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Zytronic's Rugged Touch Sensors Incorporated into Latest Fuel Dispensing Systems

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Zytronic PLC

Patterson Street, Tyne & Wear, NE21 5SG, United Kingdom

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Zytronic's Rugged Touch Sensors Incorporated into Latest Fuel Dispensing Systems

Press release date: January 1, 2014

PCT™ touch solutions once again show credentials in demanding self-service touchscreen deployment 

Underlining the strong position it has established in public use applications, Zytronic has secured another high-profile contract for its rugged touch sensors. The company's custom designed ZYBRID® sensors, utilizing its proprietary Projected Capacitive Technology (PCT™), are now being supplied via local distributor DTH to Korean manufacturer of fuel dispensing equipment, Korea EnE Co. Ltd, for use in a new range of self-service terminals.

As well as having a visually-striking, ergonomic design, the next generation Multicom-Self terminals from EnE possess a greater breadth of features and functionality than other models currently available. They each utilize a high-performance Intel® Atom™ microprocessor and have an industrial grade, bright (450cd/mm2 output), 15-inch touch display incorporating the Zytronic touch technology.

With their exposed and lightly supervised locations on petrol filling station forecourts, the touch-enabled terminals have to endure extreme weather conditions, such as snow, frost, hail and heavy rain, as well as heavy 24-hour usage by the general public. This challenging working environment proved to be beyond the scope of conventional touch sensor technologies, impacting severely on their reliability and longevity, increasing the likelihood of downtime, maintenance and replacement. These were all major factors in EnE's decision to specify Zytronic’s projected capacitive touchscreens.

The reliability exhibited by Zytronic's PCT touch sensors allows them to outperform other sensor technologies - such as infra-red (IR), surface capacitive and surface acoustic wave (SAW) - even in the most arduous of environments. The reason for this lies within the touch sensors' innovative construction; which is made up of a matrix of 10 micron diameter copper micro wires embedded behind a toughened glass substrate. The thick (up to 10mm) laminated construction means that PCT sensors are effectively invulnerable to shocks, vibrations, scratches, liquid spillages, the presence of harsh chemicals and the effects of heat/cold. Furthermore, PCT touchscreens have been designed to eliminate the need for a bezel - creating an aesthetically-pleasing, and also simple to clean surface. This feature can be highly advantageous in self-service applications such as the EnE fuel dispensers, as accumulated dirt, dust and liquids can be quickly and easily wiped clean by the operator.

"By migrating to PCT we have been able to overcome the various difficulties previously suffered when using IR and resistive touch sensor technologies," Mr. Lee, sales manager of EnE confirms. "The resilience of Zytronic's touch sensors, with their strong touch performance in all conditions, made them a much more attractive option."

"Touchscreen interfaces are becoming ever more popular in self-service applications like this, as they present a more intuitive and user friendly alternative to keypads and other mechanical means of selection. However, in uncompromising working conditions, such as those found at filling stations, standard touch sensing mechanisms are just not appropriate," states Ian Crosby, Sales & Marketing Director at Zytronic. "PCT does not share the inherent limitations of other touchscreen technologies, but instead offers far greater robustness and reliable operation regardless of the setting. It has the capacity to deal with the most demanding conditions while delivering unmatched performance."

About Zytronic
Zytronic is the developer and manufacturer of a unique range of internationally award-winning touch sensor products. These products employ an embedded sensing element and are based around projected capacitive technology (PCT) sensing. PCT offers significant durability, environmental stability and optical enhancement benefits to system designers of touch interactive, industrial, self - service and public access equipment. During 2012, Zytronic developed new know-how to create mutual projected capacitive technology (MPCT™), which enables multi-user and multi touch sensing in ultra large form factor sizes up to 84".

Zytronic products are used in electronic displays for self service and information systems, ATMs and gaming machines, as well as by military, computer, telecommunications and medical OEMs, and are available from its network of worldwide distributors. The company has its headquarters and state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in Blaydon, Tyne & Wear in the UK.  In addition to ISO-approved manufacturing, these facilities are home to Zytronic's team of lamination, material science and electronics specialists who are responsible for ongoing product development in composite technology.

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About Korea EnE Co. Ltd.:
Korea EnE Co. Ltd., is dedicated to contributing to the improvement of the environment and the effective use of energy by providing efficient, clean energy fuel dispensers.

Long experience and steady efforts have enabled EnE to supply various types of dispenser designs and size specifications, most recently with intuitive, interactive self service interfaces and the latest advancements in IT technology. The company also offers clean energy natural gas and hydrogen gas dispensers.

For more company information, visit EnE's web site at http://www.koreaene.com./

Contact details for editorial enquiries:
Sheila Dean, Zytronic
Whiteley Road, Blaydon on Tyne, Tyne&Wear, NE21 5NJ, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 191 414 5511                      
Fax: +44 (0) 191 414 0545
Email: sheila.dean@zytronic.co.uk

Contact details for other reason:
Asia - http://www.zytronic.co.uk/about-zytronic/reps-and-distributors?article=61
Americas - http://www.zytronic.co.uk/about-zytronic/reps-and-distributors?article=59
EMEA - http://www.zytronic.co.uk/about-zytronic/reps-and-distributors?article=60

Contact details for EnE:
Mr. Lee, 240-21, Yeomchang-Dong Gangseo-Gu, Seoul, South Korea.
Tel: 82-41-548-7407                               
Mobile: 82-10-7494-3609
Fax: +82 2 36614911
Email: fmlwh@koreaene.com

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