Friday, August 3, 2012

MMI/HMI distribution in Europe


IGT Industries (part of Acal plc). have announced a strategic distribution agreement which allows Acal BFi to become IGT Industries’ first ever distributor.
(L to R)  Derek Mclaughlan (IGT Sales Director), Terry Moss (IGT Sales & Marketing Manager), David Draper (Acal Product Manager HMI Products), Mike Walker (Acal Sales Application Specialist)
The new agreement, which was effective from July 17th, will provide design engineers access to IGT’s custom made MMI/HMI control panels in Britain and across Europe, supported by the technical expertise and valued added services available from Acal BFi’s specialist sales teams. IGT Industries have been at the fore-front of Man Machine Interface technology for more than twenty years and have been responsible for many technological innovations now in common use. These include numerous backlighting techniques, integral RFI screening and most recently the development of capacitive switching systems, both touch screen based and single press control panels with optional back-lighting.

Terry Moss, IGT Industries’ Sales & Marketing Manager says, “IGT has now been established for twenty five years and this appointment is an important step in our growth strategy for the UK and Europe. Acal BFi’s level of expertise and knowledge relating to the HMI market make them an ideal distribution partner. This cooperation will enable us to increase our product offering to a wider market and territory. We expect to work closely with the Acal BFi’s local specialists to increase market share and expand our overall presence in the market.”

David Draper, Acal BFI UK HMI Product Manager says “The introduction of IGT Industries enables Acal BFI to offer a significant range of HMI solutions to our customers, including custom capacitive touch panels complete with LED backlighting in a highly competitive package.  These panels can be sealed against water ingress, vandal resistant and operated by gloved hands making them ideal for our customers demanding applications.”

Commenting on the recent signing Paul Webster, Acal plc’s Group Product Management & Operations Director said, “IGT Industries is an established leader as an HMI solutions provider whose product range will enhance Acal BFi’s ability to provide custom and design supported solutions to our customers. We are delighted that IGT Industries have chosen Acal BFi as their distributor to assist them in developing this rapidly growing technology area.”

IGT Industries has recently gained a Bronze Award under the SC21, 21st Century Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space industry Supply Chain Programme, organised by A|D|S. IGT offers its customers a time and cost saving single source for complete in house control panel design and manufacture. IGT Industries’ HMI products may be specified for use in environmentally hostile conditions and are suitable for use in Marine, Aviation, Railway, Medical, MIL, Industrial, Fire, Security, Telecom and most other electronics applications.

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