New 4.3 inch HMIs with portrait/landscape mode
Machine builders and OEMs looking for compact HMI control panels to replace analog hardware controls have an option with small, high-resolution, widescreen graphic hardware from Maple Systems.
Machine builders and OEMs looking for compact HMI control panels to replace analog hardware controls have an option with small, high-resolution, widescreen graphic hardware from Maple Systems. With a capacity for multiple screens, pop-ups, alarms, trend graphs, animations, recipes, and more, this HMI can be configured to command equipment like a packaging or labeling machine, replace expensive analog lights, gauges and switches, or be configured to operate as a sophisticated control panel for a unique OEM task.
The HMI5043N 4.3 inch touchscreen graphic operator interface terminal (OIT) has features and capabilities often found in larger HMIs costing more (list price is $350). Its 5-in. x 4-in. x 1.5-in. size allows panel mounting almost anywhere either horizontally or vertically, because of its portrait-landscape mode.
The unit has a 400 MHz processor, 128 MB of memory, a high-contrast backlit LED, a client USB port, and a serial port. If features a 65,000 color high-contrast widescreen TFT display with resolution of 480 x 272 pixels. Its widescreen display reportedly is 30% wider than a traditional standard screen configuration.
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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey