HMI, OI
Harting to be a collaborative partner in a development project to retrofit legacy protocol plastic injection molding machines with an integrated Industrie 4.0 digital control system that is also linked with its factory-wide MES/ERP system. Courtesy: Harting/Control Engineering Europe
HMI, OI June 17, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles June 10-16

Articles about the Career and Salary Survey, retrofitting Industrie 4.0, power storage capabilities, alarm management and process safety, and choosing the right HMI were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from June 10-16. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Configuration software should make it easy to create basic graphics, and to implement more advanced features like remote connectivity, data logging and security. Courtesy: AutomationDirect
HMI, OI June 10, 2019

Choosing the right HMI

Human-machine interfaces (HMIs) are available with many hardware and software features and users should work backwards from the target application to make sure all needs are addressed.

By Bill Dehner
Inverter drives are getting smarter and are now able to look after themselves. Courtesy: Mitsubishi Electric Europe B.V/Control Engineering Europe
HMI, OI June 4, 2019

Reducing downtime with variable speed drives

Inverter drives are getting smarter and are now able to look after themselves, along with a range of other plant equipment such as fans, pumps, motors and conveyors.

By Wayne Turtill
An HMI should support application-specific customization, such as this control panel for CNC machines. Various Intel hardware and Microsoft software capabilities can be integrated. Courtesy: Beckhoff Automation
HMI, OI June 4, 2019

Scalable and modular HMI options support many industry applications

Flexible human-machine interface (HMI) solutions maintain the advanced functionality of modern hardware while adapting to the needs of each application.

By Eric Reiner
Figure 2: Users can claim ownership of process notifications so that others know those alarms are being investigated. Courtesy: Emerson
HMI, OI June 3, 2019

Improve decisions by optimizing data from mobile devices

Good mobile software promotes efficiency by delivering data on intuitive screens that empower users to integrate information and saves trips back to the control room or to the site.

By Danny Strinden and Mariana Dionisio
As human-machine interfaces (HMIs) have modernized in the last decade, they can now control and monitor multiple machines at once, to provide a complete overview of a production facility. Courtesy: EU Automation
HMI, OI May 30, 2019

It’s time the mobile HMI caught up

Mobile human-machine interfaces (HMIs) have evolved over the last decade and offer a lot of potential value on the plant floor, but there are perceived cybersecurity and risk management issues for many users that need to be overcome.

By Mark Howard
Figure 3: Specifying HMI operational parameters instead of a vendor allows OEMs to select HMIs with the best price-performance ratio. Courtesy: AutomationDirect
HMI, OI May 28, 2019

Specifying performance instead of parts

Specifying performance instead of parts when purchasing machines and process skids will cut costs, reduce lead time and guarantee operation.

By Bill Dehner
Two Technologies’ HMIQ is a hardware package with a user interface development platform that allows companies to utilize the Android operating system and reach Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) goals. Courtesy: Two Technologies
HMI, OI May 1, 2019

HMI hardware and software for IIoT applications

Two Technologies’ HMIQ is a hardware package with a user interface development platform that allows companies to utilize the Android operating system and reach Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) goals.

By Two Technologies
Simulation can provide detailed visualization of a line in an existing production facility. Courtesy: Dennis Group
HMI, OI March 28, 2019

Optimize production line design with simulation modeling

Simulation modeling, used properly, can identify and remove risks, maximize value, and help produce successful outcomes. Ask these five questions to ensure the model reflects realistic behavior and constraints.

By Christy Starner
Figure 1: Advanced consumer electronics have motivated operators to expect rich and intuitive human-machine interfaces on all types of equipment, as well as convenient mobile access. Courtesy: Opto 22
HMI, OI March 11, 2019

Gaining the edge in automation

Edge computing advances give users more options for architecting automation systems as well as flexible communication and programming choices.

By Benson Hougland