The way humans interface with machines in manufacturing continues to evolve. From push buttons to internet-connected devices to visualization, HMIs have dramatically changed with the advancement of technology. Managers and operators must ensure when updating their HMIs that they are not only meeting the needs today but also future needs and requirements.
There are key areas that are driving the change in HMIs:
- Increase of production data. The amount of data generated annually will increase by five times through 2025.
- Increasing number of devices and systems to connect. Gartner IT predicts that the number of IoT devices will reach 25 billion by 2021.
- Upcoming user interaction scenarios. Expected sales of virtual reality equipment by 2022 is 26.7 million devices; only .8 million were sold in 2018.
To master these changes, HMI manufacturers must address topics such as web technology, cloud connectivity, device independency, better data backbone, etc. These topics define the requirements for the HMI systems of the next decade.
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