NMW 2002: Intellution to add IMG's onscreen keyboard to iFix, iBatch

Chicago, Ill. - IMG (Woodland Hills, Calif.) announced Mar. 11 and at National Manufacturing Week that it has signed an OEM license agreement with Intellution to offer its My-T-Soft programmable onscreen keyboard utilities with Intellution's latest iFix and iBatch products.


Chicago, Ill. - IMG (Woodland Hills, Calif.) announced Mar. 11 and at National Manufacturing Week that it has signed an OEM license agreement with Intellution to offer its My-T-Soft programmable onscreen keyboard utilities with Intellution's latest iFix and iBatch products. IMG is a supplier of onscreen utilities for pen and touch-based systems. Intellution is a business of Emerson Process Management (Austin, Tex.) and a provider of industrial automation software.

The HMI/SCADA component of the Intellution Dynamics automation software, iFix is a Windows NT-based industrial automation solution for monitoring and controlling manufacturing operations. It delivers information to desktops throughout organizations, so users can make faster, more effective decisions. A graphical development environment that provides data collection, management and control of batch manufacturing operations, iBatch is used in food and beverage, chemical and specialty chemicals, pharmaceutical and packaging applications.

My-T-Soft simplifies data entry by eliminating the need for an external keyboard. It can be integrated so that keyboards and panels only appear when needed. On a secure network, the keyboard will automatically launch with the login window, so operators can logon and off as needed. Keys and panels can be customized to control access, and sized to permit accurate entry even with large gloved hands.

'IMG's onscreen keyboard utility is an ideal complement to Intellution's new products for a wide variety of manufacturing applications,' says Jerry Hussong, IMG's sales vp. 'With Intellution's strong presence in the automation business, IMG benefits from the increased customer exposure and Intellution's excellent reputation.'

My-T-Soft's product line includes My-Typing-Pen, Soft or Touch Keyboard, and offers more than 45 programmable U.S. and international 3D onscreen keyboards with an unlimited number of programmable macro buttons and panels. The main focus of the product line is for use in pen and touch-based systems as an alternative to physical keyboards and membrane panels. The latest release provides full support for Windows 95, 98, Me, NT, 2000 and XP platforms (with optional Citrix/MS terminal services support that runs on any thin client).

IMG's products are written at the Windows kernel level, unlike an onscreen keyboard or panel developed in a database, browser, active-X, Java, or high-level tools such as Visual Basic. This allows IMG to offer complete control over all Windows functions and applications, including ctrl/alt/del, network logons and passwords. Security features include the ability to 'hide' keys and lock panels, controlling the user input.

Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Jim Montague, news editor

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