We like to use this space to keep you posted on recent developments and trends in the automation market that we feel are noteworthy. One of those recent trends has been the advancement in HMI development software, that can support innovative PC HMI hardware. In many cases, simple HMI systems have evolved into highly advanced SCADA solutions that provide key data to operators, engineers and plant managers from any location.


IFP recently became an Indusoft partner distributor here in Indiana.  InduSoft Web Studio is a truly unique development and runtime software that incorporates all the tools users need to create SCADA HMI applications, dashboards and OEE interfaces.

Most industrial automation and other manufacturing personnel are very familiar with multi-touch technology from their smartphones and tablets. Many work for companies that allow employees to use their personal mobile devices for work purposes, from checking emails to accessing corporate data. Now, multi-touch technology is making its way to the automation world through multi-touch Human Machine Interface (HMI) applications.

multitouch B&R

IFP offers advanced multitouch PC HMI hardware products through our partnership with B&R. Multi-touch panels open up new dimensions for innovative HMI design. There are numerous gestures that might be used in an application: zooming in and out and rotating objects with two fingers, scrolling through lists and switching to the next screen with a quick swipe. The main advantage of multi-touch technology is how it makes operation more intuitive. It also provides an effective method of preventing operating errors, simply by requiring two-hand gestures for critical or potentially dangerous operations.

If you would like to learn more about how IFP Automation can help give your machine a world class HMI interface, please reach out to us here to have an IFP Application Engineer contact you: 

About IFP Automation

IFP Automation supplies innovative technology and design solutions to the automation and mobile marketplaces.  Our firm is a technology supplier specializing in the design and supply of automation and motion control products to OEM, integrator, and end user customers. Companies partner with IFP because they like the depth of our product and application knowledge and our commitment to outstanding customer service. IFP is the exclusive partner office for B&R Automation, as well as many complimentary automation lines, in the State of Indiana.

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