IJAT Vol.6 No.3 pp. 369-376
doi: 10.20965/ijat.2012.p0369


Audio-Tactile Feedback Mechanisms for Multi-Touch HMI Panels of Production Engineering Systems

Christian Brecher, Daniel Kolster, and Werner Herfs

Machine Tool Laboratory, RWTH Aachen University, Steinbachstr. 19, 52074 Aachen, Germany

December 13, 2011
February 22, 2012
May 5, 2012
haptic feedback, multi-touch interaction, HMI panel, machine tool handling, virtual touch

Over the last decade, touch screen interaction has been gaining wide acceptance in information technology and daily consumer products. Accordingly, first approaches to applications and devices for production engineering systems are now entering the market. Although they employ intuitive user concepts, touch screens for industrial HMI panels still lack haptic feedback. Since operators observes the machining process and machine handling is often done blind, false handling or wrong input signalsmay damagemachines or injure human workers. With this in mind, this paper presents a haptic feedback mechanism for touch-based interaction. A user evaluation performed on the developed system unveils increasing input security and thus an enhanced user experience.

Cite this article as:
C. Brecher, D. Kolster, and W. Herfs, “Audio-Tactile Feedback Mechanisms for Multi-Touch HMI Panels of Production Engineering Systems,” Int. J. Automation Technol., Vol.6, No.3, pp. 369-376, 2012.
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