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How to Use HMIs to Improve Energy Efficiency and Reduce Power Consumption

Machine and process skid builders can use human-machine interface (HMI) software to improve energy efficiency by measuring and monitoring energy usage, and by then using this data to reduce energy consumption through analysis and optimization. Through their connection to a variety of monitoring devices and controllers, HMIs provide measurement and monitoring and save the data […]

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The Unsung Hero of Eliminating Unplanned Downtime: HMI/SCADA

We are in the midst of a massive paradigm shift in the manufacturing industry. The explosion of data and the expansion of connected systems are forcing organizations to take a proactive role in managing their operations. In turn, the HMI/SCADA landscape is changing as well. Organizations must increase their operator effectiveness by mobilizing to improve […]

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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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Webinar Recording: How to Design a High-Performance HMI

“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 made in […]

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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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How Can You Achieve a Total Paperless Calibration System?

Not long ago, instrument calibration activities were accomplished using paper worksheets. When calibration management software was used it was primarily as an asset information repository and event scheduler. Worksheets were typically created and approved by management or quality personnel who presumably understood current industry standards. They would initially design a form which included pre-determined math […]

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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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The Top Four Criteria for Manufacturing Software Comparison

By now many companies understand the potential benefits that can stem from implementing manufacturing operations management (MOM) software applications. The space is maturing; technology is advancing; and the benefits will only increase as solution integration capabilities, mobility, user interfaces, and other aspects progress. Although automating, centralizing, and standardizing processes can improve performance, the reality is […]

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