HMIs: Open frame panel PCs for industrial applications
WinSystems family of open frame color flat-panel PCs handles all the messy issues of flat-panel integration.
An increasing number of OEMs require ready-to-mount flat-panel display subsystems as the interface in applications such as test instrumentation, medical devices, and machine control. A Panel PC handles
The back of WinSystems' RoHS compliant panel PC is designed for easy access and connection to I/O and power cables.
WinSystems' RoHS compliant panel PC consists of a color TFT flat-panel display, Pentium-class single board computer (SBC), and touchscreen mounted in an open aluminum frame. The open frame chassis provides a variety of mounting options. The back of the panel PC is designed for easy access and connection to I/O and power cables, while the unit supports standard operating systems such as WindowsXPe and Linux, plus x86-based real-time executives, utilities, and drivers.
"The genesis of this product is from multiple requests from our customers to provide an operator interface packaged as a system component," says Bob Burckle, WinSystems vice president. "A panel PC puts all the pieces together in a compact, rugged form for use as a display subsystem for factory automation or industrial instrumentation."
WinSystems currently offers three sizes of displays : 6.5, 12, and 15 in. The displays are from Optrex, which provide crisp image quality on a thin flat screen with minimal distortion. Each provides high luminance, a wide viewing angle, and excellent contrast ratio to ensure color fidelity and superior gray scaling. Resolutions vary by screen size from 640 x 480 VGA for a small 6.5 in. unit, to 1024 x 768 XGA for a 15 in. unit. An anti-reflective coating has been applied to reduce surface reflectivity to make them easier to read in high ambient light environments. Register here and scroll down to select your choice of eNewsletters free.
Renee Robbins , senior editor
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