Digital technology: Dashboard adds light bar message center

10/12/2006


Information Control/HMI

Light bar message center from Ametek Dixson adds digital technology to the company's modular Next Generation Instrumentation (NGI) system. Amber backlighted LCD features two, 20-character lines.

A light bar message center (LMC) that incorporates digital technology is the latest addition to Ametek Dixson 's modular Next Generation Instrumentation (NGI) system. Designed for commercial, heavy-duty, and construction vehicles, the center receives messages from the vehicle data bus and signals from discrete switches and analog sensors throughout the vehicle. It processes data to drive telltales and gauge pointers, display vehicle information, or broadcast messages on the vehicle data bus.

The LMC features SAE J1587/1939 (CAN) data bus communication; automatic self-test on each power up; eleven switched inputs; seven analog inputs, two switched outputs and an audible warning device; push-button selectable displays and test functions; selectable primary display screens; backlight control for LCD and MGI gauges; and 12- or 24-V operation.

Amber backlighted LCD contains two, 20-character lines. Two switches with tactile feedback select and display trip information, fuel use, service data, and several diagnostic screens. LMC also displays fault codes and warning messages in real time. It can drive up to 12 NGI gauges and contains 18 telltales, each illuminated by red, green, blue, amber, or white LEDs. The LMC meets SAE J1455 and J1113 requirements for vehicular instrumentation and can withstand harsh conditions.

The NGI system is a digital, multiplexed dashboard instrument system developed as an alternative to traditional analog gauges. It is modular and suited for retrofits and new dashboard panels.





No comments
The Engineers' Choice Awards highlight some of the best new control, instrumentation and automation products as chosen by...
The System Integrator Giants program lists the top 100 system integrators among companies listed in CFE Media's Global System Integrator Database.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
This eGuide illustrates solutions, applications and benefits of machine vision systems.
Learn how to increase device reliability in harsh environments and decrease unplanned system downtime.
This eGuide contains a series of articles and videos that considers theoretical and practical; immediate needs and a look into the future.
Intelligent, efficient PLC programming: Cost-saving programming languages are available now; Automation system upgrades; Help from the cloud; Improving flow control; System integration tips
Smarter machines require smarter systems; Fixing PID, part 3; Process safety; Hardware and software integration; Legalities: Integrated lean project delivery
Choosing controllers: PLCs, PACs, IPCs, DCS? What's best for your application?; Wireless trends; Design, integration; Manufacturing Day; Product Exclusive
PLCs, robots, and the quest for a single controller; how OEE is key to automation solutions.
This article collection contains several articles on improving the use of PID.
Learn how Industry 4.0 adds supply chain efficiency, optimizes pricing, improves quality, and more.

Find and connect with the most suitable service provider for your unique application. Start searching the Global System Integrator Database Now!

Special report: U.S. natural gas; LNG transport technologies evolve to meet market demand; Understanding new methane regulations; Predictive maintenance for gas pipeline compressors
Cyber security cost-efficient for industrial control systems; Extracting full value from operational data; Managing cyber security risks
Drilling for Big Data: Managing the flow of information; Big data drilldown series: Challenge and opportunity; OT to IT: Creating a circle of improvement; Industry loses best workers, again