Welcome to Remote Operator
Help Version: 11/02/10
Remote Operator enables you to use a PC to view and work with a remote controller's
You can define any number of controllers, then open multiple sessions to view them
simultaneously, while docking or cascading windows according to your preferences.
During a session, the remote controller is displayed, on-line, on your PC screen.
You can ‘press’ keypad keys and touch-screen objects of:
Stand-alone controllers that are directly connected to the PC via a cable.
Controllers within a network.
Devices with IP addresses, via Ethernet.
This utility can be used with Vision, M90/91, and Jazz controllers. Enhanced Vision
controllers require O/S versions 5.00 and higher; other series are compatible regardless
of OS version.
Using Remote Operator
Define the PLC
By default, Remote Operator opens with a single PLC named Remote PLC, defined by
default as directly connected to your PC using the programming cable supplied with
the controller kit.
To define the PLC, click the Communication Settings icon.
Under Connection Type, use the drop-down arrow to select Ethernet or Serial. The
communication parameter options will change accordingly.
Fill in the parameters according to your requirements. If you are accessing a PLC
in a CANbus/RS485 network, enter the Unit ID number. Connect your PC to any controller
in the network using the programming cable supplied with the controller kit.
Different PCs can access a network at the same time, using different controller
units as bridges. However, 2 different PCs cannot simultaneously access the same
If you are accessing a Vision PLC, enter the PLC Name. This is required for Vision
Note that you can save these definitions to Favorites, by clicking the Favorites
bar and selecting the first icon.
Test the connection by clicking the Check Connection button.
Note that you can change the default name by right-clicking it.
Cache Files (Vision only)
When you use Remote Operator to access monochrome Vision
controllers, you will always see both the images and the text that are in the HMI
However, if you are accessing color Vision controllers,
you will see only text. In order to see the images, you must use a .urc file that
.ura and .urc: HMI
cache files (Vision only)
HMI cache files enable Remote Operator to refer to HMI elements stored in the PC,
instead of taking them from the PLC.
A cache file enables Remote Operator to load Displays more quickly.
The HMI cache files are in .ura format.
(note that V130, which loads displays quickly, does not use .ura files.)
If a cache file is not used, images will not be displayed and fonts may be distorted.
A cache file includes fonts, and can include images. However, note that if the file
does not include images, Remote Operator will display a red 'X' in place
The HMI cache files are in .urc format.
Such files can be created in Remote Operator by selecting the option Create Fonts
and Images (*.urc) from PLC.
When Remote Operator creates a .urc file, the Vision enters 'System Mode';
the PLC continues running while displaying a system image. The HMI application is
In addition, note that an interruption in communications may leave the PLC inaccessible.
In this case, the PLC may require reset, which requires an operator to be
physically present near the PLC.
Show Case:Select this to hide or display
the PLC enclosure around the Display screen.
Refresh: Select to assign a display refresh
rate or opt for Manual refresh.
Background Color: This will provide the background
color in the window displaying this PLC
Interpolation Mode: Different modes may display
differently on your PC screen
You can save a Remote Operator session as a file.
Open Remote Operator, and define PLCs together with their communication settings.
Click Save on the toolbar. Enter a name for the Session, and then click Save.
Once you have configured Remote Operator, enter Online mode by clicking Run.
In this mode, you can:
Use your cursor to operate the controller keypad and activate touch-screen objects
Use your PC keyboard to operate the controller keypad
(numeric keys, function keys <F1> to <F8>). Note that the Vision <ESC>
key is <E> on the PC keyboard.
Enter Information Mode by pressing the <i> key with your cursor.