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Danielson_Europe_BV_Niederlande
16.05.2014
> SCHURTER acquires Danielson Europe
SCHURTER Holding AG has acquired Danielson Europe B.V. from Hydratec N.V., Amersfoort (Netherlands). Retroactive to January 1, 2014, SCHURTER has integrated that company into its Division Input Systems and in doing so is expanding its territory into Netherlands and Great Britain.

Through the acquisition of Danielson Europe B.V., the SCHURTER Group is strengthening its position in the growing market for input systems. Danielson has facilities in Hardenberg (Netherlands), Amersfoort (Netherlands) and Aylesbury (U.K.). With 150 employees, the company develops and manufacturers input systems with resistive and capacitive technologies as well as membrane keyboards for industrial applications. Last year consolidated sales amounted to 19.3 million euros.

Active in the electronics industry, the SCHURTER Group has its headquarters in Lucerne (Switzerland) and has more than 1480 employees around the world. Its Division Components and Division Input Systems together generated consolidated sales of CHF 174.7 million in 2013. While the Division Components is active around the world, the Division Input Systems has until now concentrated on the markets in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. For more than 40 years and working in close collaboration with its customers, SCHURTER has developed, manufactured and marketed input systems, touch screens and touch panels, capacitive sensor keypads, membrane keypads and housing systems.

With this acquisition, SCHURTER is gaining entry into the markets for input systems in Benelux, Scandinavia, Great Britain and France. The expansion allows even better support for customers thanks to direct contacts with the company and an expanded network of expert partners. In addition, with this acquisition the Division Input Systems is adding to its portfolio of technologies.

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PCI_22_Pressebild_1_SGE_ES_Eingabesysteme_IS_Input_Systems
04.09.2013
> PCI systems for industrial applications
The PCI multi-touch panels (Projected Capacitive Input Systems) from SCHURTER comply with the EMC standards for industrial applications. The front glass surfaces that cover the entire operating area on the front offer many design possibilities by rear printing and by selecting different surface structures and geometries.

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. Depending on the size and requirements, there are touch sensors designed differently for integration behind customized front glasses available. Glass-based sensors are bonded in an automated, highly transparent UV bonding process, film sensors are laminated with a special lamination process in the autoclave with the cover glass. The bonding with a carrier plate or with a housing enables a peripheral protection against mechanical stress on the edges.

The PCI touch panels from SCHURTER offer accurate activation, are easy to clean, chemically resistant as well as scratch- and abrasion-resistant. The parameter adjustment of the touch controller prevents false activation caused by dirt or fluids and allows for operation with gloves.

By selecting an anti-glare and chemically-strengthened glass, the PCI touch panels are particularly suitable for use in industrial automation, engineering and medical technology.

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MFO_PR_Bild_Web
22.11.2011
> 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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GFG_Touch_Screen_PR_Foto
03.12.2009
> Robust Glass Surface in the new GFG Touch Screen
The GFG (Glass-Film-Glass) touch screen extends the established analogue-resistive touch screen technology with a high-grade design.

With its robust glass surface the touch screen is designed for harsh environmental conditions. The extended temperature scope of the GFG touch screen ranges from -40 °C bis +90 °C. The glass surface guarantees resistance against chemicals and scratches. The GFG touch screen can therefore be used with keys, pens or gloves without causing damage.

A thin top glass is adhesed transparently from end to end onto the ITO covered polyester foil. This results in a strong bind between the glass and the polyester foil. Even in the case of the glass breaking from an extreme force, there are no loose pieces of glass; the splinters remain attached to the adhesive.

Optimal applications for the GFG touch screen include industry automation, mechanical engineering, medical technology, POI / POS, measuring systems, millitary, air travel, food industry, computer and displays.

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MFO_Touch_News_Detail
03.04.2009
> SCHURTER - Worldwide First Industry Level Multifinger Touch Screen.
SCHURTER has developed the first industry level multifinger touch screen - the MFO touch screen - with a controller for the mass market.

The MFO (Multi Finger Operation) touch screen is based on the renouned analogue-resistive 5-wire technology. A data input with two or more fingers at the same time is now possible with the MFO touch screen by SCHURTER.

For safety applications it is often required to make commands with both hands. This "acceptance-key" function is fulfilled by SCHURTER. With one finger the action can be requested, with the second finger, the command can be carried out - however only when both fingers touch the screen. For the aspect of safety it is also important in medical technologies, that certain actions are only carried out with two confirmed commands. Starting actions or changing configurations unintentionally by inadvertant contact is therefore impossible.

The multifinger operation of the MFO touch screen allows the user to open a submenu with one finger and at the same time changing or setting values with another finger. Wading though menus is therefore not necessary. Logging on to the system requires a CTR-ALT-DEL, this can be entered on the touch screen on a virtual keyboard. A hardware keyboard is not neccesary any more. Furthermore touching both the shift and other keys at the same time is now possible. A part of the screen can now be enlarged, made smaller or moved with the MFO touch screen with two finger gestures. The driver software for the MFO controller allows for an extensive gesture recognition, numerous functions are now available.

With the MFO touch screen new and various designs are possible for user interfaces, with diagonals from 3" -22" possible. The technology of the MFO touch screen can be combined with a glass surface, which allows for a scratch resistant surface for harsh environmental conditions. Optimal application ranges for the MFO touch screen include industrial machines, mechanical engineering, medical technologies, POI / POS, measuring systems, millitary, air travel, food industry, computer and displays.

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