Balmoral Technologies introduces the new AVG UTICOR Programmable Message Displays (PMDs), suitable for a wide range of applications throughout all industries.
Extremely versatile products, these innovative PMDs enable PLCs or control systems to display vital production status or alarm messages to plant-floor personnel in real time.
AVG UTICOR now offers several lines of human-machine interfaces:
- VFD (Vacuum Fluorescent Display), Character-based Master Message Displays
- VFD Character-based Slave Message Displays
- Message Controllers (no display)
- LED-based Marquees
The Character-Based Master Message Displays are capable of storing several (memory dependent) messages which are programmed using a programming software that runs on a PC (available free from AVG UTICOR).
A Master Message Display continuously polls the connected PLC for a message number and several control parameters.
Based on the control parameters, the Master Message Display can display the message, send the message to one or a group of Slave Message Displays or Marquee Displays (described below). A PC can also control the Master Message Display.
Message Controllers are functionally the same product as the corresponding Master Message Display, except they have no display of their own. Thus, a Message Controller, like a Master Message Display, stores messages and sends these messages to Slave Message Displays or Marquees (to one, group, or broadcast), based on PLC and/or PC command.
Slave Message Displays do not store messages and are used with a Master Message Display, Message Controller, or a PowerPanel. Any of these units can drive a network of several Slave Displays. Each Slave Display used on a network has a unique address. This addressing scheme allows a message to be sent to one, several, or all slaves on the network.