Advanced Mouse Functions with an Industrial Touch Screen

Elo Touch Screen Properties Control Panel

Elo Touch Screen Properties Control Panel

In most typical applications, Hope Industrial touch screens are used to be part of a PC-based HMI configuration, performing some type of PC-based control of an industrial process. The programs that generate these automation interfaces are generally designed with a very simple interface: large on-screen buttons allow simple interaction to a busy, often gloved worker. Generally, the user does not interface with the underlying PC operating system. To operate this type of application, the touch screen does no more than simply pass single “clicks” to the computer, which responds as if a mouse button was clicked. Continue Reading…

Cable Retention for Industrial Monitors and Touch Screens

Showing the strength of our USB cable retention bracket

Showing the strength of our USB cable retention bracket with a 5 pound weight

Cable connections between computers and peripherals on the factory floor are expected to hold tight during the rigors of operator movement and vibration that is not typical of office environments.

Further, access to cable connections is limited since many of these devices are hidden inside enclosures, behind control panels, under cable glands and in conduit. The cost of failure is high when a cable connection comes loose and shuts down a production line while troubleshooting the problem. Continue Reading…

Hope Industrial Is Open for Business in the UK

Hope Industrial UK Logistics Center

Hope Industrial UK Logistics Center

After 12 years in the industrial monitor and touch screen business – and over 40,000 monitors shipped worldwide – Hope Industrial Systems is happy to announce our new logistics center in the United Kingdom to better support the UK and Europe. We can now ship direct from our UK operations location in Snetterton, have a separate Hope Industrial UK website with prices for all of our products in pounds sterling, and customer service and support available during UK business hours. Most products are in stock and can be delivered in 1-2 days in the UK and 2-3 days for Highlands and islands. Continue Reading…

Breaking in Our New Office Facilities

Thanks to our loyal customers, Hope Industrial Systems has outgrown our space once again. Watch as we break down the wall to our expanded office facilities.

Enhanced Calibration for Industrial Touch Screens

Elo 25 Point Enhanced Calibration for Touch Screens

Elo 25 Point Enhanced Calibration for Touch Screens

As a rule of thumb, we recommend calibrating your industrial touch screen if the cursor is more than 0.25″ from the exact center of the point of touch. Doing so will increase the accuracy of the touch response and can make it easier to touch objects with pinpoint precision.

While the level of accuracy provided by the default alignment routine is sufficient for the vast majority of applications, an even greater degree of precision can be achieved by using the enhanced calibration routine provided with some versions of our Windows touch screen driver. Continue Reading…

Single-Touch Gestures for Industrial Touch Screen Applications

Microsoft Flicks Control Panel

Microsoft Flicks Control Panel

Due to their advantages for the industrial market, Hope Industrial Systems’ products have always used resistive touch screen sensors from Elo TouchSystems , which support single-touch recognition. While many of the advanced touch features we have come to love in our smart phones require a “multi-touch” technology (like pinch-to-zoom), the recent release of a new series of drivers from Elo now allows some of these features to work with any Hope Industrial Touch Screen.

Elo provides the driver in the support section of their website under the “Windows 7 Multitouch” section. Although the listed notes for the driver mention that an IntelliTouch monitor is required, we have done extensive testing and found it to be compatible with our AccuTouch-enabled (resistive) Elo touch screens. Continue Reading…

Show Recap: MACH 2012

Hope Industrial recently attended our first show in the United Kingdom: MACH 2012 in Birmingham, presented by the Manufacturing Technologies Association. This was an excellent introduction to the UK market for our new Hope Industrial UK operations.

Hope Industrial's booth at MACH 2012

Hope Industrial's booth at MACH 2012

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Replacing Another Panel Mount Monitor with a Hope Industrial Monitor

There are several factors to consider when an existing panel mount monitor has failed and it is out of warranty. Most users opt to replace the display since many manufacturers will charge more and take longer to repair the monitor when compared to buying new. Much of the reason is due to the declining cost of LCD’s over the past several years. Therefore, it is wise to consider all the factors in total cost of ownership when selecting a monitor for a new project.

Here are the questions to ask that affect total cost of ownership:

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A Sleeping Monitor, A Simple Problem

Windows Power Settings Control Panel

Windows Power Settings

Often our customers find it critical to be able to see their HMI screens or access their systems’ controls at any given time. By default, most operating systems are designed to put the monitor or touch screen to sleep after 10 minutes. While allowing the display to sleep is recommended to extend its lifespan and conserve power, some customers find it important to be able to access their system at a moment’s notice. It is important to note that no Hope Industrial displays put themselves to sleep; they only revert to power saving (sleep) mode when they are not receiving a video signal, or have been specifically instructed to do so by the host operating system. Continue Reading…

Industrial Wall Mount Folding Keyboards Video Overview

An overview of Hope Industrial’s line of industrial Wall Mount Folding Keyboards at the International Dairy Show 2011 in Atlanta, GA.

Stay tuned for more product demos.

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