Visualization for remote I/O

Calling it "a new concept in the area of visualization," B&R has announced an innovative system for remote I/O stations using its Automation PC 620 and corresponding Automation Panel.

By Control Engineering Staff June 15, 2006

Calling it “a new concept in the area of visualization,” B&R has announced an innovative system for remote I/O stations using its Automation PC 620 and corresponding Automation Panel.

B&R has integrated the Smart Display Link in the APC620 for industrial applications. This allows transfer of all communication channels (display, touch screen, matrix keys, LED and service data) at a distance up to 40 m using one cable. USB transfer is also supported, meaning machine data can be exchanged locally on the panel using a USB memory stick.

B&R has also expanded the functionality of the Smart Display Link. An additional four panels displaying the same screen can be connected to the first Automation Panel, up to 40 m apart, allowing the fourth panel to be up to 160 m from the APC620. An additional line with four more Automation Panels can also be connected to display different picture content (dual independent display). Alternatively, the same picture content can be displayed on all eight Automation Panels (acting as display clones), providing maximum flexibility for industrial applications.

—Renee Robbins, editorial director, Control Engineering,
renee.robbins@reedbusiness.com


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