Each topic or feature is described separately with hands-on examples, we have a plan to develop YouTube Video and those will be posted later. 

TwinCAT HMI is the most modern toolset provided by Beckhoff. The most important thing is that we don’t need to care about the nitty-gritty of thread, TCP/IP, HTPP/S, etc. But we need to focus on our actual task and in some level of JavaScript. One of the beauties of TwinCAT HMI is that you can expand it based on your imagination. You can develop a full-featured SCADA system and display/manipulate data from other types of PLC (for example Siemens, Allen-Bradly, etc over the supported protocol such as OPC UA).

If you want to learn TwinCAT HMI, this site gives you all the knowledge you need, let start.

Learn Installation and the First Example

Installation, IDE, Architecture and the First Example (Linear Gauge)

The HTML5 based HMI provided by Beckhoff is the most intuitive solution in the market today. TwinCAT now integrates the Human Machine Interface directly into the familiar environment of Microsoft Visual Studio®. Programming is unnecessary as the configuration is handled with ease using the TwinCAT HMI graphical editor. Follow these steps to install and test a linear gauge example.

Learn Relation between Symbol and HMI

TwinCAT HMI Symbol Data and Binding

In TwinCAT a variable is called symbol. This symbol can be mapped or linked to PLC variable. Some symbols can be local to HMI server. That means it is not read from PLC. This page will describe how do we make the link between HMI and the PLC. This also explain the event system. So click here to continue.

How to Develop Interactive Application using TwinCAT HMI

TwinCAT HMI User Control, View, Region

There are various concept in TwinCAT HMI. User control are reusable block that can be created and used with different parameters. Views are used to show different views of the application. All these are described with tips and tricks. Please follow this link.

Details about CheckBox and ComboBox

TwinCAT HMI CheckBox and ComboBox

Typically we use ComboBox for selecting from a list of items. CheckBox is used to indicate if some variables are true or false in the HMI. Some tips and tricks are described here. It may be easy if you know but if you don’t know then it can take lots of time to find. Please follow this link.

Reading Data from PLC and OPC UA Server

ADS and OPC UA Server

TwinCAT HMI can read data from the PLC, it can read from the custom library (extension) or from the OPC UA Server. The data from the OPC UA server can be treated in the same way as we do for ADS. HMI does not make any difference between from where the data is coming  continue reading with this link.

Display Historical Data to HMI

Historize Data

A Data Historian is a type of time-series database designed to efficiently collect and store process data from an automation system. Continue reading more about the historicization of data for automation systems with sample applications…

How to Change HMI Language


Controlling Access for Users

User Management

Show Alarms and Events to HMI

Alarms and Events

Alarms and Events provide a way to inform users about interesting issues about the plant. The issue or the notification could be critical information or something like a nice to know type. Continue for more…

Control Process based on Recipes


Recipe types and recipes. A recipe type is a general description of a set of symbols, based on these we can create a different type of recipe. These are comparable to class (recipe type) in object-oriented programming from where we can make instances of a class (recipes) with different attributes. Learn more with example.

TwinCAT HMI & JavaScript Part 1, Code Sample

JavaScript, function and Code Behind

JavaScript is the programming language of HTML and the Web. JavaScript is easy to learn. TwinCAT HMI has a framework that uses JavaScript. In this tutorial, we go through these, follow this.

TwinCAT HMI & JavaScript Part 2, Code Sample

TwinCAT HMI & JavaScript Part 3, Code Sample

Variables mapping and subscription using JS

You have lots of devices in the fields managed by PLC. You need to link all variables from HMI to individual field devices. You will do one by one? We shall explain what can be done for this, continue reading and download the sample for testing.

Extend Functionalities without JavaScript

How to develop TwinCAT HMI Extension

Java script is used heavily in TwinCAT HMI development. What will happen if something can’t be implemented by javascript or if we want to isolate our business logic in remote servers and there it is not possible to implement by javascript. TwinCAT HMI provides a way to implement the functionalities and use it as it has been a built-in type.  This page will describe how to build an extension module for the TwinCAT HMI.

Display SQL Data to TwinCAT HMI

How to show SQL Data to TwinCAT HMI

TwinCAT HMI offers possibility to display tabular data to users interface. This article shows how to read the data from the SQL server and display to the interfaces. Continue reading the pages.

Present Two Ways for Receiving Data

Getting data from PLC, JS framework VS extension

We can read or write to PLC variables by different ways, in this article we shall explain how can write data to PLC by JavaScript framework. We can do the same by using direct ADS connection over the network by using ADS library. The sample application read data from the PLC by using 2 ways simultaneously and displays to the UI. Continue reading.

Talking to PLC by C# Program

How to develop Communication module between PLC and PC

We can connect a PLC from a laptop by using ADS communication. This interface can be used by different programming language. In this chapter we shall use C# (see our C# tutorial). Continue with this link.

How to Publish HMI to Server

How to publish to HMI Server

When we are satisfied with our development then we need to publish the SCADA /HMI to a remote server so our operator can access it and use it. We need to install HMI Server (not HMI Engineering to the machine). Click on the image below to see how to publish HMI to serves.