The Future Of HMIs
Friday, June 14th, 2019 | 825 Views
Asia-Pacific industry is increasingly interested in investing in HMIs. In fact, Mordor intelligence, an industry market analyst, predicts that the Asia-Pacific HMI market will be valued at 1529.39 million USD by 2023, at a CAGR of 12 percent. This is due to the growing need of businesses in the Asia-Pacific region to enhance efficiency and flexibility.
HMIs can rapidly communicate complex information by clearly representing status information in real time. However, achieving this requires careful display design because, not only must they accurately show detailed information, they must also be readable at a glance.
Before the advent of Internet of Things (IoT) enabled devices, most machines in a factory had a dedicated isolated HMI. However, these displays, generally only showed simple data and early designs were also visually complicated, meaning operators still had to figure out what the information actually meant.
Raising efficiency by installing a modern HMI system can give businesses the edge over competitors. This is because effective HMIs can reduce time spent on maintenance by allowing operators to clearly understand issues, such as locating which part of a machine is broken. With the escalating costs of downtime, being able to quickly solve breakdowns is crucial remaining competitive.
Modern HMI design
Unlike older HMIs, more thought is being put into how modern displays are designed. For example, the introduction of pattern-based displays, such as annotated graphs, allow operators to simply view the context of the data displayed. Clearer designs mean operators can learn systems faster letting them both get up to speed and make vital decisions quickly.
IoT systems are also allowing HMI’s to take on forms previously unthought of, with many modern systems being able to send analysis directly to smart devices such as smartphones and smartwatches. This means that not only are modern HMI’s readable at a glance, but they can also be read anywhere at any time. This is incredibly beneficial for manufacturers with multiple plants, allowing for a side-by-side comparison.
All these developments make the modern HMI a powerful tool for operators. Their time saving potential and ability to be viewed anywhere can drastically increase work flow flexibility. The benefits gained from an effective HMI system cannot be overlooked and with rising demands raising efficiency is always a clear-cut route to success.
By John Young, Sales Director at industrial parts supplier EU Automation