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Hello experts
we got ABB tochscreen that is connected to PLC
we also got cameras that are monitoring the process

is it possible to display CCTV video at the ABB tochscreen ?
can the videos be saved ?

thank you!
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> is it possible to display CCTV video at the ABB tochscreen ?
The touchscreens on the ABB control panels I'm familiar with
e.g. ABB Material Handling Robotare actually transparent capacitive overlays mounted on the control panel... you calibrate the spot you're touching with the dot that appears onscreen using an applet in the Windows control panel... I believe the newer ones are 2-axis infrared that can 'see' 2 touches at once... but in either case you can't really display anything on the touchscreen itself.  

What model ABB is it, exactly?
I presume you're not talking about the handheld teach pendant with the joystick on it, as those are generally not touchscreen and have only about 50 lines of resolution.

You could put the video on the display behind the touchscreen overlay, but in my opinion, unless the video monitoring has something to do with production, it would be better to have a separate computer for the video and use a KVM switch to share the ABB's keyboard, mouse and monitor with the video computer, at most... that way the operators or repair people can switch back to the ABB user interface in a second or two with the KVM switch.
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by:nzrubin
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thanks for reply Darr247
we use CP 600 (but open to the options)

also ... we were thinking probably to use Tablet touchscreen to Send and receive data from PLC + CCTV videos  ... if it is possible i will open another ticket ?
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That's much like the Allen-Bradley PanelView interfaces (or Siemens Simatic, et al).

They don't/can't display video per se... they simply display static backgrounds/objects/icons stored on them by the design/drawing program, triggering inputs based on what area is touched, and displaying different menus and objects based on the state of the inputs and outputs that the PLC[s] talking to it across the network (or connected directly) tell it about.

You could approximate object drawings of what the camera is *supposed to* see and put them onscreen based on I/O status... but real-time video - not that I'm aware of.
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