GE’s operator interface for the Industrial Internet boasts multi-touch - Embedded.com

GE’s operator interface for the Industrial Internet boasts multi-touch

GE Intelligent Platforms' QuickPanel+ operator interface (OI) for the Industrial Internet now features multi-touch technology, providing the same pinch-to-zoom functionality as today’s popular consumer touchscreen devices.

Multi-touch and swipe viewing are a worldwide standard in consumer digital interfaces, so viewing system-wide details even on a 7” display is simple with the new QuickPanel+ multi-touch functionality. Double-tapping or pinching enables the interface to be enlarged to up to 400% of its original size. Navigation between interactive schematics can be achieved by simply swiping the screen. Multi-touch and swipe also allows developers to build more intuitive HMIs by eliminating the need for a formal menu system.

QuickPanel+ integrates process control, view and an option to run an embedded data historian in a single device with the latest touchscreen technology to provide the high performance, connectivity and user experience expected in today’s increasingly connected manufacturing environments. A general purpose operator interface capable of connecting to a variety of industrial PLCs and PACs, the QuickPanel+ is designed specifically to take advantage of the Industrial Internet. The latest in touchscreen technology makes it as responsive as a tablet or smartphone, yet robust enough to withstand industrial environments and applications, even if the user is wearing gloves.

A plug-and-play operator interface, QuickPanel+ is not only compatible with GE systems but can also be integrated with a broad range of third-party controllers and I/O to meet customer and application needs. It is available in 7″, 10″, 12″ or 15″ screen sizes, and with faster processing speeds and more memory, QuickPanel+ delivers lower total cost of ownership, speeds implementation time and time to market, and makes integration easy.

QuickPanel+ also offers a fully-functional browser and multimedia support with the Windows EC7 operating system. This functionality enhances customization of the OI to user or customer needs: Users can pull up training videos, compile reports or access other necessary information like parts inventory to work efficiently.

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