PanelPilotACE is a hardware and software display platform created by Lascar Electronics that enables the rapid development of fully customised user interfaces and panel meters. Its combination of a multifunctional touch-screen colour display with simple drag-and-drop design software removes the need for any coding, cutting development time for advanced displays.
PanelPilotACE Design Studio software provides a number of building blocks to allow users to easily add elements to their project. From background images to text elements, analogue and digital style meters, touch-screen navigation elements and even complex logic statements, users can rapidly build up sophisticated multi-screen interfaces without needing to write a single line of code.
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When complete, designs are uploaded to the first PanelPilotACE compatible display hardware, the SGD 43-A, via USB. This display features multiple standard inputs and interfaces, providing the flexibility for users to implement touch-screen navigation, measurement and display of analogue, digital and bus inputs, as well as control of outputs and alarms.
The free-to-download Design Studio software comes with a library of pre-defined elements, but users can also create or import their own elements to allow scope for creativity – enabling the display to be tailored for almost any industrial or commercial application.
The SGD 43-A is designed to be panel mounted, making it easy to integrate into a range of industrial and manufacturing applications and processes, but can be adapted for other commercial uses – as a touch-screen control panel in medical devices, for monitoring in scientific research, or even as an information display in museums or other public buildings.
The low-profile display features a 4.3 in. capacitive touch-screen with an ARM 9 processor running embedded Linux. The display is powered either from USB or a 5V to 30V DC supply and offers hardware interfaces including four 16-bit bipolar analogue inputs, eight digital input/output pins, two alarm outputs (max current sink 10 mA) and four PWM outputs. Users can test software on emulated hardware before uploading the designs via USB.
RS Components; www.rs-components.com
Lascar Electronics; www.lascarelectronics.com