EC: Sinumerik OP 019 Touch Panel
Hardware - HMI, operator interface, thin-client: This new 19-in. operator touch-panel with advanced technology, enables seamless design integration to the Sinumerik 840D sl CNC for use on high-end milling, turning, grinding, laser-cutting, and other machine tools. This is a Control Engineering 2013 Engineers' Choice finalist.
With the benefit of modern touch-screen operation, the new Sinumerik operator panel OP 019, now extended to include the new Power Control Unit (PCU) 50.5, allows high-speed key actuation at the large 19-inch glass front, which conforms to the IP66 protection rating.
Its wide LEDs allow the machine tool operator to clearly visualize every key actuation, no matter what the angle of vision, plus an integrated key lock that helps safeguard against operating errors. The new OP 019 operator panel is able to provide a basic machine display with three or four channels showing up to 13 axes. An operator gets the best overview with maximum detail on digitized drawings, owing to the 19-in. display with 1280 x 1024 pixel resolution.
As the result of an advanced capacitive sensory system, glass contact buttons located on the perimeter of the display panel allow easy and reliable functionality, even when the operator is wearing gloves. With a compact, powerful design, the OP 019 operator panel has a height of just 15.75 in. Parallel display of dual-channel or axis machine data is provided, as well. OP 019 panels are designed to quickly and easily replace existing Sinumerik operator panels in the field.
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