PMD 185 Master Message Display

The PCI 185 Programmable Communications Interface (PCI) display provides two-way communication to various PCs and PLCs. Parameters are set up with front panel pushbuttons.

The PCI 185 is a compact and versatile 2-or 4-line display, with 20 or 40 vacuum fluorescent characters per line.

The PCI 185E is a compact and versatile 2 line display, with 20 vacuum flouresent characters.

Depending on which options you order, the PCI 185/185E can have 8K, 32K, 64K, or 128K of EEPROM memory. Also available as an option is an extra board, which adds a parallel, slave, and printer port to the unit. Options boards are not available on the PCI 185E.

The PCI 185 features chaining, blinking, scrolling, printing, and centering messages. Hardware features include data logging, message queuing with prioritization capability, and the ability to program messages in U.S., English, Swedish, French, Danish, German, Cyrillic, and Japanese Kana international character sets. Literally hundreds of messages can be stored in the PCI 185 and selected by the PLC for display of alarms, machine conditions, and operator prompting. The PCI 185 comes with drivers that allow it to be interfaced to over 30 different brands and/or models of PLCs.

Any ASCII terminal or personal computer with an RS-232C interface can be used to program a whole network of message displays. Free custom software provides the menus, prompts and help screens that make message entry and editing easy...And, the message simulation feature lets you see your messages as they will appear on your PCI 185.


  • Power and Battery Status LED Indicators
  • 16 User-Defined Function Keys featuring changeable legends
  • Numeric Keypad
  • Front Panel Setup Buttons, Mode, Enter, and Restart
  • Real-time Clock and Data Logger
  • Message Memory: EEPROM (8-128K)

  • 115/230 VAC (standard), 24 VDC (optional)
  • UL Listed
  • CSA Certified
  • FM Division I, Class 2, Groups A, B, C, D
  • Front Panel: NEMA 12