September 29, 2011 — Berliner Glas and system elektronik will share their glass processing, bonding, display, and touchscreen technologies to develop OEM human machine interface (HMI) assemblies. The team will investigate new methods for optical bonding of viewing panes and touchscreens.
Recent optical bonding advances in touchscreen HMIs include new screens from the consumer space that enable better visualization and operating technology on capital equipment and instrumentation. This includes multi-touch and gesture recognition as well as exceptional visibility under bright light conditions. Front panels made entirely of glass allow hygienic surfaces for medical and clinical applications. Advanced technologies and manufacturing methods improve touchscreen robustness and readability without increasing energy usage. These improvements make touchscreen use possible in harsh industrial environments.
system elektronik and Berliner Glas will develop these products by sharing technical knowledge, supplier networks, manufacturing conditions including a clean room environment. The initial projects will start a collaboration that will "go far beyond the current decade," according to the companies.
In the first stage diagonals from 4.3" to a maximum of 32" are to be offered for industrial automation, medical technology, automotive, and POS/POI HMI display applications. Berliner Glas believes there are opportunities to achieve decisive competitive advantages for the optical bonding of premium flat screen displays in the television market sets as well.
The Berliner Glas Group provides refined technical glass and optical components, assemblies, and systems. Berliner Glas develops, manufactures, and integrates optics, mechanics, and electronics into innovative systems for the semiconductor industry, medical technology, metrology, laser and space technology, analytics, defense, or the display industry. Learn more at www.berlinerglas.de
system elektronik GmbH creates HMI assemblies and automotive industry products. Learn more at www.systemelektronik.de.