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ISA101 HMI Standard Nears Completion

The ISA101 HMI (human-machine interfaces) committee was formed to establish standards, recommended practices, and technical reports relating to HMIs in manufacturing and processing applications. The forthcoming standard and accompanying technical reports are intended to help users understand the basic concepts as a way to more readily accept the style of human-machine interface that the standard […]

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Mobile HMI Technology Enters a New Era

A significant shift is occurring in the automation world: the PC, while still an important element in the technology   mix, is no longer the dominant method for remotely accessing automation systems. This is the result of changes in technology and business practices. The Great Recession precluded many companies from hiring additional staff, making them do […]

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When “Just Fine” Isn’t Good Enough: HMI Design and Development

    “Please don’t talk to me about technologies that can improve my plant’s performance. I can’t stand the idea of disrupting my current situation with anything new, even if it’s better.” “So, how is the plant running these days?” “Just fine.” Unfortunately, this imagined dialogue isn’t all that imaginary. Despite the great progress we’ve […]

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Key Questions to Ask Before Migrating to High-Performance Graphics

Waves of processing facilities and operating companies are in the process of adopting high-performance graphics for the first time. These projects can be extremely daunting due to both conflicting information about what constitutes high-performance graphics and the vast number of individual design decisions that will be made over the course of the project. Developing a […]

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The Road to High Performance Graphics

Are you considering implementing high-performance graphics (HPG) or abnormal situation management graphics? If so then you are part of a fast growing list of manufacturers trying to gain a competitive edge. Three types of companies and their road to achieve HPG are described here. The first company is a firm believer in the concepts and […]

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Hybrid Temperature Controllers Offer More Versatility

Many process plant units have temperature loops that must be monitored and controlled. If these units are self-contained to some degree, as with a process skid or a remote unit, they often have just a few discrete and analog I/O points that must be monitored and controlled in addition to temperature. These units also often […]

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New HMI Alternatives Improve Operations and Cut Costs

Faster speeds, lower costs, and greater connectivity are essential to the success of all businesses, including manufacturing. With the introduction of lean manufacturing, Six Sigma, and other continuous improvement strategies, operations must become more flexible, easier to manage, and less expensive. To achieve these goals, businesses demand user-friendly human-machine interface (HMI) graphics, the ability to […]

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Next Frontier for the Operator-Automation Relationship

Industrial control systems are complex designs, but they do not give much consideration to the needs of the human operator. This oversight has caused serious and costly accidents. By empowering operators with the right human-automation relationship tools, companies will achieve and exceed their goals. Unprecedented prosperity The world population is more prosperous today than ever […]

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10 Pitfalls of DIY Control Systems

The debate over the virtues of the distributed control system (DCS) vs. the programmable logic controller (PLC) has been ongoing since these two architectures came into existence 40 years ago. But as functionality differences narrow and price points align, the arguments are getting more intense than ever. The DCS has always focused on distributing control […]

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Simple HMI systems have evolved into highly advanced SCADA solutions that provide key data to operators, engineers, and plant managers from any location.

Remote Access, Any Time, Any Place

Human Machine Interface (HMI) has evolved significantly from the days in which operations staff had to sit in front of a single screen to monitor a machine or a process. HMI/SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) applications now not only monitor and help control equipment and processes but also provide a huge range of information […]

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