Industrial control panel maker enters U.S. market

Hoffmann + Krippner is launching its OPAL (“operations panel”) brand of operator interface panels in the U.S.  H+K is an established German maker of membrane keyboard technology and complex input systems.


Peachtree City, GA–Hoffmann + Krippner is marking June 1, 2009 as the day it enters the U.S. market for industrial control units and operator interface panels. From its offices in Georgia, the company will launch its OPAL (“operations panel”) brand. An established German maker of membrane keyboard technology and complex input systems, H+K develops and produces input solutions for industries ranging from electronics, medical technology, and engineering to aviation and military technology.

OPAL is a standard operations panel, a modular industrial interface panel for controling machines and other fabrication equipment. It is available in various standard sizes (5.7 in. display, 10.4 in. display, and 12.1 in. display), and comes with or without resistive touch screen technology, an emergency button, and key lock system.

“With OPAL, customers now have a flexible and inexpensive alternative to developing their own customized control panel. Instead of waiting weeks and months for prototypes, they can simply configure their control panel online at and get it within days. OPAL is the perfect solution for customers who need only smaller quantities but do not want to compromise on functionality or quality,” says company president, Guido Woska.

Panels can be easily integrated into existing machines, and individual keys can be customized with Hoffmann + Krippner’s EasyLabel software. Prices to start at $199.

– Edited by Renee Robbins, senior editor
Control Engineering News Desk

HMI, Operator Interface, SCADA channel

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