The human machine interface of tomorrow

Machine operation interfaces designed with the user in mind

Machine operation is one of the many things being affected by digitalization in industry. Find out how to build operator focused human machine interfaces, leveraging the latest trends and technologies, to meet the expectations of the next generation of machine operators.

How machine builders see the future of human machine interfaces

More flexibility, mobile access and less time for training. These are three of the critical areas designers are focused on in the next generation of their machines.

What it takes to design a new human machine interface

When single machine functions that have historically been executed by the operator step by step are combined into an automated workflow, the human machine interface has to adapt. Machine operation interfaces need to become more flexible and adaptive to workflows that may be modified over time.
Recent years have seen an increase in the complexity of machine operation interfaces, leading to extensive training requirements and constraints in flexibility for operation management. The availability of even more information thanks to digitalization in smart factories can make it more complicated. In a joint initiative with Eaton, the Machine Building Institute of the University RWTH Aachen has issued a whitepaper that describes how role concepts and adaptive human machine interfaces can help to improve the productivity of staff and optimize production performance via data available through increased data harvesting.

The results of the 2016 survey of the VDMA (German machine-building association) show a growing trend towards touchscreens and mobile devices. New operating and visualization concepts  need to be ready to process the additional information provided as part of Industry 4.0/IOT.

This whitepaper describes how human machine interfaces can be designed for the needs of digital natives, the upcoming generation of users. Ways to implement mobile devices, while ensuring that machines continue to be compliant to current regulations and regional market practices, are also discussed.

 

How our customers build human machine interfaces for new machines

We were faced with the challenge of coming up with a solution on a tight budget that would allow the operator to take a detailed look at the plant and to adjust production accordingly, taking current capacities into account.

Philipp Fels, Weingärtner GmbH

Gravel plant in load dependent operation

When Weingärtner sought to modernize one of the gravel pits it operates, the company faced two challenges: how to visualize the operational data as efficiently as possible, and how to make it easier to optimize operations. Our control technology with multi-touch operation made it easy for the company to respond to these challenges.

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Optimize machine design with attractive human machine interfaces

The operator interface is the calling card of any machine; it has a crucial impact on appearance and showcases the value and quality of the entire system. Recent developments in operator panels mirror those in the next generation of smart phones, with a clear trend towards sleek designs and high-end materials. Let us help you discover how you can bring the operator panels of your machines up to speed.

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