ASPECTS OF OPERATOR INTERFACE DESIGN FOR AN AUTOMATIC TRACKING ANTENNA CONTROLLER
AuthorDeBrunner, Keith E.
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AbstractThe processing power afforded by embedded microcomputers in state-of-the-art control applications offers the design engineer greatly expanded opportunities for improved ergonomic design, even without the use of “soft” actuator and/or display devices (which are sometimes undesirable and/or unacceptable). Especially important is the exploitation of software to simplify the hardware design while simultaneously implementing decision/mode logic that would be prohibitively expensive if done in hardware alone. The designer is often confronted with an ocean of possibilisties, and must make intelligent decisions in order to satisfy increasingly demanding applications and sophisticated users. The design decisions and resulting features and behaviors of an automatic antenna control unit are discussed from the operators point of view (black box), but also with the intention to detail some of the logic necessary to implement these features. This is prefaced by a discussion of the characteristics of the primary operator interface, the front panel, and the factors that influenced its design. Areas for future improvement of the design are also mentioned.
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