Automation engineers are presented with the dilemma of integrating automated systems while ensuring that operators remain engaged with the process rather than being distracted by personal devices.
Partner publication Control discusses the evolving role of automation in industrial settings, particularly in the context of the challenges posed by modern technology distractions like smartphones.
It’s ironic that the same technology causing distraction can also be harnessed to improve automation systems, such as using HTML technology to scale distributed control system graphics to smaller screens like tablets and smartphones. However, it’s important to acknowledge the frustrations of interacting with complex systems on smaller screens and emphasizes the importance of designing user interfaces that accommodate various devices and user needs.
There’s potential in emerging technologies like augmented reality (AR) to enhance operator engagement by providing detailed contextual information overlaid onto real-world views. By leveraging AR, automation engineers can bridge the gap between digital interfaces and physical processes, potentially accelerating the learning curve for novice operators and improving overall plant reliability, efficiency and safety.
To learn more about striking a balance between automation and human engagement, read the full article from Control here.