Baldor Electric has added a compact IP65 rated operator panel with a CANopen interface to its range of motion control products.

The new KPD202-501 panel features a backlit 4-line x 20 character LCD surrounded by six programmable function keys, enabling unambiguous, and actionable, multiple choice menus to be presented to the machine operator.

A further 15 keys are provided for the input of numeric values, together with four pairs of keys which can be used for functions such as jogging individual machine axes.

The KPD202-501 operator panel is easy to fit and set-up, and once mounted it has an IP65 protection rating. The only connections that are needed are a 24V DC power feed and the desired communications link. As standard, the panel is equipped with a CANopen port, which offers a choice of D-type and RJ45 plug-in connectors, and a user selectable RS232/485 serial port.

No special programming software or tools are required – the KPD202-501 can be programmed direct from the motion controller to which it is connected, using Baldor’s Mint programming language

An optional plug-in I/O expansion module is also ­available which provides four optically isolated digital inputs and four optically isolated digital outputs. Each of these can be operated over the CANopen bus as standard DS401 remote I/O, for use with ancillary devices such as pushbutton interfaces and indicator lamps. The inputs can be configured as PNP or NPN, whilst the outputs are PNP only.