Better HMIs Can Improve Human Accuracy and Maximize Production

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By Andy The

Automated machines replace humans for repetitive tasks, freeing humans for tasks that require decisions Ironically, human interaction introduces the inaccuracies that lead to production issues.

For example, humans perform non-repetitive tasks like optimization, configuration and alarm management –  interactions prone to errors because of misinterpreted data and complicated interfaces.  These errors translate into production issues that keep manufacturers from reaching full output potential.

Improving the user experience is one way to make humans more accurate, and therefore more productive. Clean and easy to interpret HMIs enable human operators to make clear and informed decisions to control the automated equipment.

This article in Automation World looks at the problem with integrating multiple automated systems together, and how these different interfaces can create “human reliability” issues.

In the future we will see more initiatives to create easy to use HMIs that are plant wide, not just for the immediate system. Whether it is by utilizing touch and gesture GUIs and/or high resolution graphics, these HMIs need to present user data that is easy to interpret and easy to control.

The automation equipment manufacturers who develop powerful plant wide HMIs will succeed over those who only focus on production capabilities.

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