Touch screen technologies are more popular than ever. Laptops, tablets, smartphones, payment terminals, ATMs and even cashier-less stores are just a few examples. Where deployed, they reduce costs, boost efficiency, minimize lines and improve system navigation. They are rapidly becoming the de facto standard in how people interact with digital systems.
With such a growing presence in the consumer sector, industrial users are demanding the same functionality. Manufacturers are adding touch screens to their systems. OEMs are including them with their equipment. Even those in rugged or hazardous environments are finding ways to incorporate this technology.
Accordingly, Siemens has released SIMATIC IFP1500/1900/2200 PROtected (all around IP65) neutral bezels with Ethernet monitor in three sizes: 15″, 19″ or 22″. These new monitors are equipped with innovative projected-capacitive touch screen technology for the detection of multi-touch gestures with up to five fingers and with a brilliant widescreen display and glass front.
Another popular feature is the connection to the PC via Ethernet. This is an alternative to a connection via the classic DisplayPort. Signals for video and USB are transmitted via a standard TCP/IP connection. This enables the monitor to be operated via a touch screen up to 100 meters from the PC using a single CAT6 cable.
These new monitors from Siemens include a widescreen display with an end-to-end glass front. Their projected-capacitive touch technology has a uniform full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) for a sharper image display. To cope with the demands of industrial environments, the screens are scratch resistant, and the surfaces are non-reflective. They also have high chemical resistance. Siemens SIMATIC IFP PRO monitors can be operated with bare fingers or by gloved hands.
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