Articles & News on Human Machine Interface

Automation Lessons Learned at Iron Bridge Water Plant

  • Feature

By Bill Lydon, Editor The Iron Bridge plant was originally built in the 1980s to treat about 5 million gallons of wastewater per day. After several modifications and upgrades, it can now treat and reclaim up to 40 million gallons in that same 24-hour period. The facilities standardized on Siemens controls, drives, power distribution, and Profibus and PROFINET communications network.

Better Data Analysis Increases Efficiency at Coffee Plant

  • Case Study

An HMI from InduSoft improves productivity through automated monitoring and tracking of operations at Mother Parkers Tea & Coffee in Fort Worth, Texas.

Inductive Automation HMI/SCADA system monitors Fractionation Plant

  • Case Study

Enerchem’s Slave Lake fractionation plant in Albert, Canada, replaced an outmoded HMI system with an Ignition HMI/SCADA system from Inductive Automation.

GE updates Proficy software and Proficy Mobile app

  • News

Upgrades to Proficy Mobile allow managers to view and execute workflows, facilitates a tight integration with SCADA systems, and enables geo-intelligence capabilities which can be used with Google Maps.

Precision Digital Announces 2014 Catalog App

  • News

The app contains all the specifications and connection drawings for digital panel meters and control instrumentation.

Red Lion Receives UL Listing for Graphite Series HMIs

  • News

Graphite operator panels received Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Functional Safety Listing Mark as well as UL Listed status for Class I, Division 2 in the U.S. and Canada.

Manufacturing Technology Race - Leveling the Playing Field

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By Bill Lydon, Editor Manufacturers worldwide are in a productivity race enabled by a wide range of new automation technology. In order for your company to remain competitive, it needs to apply new technology to grow and survive in the world economy. To do this, manufacturing companies must stay up to date on the latest developments.

Market for Advanced and Portable Operator Terminals going up

  • News

The world market for operator terminals was worth $2.32 billion in 2013, and will generate revenues of approximately $3.16 billion in 2018.

ABB RoboScreens goes aboard Royal Caribbean ships

  • News

Six 100” video screens attached to six industrial robots help cruise ship operator take on-board entertainment and amenities to the next level.

Automation Brains & Brawn

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By Bill Lydon, Editor Industrial control systems are the “brains” of any automated manufacturing system. Many of these systems require motion systems - “brawn” - to accomplish the physical aspects of automation. Motion technologies have improved and are refined to meet the new manufacturing requirements. MDA North America provides the opportunity for engineers to sharpen motion knowledge and learn from industry experts first hand.