Upgrading HMIs and change management

The June issue of AppliedAutomation looks at high-performance HMIs (HP-HMIs) and remote monitoring in the age of COVID-19.

By Jack Smith May 30, 2020

The cover story in this issue ofAppliedAutomationexamines implementing high-performance human-machine interface graphics when embarking on a hardware and software upgrade project for greater control of manufacturing processes and systems. The authors wrote, “The move to high-performance HMIs (HP-HMIs) will help improve an operator’s ability to manage operations effectively and increase response time to alarms and other abnormal situations.”

早期的人机界面图形引入了颜色和报警的不一致,往往会造成操作员的困惑。然而,作者表示,人机界面标准化改变了这一点:“预先建立图形标准是克服这些设计问题的关键。他们帮助指导整个过程和整个公司的愿景。这一切都归结为态势感知,国际自动化学会(International Society of Automation)的ISA-101标准将其定义为“在任何给定时间,操作员对工厂状况的理解与实际状况之间的关系”。HP-HMI图形将增强态势感知能力,使系统内的异常更容易识别。”

According to the authors, the other tools and issues to consider include alarm management, visualization tools and read-only remote access.

The other story in this issue explores ways companies approach organizational change management as it applies to remote operations. The author wrote, “In many cases, the infrastructure required to support a move to reduced onsite staffing or a move to remote operation may be in place. Reducing onsite staff has increased focus in the current COVID-19 pandemic. It is unlikely that the same level of process safety and reliability can be achieved without meaningful effort and cost. Significant staffing changes must include a serious evaluation of organizational change management and the understanding that current operational reliability is more a case of luck than excellence in organizational design.”

This article appears in the Applied Automation supplement forControl Engineeringand2022世界杯八强谁会赢?.

Original content can be found atControl Engineering.

Jack Smith
Author Bio:Content manager, CFE Media