Red Lion announces the release of a USB host expansion card for the 6” color HMI, model G306A. With this new card, users can easily add a USB host port to their 6” G3. The USB host port supports bar code scanners, PC keyboards, and USB memory sticks. When used as a keyboard or scanner interface, data entry of large strings is greatly simplified. A barcode scanner virtually eliminates the chance for operator error.
The USB port also supports memory sticks, and provides automatic synchronization of files to and from an installed CompactFlash card. By simply connecting the memory stick to the G3 via the expansion card, files such as preconfigured recipes can be uploaded. The G3 can also be programmed to automatically copy its log files to the memory stick when it detects its presence.
To facilitate access to the USB host port from outside an electrical enclosure, Red Lion offers a series of panel-mount connectors that allow connection to this and other ports without the need to open the panel or cabinet on which the HMI is mounted.