MOTION CONTROL:AutomationDirect’s line of C-more operator interfaces now includes two new 6-inch TFT color panels with LED backlights. The base model EA7-T6CL-R panel is a 320×240 resolution QVGA display which supports up to 65,536 colors. The analog resistive touch screen supports unlimited touch areas, two USB ports, serial PLC interface (RS-232/422/485), and 10 MB project memory. The panel is equipped with an LED backlight with a 50,000 hour half-life. Additional capabilities on the full-feature EA7-T6CL unit include an Ethernet 10/100 base-T communication port, remote Internet access and data logging. Both panels are NEMA 4/4X, IP65 compliant when mounted correctly for indoor use. Backed by a two-year warranty, the panels start at $495.
Independent science safety company Underwriters Laboratories is providing new guidance for manufacturers about how to follow the latest IEC standards for implementing safety features in programmable logic controllers.
Automakers are adding greater digital capabilities to their design and engineering activities to promote collaboration among staff and suppliers, input consumer feedback, shorten product development cycles, and meet evolving end-use needs.
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