Panels are customizable user-interface displays, which can be viewed on a web browser, computer, tablet, or smartphone on the same network as Navigator. This gives access to real-time show or machine data.
Navigator and iQ provide multiple user-interface options: Navigator panels, iQ panels, customizable workspaces, and Q panels (panels displayed on a handheld Compass controller).
iQ panels are an easy-to-use yet powerful feature for creating customized interfaces that give simple graphical control or feedback for any machine (or device) connected to the TAIT Navigator Automation Platform. You can define and restyle buttons, indicators, and gauges, and combine them with text and imagery to create a customized interface for your machinery and installation.
The layout of iQ panels can be tailored to the specific installation, attraction, or show, and are created using a simple drag-and-drop type WYSIWYG editor, without requiring any coding expertise.
Why it matters
Most control systems insist that you use them the way the manufacturer envisioned, which can often mean that you’re faced with generic factory-type motion control interfaces. Navigator’s method recognises that your machines, in your entertainment venue, are likely to be unique, and therefore the customizable panels enable a user interface that fits you, the information you want to see, and your preferred way of operating.
Customizable Workspace Layouts
The Navigator Automation Platform also has the option to save workspace layouts which may include many smaller windows showing the live axis and limit data, field I/O status, or other real-time information that is useful to the operator, such as the device message log. This means that operators can access the information they want in the way that is most convenient for them.