2000 Series


Nothing compares to the readability, viewing angle and outstanding brightness of a vacuum fluorescent display. The 2000 Series features bright, light emissive VFDs, eliminating “LCD squint” and providing easy reading at distances of up to 25 feet or more. 2000S displays interface with a simple serial communication protocol while 2000C displays interface through an 8-bit parallel port and also include non-volatile message memory.

A modular design lets you choose from a wide range of enclosure, power supply and character height options. 2000 Series displays are also designed to save you time with productivity enhancing features like point-and-click Windows® programming software, easy-to-wire removable terminal blocks, plug in communication cards and most importantly – straight forward and intuitive operation.

Panel Mount Message Display 2000 Series

Key Features

  • Vacuum fluorescent technology
  • 20 dot matrix alphanumeric characters
  • 2 character heights to 15 mm (0.59″)
  • Viewing distances to over 25 feet
  • English/European ASCII character set
  • Fixed, flashed and scrolled messages
  • 250 non-volatile messages (2000C)
  • 3.5 to 30 VDC parallel inputs (2000C)
  • RS-232 or RS-422/RS-485 com port
  • 5 baud rates, 300 to 9600 (2000S)
  • Multi-drop with 98 discrete addresses
  • 24 VDC or 120 VAC powered
  • FREE Windows® programming utility
  • FREE technical support


The 2000 Series is an extremely versatile panel message display with several character height, power and enclosure configurations. The following represents a brief list of popular applications:

Application Description
Serial Message Display
Utilizing a simple ASCII protocol, the 2000S Series displays are extremely easy to communicate to when data is available in a serial RS-232, RS-422 or RS-485 format. Common applications include scales, data acquisition devices, PCs, PLCs and more.
Parallel Message Display
Onboard message memory for up to 250 messages and a straight-forward 8-bit input port make the 2000C a great choice for panel messaging applications. Variable data can be integrated into messages and delivered to the 2000C via the 8-bit input port to conserve valuable PLC I/O.
Real-Time Messages
vs. Indicator Lamps
A great replacement for indicator lamps that often require operator interpretation, the 2000C Series canned message display provides actionable, dynamic messages that get to the point and assist operators in managing equipment.
Replacing Obsolete Products The 2000 Series is also an excellent choice for replacing Cincinnati Electrosystems (CEI) 5000 Series including the 5003, 5003S, 5004, 5004S, 5005, 5008, 5009 and 5208A models, Cherry® W424 Series, Cutler-Hammer® D800 and Rockwell Automation® Allen-Bradley® Dataliner™ models DL5, DL10 and DL20.

Product Description

2000S Serial Buffered Displays

It's never been easier to bring your panel to life! 2000S serial displays are the easy to use, cost-effective display solution when data is available in a serial RS-232, RS-422 or RS-485 format.

With up to 98 unique addresses and an intuitive ASCII communication protocol, 2000S displays are well suited for both stand alone and multi-drop network applications. A plug-in communications card allows each display to be configured to receive and retransmit RS-232 or RS-422/RS-485 data. Select RS-232 with RS-485 retransmit and your 2000S display is also an RS-232 to RS-485 data converter – a great feature when setting up multi-display networks.

Easily accessed DIP switches offer a selection of baud rates (300, 1200, 2400, 4800 or 9600), data bits (7 or 8), stop bits (1 or 2) and parity status (On or Off). The message terminator can also be selected as carriage return <CR>, line feed <LF>, or a combination of both <CR><LF>.

Add impact to your messages with easy to use message effects that are included in the 2000S command set. Flash all or part of a message, scroll messages or even control the brightness of the display, all with simple ASCII commands.

2000C Canned Message Displays

Powerful messaging doesn't have to be difficult. 2000C message displays are easily interfaced to PLCs through a simple 8-bit parallel input port making indicator lamps a thing of the past!

The 2000C can store up to 250 messages of 20 characters each in EEPROM non-volatile memory so it never needs a battery. Messages can also be chained together to create extra long messages of up to 180 characters, displayed either by scrolling or alternating lines of text. Messages can be fixed, flashed or scrolled and set to time out automatically or to persist until the next message is called up.

Vorne Display-Pro® for Windows®
Vorne Display-Pro® for Windows®

Up to 8 characters of real-time variable data can be displayed per fixed or flashed message, by loading data through the parallel port in a multiplexed BCD format.

Easy-to-use programming software is the perfect complement to a versatile canned message display. Vorne Display-Pro® (VDP) for Windows® allows your ideas to become vibrant messages in a flash. There's even a handy on-screen display simulator to help you visualize and test your messages before loading them into the 2000C Series display. And the software is yours – free of charge!


Communication PortsSerial RS-232
Serial RS-485 (2000S)
10-bit Parallel (2000C)
Rated Life50,000 Hours (To half brightness)
Operating Temp. Range0° to 55° C (32° to 122° F)
Humidity0% to 95% Non-condensing
Power Requirements10–30 VDC or 120 VAC
3.6 VA (2009), 6.8 VA (2015)
Weight2.4lbs (2009), 3.0lbs (2015)


ModelEnclosurePanel Cutout
20093.1″ H x 10.0″ W X 4.6″ D2.8″ H x 9.7″ W
20153.2″ H x 13.6″ W X 4.6″ D2.9″ H x 13.3″ W

How to Order

20XXS-A/B-D-EExample: 2015S-232/232-120-C

20XXC-C-D-EExample: 2015C-H-120-C

XXCharacter Height (Both)09 = 9 mm (0.35″)
15 = 15 mm (0.59″)
AData Type Received232 = RS-232
485 = RS-485 (RS-422 compatible)
BData Type Retransmitted232 = RS-232
485 = RS-485 (RS-422 compatible)
CParallelL = 3.5–9 VDC sink or source
H = 9–30 VDC sink or source
DOperating Voltage24 = 10–30 VDC
120 = 120 VAC
ECase OptionsC = Panel mount case


2009SSingle-Line, Serial Buffered, 9 mm (0.35″) Characters$534
2015SSingle-Line, Serial Buffered, 15 mm (0.59″) Characters$572
2009CSingle-Line, Canned Message, 9 mm (0.35″) Characters$662
2015CSingle-Line, Canned Message, 15 mm (0.59″) Characters$693

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