Design HMI software with user in mind, study encourages

HMI software architecture should be designed with the user in mind, a new ARC Advisory Group analysis indicates.


HMI software architecture should be designed with the user in mind, a new ARC Advisory Group analysis indicates. It should have features such as common data structures, common device tags, built-in support facilities for access to data from the device level to the enterprise system, and common programming tools among different control domains, the report says.

“HMI software suppliers need to review their software platform strategies,” said Craig Resnick, ARC research director and principal author of ARC’s HMI Software Worldwide Outlook Market Study . “Many HMI software suppliers made improvements to their existing software platforms. But generally, this approach provides slow progress due to restrictions from legacy systems and their installed base of customers. HMI software suppliers are usually advised to establish platforms based on open technologies, but find this difficult when asked to maintain legacy features included on their installed base.”

HMI software plays a strategic role in the access, presentation, and exchange of information for managing plant-floor production processes, the report says. Because of the strategic role played by HMI software, manufacturers want that software to provide the tools for plant-wide information collection and integration, it goes on.

According to an analysis of the report , HMI software using flexible, multi-functional, interoperable platforms that provide peer-to-peer interfaces with other platforms drives factory visibility and intelligence and plays a major role in providing plant-wide connectivity. “That is why HMI software is sometimes referred to a visualization software,” it states.

HMI software connectivity on the plant floor, the report explains, allows a view of devices and machinery; connectivity toward the enterprise lets HMI software view production management and manufacturing intelligence tiers. HMI software suppliers who offer applications that address these user requirements for exchange and distribution of factory-floor information, it concludes, are postured to grow their businesses.

Initial data on worldwide HMI software market growth were released last fall. Click here to read more about it from ARC. Click here to read more about it from Control Engineering .

Watch for the results of a new research study on HMI software from Control Engineering and Reed Research Group coming in the September issue of Control Engineering .

—Jeanine Katzel, senior editor, Control Engineering,

No comments
The Engineers' Choice Awards highlight some of the best new control, instrumentation and automation products as chosen by...
The System Integrator Giants program lists the top 100 system integrators among companies listed in CFE Media's Global System Integrator Database.
Each year, a panel of Control Engineering and Plant Engineering editors and industry expert judges select the System Integrator of the Year Award winners in three categories.
This eGuide illustrates solutions, applications and benefits of machine vision systems.
Learn how to increase device reliability in harsh environments and decrease unplanned system downtime.
This eGuide contains a series of articles and videos that considers theoretical and practical; immediate needs and a look into the future.
Additive manufacturing benefits; HMI and sensor tips; System integrator advice; Innovations from the industry
Robotic safety, collaboration, standards; DCS migration tips; IT/OT convergence; 2017 Control Engineering Salary and Career Survey
Integrated mobility; Artificial intelligence; Predictive motion control; Sensors and control system inputs; Asset Management; Cybersecurity
Featured articles highlight technologies that enable the Industrial Internet of Things, IIoT-related products and strategies to get data more easily to the user.
This article collection contains several articles on how automation and controls are helping human-machine interface (HMI) hardware and software advance.
This digital report will explore several aspects of how IIoT will transform manufacturing in the coming years.

Find and connect with the most suitable service provider for your unique application. Start searching the Global System Integrator Database Now!

Infrastructure for natural gas expansion; Artificial lift methods; Disruptive technology and fugitive gas emissions
Mobility as the means to offshore innovation; Preventing another Deepwater Horizon; ROVs as subsea robots; SCADA and the radio spectrum
Future of oil and gas projects; Reservoir models; The importance of SCADA to oil and gas
Automation Engineer; Wood Group
System Integrator; Cross Integrated Systems Group
Jose S. Vasquez, Jr.
Fire & Life Safety Engineer; Technip USA Inc.
This course focuses on climate analysis, appropriateness of cooling system selection, and combining cooling systems.
This course will help identify and reveal electrical hazards and identify the solutions to implementing and maintaining a safe work environment.
This course explains how maintaining power and communication systems through emergency power-generation systems is critical.
click me