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Looking for Intuitive HMIs and Smarter Sensors

Machine builders and technology providers are working to deliver the next steps toward smarter machines for food and packaging end users, according to a new report from PMMI Business Intelligence.

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Future human-machine interface (HMI) displays will combine numerous capabilities into a single integrated program that is governed by a set of recognized international standards, according to a new report from PMMI Business Intelligence, 2017 Evolution of Automation.

Integrated condition monitoring—which identifies developing faults like vibration or heat and schedules maintenance to avoid costly downtime—is another key component of the smart machine. “The goal is for all equipment to talk to each other,” says one technology supervisor at a prescription and over-the-counter medical plant.

But that goal comes with a price. “Customers are asking for more intuitive HMI with recovery and easy or even automated changeover,” says the director of robotics for an OEM. “But the costs are high, creating a longer ROI.”

For more information, download the executive summary or full report of 2017 Evolution of Automation.


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