With its ergonomic design and hot-plug capability, the Rexroth IndraControl VCH08 portable human machine interface (HMI) makes it easier for equipment operators to set up, run and diagnose their machinery, especially in gantry, material handling, line transfer or large manufacturing cell operations, the company says.
As part of the IndraControl V family of HMI devices and industrial PCs, the handheld VCH08 weighs about 2 lbs and features a sturdy plastic housing with an IP665 protection rating for demanding conditions. The round-shaped panel supports both right- and left-handed operators in situations such as clearing jams, teaching position points, jogging axes or starting a machine.
The device comes with a 3.8″ LCD screen, universal-use touch panel and an attached communication cable. Other features include a keypad for data input, a USB port for service tasks and 12 LED function keys that detail real-time transfer status.
The device is also equipped with special controls to safeguard both the operator and the machine. These controls include an integrated three-position, double-circuit enabling switch as well as a two-circuit stop button.
The hot-plug terminal automatically activates the stop function when connecting or disconnecting the HMI for situations when the operator is moving around a large machine or manufacturing cell with multiple stations. Other HMI features include an optional override function and a handwheel.
The device provides read-and-write access to network controls via an Ethernet port. Project planning takes place in the IndraWorks engineering program, where all the software tools for setup, operation and diagnosis are combined in a single platform with drag-and-drop programming.