In, out, and about HMI: bundled hardware/software, upcoming symposium; Automation Fair

Industrial tablets and touch-panel computers from Wonderware have been pre-integrated with InTouch HMI software to provide users with an easy-to-use, familiar development environment for creating, testing, and deploying automation applications.


Industrial tablets and touch-panel computers
from Wonderware have been pre-integrated with InTouch HMI software to provide users with an easy-to-use, familiar development environment for creating, testing, and deploying automation applications. Existing applications can be re-used on the devices without modifications, allowing users to apply the same software throughout the plant. New line of products work out of the box, without additional configuration, and include access to Wonderware’s extensive library of device integration tools to ensure connectivity to a wide range of systems.
In comments to Control Engineering about the new line, Yves Dufort, general manager and director of services, Invensys Wonderware, said that offering hardware with software represents a "game-changing point in our history." Dufort added that integrated support will be transparent to customers, through the hardware vendor or through existing software support from Wonderware and its distributors.

Click here for more information . Click here to read a white paper on this topic (pdf download): “ TabletPCs in Industrial Applications .”

The 8th Asian Symposium on Information Display (ASID) will be held as scheduled in Nanjing, China, February 14-17, 2004. ASID is one of the major regional information display conferences organized by the Society for Information Display . The purpose of the conference is to provide a forum for display researchers to present their work and exchange information. It covers all aspects of display science and technology, and their commercial applications.

Click here for more on the conference . Click here for registration information .

Automation Fair 2003 , held November 18-20 in Milwaukee, provided the forum for unveiling a number of new features in HMI devices. Click here for more information on the products, which include operator interfaces, industrial computers, and message displays. Automation Fair is an annual event sponsored by Rockwell Automation , which includes exhibitors, hands-on labs, and technical sessions on a variety of automation topics held in collaboration with Rockwell’s partner network. More than 14,000 attended.

—Jeanine Katzel, senior editor, Control Engineering,

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