HMI (Human Machine Interface) is the technology required to allow human operators to interact with and communicate with machines.
The HMI is critical to giving operators insight into machine performance, key performance indicators (KPIs), and process variables. An efficiently designed HMI can increase uptime, prevent machine failure by warning operators of sub-optimal conditions, or reduce material waste.
Critical Questions to Ask When Selecting HMI Software
When deciding to develop HMIs for a machine, start by considering which information is the most critical to control of the process. How will the machine will be maintenance or updated? Will operators be enabled with the information they need to improve the output of the machine?
Also consider the following questions:
- What are the short and long-term corporate objectives? Is the proposed HMI consistent with these objectives?
- What process information will most help operators do their jobs effectively?
- How will the technology eliminate or reduce current inefficiencies and costs?
- What regulations and requirements need to be addressed when it comes to reports and collecting information?
Here's a quick overview of a few of the features that make InduSoft Web Studio such an excellent HMI solution for any machine.
Why InduSoft Web Studio?
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Remote Capabilities – Read/Write access to your HMI from any device and any browser supporting HTML5. No virtual or remote desktops required – just publish for the web and conveniently access your application from iPhone, iPad or Android tablets or phones.
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Built-In Drivers – InduSoft Web Studio provides over 250 native communication protocols for PLCs, robots, temperature controllers and more!
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Alarms – Build the alarms you require with an intuitive interface that gives you the ability to determine how alarms are displayed, acknowledged, and recorded. Further improve your HMI by ensuring the correct alarms go to the relevant users and that information overload is kept to a minimum.
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Trends - You shouldn’t only know there’s a problem when something fails. With the historical and real-time trending of InduSoft Web Studio HMI software, you can use trends to determine when operating conditions are best, and which trends indicate a need for maintenance. See when product quality is diminishing, or which machines are the most productive!
Are you new to InduSoft Web Studio? Here are some links to help you get started: