Upgraded HMI provides a better solution for process control systems

Manufacturing control systems improve performance by upgrading the HMI. System integrators should have a deep understanding of customers’ expectations of the manufacturing process achievement before starting any investment of the project.

Automation project consists of various steps, while a basic process seems to be straightforward, sometimes the variants in the product and application may represent some challenges and eventually required a human-machine interface (HMI) to help tune and streamline the process.

We will consider five steps for a better understanding of the industrial control process:

Step 1 – Understanding the actual manufacturing process

The first step is to understand the real customer’s manufacturing process. Most of the time, the automation process is a combination of automated machines. For example, an integrated process can receive the product from a continuous forming or trimming operation and be handled by an industrial robot for delivery to a conveyor system to continue with the robot palletising cell system.

The automated production system can execute this process over and over. When the plant runs 24/7 with continuous production, any interruption may impact the process.

Step 2 – Manufacturing process's enhancement to minimize disruption

Go throughout the manufacturing process during the proposal and the design of the project. Likewise, the impact and recovery from any interruption in the process. As a result, an integrator should consider any optimization or improvement to support the specific requirement of the process.

These manufacturing optimizations minimize downtime and, most importantly, the recovery that may be required.

Step 3 – Automated manufacturing Benefits

Automated manufacturing refers to the ability to plan and implement the practices of production to research and to develop tools, processes, machines and equipment, and to integrate the facilities and systems for producing quality products with the optimum results in a factory.

The main advantages of automated manufacturing include higher consistency and efficiency, reduction of lead times, quality products, simplification of production, reduced handling, improved workflow, and improved worker confidence.

Automated Robots are used extensively in the manufacturing engineering process, and they can quickly adapt to a production line.

Step 5 – HMI improves operator adoption of Robotic Automation System

The process optimization of the automating control system via the HMI improves the manufacturing control systems. However, by upgrading the system, there are ongoing challenges on the level of training and experience of the staff.

An important factor is to provide the factory with more control of the control system via the human-machine interface (HMI) to allow the operator to visualize the process at any point in the production. The HMI interface may simplify error recovery and ease-to-use interface. We recommend involving in the discussion the plant production, maintenance, and engineering staff to provide a product that met the company’s needs.

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Phoenix is a UK-based systems integration company located in Liverpool, with its main office in Abingdon. Our services cater to clients in the UK and globally, as we specialise in upgrading or designing new automated manufacturing processes and robotic automation systems. Don’t forget to check out our article on Manufacturing Automation Systems below.

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