope of the application

The user friendliness of a device depends on the application programming. In contrast to response and display refresh time, the operating efficiency is primarily based on the complexity of the visualization application. The performance is influenced by various factors. A poor CPU capacity and/or a low memory capacity, for instance, have a negative influence on the performance. 

Please take the following factors into consideration when selecting the operator panel:

  • Resolution of the display
  • Memory required for the visualization project
  • Number of drivers used in parallel (Multi Driver)
  • System coupling – number of HMIs/PLCs that communicate with each other
  • Number of variables (tags)
  • Polling rate of the variables
  • Number of local scripts
  • Number and frequency of logs (data logging)
Basic applicationsStandard applicationsHigh-end applications
Recommended display (resolution)Up to VGA (640 x 480)Up to SVGA (800 x 600)Up to SXGA (1280 x 1024)
Number of pages1664256
Number of objects per page32128512
Number of animated objects1510
Number of drivers used simultaneously1 x Ethernet (OPC or http)1x Ethernet (OPC or http)
plus 1 x fieldbus driver
1x Ethernet (OPC or http)
plus 2 x fieldbus drivers
Number of controllers for every driver used1510
Polling rate1000 ms500 ms250 ms
Number of scripts executed simultaneously





Number of data loggers per project11632

Step 3: select the right HMI

Based on their features (CPU capacity, display resolution, and memory capacity) as well as their suitability for different applications, the individual device families can be divided into three classes: basic, standard, and high-end applications. Select the right operator panel according to your requirements.

HMI selection guide  

HMIs for basic, standard, and high-end applications


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