HMI and SCADA Systems Development
In years gone by, machine operators interfaced with their machines using rudimentary dials, levers, switches, and lights. Process information required by management was recorded by manually going out to the machine, reading the analog dials, and writing them down on paper. Advances in control technology have provided the machine operators and management the tools needed for efficient process monitoring and control. Today, we have Human Machine Interfaces (HMIs) and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems that utilize keypads, illuminated screens, data storage devices, and networks to eliminate much of the operator intervention and legwork previously involved.
A few of the key advantages of today's HMI and SCADA systems are:
- Require less physical space by utilizing advanced Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs)
- High reliability
- Secure data storage
- Display control data via illuminated screens at the machine and on remote monitors
- Allow management to view and control process parameters from their offices