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Increased functionality for touchscreen devices

Capacitive switches in conjunction with a capacitive touch screen offers the ultimate in end user experience.

How a machine interface performs is the determining factor in its success. With the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0 the users of machines are becoming empowered with information and the ability to make decisions. This will also include the ability to decide which machine interfaces are fit for purpose and which are not.

Users of machines, whether they are a nurse in a hospital or a machine controller in a factory will not be satisfied unless the interface meets their performance requirements. To this end quite often a touch screen interface alone will not be sufficient.

Designers are increasingly opting for a combination of leading edge technologies that includes a projected capacitive multi touch screen along with secret until lit keys that incorporate, colour changes for operator feedback or colour coded visual directions to allow machine operators comprehensive control. This twin input option allows the user of the machine to rapidly change menus using keys that light or disappear as and when certain options are available. Backlit icons also give the user a visual reassurance that certain functions of the machine are switched on or off, rather than go through touch screen menus which can be a time consuming and frustrating experience.

Creating interfaces where user functionality and stylish design are required in equal measures requires an in depth knowledge of the related components and how they work together. SCHURTER are the market leaders in the design and manufacture of capacitive HMI devices and provide customers with the perfect solution for their application. SCHURTER products offer full customisation of items such as the graphics and thickness of the glass or plastic, the display requirements, multi-colour backlighting and touch controller.

SCHURTER’s latest products cater for all environmental conditions which encompass ATEX requirements, water rejection and gloved hand use. In addition, all customised SCHURTER products benefit from a product lifecycle guarantee. SCHURTER will take responsibility to provide a form, fit and function product regardless of the obsolescence of individual components such as the display or IC.

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Bethan Grylls

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