Automation Panel multi-touch
Multi-touch panels - Optimal usability
Multi-touch panels open up new dimensions for innovative HMI design. There are numerous gestures that might be used in an application: zooming in and out and rotating objects with two fingers, scrolling through lists and switching to the next screen with a quick swipe. The main advantage of multi-touch technology is how it makes operation more intuitive. At the same time, two-hand gestures for critical or potentially dangerous operations provide an effective way of preventing unintentional operator errors. Multi-touch displays are supported by the operating systems Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Professional, Windows 7 Professional/Ultimate and Windows Embedded Standard 7 Premium.
Versatile panel technology
The second generation of Automation Panels also serves as the technical basis for B&R's Panel PC devices. This modular platform strategy results in a product portfolio with extraordinary flexibility.
The core component is the panel itself, which is transformed into an Automation Panel by adding a modular Smart Display Link receiver. Alternatively, using Smart Display Link 3 opens up additional possibilities for spanning longer distances and even easier cabling. Adding a PC unit turns the same panel into a full-fledged Panel PC with scalable processing performance. Using the same front-side platform reduces the amount of warehouse space required for replacement parts. Custom variants using Automation Panels and Panel PCs require only a single base unit.
Uniform system platform
Dividing the system into a panel, Smart Display Link (SDL/SDL3) receiver and a Panel PC brings considerable benefits in the field. A damaged display can be replaced quickly, for example, without having to exchange the entire Panel PC. In this way, B&R has created a uniform interface that establishes a flexible system platform for all future PC architectures.
Intelligent panel communication
Providing a flexible connection to remote operator panels sets Automation Panel systems apart from the competition. For the many panels in the field, the Automation PC 910 is equipped with the proven Smart Display Link (SDL) interface, which can also be operated as a standard DVI interface. SDL makes connecting PCs and displays as simple as hooking up as single cable – the ideal solution for short distances.
The strengths of Smart Display Link 3 come to the fore when it comes to bridging larger distances. It can be used to operate Automation Panels up to 100 meters aways from the Automation PC.
Smart Display Link supplies the display unit not only with image data, but also with all the data it needs to operate the touch screen, LEDs, keys and remote USB interface.
For every industry
In addition to their standard variants, Automation Panels are also available in various industry-specific designs. They can therefore be used to cover special hygienic- or safety-related requirements in the food industry or even individual operating elements generally limited to the automotive industry.