By Ed Sullivan
Biolase Technology Inc., a leading manufacturer of laser-based dental systems, found that partnering with a highly experienced touch screen manufacturer can help OEMs avoid design pitfalls and even accelerate new product speed to market.
“The touch screen panel is integral to our laser dental system. Since this is still a new technology, it is crucial that this interface be user-friendly, accurate, and error-resistant for users,” says Dimitri Boutoussov, VP of Biolase engineering. “To ensure the acceptance and satisfaction of our product line, we decided it was best to have a collaborative relationship with a highly experienced touch screen supplier, one who could validate or assist with design and testing as well as manufacturing our panels.”
“Touch-based systems can get very complex and confusing,” says Manny Cardinale, president of CAM Graphics, a manufacturer of human interface and display products for over 30 years. “Naturally, vendors might specialize in a certain touch screen technology or market segment to make them more competitive, but that also limits their flexibility, so they might not be the best supplier for other applications.”
He adds that it is necessary to confirm what is practical for products like these. CAM Graphics, which works with FDA-certified customer products, is a couple of steps above state of the art, yet they must ascertain that incorporating more advanced features or functionalities are justified for a given application.