Product News: Omron's Soft NA HMI solution

July 30, 2020
A software version of its NA5 human-machine interface to give end users more control over their machines.

Omron Automation Americas has released its new Soft NA software for its industrial PC (IPC) to offer seamless and efficient control and visualization. The new offering is an integrated combination of the Omron IPC and Soft NA that promises to eliminate the need for an IPC for data (such as ERP, SAP, Sysmac Studio or CXONE) and a separate NA5 HMI for NJ/NX machine control.

Omron's Soft NA software

The Soft NA implements the full functionality of the NA5 Sysmac HMI, according to Omron, but in a format that will run on an IPC. End users can take advantage of a product that’s essentially an NA5-HMI in software form. Before the release of this new combination, customers lacked an easy way to use Omron’s IPC as an HMI for the company’s controllers.

End users needing an HMI interface to the Sysmac NJ/NX system and the ability to run additional software (ERP, SAP, data collection, etc.) are among those who can get the greatest benefit from this new solution, according to its maker, which designed the product to help OEM customers who need to build NJ/NX-based machines with enough computer power for other applications.