HMI/SCADA software is currently installed in thousands of manufacturing and processing facilities throughout the world. Current installations are spread throughout a fairly even mix of continuous, batch, discrete and hybrid manufacturing facilities, with many locations running multiple types of operations at any given time within the same plant.
Traditional HMI/SCADA applications have met the needs of these varied manufacturers reliably and consistently over the years. However, with companies seeing increased global competition, tighter regulatory standards and significant advancements in production management software and other related productivity tools, there is unprecedented pressure to remain as efficient, productive and profitable as possible. And as the margin for error has shrunk, the need to draw more value from installed HMI/SCADA technologies has grown.