As mobile machinery makers expand into more global markets, they are presented with the added complexity of creating unique machine configuration for local markets, while still trying to manage the additional costs and complexity resulting from these new machine variations and options. This can be as simple as changing the units from miles per hour (MPH) to kilometers per hour (KPH) and selecting the local language for the text, to complete screen changes to reflect local tastes and requirements, or unique customer interface specifications. These new features can be key to help global machine OEMs capture value in local markets.
The addition of display screens into mobile machinery presents an effective way to both manage the complexity of these variations, but also reduce the engineering and supply chain costs associated with creating and maintaining them.
Since the LCD screens are freely programmable with virtually any image, gauge, telltale icon or language, they can be programmed to show screens customized to a wide variety of machines and markets, all without having to make hardware changes to the machine. However, this presents an engineering challenge to quickly and easily program these screens while still holding down development time and cost.
One area that can help software teams respond to this demand, is an easy to use programming tool for the display screens. Parker’s PHD display family
is designed for use in mobile machinery and offers an easy to use graphical programming tool for faster application development, including:
“What you see is what you get” (WYSIWYG) screen development environment
The WSYWIG environment helps reduce development time by showing the developer how the screens and menus look and feel during the development process, reducing the number of design iterations.
No hardware in the loop application simulation
Having no hardware in the loop during screen development not only reduces the complexity of application development but also reduces the time for each design iteration by significantly reducing the hardware download cycle in each design iteration.
Exporting the screens and menu operation to IoS, Windows or Android devices speed up the design review process by allowing a remote stakeholder to view the screen menus and operation with having any hardware or a development license.
Easy to import graphical images
The included image library and the ability to easily import graphic image files helps reduce development time by allowing screen designers to focus on developing the application instead of creating graphics.
Multiple language support
Easy to import language spreadsheet helps reduce development time by allowing translators to translate the text, and not having to worry about application programming, and screen designers to focus on developing the application instead of working on translations.
Parker’s easy to use programming tools help reduce screen development time and time to market. The tools make it easier for global OEMs to effectively and quickly capture added value in new markets.
Article contributed by Kirk Lola, product manager, Electronic Controls Division, Parker Hannifin Corporation.