Eaton is expanding its portfolio of high-end HMI with the XP500 series of powerful industrial touch panel PCs. The new devices meet the increasing demand of machine and system builders for high-precision and cost-efficient HMI solutions with capacitive multitouch technology. The panels run on the open Windows 7 operating system and are being offered on the market with widescreen displays in the three sizes 10.1", 15.6" and 21.5". Their slimline, fanless design with a glass front provides a modern appearance and reduces space requirements. The HMI panels are mounted in switch cabinets or operator consoles and can be used for standard machine building applications in virtually all industrial sectors. The panel PC simplifies operation for the user and its fine touch sensor technology ensures that control commands are detected accurately. The PCT technology (projected capacitive touch) provides the HMI with intuitive operation. Thanks to the multitouch function, users can operate function fields on the screen, both with several fingers on one hand and also with two hands. Like touch pads or smartphones, the operator can zoom and scroll elements such as documents from the stored Help system with two fingers. The precise sensor system prevents accidental operating errors or machine starts. Critical functions can thus only be activated by touching several operating fields at the same time, thus considerably increasing plant safety - also compared to single touch panels. The smooth non-reflective safety glass of the display comes in a special easy to maintain design with a split-free and edge-free front that allows thorough cleaning, even with strong cleaning agents.