2017 HMI Software & Hardware Study: 5 high-level findings


Respondents to the Control Engineering 2017 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. HMI software or hardware is most regularly used for continuous manufacturing, discrete and continuous manufacturing, or continuous and batch manufacturing purposes. Source: Control EngineeringJustifications: The top situations in which end users purchase new HMI software and/or hardware are an automation upgrade (28%), a new installation (20%), and an operations/engineering upgrade (11%).

  2. Annual spend: Over the past 12 months, the average respondent?s company was estimated to have been spent $127,000 on HMI software and hardware; and an average of $123,000 is expected to be spent in the next year on these products.

  3. Operating systems: Microsoft Windows 7 (60%) and Microsoft Windows 10 (37%) are the most commonly used operating systems by respondents? HMI software.

  4. Cybersecurity: Sixty-one percent of respondents reported that their companies restrict access to HMIs in an effort to protect these devices; 57% have increased password protection procedures.

  5. Mobility: One-third of respondents? use human factors or ergonometric considerations in regard to their HMI, and 25% use a mobile industrial HMI device.

Access the full 2017 HMI Software & Hardware Report to view additional findings.

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