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Improved HMI tablet usability for industrial applications

| By Gerald Ondrey

The HT4P Safety Commander (photo) is an ergonomic device enabling users to securely hold and protect a human-machine interface (HMI) tablet, while providing power, networking and hardwired emergency stop (e-stop) and other operator interface devices. OEMs and automation designers can now provide flexible and safety-rated operator interface options for equipment, robotics, collaborative robots, automated guided vehicles, autonomous mobile robots and other manufacturing system applications. The HT4P can now hold tablets ranging from 10 to 13 in. using adjustable grippers, so users can take advantage of more display area and greater CPU processing speeds. The HT4P Safety Commander accepts more device sizes than ever before, and it adds networking and operator interface options for using modern tablet interfaces with industrial equipment. — IDEC Corp., Sunnyvale, Calif.