Siemens Industry Automation Division is launching a new operator panel in widescreen format. The Simatic HMI TP 177B 4" has a fully graphical 4.3inch touchscreen and four tactile function buttons. The new product from the 170 family of panels has a compact format and a visualisation screen that is claimed to be one-third larger than that of comparable devices on the market.
Furthermore, the LED backlighting can be dimmed to 20 per cent of its normal brightness or switched off completely by means of the integrated screensaver.
The Simatic HMI TP 177B 4" also features interfaces for Profibus DP and Profinet IO, as well as terminals for connecting mobile data carriers such as USB sticks, SD cards or MMC cards. Operators can use these to create a backup of configurations, programs or recipe data, for example. The new panel is configured with the aid of the Simatic WinCC flexible 2008 engineering software package.
Further information can be found at www.siemens.com/panels.