Your HMI in the Palm of Your Hand

Your connection to the factory floor may be the same device you use for social media and gaming. Human-machine interfaces (HMI) have been experiencing long, slow, incremental growth for decades. Lately, though, HMI has rocketed into new tech territory as smartphones and tablets proliferate among consumers. Now, plant managers want the same sophisticated view into that plant that they get on their home devices.

Concurrent with the trend to consumerize HMI, we're seeing an increase in mobilized HMI. Not surprisingly, given all these new devices connecting to the plant, security is becoming an issue. Other HMI trends include TVized large flat screens, increased use of thin clients, a broader view of data on the screen, and everything HMI coming at a cheaper price.

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