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Control Software for Mechanical Systems: Object-Oriented Design in a Real-Time World by J. R. Ridgely, J. D. Ringgenberg, D. M. Auslander

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Chapter 9A Character-Based Operator Interface

Most mechatronic systems have an operator interface of some sort. In some cases it is as simple as an on/off switch; in other cases it is a complex combination of computer monitors and fixed switches, knobs, meters, and other elements. In all cases, a well-designed operator interface can improve the effectiveness, reliability, and safety of the system while a poorly designed one will have the opposite effect. The advent of computer-based control systems has opened new directions in operator interface design but at the same time has introduced new ways to confuse the operator. From a design point of view, building an operator interface from software has probably increased the proportion of the total ...

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