01 Getting Started

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The HMI configuration software help can help you master the basic operation and usage of the configuration software more quickly, and assist you in completing your work successfully.

The following steps will show how to install PISudio.


PISudio installation package downloaded.

  • Windows 7 (32bit / 64bit)
  • Windows 8 (32bit / 64bit)
  • Windows 8.1 (32bit / 64bit)
  • Windows 10 (32bit / 64bit)


Download link



  1. Decompress downloaded file get PISudio installation package.
  2. Select PISudio installation package.
  3. Right click it.
  4. Select "Run as administrator".
  5. Select language for PISudio interface, it supports Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), English, Italian, Russian.

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  1. Click "Next".

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  1. If there is a previous version of PISudio on the PC, please remove it before installation.
  2. Select a folder for PISudio installation, or use the default folder, then click "Next".

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  1. Click "Browse" to specify a folder, or use the folder suggested by the program, click "Next" to continue the installation process.
  1. Select additional tasks, for example: "Create a desktop icon". Click "Next".

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  1. At this stage, all settings have been completed. Please check if it is correct. If there is any need to re-select the part, please press "Back". If all is correct, please press "Install" to start the installation process.

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  1. Installer execution

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  1. Please check "Launch VC Runtime" to install "Microsoft Visual C++2008" in your PC.

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Result: Users could see shortcuts to PISudio's features in the "Start" » "All Programs" » “PISudio” directory.


  • In case of incompatible problems, it is suggested to install and run PISudio as administrator.
  • Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 provides the necessary runtime components for PISudio.

PISuite (Toolkit)

In addition to being editable on PIStudio, HMI has other related components that can be used. 

Open the "Start" ->"All Programs" ->HMI Editor installation directory to quickly open functional tool.

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The tools of toolkit are as follows. 

Download工具箱 3.pngGet information about HMI such as upload and download project, updata HMI's time, get HMI version, get machine colde etc,.
Decompile工具箱 4.pngAfter reading the project from HMI to PC, you need to decomcompile the project before opening it with PIStudio.
DataLogTool工具箱 5.pngTo view the "DB" such as file data records, alarm records or operation records collected by HMI. You could also convert it to "excel" format.
LogoMakerTool工具箱 6.pngTo make the boot logo of PI series HMI.
DataUpload工具箱 7.pngUpload data record ,alarm records or operation records collected by HMI.
PIRecordUpload工具箱 8.pngMonitor devices in real time, update and export data records, alarm records or operation records collected by HMI synchronously. (Only supported by ig Sseries)
CreatInstallmentPwd工具箱 9.pngThe installment payment mode is dynamic password. You can use the Installment password tool "CreatInstallmentPwd" to generate the dynamic password.
PIMonitor工具箱 10.pngLAN monitoring of 3000 series HMI screen.
Levi2PI工具箱 11.pngConvert LEVI series engineering to PI series engineering.
HMIPrjStdNeutral工具箱 12.pngProject conversion between PI standard and PI neutral version
PIRptEditTool工具箱 13.pngConvert the record files generated by LEVI or PI to the specified format.
HMIProjectReportTool工具箱 14.pngAnalyze and generate HMI engineering report.

✎Note:  HMI supports the use of USB and Ethernet to download/upload project and record files.

Getting Started

This chapter provides a quick and precise introduction of PISudio.

It does not contain a comprehensive list of all functions, but it only takes 6 simple steps to create a new project.

Operation Description

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Click the "New Project" in the upper left corner of the software to create a new project. You could click "Screen" to create a new screen. See the "Screen Style (only for ig series)" for details.

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Click "Communication" and "Project settings" to set communication protocol and port parameters.

  1. Project design
Create screens and place the objects you need. You could draw your own project through "draw", import the required pictures and vector maps using "Shape" library, and enrich the project as much as possible by using the diversified objects.
  1. Compile and save

You need to "compile" every project before downloading to it HMI.

When uploading a project from the HMI to the PC, you need "Decompile".

HMIEditorP provides two simulation modes: offline simulation and online simulation.

  1. Offline: Simulate the operation of the HMI and PL on the computer. There is no need to connect with PLC.
  2. Online: Simulate the operation of the HMI and PL on the computer, but require the PC to be connected to the PLC and set the correct communication parameters. There is a 30-minute time limit for using online simulations.
Downloading is the last step. After completing the download, the HMI can run the designed project, and the project downloaded to the HMI can also be uploaded to the PC.

Create new project

The following steps will show how to start PIStudio and create a project.


PIStudio programming software is installed.

Operating Procedure

  1. Start  PISudio software by clicking icon, or from Start Menu.
  2. Find " PISudio" folder.
  3. Click " PISudio" icon to start software.

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  1. Click "New project".

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  1. Configure project name, project path.
  2. Select HMI model and communication protocol.
  3. Click "OK" to save setting.

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  • User could find a folder named HMIProject on the desktop.
  • In the folder user could find a file with a suffix named ".pi". Double click the file to open the project.

Add screen

The following steps will show how to create and rename screens in HMIEditorP.

New screens, which are still blank, could be created using the "Common object". User could choose different objects to design screen according to project's requirements.


The "Quick_Start" project is open.


  1. Create a new process screen: Clicking "New" will appear "New screen" setting.

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  1. Set screen parameter in "New Screen", such as screen number, screen name, background type.

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  1. After making a new screen, user could insert objects in screen. For example, button and trend.
  2. Add button object in screen.
  3. Set button object parameters, such as read address, mode, etc.

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  1. Add "Trend Chart" from "Chart".

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  1. And "Function key" for screens switch.


Do a project screen with a bit button, one chart display object, and one Function key for switching screen.

Project size limits

  • 3000 series limits the project file size to 25M
  • 3070i series limit the project file size to 25M
  • 3070ie series limit the project file size to 22M
  • 3070ig series limit the project file size to 25M
  • 8000&9000 series limit the project file size to 165M

Create communication with WECON PLC

11 PLC Protocol - Wecon (we-con.com.cn)

Upgrade from old(LEVI) project


This document mainly introduces how to use the conversion tool Levi2PI. Its function is converting the project from Levi to PI.


Operation steps

Select source project

Select the .ump file of Levi project.

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Select destination

Select the saved path of converted project.



Click the "Start" to start conversion.

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It will pop up a reminder to confirm the model to be converted.At present we don't support changing model at this process. Please change that in PIStudio after conversion done. Click “Yes” to continue.

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After the conversion is finished,it can click the “OPEN” button to quick open the project.


Currently most Levi models are converted into PI3000 series or PI3000i series by default.

So if you want to change the model, please remember to change it in PIStudio.



Original project: To choose the ump file you want to convert

Purpose project: To choose the converted project saved path.


Print out the info of conversion.

LEVI software: To choose the LeviStudioU or HMIEditorU Editor.exe file for original project.


PI software: To choose the PIstudio or HMIstudioP Editor.exe file for conversion.


Informations: To view original project's basic info.


Records: To view historical convert records.

Start: To start the conversion.

Open report: To get the convert report(A HTML format file).


Update address: It is refer to the tab "Special register". It is for replacement function of the special register without corresponding relationship between PI and Levi.