Start with ALPHA or BETA
An ALPHA or BETA module can be your finished HMI - or a platform for further development
If you need an embedded touch screen – to perform either as a host system’s HMI or as a complete system in its own right – then a standard ALPHA or BETA product, if suitable, will provide your fastest, easiest route to market.
However, a standard touch screen may not fulfil your concept entirely, especially for commercial production. It could be overprovisioned, and therefore unnecessarily expensive; alternatively, it may lack a function that’s critical to your application. Yet leaping straight into a custom design without any proof of concept can be risky and, ultimately, unnecessary.
The HMI Customisation service approach
A tailored step by step approach - from concept through production
An easier, lower-risk approach is to use our HMI Customisation service; a resource which takes you from concept through to full-scale production with optimal speed and efficiency:
The BETA range’s flexibility simplifies progress to your target concept. Firstly, choose the pre-selected Starter Configuration whose screen size and processor best fits your application. Then, fine-tune your choice in terms of touch screen technology, graphics, memory, storage, battery, and communications protocols.
For pre-production, or low-volume production runs, there’s more pressure to render the product exactly as conceived, yet a ground-up custom design may remain hard to justify. Instead, the ALPHA or BETA platform can become the basis for a lower-cost, semi-custom solution, especially as its processing hardware is often implemented with CPU core modules mounted on I/O carrier boards.
As production volumes rise, a fully-customised solution may become easier to justify. This is especially true if customisation brings extra I/O into the touch screen module, allowing it to become a complete, standalone controller rather than just an HMI.
Semi-custom solution examples
Strip out unwanted components, add extra functionality, or choose deeper modification
An embedded HMI touch screen module with a stripped-down baseboard containing fewer serial channels for communicating with the host system processor. Cost and space savings are achieved through eliminating unwanted I/O circuitry and connectors.
A module with an added SATA channel to accommodate a customer’s disk drive. Development costs were minimised as only the carrier board needed modifying.
A unit with a TFT display, but pushbuttons instead of a touch screen, plus some specialised functionality that precludes low-cost ‘off the shelf’ options.
Engage with our engineers, and enjoy multidisciplinary support throughout your product’s lifetime
One thing that’s certain is that striking the optimum balance between standard, semi-custom and fully customised products is highly project-dependent. This is where our HMI Customisation service comes in:
- Concept: You discuss your specific requirements with our engineers
- Plan: They respond with a concept-to-production roadmap that demonstrates an optimal standard/semi-custom/custom balance
- Design & production: You work directly with our UK-based multidisciplinary engineering resource throughout your project’s design and then production
- Product life cycle: Your product’s life cycle is protected by certification and long-term component stability
This seamless, lifetime support strategy assures ongoing delivery of exactly the HMI product you want – freeing you to focus on your own market-winning application.
Customisation service highlights
We recognise that customisation projects demand prompt and comprehensive support
HMIs from tiny hand-held devices to highly robust train controllers – or anything in between
Guaranteed support and component availability for product lifetimes
Service includes thermal testing, EMC compliance and certification
UK-based multidisciplinary team with minimal third-party supplier count reduces project cost, risk, complexity and time to market
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