The bridge panel display developed by Maximatecc (Sweden) got the Ret Dot awards – a global award for industrial design achievements. The products have been developed for Wärtsilä (Finland).
THE RED DOT JURY STATED: “The design of this propulsion control system achieves the reduction of complexity in an impressive manner. Levers and touch-screen interfaces are ergonomically well thought out and all information is clearly arranged. The clear design vocabulary as well as the quality of the user interfaces of this propulsion control system create a comfortable environment.”
On a ship, all actions between man and machine need to be clearly defined. This is one of the reasons for the strict hierarchy on board. The Wärtsilä propulsion control system provides a user interface, which improves interactions and safety aboard ships of all sizes. It unites levers and touch-screen interfaces in a clear and user-friendly design and adapts to all the possible propulsion configurations a modern ship can have. Its user interface allows for intuitive control in all situations and conditions. It provides users with a comprehensive view of all instruments and gives important information when needed. Thus, the Wärtsilä propulsion control system guarantees a high degree of safety and quick control both at sea and in port. In addition, its modularity makes installing, commissioning, configuration, and maintenance simple and efficient, thus saving on time and costs.
HMI platform integrates Infotainment
Maximatecc also introduced recently the Smart cluster product series. It combines the traditional instrumentation solutions from Maxima Technologies with display solutions from Cross-Control. Both companies have been merged and operate under the new name Maximatecc. Following the trend in passenger cars to use smartphones in the vehicle, the launched products support the integration of infotainment. Applications may be customized for the equipment in question, like embedded manuals, fault tracing support, and graphical user interface for specific vehicle functions. Or they may be of more generic nature, like navigation, reversing camera monitoring or Eco-driving. In essence, the introduced product family is a platform allowing industrial vehicle OEMs to implement the same infotainment and user support systems found in modern cars. Of course, the devices feature CAN and CANopen connectivity.
The ECU controlling the instruments is implemented as “soft ECU” in the ARM core. The platform supports up to six stepper-motor controlled instruments. Beside the CAN interface, it features USB and Ethernet ports. The platform also supports built-in wireless connectivity via GPRS and/or WLAN. To manage HMI-related I/O, the platform provides also local analog and digital I/O interfaces for sensors.
The company is going to strengthen its presence in Germany. Dirk Caesar has joint the Field Application Engineering team. Maximatecc established operations in Germany in 2011, headed by Yassine Zoubir.
“The customer base in Germany is growing rapidly,” explained Dirk Caesar. “Besides large corporations like John Deere, Bombardier Transportation and Krone, Maximatecc is providing solutions to companies producing specialized equipment.”
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