User Interface Design:
As intuitive as a smartphone.
ClientEMAG eldec Induction GmbH
IndustryIndustrial induction heating equipment
ServiceOperating concept, interaction concept, usability testing, visual design, icon design, style guide, animations, prototypes
EMAG eldec Induction GmbH has been able to renew its ECO LINE series of MF and HF generators for induction heating technology with a revised user interface. From the analysis of typical users and their tasks, the creation of a new menu structure, the development of a new intuitive operating concept and usability testing, to a clear and modern screen and icon design, as well as the creation of a style guide, we were able to apply our expertise to all core areas of an integrated UI / UX development.
With the new ECO LINE EEi² generator series the induction specialists at EMAG eldec are taking device operation to a new level. The focus of the devices is thus on operation, as the abbreviation „EEi²“ stands for „EMAG eldec Intuitive Interface“. This interface can be operated as easily as a smartphone – for example when the generator is used as a stand-alone solution. At the same time the series also serves as an energy source within many production systems. This is where the established Siemens control technology scores, which ensures easy connection to comprehensive Siemens control systems. What’s more, for greater production reliability, „eldec Quality Control“ (eQC) modules are being integrated into the proven ECO-LINE series for the first time.
The areas of application for induction heating are enormous: In principle, the process is used wherever materials and components are heated. Whether fast soldering processes on copper, aluminum and brass profiles (or similar materials), effective surface hardening of, for example, press tools and gears or precise heating of stator housings before joining the stator – the process always plays out its particular strengths: Only the desired area is heated to a precisely defined temperature.
The most striking feature of these further developments is, of course, a new touchscreen display that gives the series its name. It shows central parameters of the inductive process such as power, frequency, current, voltage and temperature with clearly arranged bars and percentage values. Everything can be seen at a glance. The user can access setting options and information via menu items on the side. For example, eight different timers with a running time of 0.1 to 9,999 seconds each and a memory for the management of up to 500 recipes are available. „We have deliberately oriented ourselves to the structure of smartphone apps, which everyone knows by now. Consequently, the operation of these generators is greatly simplified, which in turn benefits process reliability in the stand-alone process“, emphasizes Stefan Tzschupke, Head of Business Development Generators at EMAG eldec.
„All in all we have put together a particularly powerful and future-proof package with the ECO LINE EEi²“, summarizes Stefan Tzschupke. „Users benefit from high efficiency, stable processes, robust technology and simple usability. We are convinced that this quality will prevail in the market“.