The QuickPanel+ operator interface for the industrial internet now features multi touch technology, GE Intelligent Platforms has announced.
This means that the interface now provides the same pinch-to-zoom functionality as many popular touchscreen devices.
Double-tapping or pinching now enables the interface to be enlarged by up to 400% of its original size, and navigation between interactive schematics can be achieved by screen swiping. This also means developers are able to build more intuitive human machine interfaces by eliminating the need for a formal menu system.
GE Intelligent Platforms’ QuickPanel+ integrates process control, view and an option to run an embedded data historian in a single device. Now using the latest touch-screen technology, the interface provides high performance, connectivity and user experience for increasingly connected modern manufacturing environments.
QuickPanel+ is designed to capitalise on the possibilities of the industrial internet, and is able to connect to a variety of programmable logic controllers and programmable automation controllers.
“QuickPanel+ is the first operator interface that is truly intuitive, empowering businesses to be more efficient and effective on the floor and in the field,” said Tom Craven, product manager for Operator Interface Solutions for GE Intelligent Platforms. “Today’s engineers and operators expect today’s technology to be available to them everywhere. QuickPanel+ was designed with the user in mind, to be crystal clear, fast, and highly responsive.”
The interface is not only compatible with GE systems but can also be integrated with a broad range of third-party controllers. It is available in 7”, 10”, 12” or 15” screen sizes and offers a fully-functional browser and multimedia support with the Windows EC7 operating system.
“With 50 billion machines connecting to the internet in the next five years, the need for control system components that enhance performance without increasing complexity are critical,” added Craven. “Incorporating the latest in touch-screen technology for the ease of use and instant information expected in the smartphone era makes automation work better and add more value to the business.”
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