Press Release Summary:
Combining InTouch v10.0 HMI software with rugged, industrial touch-screen operator panels running Microsoft Windows CE v6.0 software, Wonderware Compact Panel computers provide solution for supervising/managing industrial and manufacturing operations. Configured and managed via Wonderware Development Studio, units come in range of screen sizes, and comply with various industrial environment ratings.
Original Press Release:
Wonderware Releases New Compact Panels as Part of Scalable, Enterprise-Wide HMI and SCADA Offerings
LAKE FOREST, Calif., Oct. 16, 2007 -- Wonderware, a business unit of Invensys, today announced the addition of new compact panels to its industrial computer product line. The new panels are the entry point to the latest integrated and scalable Wonderware HMI and SCADA software solutions that can manage a single machine, production line, complete plant or a customer's entire automation and information enterprise.
Wonderware Compact Panels are an ideal alternative to standalone, proprietary operator interface panels. The panels combine robust hardware with powerful Wonderware human-machine interface (HMI) software to provide a comprehensive solution for supervising and managing industrial and manufacturing operations.
The new Wonderware Compact Panel computers offer superior ease of installation and a competitive entry-level price point by bundling a subset of the latest HMI runtime functionality of InTouch 10.0 software with rugged, industrial touch-screen operator panels running Microsoft Windows CE v6.0 software. The panels are offered in a range of screen sizes and are manufactured to comply with various industrial environment ratings including NEMA 4X/IP 66 and Class 1, Div. 2.
In contrast to proprietary operator interface panels, Wonderware Compact Panel computers enable customers to benefit from a common visualization strategy from the smallest devices to a network of servers or hundreds of clients all operating and managed with a common, easy to use Wonderware software toolset.
The new Wonderware Compact Panels are configured and managed via the newly introduced Wonderware Development Studio, which is designed to enable IT and engineering teams to collaborate on software application modeling, development, change management and deployment across the full range of Wonderware software applications. These applications include the latest InTouch 10.0 HMI software, System Platform 3.0 software and ArchestrA technology-based applications modules from Wonderware. Compact Panels complement existing industrial computer offerings from Wonderware and are designed for original equipment manufacturers, machine builders and customers requiring a local, yet networked panel-type solution.
Wonderware now provides a single, unified software platform for all plant visualization applications with universal data connectivity, rich extensibility and support for a wide breadth of the latest modern hardware including multi-core servers, desktops, touch panels, box PCs, tablets, thin-clients, and now, Microsoft CE-based panel computers.
"Wonderware Compact Panel offerings enable customers to utilize the new InTouch 10.0 software consistently across all devices in a plant at an extraordinary value," said Phil Couling, Wonderware marketing program manager for supervisory HMI. "The Wonderware reputation for high-quality standards and easy-to-use products which customers have relied on for more than 20 years continues with the Wonderware Compact Panel computer product line."
Wonderware can now serve as a single source for customers by providing the world's leading HMI software fully integrated, pre-installed, licensed and compatibility-tested with these best-of-breed panel computers. Its innovative software approach with ArchestrA-based applications enables companies to significantly improve their bottom line by retaining current application engineering investments and delivering new efficiencies with rapid standardization of software solutions across a customer's organization.
"The Wonderware Compact Panel computers include a bundled package of hardware and runtime software, which is ready to use right out of the box," Couling said. "The Wonderware Compact Panel computers will enable engineers to save time by creating applications in only one development environment instead of using multiple proprietary operator interface products. Additionally, the Compact Panel computers are designed to lower training time and improve HMI familiarity and accuracy through the use of one common user-friendly interface."
To address the international market, Wonderware Compact Panel computers also can operate Windows CE v6.0 with Microsoft's localized Multilingual User Interface. HMI applications can be created in English, German, French, Japanese or Simplified Chinese.
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