Dashboards and control units
An Italian company presented recently its MTA Studio. With this software tool, the user can design its own displays including CAN-connectable controllers.
The design software by MTA (Italy) runs on Windows PC. The user can configure the cluster of instruments and also program it in c/C++, ladder logic, or function blocks. Spot is the entry level: A round-shaped display with an external diameter of 107 mm. The instrument is IP66-rated, which fits also to mobile machines such as tractors for orchards, lawn mowers, or sweepers. The product comprises an LCD dot matrix (150 by 56 pixels), 18 indicators, 16 digital inputs, 2 analog inputs, and one 500-mA output. Of course, a CAN interface is also equipped.
The Quik dashboard has a size of 230 mm by 120 mm. It provides a central LCD display, two analog gauges with dial, one indictor with LED bar located above, up to 23 LED indicators, and several I/O functions. The product comprises a real-time clock and a CAN interface. The high-end product line, Revo Plus, is based on a 4,3-inch TFT color display. It comes with two CAN ports. The IP65-rated (backside) and IP67-rated (front) dashboards are intended for off-highway vehicles.
The Dyna and Actua control units are programmable and configurable by means of the MTA Studio. They can be supplied with 12 V or 24 V. The main difference is the number of supported I/O functions. Both come in IP67-rated enclosures.
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