Here are five common questions that business and IT leaders have about touch-enabled displays in industrial environments:
1. How Do Touch Screens Fit into Industry 4.0?
Industry 4.0 refers to the digitization of manufacturing through disruptive technologies, including data analytics, IoT and robotics. Touch screens live on the edge of this transformation, offering a seamless, intuitive way to facilitate the human-machine interaction that is the lifeblood of the industrial sector.
Advancements in touch screens in recent years — particularly advancements in durability — have allowed the devices to make their way into more demanding environments, and the displays can even be integrated directly with industrial machinery to give users real-time control and visibility into their operations.
2. What Challenges Exist When Implementing Touchscreen Displays?
Business and IT leaders express several common concerns about touch screens. These include how to finance their touch-screen investments and how to ensure that the devices will effectively operate in their environments. They also face challenges around software and security integration issues with touch screens, as well as in training employees to use the new displays.
3. How Can Organizations Overcome These Challenges?
It’s important to carefully evaluate the organization-specific challenges and opportunities of an industrial touch-screen deployment and to establish a comprehensive implementation plan. When looking at finances, for instance, we’ve found that many organizations can achieve a full return on their investment in as little as two to five years due to the automation and efficiency benefits of touch-enabled displays.
The answers to questions about software, security and ruggedness often lie in simply selecting the vendor and product that meets an organization’s unique environmental and integration needs. And a lack of internal expertise can often be addressed through third-party services, such as adoption and training engagements.