INSTRUMENTATION & CONTROLS
Opus Series Displays
video. Button actions can be easily
programmed and the Projektor-Tool
also handles the configuration of all
Graphical settings and properties
can be changed easily and objects
can be placed on a screen quickly
by simply dragging and dropping.
Existing or custom-created picture
libraries can be used, while using
custom graphics created by a graphic
designer make it possible to add
application-specific visual effects,
The Projektor-Tool 3 supports
CANopen and J1939 CAN protocols
plus exclusive CANfreestyle, which
is designed to offer greater flexibility and allow customers to design
their proprietary system designs and
Wachendorf said installing a new
project on the Opus A6, as well as on
the A3, is plug and play — first creating the project, then transferring it to
a USB stick, plugging it in to automatically download and start playing.
Although most standard applications can be programmed using the
Wachendorff Projektor-Tool, customers can also choose to employ C/C++
or CoDeSys 3.X for GUI programming
to gain more flexibility.
The two CANbus port interfaces of
both operator display and control consoles offer higher flexibility in network
design. The Opus A3 and A6 can talk
CANopen on CANbus 1 and J1939
on CANbus 2, and therefore process
data from two different environments.
It is even possible to have two protocols running on the same CANbus
port at the same time.
Wachendorff Elektronik conducts
hands-on Projektor-Tool training for
its customers to master the power
and flexibility of the tool and get
some help in creating their first
The new Opus A6 console by Wachendorff
Elektronik offers a 7 in. display in 15: 9
format, together with additional and
BY ROBERTA PRANDI
Wachendorff Elektronik has launched a new family of driver display and control
consoles, the 7 in. Opus A6, that
follows the 4. 3 in. Opus A3. While
the two displays share similar design
features and are based on a common
32-bit electronic platform, the Opus A6
display offers a larger size and more
functionality than its counterpart.
The Opus A6 display provides its
7 in. display in 15: 9 format, 800x480
pixel resolution and 262, 144 colors.
An optional TFT display is available
for better sunlight readability. It incorporates an i.MX35 533 MHz processor, which is capable of handling
complex applications such as connecting up to three cameras to the
console that the user can choose to
display, Wachendorf said.
The video picture can be scaled,
positioned or cropped to any size.
Like the Opus A3, the Opus A6 can
be used as stand-alone or panel
mounted, in landscape or portrait format and the live video pictures can be
turned or mirrored.
Wachendorf added that two CANbus interfaces are responsible for main
communication and allow a flexible
network topology. A USB connection
can be used for doing system software
updates and retrieving data logged on
the Opus A3 and A6’s 512 MB to 4 GB
internal flash memory.
Along with the new console,
Wachendorff has launched new
graphical user interface (GUI) development software — the Wachendorff
Projektor-Tool 3. Based on Java for
Windows NT/2000/XP and with an
intuitive environment and graphical
access to all necessary features,
the system can be used to program
Wachendorff’s A3, A5, A6, RVC and
upcoming displays. This enables projects created for one type of display to
be adapted to the other displays, the
Wachendorff said creating a
screen with Projektor-Tool 3 is
extremely simple, as is adding a
background image, a picture graphic, a bar graph, a numeric display, a
meter object, a list object, text or live
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