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Expanding the Use of Smart Operator Panels

The evolution of operator interfaces has moved quite far beyond the pushbutton you see below. Once, the intelligence resided in the operator's brain and considerable experience and training were required to operate any complex piece of machinery or process. The evolution of the operator panel is actually two parallel evolutionary tracks. First is the movement of that intelligence from the operator's brain into the operator panel itself. So, we now refer to them as "smart operator panels". The other track is how the evolution of the operator panel tracks Moore's Law, making them incredibly more powerful and less expensive over and over.

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