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> New capacitive touch controllers AMT and PenMount
Partnership SCHURTER, Danielson and AMT

SCHURTER and AMT are successful close partners since 14 years in the field of customized Touch Panel solutions. Danielson, as a new member of the SCHURTER Group, is fully integrated into this partnership. The AMT PCAP and resistive touch sensors and controller-systems are available for the entire SCHURTER Group.

Latest specifications PenMount controllers

Immunity for industrial and medical environments

AMT with their PenMount PCAP controller series has now released the new boards PM1x10, which meet the EMC standards for industrial and medical applications. These certifications are a big step forward to realize reliable PCAP systems in the industrial and medical market.

Fulfillment EMC requirements

The fulfillment of these high EMC requirements was made possible by appropriate modifications in the design of the PCAP sensor as well as the hardware and firmware of the controller system. The firmware includes a complementary frequency-hopping with dozens of alternate frequencies to lower interference frequencies and a differential analysis method to decrease interference in the medium frequency range. The sense channels of the microcontroller from Microchip are equipped with passive filters against high-frequency interferences. To increase the signal-to-noise ratio, charge pumps have been integrated into the drive lines.


Immunity for Medical Electrical Equipment

- EN 60601-1-2 (NEW 2014-02) Radiated EMI tested with 28V / m, Criterion A - no misinterpretation

Immunity for industrial environments

- IEC 61000-4-3 Radiated electromagnetic interference tested with 10V / m, Criterion A - no misinterpretation

- IEC 61000-4-6 Immunity to conducted disturbances, tested with 10Vrms, Criterion A - no misinterpretation

- EN 61000-4-2 Immunity to Electrostatic discharge (ESD) ESD test with 8kV contact discharge and 15kV air discharge

For more information please contact our product managers Ronald van der Voort (Danielson) or Roland Maurer (SCHURTER).

ronald.vandervoort (at)

r.maurer (at)


> Multi-touch input system with glass surface
With its new PCI (Projected Capacitive Input) touch-screen technology, SCHURTER is expanding its family of input systems with glass surfaces that cover the entire operating area on the front. The PCI touch panels function with high positioning accuracy, are easy to clean, resistant to scratches, abrasion as well as chemicals and find a wide variety of applications in industrial automation and machine construction.

The new PCI (Projected Capacitive Input) technology makes it possible to build touch screens with a scratch-proof glass surface that extends across the entire front of the device. PCI panels allow the user to operate the system with more than just one finger at a time. Multi-touch technology, which is familiar due to its use in smartphones and tablet PCs, has been further developed for industrial use and offers the potential for a major leap in innovation with regards to operating concepts in machine construction and industrial automation.

Touch gestures such as spreading fingers to zoom or flicking to scroll quickly are evaluated by the application software. The PCI panel becomes an intuitive and completely integrated operating concept. In the industrial sector, touch gestures find use for example when “flicking through” possible settings and when searching a document for specific information. Further possibilities are navigating by flicking through overviews and magnifying process photographs and characteristic curves using the spread gesture.

Glass offers many options in ergonomic design because of its double-sided printing and the design of customer-specific geometries as well as a variety of surface structures. Gapless bonding to a carrier plate or in a housing allows the continuous mechanical protection of the glass edges and simplifies assembly of the display and its electronics.

The use of multi-touch sensors from ITO (indium tin oxide) foil layers also allows arched operating panels. Options include illuminated function keys, sliders and wheels outside the multi-touch display’s active surface and integrated behind the glass panel.

Optimal application areas for the PCI touch panel are industrial automation, machine construction, medical technology, POI/POS terminals, instrumentation systems as well as the military, aerospace and foodstuffs industries.


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> Capacitive Switch Solutions
Development tool

Danielson, member of the SCHURTER group, is Europe’s no.1 in touchscreens. For over 20 years Danielson is providing resistive touchscreens. In 2011 Danielson started to provide a wide range of capacitive touchscreens. Now Danielson introduces a tool enabling our engineers to develop the best capacitive solutions for its customers including keys, sliders and wheels.

If you have an enquiry for a man machine interface and you like to get the best solution, how do you start? Which combination of keys is required? How can you optimize the graphics? How do you get the required image? Which controller is the best solution? Danielson has an answer for all of this.

With the growing demand in capacitive switches, the request for the best controller is increasing. Danielson decided to build a centre of expertise for capacitive solutions. This video explains how this can be of benefit to you.

Video Capacitive Switch Solutions (English)



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