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Baldor Electric has added a compact IP65-rated operator panel with a CANopen interface to its range of motion control products.

The operator panel provides machine designers and builders with a cost-effective means of implementing simple human-machine interfaces, according to the company.

It is also a scalable control solution – an optional plug-in digital input/output (I/O) module facilitates simple system expansion.

The new KPD202-501 operator panel from Baldor Electric – a member of the ABB group – features a backlit four-line x 20-character LCD surrounded by six programmable function keys, enabling unambiguous, actionable, multiple-choice menus to be presented to the machine operator.

A further 15 keys are provided for the input of numeric values, together with four pairs of keys that can be used for functions such as jogging individual machine axes.

The KPD202-501 operator panel is said to be easy to fit and set up.

The panel can be accommodated with minimal impact on layout and only requires a rectangular cut-out in the facia; built-in mounting clamps secure the unit by compressing its bezel gasket against the surrounding facia.

Once mounted, the panel has an IP65 protection rating.

The only connections that are needed are a 24VDC power feed and the desired communications link.

As standard, the panel is equipped with a CANopen port, which offers a choice of D-type and RJ45 plug-in connectors, and a user-selectable RS232/485 serial port.

No special programming software or tools are required – the KPD202-501 can be programmed direct from the motion controller to which it is connected, using Baldor’s Mint programming language.

This popular motion control language is installed on more than 100,000 systems worldwide, according to Baldor.

The operator panel is compatible with all of the company’s Nextmove multi-axis controllers and Mint programmable drives, including the new Mint Lite versions of the Motiflex e100 and Microflex e100.

Where CANopen is not available, the panel can be operated as a standard VT100 terminal over its RS232/485 serial port – it is fully supported within the Mint programming language.

An optional plug-in I/O expansion module is available.

The module provides four optically isolated digital inputs and four optically isolated digital outputs, each of which can be operated over the CANopen bus as standard DS401 remote I/O, for use with ancillary devices such as pushbutton interfaces and indicator lamps.

The inputs can be configured as PNP or NPN, while the outputs are PNP only.

The I/O can be directly controlled from within the Mint language.


Baldor Electric Company, a member of the ABB Group, designs, manufactures, and markets the broadest line of industrial energy-efficient electric motors, power transmission products, adjustable speed drives, linear motors, motion control products, gear products, industrial grinders and generators. The Baldor range provides a complete motion solution for machine automation and utilizes our acclaimed MINT motion language.

Range includes:.

* Rotary and linear servo motors.

* Intelligent Servo drives.

* Inverter and vector drives.

* Multi-axis motion controllers: Boxed and board level solutions.

Baldor is the largest motor and mechanical power transmission company in North America and the second largest worldwide.

Baldor-Reliance motor products now range from 15 watts to 11,000 kW and includes:.

* ‘Super-E’ motors that exceed the new IEC 60034-30, IE3 efficiency level.

* NEMA Premium Efficiency rated motors, meeting the new EISA legislation covering motors supplied into the USA.

* Custom motors to meet client specific requirements.

Dodge power transmission products offer a wide variety of engineered mounted bearings including Grip Tight Adapter range and enclosed gear products including the Quantis modular, High Efficiency range. Baldor operates plants in the USA, United Kingdom, China and Canada with products available from our worldwide network

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