Trends & Technology

Improving Operator Efficiencies

posted Wednesday Jun 19, 2019 by TURTLE & HUGHES in Products and Technology

A frequent challenge for our industrial and automation customers involves working with operator interface terminals, or OITs. The spectrum of users, ranging from heavy industry to pharmaceutical production facilities, often have one element in common: gloves. The task of logging into a terminal can be a challenge when the operator needs to remove their gloves to complete the simple task of checking a value or trend.

At the same time, more and more facilities have been using ID badges that include radio frequency identification, or RFID, technology, for employee security reasons. Employees are required to badge in and out of the facility, or within the facility, to gain entry to or exit a room. The badge each employee receives includes a microchip that produces a signal that can be read by an RFID scanner. This signal includes a small bit of unique code, which can be associated with a product or a person. The RFID signal in the employee’s badge is scanned and associated with their security clearance, and grants or denies them access to rooms inside the facility.

The same technology, and frequently, the same security badges, can be associated with the operator interface terminals the employees need to work with. This means that when an employee needs to log into a system, they won't have to use a keyboard. With just a swipe of their badge, they will be granted the appropriate level of access to the control system. The system could also be set up so that employees still need to enter a password or pin if the facility does not want to allow full access in case a card is borrowed, stolen, or misplaced.

As an authorized distributor of Rockwell Automation operator interface terminals, such as the PanelViewTM family of products, as well as the RF IDeas line of ID card readers, Turtle & Hughes can supply a complete access control system that can work with both existing and new applications. These RF IDea products can be used not only with OITs, but also with programmable logix controllers (PLCs), as well as full HMI or SCADA systems.

If you have a question or want to learn more please contact the Automation Department at Turtle & Hughes at

Turtle & Hughes is an Authorized Distributor of Rockwell Automation in the following areas: New Jersey: Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon (East of Route 31), Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex and Union. New York City: Bronx, Manhattan and Queens. New York State: Dutchess, Kings, Nassau, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Suffolk, Sullivan, Ulster (South of Route 28, excluding the township of Kingston) and Westchester.

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