2018 HMI Software & Hardware Study: Upward trends


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.

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