In, out, and about HMI: Technologies, training, and more


Recent items of note in the HMI field include advancements in holographic technology, new HMI-training courses, a series of articles devoted to applying nanotechnology to information display, and looks at the anatomy of a display and at HMI screen design. Find out who, what, and where to get more information about these topics in the descriptions that follow.

HoloTouch Inc. received a patent from the Canadian Intellectual Property Office, which, says the company, validates its claims to its basic, touchless, holographic actuation and control technology in Canada. HoloTouch already holds similar U.S. patents “The allowance of our Canadian patent application completes another step in our process of growing and strengthening our intellectual property portfolio and foreshadows development of Canadian markets for our products,” said R. Douglas McPheters, company president. The company’s touchless holographic interface, Beam One, comes with a USB and serial port and relay output, is already used by a number of OEMs including Daimler-Chrysler, General Dynamics, and Intel.

Wonderware expands its training program with a variety of live and recorded seminars. Topics covered include its InTouch HMI, IndustrialSQL server, Industrial application server, and SuiteVoyager software. New to the class schedule are:

  • Product Events Module 1.0, a three-day instructor-led course designed to provide an understanding of PEM; and

  • SCADAlarm 6.0 Event Notification Software, a one-day instructor-led course designed to familiarize users with features and functions.

Click here for more information from the company’s training center. Click here to download a pdf of the 2006 training schedule.

September issue of the Journal of the SID (Society for Information Display) contains a special section on nanoscience and technology in display applications. Fourteen papers in four areas cover such topics as nanoparticles in LCDs and nanotubes and nanomorphologies for components. Included is an introduction describing this new technology as it applies to the creation of new and improved displays. JSID publishes original work dealing with the theory and practice of information display. Click here to access the table of contents.

For more on HMIs, be sure to read the Back-to-Basics columns in the October issue of Control Engineering on the “Anatomy of a display” (on line this week) and in the November issue on “HMI screen design” (on line mid-November). Click here to visit the Control Engineering archives.

—Jeanine Katzel, senior editor, Control Engineering,

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