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The How’s and Why’s of HMIs

One of my favorite parts of automating a system is designing the HMI. Laying out an HMI screen to be both informative and visually pleasing to an operator can be fun and challenging. Many times, “leaving well enough alone” is a good phrase to go by to avoid over complicating the design. Animations, colors, alarms, sounds, etc. are all available to help you get the message across quickly and accurately. While pilot devices, like indicator lights and pushbuttons, can provide some of the same functionality, HMIs are much more flexible and provide not only cost savings with wiring and installation but can also keep you well informed with advanced features like email and data logging.    

In this series of articles, we try to answer many of the questions pertaining to HMIs in general, with a section focused on how to use C-more HMIs specifically. We hope these posts will help you with designing an actual HMI screen using the tools C-more provides. And if you or your boss is on the fence about whether an HMI would be beneficial in your next project, we’ll help with that too.

 

What is HMI? Human Machine Interface

It’s well known that human beings are visual creatures, and we would all choose a pretty picture over boring text any day. Read More –>

 

Good HMI Software: What Capabilities to Look For

When searching for a touch panel HMI, there are lots of options. And while there are certainly differences in the available hardware, many of the available panels on the market have similar hardware capabilities. Read More –>

 

Pick and Place Your HMI

There are many ways to irritate an operator working with automated equipment and a bad human-machine interface (HMI) implementation is right up there with the worst of them. Read More –>

 

16 Tips for an Effective HMI

Do you have an HMI project coming up? Here are some helpful tips and guidelines for you to remember during your planning and implementation. Read More –>

 

Remote Monitoring with Embedded HMIs

Industry is certainly starting to take note of the IIoT, which raises cybersecurity issues because it requires connecting field devices and other automation system components.  

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Layered Security Goes Beyond Hardware in IIoT Implementations

Industry is certainly starting to take note of the IIoT, which raises cybersecurity issues because it requires connecting field devices and other automation system components to the outside world, often through the internet. Read More –>

 

System Integrators Talk HMI Projects

There is a lot of truth in seeking wisdom from those who can claim they’ve been there and done that. In this “System Integrators Talk” segment, we queried our System Integrators Group on LinkedIn with a question on HMIs, and gathered their collective wisdom into one beneficial post. Learn more about how to get started on your HMI projects.  

Understanding the Advanced Recipe Function of the Cmore Touch Panel

Recipes are used in a multitude of control applications including batch processing for the food, beverage, chemical and pharmaceutical industries, as well as complex applications such as robotics. Recipes, when used with an HMI, provide a simple and effective way to change the data in a large number of tags with the push of a single button. Read More –>

 

C-more HMI with Enhanced Allen-Bradley Driver Support Pt 1

With the growing popularity of the C-more Operator Interface line, we have had many requests to add PLC protocol drivers. These drivers allow customers with different PLC brands to standardize on the C-moreHMI product. Read More–>

 

C-more HMI with Enhanced Allen-Brdley Driver Support Pt 2

In part one of this two-part article, we discussed the types of Allen-Bradley PLCs that are supported by the AutomationDirect C-more HMI and covered in detail which protocol should be selected for your application. We also covered the various Data Types for Tags that are supported. Read More –>