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RS Components introduces first industrial panel meter using E-Ink display

Innovative low-cost and ultra-low-power PanelPilot display from Lascar includes simple-to-use customisation software for deployment in range of industrial applications

LONDON, UK, 11 December, 2017 – RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, has announced availability of the first ever industrial panel meter to use E-Ink display technology. The PanelPilot SGD 21-B ( ) from Lascar Electronics, ( ) a leading maker of display panels for industrial applications, is a low-cost and ultra-low-power single-channel voltmeter with a sleek monochrome E-Ink display.

E-Ink displays are typically used in a range of electronic consumer devices – most notably in a leading e-book reader product – but are now starting to see use in industrial applications. These types of displays have two major advantages over alternative technologies: firstly, they are readable even in extreme sunlight; and secondly, they offer very low power consumption.

The PanelPilot SGD 21-B comes with a 2.1-inch dot-matrix display with a 250 x 122-pixel resolution. The product takes advantage of the company’s innovative PanelPilot B Windows-based platform, which allows users to configure and customise a range of Lascar compatible displays with the click of a mouse. The use of pre-loaded display layout templates, which are configurable for further customisation, enables users to get up and running very quickly, without writing any code.

For the new PanelPilot SGD 21-B, the software platform enables users to choose from a selection of analogue and digital voltmeter apps, and then customise labels, scaling and alarms for their own specific application. The device allows the setting of two alarm levels with a dedicated alarm output and a configurable digital I/O pin. A splashscreen can be added to display on power-up. Once the app is complete, it can be uploaded to the SGD 21-B display using a USB cable.

Key to the product is its 4 to 9V DC power supply and its very low power consumption, which means it can be used in mobile applications that are powered by batteries. Additional specifications include: dimensions of 73.8 x 37.5 x 10.8mm; and an operating temperature range of 0 to +40°C.

The PanelPilot SGD 21-B from Lascar Electronics is available now from RS in the EMEA and Asia Pacific regions.

About RS Components
RS Components and Allied Electronics are the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc, the global distributor for engineers. With operations in 32 countries, we offer more than 500,000 products through the internet, catalogues and at trade counters to over one million customers, shipping around 50,000 parcels a day. Our products, sourced from 2,500 leading suppliers, include electronic components, electrical, automation and control, and test and measurement equipment, and engineering tools and consumables.

Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year ended 31 March 2017 had revenues of £1.51bn.

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