2018 HMI Software and Hardware Study: Upward trends for HMIs

The 2018 HMI Software and Hardware study revealed several upward trends on the usage of human-machine interface software and hardware.
By Amanda Pelliccione, CFE Media March 5, 2018

Cybersecurity efforts for HMI devices have increased in all areas, the most notably being more facilities placing restrictions on access to HMIs (61% in 2017 versus 71% in 2018) and implementing cybersecurity assessments (from 18% to 29%). Source: Control EngineeringRespondents to the Control Engineering 2018 HMI Software & Hardware study unveiled five key findings regarding what end users expect and how they purchase or specify human-machine interface (HMI) software and hardware:

  1. Usage of HMI software, hardware: HMI software or hardware is most regularly used for continuous manufacturing (27%), discrete and continuous manufacturing (20%), or discrete manufacturing purposes (18%).
  2. Justification: The top situations in which end users purchase new HMI software and/or hardware are an automation upgrade (64%), a new installation (47%), and an operations/engineering upgrade (33%).
  3. Annual spend: Over the past 12 months, the average respondent’s company was estimated to have spent $142,500 on HMI software and hardware (up 12% from the 2017 survey); an average of $141,900 is expected to be spent in the next year on these products.
  4. Operating systems: Microsoft Windows 7 (80%), Microsoft Windows 10 (57%), and Microsoft Windows Server (55%) are the most commonly used operating systems by respondents’ HMI software.
  5. Mobility: Fifty-one percent of respondents’ use a mobile industrial HMI device, 44% use industrial tablets or handheld equipment, and 35% recognize human factors or ergonometric considerations in regard to their HMI.

Access the full 2018 HMI Software & Hardware Report to view additional findings.