Concept and redesign of a machine visualization in real time

Ergosign UI for the new multi-spindle automatic lathe.

Ergosign designs and develops HMI for Schütte

Working closely with Schütte, Ergosign designed and developed the UI for the new multi-spindle machine - SI 7-20 (the Sprinter). Being able to use several tools simultaneously, the machine can process an item exceptionally precisely. The new design thus meets the highest standards for operator ergonomics and esthetics while underlining the new machine's progressive character.

UX Design
Visual Design

ApproachControls in perfection

The UI comprises a variety of complex controls. To ensure free combination for Schütte, the design of each control had to be kept as generic as possible and to contain all necessary parameters, such as distances. An application framework was designed in a dark UI style that, on the one hand, makes it easy to identify errors while, on the other hand directing users to the content section. Several different layout grids are available for the content section's structure. Industry-standard ISO symbols visualize the machine status making it easy to find functions.

ApproachModular design system

he design system with modular custom controls can be flexibly combined into screens, giving Schütte maximum freedom within the machine's functional range. The design was developed specifically for the HMI and optimized for touchscreen operation. A shortcut system with predefined, known shortcuts makes highly effective machine control possible for experienced users.

OutcomeHigh Performance in real-time

The complexity of the multi-spindle machine posed several challenges in terms of design and technical implementation. WPF was used for the technical implementation, from extensive chart controls to high-performance spindle visualization in real-time. The close collaboration between design, development, and Schütte was essential for and supported by collaborative tools such as GitLab. Schütte was trained in WPF by our experts to handle the system efficiently and for quality assurance after project completion.

About the clientAlfred H. Schütte GmbH & Co. KG

Alfred H. Schütte GmbH & Co. KG, based in Cologne, is a long-established company and a global leader in the manufacturing of tool machines. With over 135 years of history, the company stands for qualified staff and their profound dedication to quality. Their experience and commitment to progress mean the use of the newest technology. The new UI of the Sprinter further underlines this.

Ergosign UI for the new multi-spindle automatic lathe with reddot Award Winner 2020 and UX Design Award logo.
Ergosign UI for the new multi-spindle automatic lathe.
Ergosign UI for the new multi-spindle automatic lathe in a production line.

Christian Ferring, Group Leader Software Development, Alfred H. Schütte GmbH & Co. KG

“With Ergosign, we worked together competently and in a pleasant atmosphere. Our teams could complement each other perfectly by combining our expertise and design skills. Additionally, using modern tools enabled us to track the project progress highly transparently.”

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