TOPTICA Photonics AG is the world’s leading manufacturer of high-precision diode laser systems. In developing a new product, the company decided to improve the user friendliness of its systems by incorporating a touchscreen, enabling the lasers to be controlled either via a PC or directly. The latest technology was used. The focus was on a coherent design and intuitive usability. This innovation was also aimed at securing the client’s competitive advantage as a premium provider.
Zühlke deployed an interdisciplinary team to analyse the operating concept and adapt it to the requirements of a touchscreen. In order to address any major technical, and in particular performancerelated, risks, the core concepts were implemented in a technology prototype. The project team then implemented the required functions based on the selected architecture and optimised the design of the front plate to improve features such as user friendliness. A key factor was the extensible architecture, which enabled the existing PC user interface and the newly developed touch UI to be built on a common business layer. Ongoing usability testing ensured that the user interface provided end customers with the required added value. Close cooperation between the design, usability and implementation teams ensured that development cycles were short and enabled Toptica’s expectations to be continuously reconciled with the technical possibilities.
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