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HMI, OI

Figure 4: AutomationDirect’s C-more HMI mobile app works securely when used in conjunction with the secure StrideLinx VPN router. It’s also available for Google Android. Courtesy: AutomationDirect
HMI, OI September 20, 2019

Selecting HMI remote access options

Two leading methods exist for establishing mobile human-machine interface (HMI) connectivity; one providing more cybersecurity. See table comparison of remote access HMI connections.

By Jonathan Griffith
Courtesy: Pruftechnik
HMI, OI September 1, 2019

OPTALIGN touch by PRÜFTECHNIK Dieter Busch AG

OPTALIGN touch alignment system consists of the touch handheld device and the PRUFTECHNIK sensALIGN 5 sensor/laser heads.

By PRÜFTECHNIK Dieter Busch AG
Up to four communication protocols, including leading IT protocols such as Modbus TCP/IP and FTP, can be used simultaneously with high-performance HMIs. Courtesy: IDEC
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 August 29, 2019

Control system connectivity update

Digitalization, IIoT and Industry 4.0 implementations need communication hubs, a role well-suited to PLCs and HMIs.

By Don Pham and Linda Htay
Courtesy: CFE Media
DCS, SCADA, Controllers August 7, 2019

Next-generation control room technologies

Technology and demographics are changing control room design as companies try to lower risk and create appealing environments visually and operationally for the next generation of operators. See eight tips for control room design.

By Matko Papic
Companies can mitigate project risk by following best practices such as leveraging existing technology on the plant floor and standardizing policies. Courtesy: Maverick Technologies
Production and SCM August 1, 2019

Five strategies to effectively manage and execute automation projects

Automation projects come with many challenges that seem daunting because of their complexity. Learn about six common automation project management challenges and learn about five tips to overcome them including planning ahead and leveraging available technology on the plant floor.

By Lee Swindler
Figure 3: Specifying HMI operational parameters instead of a vendor allows OEMs to select HMIs with the best price-performance ratio. Courtesy: AutomationDirect
Machinery and Equipment 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
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
Process Manufacturing 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
Courtesy: Mitsubishi Electric Automation
HMI, OI February 1, 2019

GT2107 human-machine interface by Mitsubishi Electric Automation

The GT2107 is an interface that connects to equipment such as PLCs, VFDs and servos.

HMI, OI September 3, 2018

Your tablet is your new HMI

A year ago, Plant Engineering lamented the death of the human-machine interface (HMI), at least as we have known it. The increased use of tablets, smartphones and other portable devices has moved the machine-bound HMI to the back bench. That hasn’t changed the value of the HMI, however, and certain new rules and realities have to be part of the equation.

By Bob Vavra, CFE Media
HMI, OI June 13, 2018

Five essential criteria for effective mobile HMIs

Mobile human-machine interface (HMI) strategies should consider security, ease of use, level of access and detail, and collaboration when bringing HMI interfaces from the control room to the plant floor.

By Mariana Dionisio, Camilo Fadul, and Cindy Scott, Emerson Automation Solutions