You hear a lot about miniaturization in the automation world, especially when it comes to HMI panels, but smaller isn’t always better. A six or eight inch screen may be ideal for mounting directly on a machine, but operators of a complete production line or batch process need to see as much information as quickly as possible. That’s why Siemens Industry has released the Simatic HMI SCD1900 monitor -- a 19-inch, high resolution widescreen LCD industrial monitor.
“You can only fit so many graphic objects on a small display,” says Paul Ruland, Siemens spokesperson. “Typically, for larger or more advanced systems, operators and maintenance people have to page through multiple screens to see what’s going on with their process. That’s just the reality of lower resolution small HMI panels where real estate is a major issue. This widescreen monitor changes that. You can really simplify the graphical screen design and pack more info into a smaller space so instead of 30 or 40 screens you have half a dozen. For the right applications this will lead to quicker development. Engineers don't have to code as many screens, will get faster response times to problems, and, generally, will result in easier management."
The Simatic HMI SCD1900 Widescreen Monitor is a 16:10 widescreen display and can accommodate formats up to 1440x900 pixels and has a list price of $1265 USD. It is fully ruggedized, with an IP65 protection rating, making it suitable for deployment directly on the machine in a wide variety of environments. The SCD1900 comes in two versions, with or without touch screen interface, and is equipped with both VGA and DVI interfaces. It can recognize the resolution of the operating screens coming from the PC and therefore eliminate the complicated setting of video driver formats. For example, resolution formats are scaled automatically in the Vesa standard, say VGA, SVGA, XGA, and larger, and displayed correctly.
“And it’s an HD-TV quality resolution screen,” adds Ruland. “It usually takes longer for that kind of technology to be designed for an industrial grade product, but we’re seeing screen technology being adapted pretty quickly and at a remarkable price point.”
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