HMI, OI
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
Siemens has 20 MindSphere application centers, with more than 300 partners in the ecosystem. The system, using an open API driver, works on Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure systems and will be available in China on Alibaba cloud (August release expected), as explained at ARC Forum 2019. Courtesy: Mark T. Hoske, Control Engineering, CFE Media
HMI, OI March 4, 2019

Manufacturing and process facility trends: Digitalization

Technology update: Digitalization was are among key trends for manufacturing and process facilities highlighted in the media session at ARC Forum 2019.

By Mark T. Hoske
Figure 1: Dynamic human-machine interface (HMI) content such as scalable vector graphics (SVG) makes it easier to visualize complex manufacturing processes. Courtesy: B&R Automation
HMI, OI January 2, 2019

Automation programming advances enhance communication, other capabilities

Automation software and hardware advances reduce programming tasks and provide more built-in configurability, scalability, background communication among software components, simulation/digital twin capability, and usability.

By John Kowal
The VxWorks real-time operating system (RTOS) helped NASA's InSight Spacecraft make a safe landing on the surface of the planet Mars. Courtesy: Wind River
HMI, OI November 28, 2018

Real-time operating system crucial for spacecraft landing on Mars

The VxWorks real-time operating system (RTOS) was crucial in helping ensure NASA's InSight Spacecraft made a safe landing on the surface of the planet Mars. See video.

By Wind River
Emerson's DeltaV Live is a customizable human-machine interface (HMI) is natively supports HTML5 to provide universal, cross-platform graphics that are easy to design and configure. Courtesy: Emerson
HMI, OI November 24, 2018

HMI with native HTML5 support

Emerson's DeltaV Live is a customizable human-machine interface (HMI) is natively supports HTML5 to provide universal, cross-platform graphics that are easy to design and configure.

By Emerson Automation
Siemens' Desigo Control Point is an end user focused operating and monitoring interface that is accessible on a touch panel, desktop, tablet or smart phone. Courtesy: Siemens
HMI, OI November 21, 2018

Control point touch panel and web interface

Siemens' Desigo Control Point is an end user focused operating and monitoring interface that is accessible on a touch panel, desktop, tablet or smart phone.

By Siemens Industry, Inc.
Upgrades to www.controleng.com include more logically organized content, faster loading pages, and better mobile access. Courtesy: Control Engineering, CFE Media
HMI, OI November 20, 2018

Five reasons to appreciate the new www.controleng.com site

Think Again: Website redesigns can cause user discomfort, but you’ll like the new Control Engineering website in five major ways.

By Mark T. Hoske