Cover Story: Once a mobile device is connected to the IIoT and can access real-time manufacturing data, it can improve plant operations by helping decision makers when they need the information.
Technology Update: Should you build or buy a human-machine interface (HMI)? Developing PC-based HMI software may seem a simple task, but there are pitfalls. Configuring a purchased HMI software package is often a better long-term option. A table compares HMI software development versus configuration.
Implementing cyber security at the HMI instead of at the mobile devices results in a simpler and more secure system.