ATLANTA, August 10, 2011 – Siemens Industry, Inc. today introduced two key panels featuring eight large programmable keys and adjustable brightness and color backlighting. Both the SIMATIC® HMI KP8 and KP8F key panels also offer IP65 protection for tough industrial applications.
The panels are pre-assembled and ready to install, eliminating time-consuming assembly and wiring. Additional devices, including pushbuttons, can be connected with eight, rear-mounted programmable inputs/outputs. Additionally, the key panels are equipped with a 2-port Profinet interface and an integral switch.
LED backlighting intensity is easily adjusted to accommodate difficult lighting conditions, including extreme brightness. Background colors are configurable in red, yellow, green, white and blue to signal different machine states. Individual keys can also be configured to flash alerts.
The KP8F is suitable for safety-related applications and is designed with two safety-related inputs. Safety integrity level SIL 2 is achieved in single channel SIL 3 is reached in dual-channel. One or two emergency-off switches can also be connected to attain the desired safety level.
Siemens Industry, Inc. is the U.S. affiliate of Siemens’ global Industry Sector business—the world’s leading supplier of production, transportation and building technology solutions. The company’s integrated hardware and software technologies enable comprehensive industry-specific solutions for industrial and infrastructure providers to increase their productivity, sustainability and profitability. The Industry Sector includes six divisions: Building Technologies, Industry Automation, Industry Solutions, Mobility, Drive Technologies and Osram Sylvania. With nearly 204,000 Siemens Industry Sector employees worldwide, the Industry Sector posted a worldwide profit of $4.7 billion on revenues of $47.3 billion in fiscal 2010. www.usa.siemens.com/Industry
A division of Siemens Industry, Inc., the Industry Automation Division is a global leader in the fields of automation systems, low-voltage switchgear and industrial software. Industry Automation’s portfolio ranges from standard products for the manufacturing and process industries to enterprise-wide automation solutions for automobile production facilities and chemical plants. As a leading software supplier, Industry Automation optimizes the entire value chain of manufacturers – from product design and development to production, sales, as well as a wide range of maintenance services. With nearly 33,000 employees worldwide, Industry Automation posted worldwide revenues of $8.4 billion in fiscal year 2010. www.usa.siemens.com/automation