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Your HMI Guide

Posted by PanelShop.com on Jan 3, 2018 12:04:30 PM

Machines are built to ease up work load on manual labors, but at the end of the day they’re controlled by users. The platform that allows these machines to be controlled by users is known as HMI or Human Machine Interface. An HMI is simply an interface, and a very broad term that can be used for devices such as MP3 players & household appliances to process control systems in manufacturing industries. An HMI provides a visual representation of a system, and gives the user real-time monitoring & control capabilities, increasing productivity in a user-friendly manner.

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Topics: HMI Panels

Should you Consider an Embedded HMI?

Posted by PanelShop.com on Nov 2, 2017 12:22:46 PM

HMIs serve as gateways to multitude of hardware & software ranging from servers to I/O devices to controllers, etc. Since the dawn of industrial robotics, OEMs have been using embedded controls in their machines. Today, these embedded controls have transformed into embedded HMIs, platforms that contain a display along with an embedded OS (Windows, Linux, etc.), as well as a programming software to allow users to customize the robot’s functionalities according to their needs.

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Topics: HMI Panels, Remote I/O

Benefits of The Mobile HMI: What You Need to Know

Posted by PanelShop.com on Sep 29, 2017 12:16:42 PM

Human Machine Interfaces (HMIs) have long been used in the industrial world to provide users with comprehensive system monitoring and control capabilities. Large LCD panels and screens are generally attributed to HMIs but latest implementations of HTML-5 powered technology as well as increased processing capabilities of handheld devices plan to change this image.

Moving from workstation based controls to handheld ones may sound like a lengthy process, but it is one that’s already being implemented within industries. Smartphones and tablets are the key drivers behind this technology, and they are gradually being moved to industrial applications due to greater flexibility and portability they provide compared to location dependent HMIs.  

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Communicating Through HMIs

Posted by PanelShop.com on Sep 8, 2017 8:38:02 AM

Human Machine Interfaces (HMIs) are vital for streamlined monitoring and control of any Control System whether it’s based on a small-scale or covers multiple geographic locations. Communication is necessary nonetheless, irrespective of the scope of the control system as it ensures transparency, quick reaction and decision-makers to untie themselves of any particular physical location.

In addition, various automation systems should not only have strong inhouse intercommunication portals but support the latest wave of devices such as smartphones and tablets. The reasons behind this is the quick adoption of such devices by operations personnel, which makes it easier for them to acquire information and thus raise their productivity.  

The hardware and software of today have made ample technological advances to support such networked-expansion, allowing remote servers to interact with HMIs and provide a smooth stream of data to all devices. Typically, the use of HMIs is limited to inhouse monitoring and control of devices such as PLCs, Drives and Switches, but their integration with the outside world has slowly become an unavoidable requirement. Modern PC-based HMIs solve this problem through constant back and forth communication with all interlinked devices.

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The Mobile HMI

Posted by PanelShop.com on May 10, 2017 8:04:57 AM

Human Machine Interface (HMI) is a core component of any SCADA or industrial automation system. Siemens is already an industry leader in all state-of-the-art smart technologies ranging from PLCs to Intelligent Drives to HMIs and supportive software.

Mobile HMI Panels are Siemens' way of implementing more performance, quality, scalability and reliability within an industrial environment. Available in two options, wired or wireless, Siemens Mobile HMI panels can provide an efficient monitoring and control platform in any corner of your area while cutting cabinet-space and other associated requirements of a full scale computer.

SIMATIC HMI Mobile Panels are built on the stability of SIMATIC HMI Comfort Panels, and are primarily built for satisfying user demands of convenience and flexibility. However, no compromise has been made on either processing or graphics performance.

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HMI Panels with Design in Mind

Posted by Javan Kalmar on Jul 20, 2016 11:13:38 AM

If you’ve ever manually controlled a machine, then you probably used something important you didn’t think twice about. That system is the HMI. A Human Machine Interface (or HMI) is a system which lets a user directly interact with and operate a machine. It encompasses all controls and alerts that a user may see, hear, or interact with.

These are used in everything from high-speed transportation to laboratory equipment to everyday household appliances. HMI panels provide safe and cost-effective controls. The key to a good HMI is for it to be self-explanatory and easy to figure out. Here are some best practices for designing your own HMI.

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Think Simple for Effective HMI Design

Posted by John Ruth on May 18, 2016 11:27:10 AM

No matter how cutting edge, industrial machinery can only be as effective as the operator at the controls. In order to have an effective operator, the machines need an interface that can relay commands and represent important data without losing anything in the machine-to-man translation.

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The Top 3 Advantages of Affordable HMI's

Posted by Samantha Polons on Mar 16, 2016 8:19:41 AM

HMI panels are one of the most popular ways to improve efficiency and safety on the factory floor. HMI design has only evolved to be faster, more accurate, and more responsive. When considering what controls to use for your next control panel project, take a look at some of the top advantages that make an HMI a better solution than traditional pilot devices.

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PLCs vs. PC-Based Controls

Posted by Anthony Balsamico on Oct 2, 2015 10:58:21 AM


Will the need for Programmable Logic Controlers (PLCs) be eliminated by PC-based Controls?

In my opinion, the simple answer to this is no. While today's trends in industrial automation favor new technology, there are four reasons to believe that PC-based controls will not push out PLCs.

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Topics: PLCs, HMI Panels

Trends in Industrial Automation

Posted by Shelby Klick on Jul 8, 2015 11:12:56 AM

Slowly but surely the Automation industry is making advances.  Some areas of improvement like safety and efficiency seem to be second nature, while others such as mobile information and cloud systems can take some time adapting and using. Nonetheless, it is important to keep up on industry trends in order to advance your business and stay ahead of the competitor.

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Topics: PLCs, Safety, Industrial Automation, Future Industry Trends, Energy Savings, Cost Savings, HMI Panels, Remote I/O

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