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Zytronic Provides Durable Touch Sensing Solution to Greenhouse Management Hardware


Leading manufacturer and supplier of heavy duty touch sensors Zytronic, through its Eastern European distribution partner Elatec, has landed another major design win for its Projective Capacitive Technology (PCT™). Hungarian systems developer AENSys has chosen PCT as the basis for its latest product – a data acquisition and workflow monitoring tool, which it is now rolling out across the continent.

An AENSys data and work flow monitor using Zytronic projective capacitive technology

Key information

AENSys’ Gremon is a highly sophisticated and adaptable business management system designed for use in commercial greenhouses, with a series of control modules positioned at various points throughout such buildings. In addition to basic time recording of employees, it allows numerous parameters, like quantity/quality of harvested crop, crop yield and the presence of pests (including pest species and their locations) to all be logged in order for detailed analysis to be undertaken which will improve overall efficiency and reduce costs.

Collated data can help to determine the plants’ state of health and help to accurately calculate when activities such as harvesting or pesticide treatments should be scheduled, as well as better balancing employee workloads. The time spent on specific tasks (planting, pruning, etc.) can be monitored and resources correctly allocated. The graphical user interfaces (GUIs) for each control module in the system utilize a 7-inch version of Zytronic’s highly popular ZyPos® touch sensor, as it exhibited all the key attributes required.

The rugged touch sensor specified for this application needed to address several significant technical challenges. Firstly, it had to be able to respond to touches from users wearing latex gloves and function when dirty. Secondly, it had to support a smooth-fronted design that would be easy to wipe down. Finally, it had to be capable of handling heavy use, frequent knocks, scratches and accidental impacts.

“We investigated a number of different touch sensing solutions from leading vendors, but Zytronic’s PCT stood out as the best option, due its combination of strong touch performance and rugged construction, furthermore, we were impressed by the high level technical support the company offered, as this proved to be invaluable in getting the project completed on time.”

Attila Bilicki, Managing Director, AENSys

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