Ice Maker & Ice/Water Dispenser
This platform for ice maker and ice/water dispenser is a product that helps OEMs differentiate their model lines with custom-designed user interfaces.
A commercial ice-making equipment OEM wanted to tackle a new untapped market. They desired an upscale look and feel for the user interface consistent with their strategic vision.
Elan proposed a user Interface (UI) using capacitive touch technology used in high end appliances to capture the high-end look desired by the OEM. In addition, the machine control, with UI disconnected, can retrofit into their existing models, providing the opportunity to share the control across multiple platforms. Further, an integrated switching power supply means the control accepts universal voltage so that domestic and foreign models can use the same control.
The UI look is fantastic. The new control was featured in the Technology Showcase at the NAFEM (North American Food Equipment Manufacturers) show in 2011. Elan provided software at no charge to aid the OEM in defining operation for different models; the control has already been selected for additional new models being introduced to support all with the same SKU control.