Germany-based Loos said it plans to release its second-generation product next week as an advancement on its programmable system management boiler controls. About 2,000 such control systems have been installed since the product was released in 2001. Loos now says it has redesigned the system to make operating the boiler systems easier, using touch-sensitive screens with graphic user interface. The new design now allows the computer unit and operating unit to be assembled separately. The touch-screen display will be designed in different sizes. The interface allows the user to select from a wide range of functions using symbols and graphics. "The start-up and shut-down of boiler systems, changing the regulating parameters, control of multi-boiler systems, and boiler operation has never been simpler," Loos claimed. A pre-warning operating and fault alarm system was already an integral part of the first generation of the products. Loos has added a larger memory capacity to the system along with new control devices. These allow users to go back to operating messages that date back much further than can be accessed with the current system. "A high level of data transparency is also achieved by the constant logging of all important process data," Loos stated. "One brief touch is enough to generate graphs full of useful information on screen. Modern bus technology facilitates communication between control modules and data exchange with higher-level systems." Loos has also upgraded its Teleservice facility, so it can provide more precise analyses and longer data logging times. The upgrade allows users to adjust boiler performance to make the process more efficient, the company claimed. In addition, data can be exported to the customer service engineer's notebook. The upgraded system will be included as series fittings for all Loos shell boiler systems in the second half of 2007. Loos plans to reveal its new boiler management system for the first time at the ISH exhibition in Frankfurt, Germany. The exhibition begins 6 March and ends 10 March.