American Industrial Systems, Inc. (AIS) the leading designer and manufacturer of customizable, single and multi-touch panels, industrial HMIs including rugged Panel IPCs, Operator Interface Terminals (OITs) for OEMs, ODMs and end-users, introduces their Industrial HMI solutions and options for Food & Beverage/CPG companies incorporating Smart Manufacturing technologies to modernize their operations. Smart Manufacturing or Smart Factory is the advanced factory system which integrates information technology and digital assets with complex physical machinery allowing materials to be moved efficiently across the factory floor. It provides real-time data, intelligence and actionable results. Smart HMI Technologies also provide significant quality, resource and cost advantages to Food and Beverage operations.
AIS’s New Rugged & Smart HMIs Enable Plant and Enterprise-Wide Integration in Smart Manufacturing Operations at Food & Beverage & Tobacco Processing Facilities
AIS’s new family of rugged, HMI panel PCs are designed to help CPG companies requiring advanced, rugged HMIs for Industry 4.0, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) applications in Smart Manufacturing operations. The convergence between machine-gathered data and human intelligence will advance plant-wide optimization and enterprise-wide management objectives, including substantial increases in economic performance, worker safety and environmental sustainability at Food & Beverage/CPG processing plants and facilities. AIS’s Smart HMIs help enable data sharing throughout Smart factory operations.
Premium & Standard Series Smart HMIs from AIS Offer Food & Beverage Companies Flexibility with Open Architecture and Modular Design to Address Managing Real-Time Operations More Efficiently
AIS’s Premium and Standard Series Smart HMIs help food manufacturers efficiently manage real-time operations and address key operational and production requirements including: managing complex recipes and formulas, laboratory information management systems (LIMS), enterprise resource planning & business system integration, reporting demands, maintenance management systems and energy management.
In Smart Manufacturing operations, interoperability between hardware, systems and networks is critical in realizing the benefits of Smart control and monitoring techniques. Both the AIS Premium & Standard Series Industrial HMI Panel PCs feature an open platform design, which allows compatibility with WEB, PLC, HMI, SCADA and MES applications. Consumer demand for high product quality and consistency, combined with the need to reduce waste in all stages of production means real-time control and monitoring of manufacturing processes and product quality is also important in attaining desired results. AIS’s Premium and Standard Smart HMIs at the factory floor level allow operators to respond more quickly to issues that would otherwise result in greater losses or waste.
The Premium and Standard HMI Panel PC Offer Food & Beverage Smart Manufacturing Operations Two Powerful HMI Options to Choose from for their Smart Application Requirements & Budget
The Premium Series model is AIS’s most advanced and powerful Smart HMI and is equipped with an Intel Core i7-4650U processor (4M Cache, up to 3.30 GHz), DDR3L-1600 memory up to 16GB, RAID high availability storage and PCIe expansion slot for additional hard drives or other devices. Ideal for SCADA, MES and ERP applications, the Premium HMI Series automation control panels are available in displays with both analog resistive single-touch and projected capacitive multi-touch, ranging from 15” to 24” screen sizes. The Premium Series Smart HMIs support embedded x86 platforms and x86-optimized operating systems. Pre-installed Windows Standard 7 Embedded or Ultimate 64-bit; Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry, 8.1 Pro or 8 Standard with AIS’s Premium touchscreen is ideal for challenging high speed computing and networking tasks.
The Standard Series HMI Panel PCs utilize an Intel Atom Processor E3845 (2M Cache, 1.91 GHz), DDR3L-1333 memory up to 8 GB, removable 2.5” SATA hard drive bay, and comes pre-loaded with Windows Embedded operating system. While slightly less processing power than the Premium, the Standard Series boasts energy efficiency with its processor. It also offers identical HMI functionality, modularity and scalability as the Premium series, making it suitable for a wider range of mid-to-high level applications. Available in display sizes from 12.1” to 24”, with various models in analog resistive single-touch and projected capacitive multi-touch panels, the Standard comes in 15.6”, 18.5”, 21.5” wide screens sizes are available in multi-touch screen formats. Resistive single-touch display formats and sizes for the Standard series include 12.1”, 15”, 17”, 19”, 21.5” and 24”. It also features fan-less cooling, SSD storage for maintenance-free operation and an LED backlight with 80,000-100,000 hours of life for greater longevity.
What makes these two new series exceptionally unique compared to any other rugged HMI available are their modular design, connectivity and expandability. Their modularity allows users to easily modify, expand or revise their systems by simply replacing the box PC or touchscreen. It also allows for easy and fast maintenance, as they are field replaceable and require minimum tools to disassemble the system.
AIS’s Smart HMI Panel PCs Meet Safety & Hygiene Federal Regulations for Food & Beverage/CPG
Food & Beverage/CPG manufacturers are expected by both regulatory agencies and demanding customers to manufacture high quality products. AIS had made considerable investments in compliance with Federal regulations and testing to ensure that both its Premium and Standard series HMIs meet all the necessary standards, certifications and approvals for hygiene and safety for Food & Beverage/CPG operations including:
- UL 508A Certified Panel Shops
- FDA EN 1672-2 Hygiene Clean-in-place
- Federal Regulations Title 21 CFR Part 11; Electronic Records and Signatures
The Premium and Standard series are rugged with NEMA 4X/IP66-compliant stainless steel front bezels featuring a corrosion and chemical resistant surface, certified for UL/CUL (61010 and 62368) and IECEE CB for automation, information and communication applications.
AIS’s New HMI Families: Premium, Standard and Value Line Overview of Features & Benefits
AIS recently introduced their new series of HMIs including the Premium, Standard and Value Line HMI Panel PCs. Key features of the entire range of new, open HMI touch panels from AIS include:
- Open & standard interfaces in hardware & software for HMI, SCADA & MES applications
- PC-based automation using standard Ethernet & TCP/IP for easy HMI/SCADA & IT/OT integration
- Web-enabled HMI with HTML5-compliant web browsers for improved real-time decision making
- Easy to replace, highly modular designed field-replaceable front display and box PC
- Maintenance-free illumination system with lifetime rating of 80,000-100,000 hours on Eco mode
- Expandable HMI solutions with multiple configurations & options for fast project engineering
- International marks and schemes for safety equipment, certification and regulatory compliance
- Suited for IT-OT convergence, M2M communications, Industry 4.0 and IoT ready for future requirements
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