Articles & News on Human Machine Interface

Sherwin Williams’ Perspective on HMI/SCADA Implementation

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By Bill Lydon, Editor Ted Krevis of Sherwin Williams gave an enthusiastic presentation about their HMI software implementation at Inductive Automation’s Ignition User Conference last fall. I had the opportunity to talk personally with Krevis and the Lead Software Developer about their experiences using Ignition software. Below is a synopsis of my interview.

Opto 22 updates groov with faster development/improved communications

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Enhancements in Version 2.1 include faster tag handling with OPC-UA servers, and improved data exchange with mobile devices for faster response times and lower mobile network costs. Price: $2895.

Non-Proprietary Controller-to-Controller Communications

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By Bill Lydon, Editor The improvement of manufacturing productivity and quality requires sharing data and synchronizing controllers. This can now be accomplished by using new standards that were jointly developed by PLCopen and the OPC Foundation.

A Common HMI for Improved Operational Excellence

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By Andrew Stuart, Honeywell Process Solutions Today, plant personnel have access to new human-machine interface (HMI) solutions providing the ability to display and interact with system or plant-wide data. This enables high-quality collaboration with the field or with experts in other locations.

Parker releases Remote Manager app

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Parker Remote Manager mobile application lets users monitor and control Interact Xpress and Parker Factory Display products.

Barco supplies video walls to Emerson Executive Briefing Centers

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Video walls have been installed in Emerson’s Houston Hydrocarbon and Energy Center and at the iOps (Intelligent Operations) Center in Austin, Texas.

Schneider Electric's Integration of Invensys

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By Bill Lydon, Editor With this acquisition, Schneider Electric significantly enhanced its position to serve the process industries and now has a complete portfolio of products to serve the entire industrial and process automation industry. This article highlights a few key aspects of the integration of the two companies.

2014 Manufacturing Outlook from Siemens CEO

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By Bill Lydon, Editor Helmuth Ludwig, CEO of Siemens Industry Sector USA, provided his views on the 2014 manufacturing outlook and other industry topics, including the first live display of an assembly line at the Auto Show in Detroit, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the first assembly line.

Beijer HMI panels control Loring coffee roasters

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The EXTER T100 panel allows operators and facility managers to easily control the temperature and humidity of the coffee roasting chambers for roasting that bring out the finest flavors in the beans.

Windows XP Cyber Time Bomb set for April 8, 2014

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By Bill Lydon, Editor The huge installed base of automation software running on Windows XP will be vulnerable to cyber-attacks with the end of Windows XP support April 8, 2014. More than 12 years old, Windows XP is the longest supported version of Windows ever and therefore is the most used in industrial automation systems.