Operator interfaces: Rugged panel PCs
|Panel PCs from Maple Systems come preloaded with Microsoft Windows XP Professional and include touchscreen displays.|
Panel PCs preloaded with Microsoft Windows XP Professional join the line of operator interface products from Maple Systems . Available with 8-, 10-, 15-, or 17-in. touchscreen displays, the PCs are called “extremely affordable” by the manufacturer. PC108A with an 8-in display costs $2,095 and includes a 40G hard drive, 256 MB SDRAM, Windows XP operating system, Ethernet/serial ports, USB ports, and CompactFlash port.
Designed for rugged industrial control, the units have a NEMA 4 anodized aluminum front bezel and steel enclosure to withstand harsh environments. Available hardware upgrades and options include compact flash slots, processor and memory upgrades, and a CD/DVD read/write drive. Systems can be expanded with USB plug-and-play accessories including a keyboard or mouse. Most PLCs and controllers can be attached to the COM ports or connected through an Ethernet port. A parallel printer port is also available. Audio line in/out allows for speaker and microphone attachment. Systems are configurable with WebStudio, Maple Systems’ HMI software.
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