HMI or Human Machine Interface, in its simplest terms, includes any device or software that allows you to interact with a machine. This can be as simple as the traditional single-touch display mounted on a machine or as technologically advanced as a multi-touch-enabled control panel or even connected mobile technology such as smartphones.
Regardless of a customer’s industry, size, design, or flow of operations; the overall goal or end result for implementing an HMI system is the same. The objective is to make your operating process as transparent as possible through HMI to where every aspect of the operations can be visually and physically controlled and monitored through a single system.
HMI Automation can be configured as a completely wireless system using RF to send and receive signals, it can also be a completely hard wired system, or a combination of both. Examples of HMI physical aspects could be a machine with touch display, a push button, a mobile device, or a computer with a keypad.
A properly designed HMI solution not only enhances productivity for the operator, but also provides line of sight into the system to control or maintain the machine. Alarming is a great example of an HMI function that provides visual indicators of a machine’s issue and its severity. From an industrial perspective, the most valuable aspect of HMI technology is the ability to closely monitor production and respond to changing production demands, which improves efficiency and decreases downtime. These benefits are a result of improved diagnostics and monitoring.
HMI solutions can be a stand-alone terminal base or fairly distributed for larger applications. Requirements for this type of system vary depending on the application.
HMI is implemented in any industry where human intervention with a machine or automated device is necessary. HMI is widely used in manufacturing—from the automotive industry to the highly regulated pharmaceutical and food industries. Process industries heavily use HMI’s such as in oil and gas, and mining operations in which many processes are managed remotely from a control room. The level of integration and sophistication may vary, but HMI can be added to just about any application type.
Lowers your Operating Costs
Creates a completely Transparent Operating process
Extinguishes Troubleshooting in Operations
Creates a Safer Work Environment.
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