Lascar Electronics

A Quick and Easy Way to a Graphics Display

Product Review Gone are the days when programming a digital panel meter took months of tedious programming in a mystical communication language. Lascar has created a solution that allows you to use its Panel Pilot software to design customized meter displays and download them to the meter itself. This brand new product dramatically improves the sophistication and ease of use to measure things like input signals, voltage, frequency, and so much more.

The SGD 24-M is the first Panel Pilot-compatible display from Lascar Electronics. It has a 2.40" TFT color display with touch screen technology. Panel Pilot is a desktop software platform that allows configuration and customization of a range of compatible color displays. 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the Windows software are available. The program can be easily uploaded to this panel meter through a USB cable.

SGD 24-M features:

  • 2.40" TFT color screen
  • 320 x 240 pixels
  • Programming w/ USB interface
  • Dual analog inputs
  • Alarm outputs
  • SPI & I2C bus capabilities
  • Simple panel mounting solution
  • Operating Voltage: 4 -30 VDC
  • Voltage Measurement Range: 0 - 40 VDC

    Benefits & Applications of Digital Panel Meters (vs. Analog Panel Meters):

  • Accuracy is typically 0.50% or better
  • Monitor and measure both voltage & current
  • Provide large digital displays for AC & DC applications

    Digital Paenl Meter

    SGD 24-M Panel Pilot

    The software is included with the SGD 24-M and allows the following parameters to be configured:

  • Meter type
  • Text labels (including units and graph labels)
  • Background, graph segment, and text colors
  • Input scaling / calibration (at two points)
  • Splash screen image selection (to display a user image, such as a logo, when the meter is powered-up)
  • System Requirements: Windows® 2000, XP (Home & Professional Editions), Vista (32-bit), and Windows® 7

    SGD 24-M Panel Pilot

    Currently, Panel Pilot runs exclusively on the SGD 24-M, but Lascar has a roadmap of exciting new products that'll be offered in the months to come.

    Final Thoughts

    Finally, we have to put all of this into perspective by introducing price into the equation. This Lascar panel meter is one of the least expensive options out there. When you calculate its ease of use and the capabilities of the Panel Pilot software, this solution is definitely a bargain.