The Control Panel

The layout of the control panel will vary considerably between machines and manufacturers.

Individual controls will also vary in appearance as well as location.

Simple controls such as focus or depth may be a soft key, a dial, a paddle or on-screen. Individual tabs/keys may have multiple functions depending on the mode of operation selected.

It is for this reason that a ‘co-pilot’, who is familiar with the specific system, is a useful ally when using a machine for the first time.

Manufacturers tend to group controls depending on function and to minimise operator movement and reach. For example, callipers/measurement controls are often positioned around a central tracker ball for ease of access.

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