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Modifying a Project's Properties

In the left window pane, double-click the Project Properites node.

Communication Settings

In the communication settings, a channel's communications settings can be changed and new channels can be added.

Click on the channel (e.g. COM1 [Serial]) node to display the protocol information (shown in green in the image below).

Press the down arrow to the right of the node and select the Modify Channel menu item.

Make any protocol or channel configuration changes in the window that appears (as pictured below).

  • Select the MODBUS option for general 3rd party Modbus PLCs
  • Select the CUBLOC/TPC9X option for any of Comfile Technology's CUBLOC-based products
  • Select PROTOCOL FOR MCU option if interfacing with generic microcontroller products like the Arduino
  • Select the MODPORT option for interfacing with COMFILE Technolgy's MODPORT Field I/O Modular Controller

Selecting the Set HMI's communication settings when project is deployed to set the HMI's serial settings in the ComfileHMI Editor project. Otherwise, the HMI's serial settings can be set by touching the HMI's top-right corner of the screen 5 times to enter the System Screen and make serial settings there.

If necessary, customize the time between query frames (i.e. query interval).

If the query interval is too high, there may be decrease in responsiveness in the UI. However, if it is too low, it may flood the PLC with queries leaving it little processing power to perform its other tasks. The right setting will depend on the application and PLC's performance characteristics.

Adding a New Channel

Press the Add Channel button to add a new communication channel, and the following window will appear.

Here additional communication channels can be added to support multiple external devices. CHA-XXXPR models (Open-frame models) only support one communication channel.

Adding Multiple External Devices to the RS-485 Channel

COM3 is supports RS-485 so it is possible to connect several external devices to a single channel. (RS-485 supports 1:N communication while RS-232 is 1:1. COM1 and COM2 are RS-232 so they only support one external device.)

Click the + next to the Add External Device node to add additional external devices.

Be sure to specify a unique slave address.

The example pictured below shows a total of 4 devices added to COM3.

  • Ethernet communication is currently not supported, but is planned for the future.

Appearance and Touch

In the Appearance and Touch options, choose how you want buttons to behave (i.e. Activate event When Pressed or activate event When Released).

Also, select the ComfileHMI hardware model and screen resolution.

The Image Refresh Rate will adjust the rate at which images are redrawn on the screen (lower values mean faster updates). This can be adjusted to make animations or other dynamic image-based visuals appear smoother.

Select the Override the HMI Device's Screen Saver Settings option to have the project settings determine the inactivity timeout before the LCD's backlight turns off.

Project's Loading Screen

When the project is first loaded, the ComfileHMI can display a splash screen (e.g. a company logo), or simply load the project's initial screen.

User Files

In the User Files options, select files to be automatically uploaded to the ComfileHMI hardware when the project is deployed.

Pressing the Manage button will display the file explorer where files can be added to or removed from the project.

Files added to the Storage Card folder will be automatically deployed to the ComfileHMI hardware's microSD card.

Audio files must be in .wav format.

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comfilehmi/hmieditor_prjectsetting/index.txt · Last modified: 2017/02/21 18:31 by COMFILE Technology