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Products4Automation has introduced the Monitouch V8 series of operator interfaces said to be ideal for small- to medium-sized machine manufacturers and automation systems integrators.

The introduction of the Monitouch V8 series extends the company’s range of Ethernet-compatible flat-panel human-machine interfaces (HMIs) available to the UK market.

Monitouch V8 is designed to be simple to use, adaptable and compatible with existing control and process hardware and software.

It is also said to be highly economical, with overall power consumption 40 per cent lower than that of conventional HMI products.

The Monitouch V8 is ideal for cost-sensitive HMI applications that still require the versatility of a high-end function product and guaranteed quality, according to Products4Automation.

The V8 series communicates with multiple devices – from PLCs and PCs to printers, card readers and movie cameras to sensors – including up to two factory automation networks.

The V8 can support Scada products displaying production data from an entire plant at-a-glance in clear real-time images.

It also has direct connection to the Siemens S7 range using the PPI and MPI protocols, meaning there is no need for middleware connectors.

The V8 range of monitors is available in screen sizes from 5.7in to 15in screen; users have the choice of monochrome or full-colour displays.

A two-way reinforced USB interface makes it possible to connect to PC peripherals and allows PCs to write ladder programs to the HMIs, and to use PC-based management software to monitor performance.

A range of plug and socket options is available, including additional USB sockets on the front of the display.

The V8 series is equipped with a long-life (up to 50,000 hours), environmentally friendly LED backlight, which does not require replacement and makes a 40 per cent saving in power consumption compared with conventional products.

The high-resolution display offers 65,536 colours at maximum resolution; it allows clear display of interlaced movie files and live footage as well as Jpegs and BMP images.

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