Wonderware unveils operator interface touchscreen computers

Lake Forest, CA—Wonderware has introduced a new family of Operator Interface touchscreen computers featuring 10- and 12-in. display options.


Lake Forest, CA— Wonderware has introduced a new family of Operator Interface touchscreen computers featuring 10- and 12-in. display options. The computers are added to Wonderware's Touch Panel computers that combine hardware with InTouch human-machine interface software. The firm says its new offering is an ideal solution to replace proprietary operator interface panels. Wonderware is a business unit of Invensys Systems Inc.

Unlike traditional proprietary operator interfaces, which offer limited connectivity support for PLCs, drives, and other industrial devices, Operator Interface provides hundreds of device integration servers to meet varying needs. In addition, these open and upgradeable computer platforms are capable of running multiple Microsoft Windows applications and are easy to upgrade.

'Computer technologies have become cost-effective enough to cross paths with higher-end proprietary operator interfaces,' says Ann Ke, Wonderware’s Touch Panel computers and Industrial Tablets marketing manager. 'Instead of paying top dollar for proprietary, non-expandable terminals with limited functionalities, users can purchase fully functioning Operator Interface computers, and protect their investments. Users can gain system flexibility and openness, as well as increased functionality, with room for future application expansion.'

Operator Interface computers are fully functioning, touchscreen computers featuring the Windows XP Professional operating system. They also contain an embedded XP option using Compact Flash technology for harsh environments. The quick-change mechanism feature enables easy maintenance by allowing a quick connect and disconnect of the display from the computer.

'For applications based on InTouch, standardizing on one HMI platform from supervisory control to operator interface panel can significantly save on engineering costs, maintenance and training,' adds Ke.

Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Jim Montague, news editor

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