Control Engineering AVG custom newsletter for January 17, 2005
| A custom advertising newsletter from Control Engineering & AVG | January 17, 2005
AVG, the designer and manufacturer of EZTouch—one of the most well-recognized operator interface products on the market for its ease of programming and low price—now directly offers the EZPanel Enhanced operator interface, which incorporates the principal features of EZTouch with new capabilities based directly on customer input.
EZPanel Enhanced grew out of the success of EZTouch, which was initially released to the market to provide an operator interface product with twice the features at less than half the price. The interface was also very popular because it required no prior programming knowledge to design a screen. All of this helped make EZTouch one of the top-selling operator interface products on the market.
Since the development of EZTouch, AVG (based in Bettendorf, IA) has provided backup technical support for the product while sold exclusively through AutomationDirect.com. In that time, AVG learned what customers most wanted out of the product. This led to the incorporation of such new features on EZPanel Enhanced as:
Other key features of the EZPanel Enhanced include:
Three new models are available in the EZPanel Enhanced line:
In addition to enhancing the product’s features and offering it at a lower price by selling direct from the manufacturer, AVG’s tech support for the EZTouch products proved the value of enhanced customer support to the company. As a result, AVG, in selling its products directly, will offer same day shipping for all orders placed by 7:15 pm Central Standard Time. Also, tech support will be available from 6 am to midnight CST and emergency tech support is also available on the weekends.
The successful market approach behind EZTouch—offering twice the features at less than half the price—is also behind AVG’s EZMarquee line of products. Prior to the launch of EZMarquee, industrial messaging products could not be bought for less than $1,500-$2,000, which typically restricted the use of such products to very few machines for all but the largest manufacturing operations. AVG believes that for optimum manufacturing processes, every machine should have a marquee so that its status can be easily seen.
Available in 16 different models starting at $349, EZMarquee comes with an RS422/485 and an RS232 port for communicating to most PLCs and can be ordered with an Ethernet, DeviceNet, or Profibus communication interface built-in, allowing you to connect multiple EZMarquees (in a network of up to 16 marquees) and reduce hard wiring costs.
Visual display features of EZMarquee include:
Integrated Programmable Controllers
Years of experience in providing PLC products to customers taught AVG that an operator panel with a PLC built-in offered at a good price point would generate a great deal of market attention. Using its experience in designing and manufacturing many electronic and semiconductor products, AVG has brought the EZTextPLC to market.
With up to 32 I/O points (16 digital in, 16 digital out) for less than $350, EZTextPLC can be used to substitute small control systems that require a text type display. This eliminates the need to buy and install a PLC and operator interface separately and reducing the electrical panel space (by up to 35%), thereby making the control system compact and cost effective.
Because the PLC in the EZTextPLC uses a separate processor and power source than the operator panel, you don’t have to worry about interruptions in processes controlled by the PLC if something happens to the operator panel.
EZTextPLC uses AVG’s EZI/O modules (starting at $19 for an 8 point, 0.5 Amp, short-circuit proof, removable terminal block, snap-in I/O module with LED status indicator for each output), which can be chosen from a variety of options including analog I/O, high-speed counter, relay, and AC/DC combo modules.
EZPLC—the PLC behind the EZTextPLC—is a micro modular PLC suitable for small machines that need high-end PLC performance like fast scan times, a fair amount of I/O, or lots of memory. The low cost of EZPLC (starting at $111) also makes it appealing to those simply looking for a good price.
Key features of the EZTextPLC line include:
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