The Changing Face of Operator Interface

From mobile devices to AR/VR, technology is brining new features to HMI, Control Design, Nov. 2022

What have been the biggest improvements to operator-interface technology in the past five years?

Portable devices like smart phones and tablets as well as wearables bring information to the manufacturing users who many times are not sitting at their desks or in front of an operator-interface terminal (OIT) but are in other areas of the plant. We are seeing many applications that leverage these technologies.

Serving up digital-workflow instructions to smart phones, tablets and wearables has brought information normally available on a stationary OIT directly to the user who is working to troubleshoot an issue, assemble a product or perform other standard work instructions.

Chris Parkinson, HMI Technical Lead at Polytron, Inc.