Driving a Mobile Human Machine Interface Strategy

by , , | Apr 16, 2020 | Control & Safety Systems

Jim Cahill

Chief Blogger, Editor

In a recent post, Key Criteria for Mobile HMIs, I shared a recap of an article of things to consider in mobile device displays of control system human machine interfaces (HMIs). Having a strategy for deploying this technology is also key.

Changing and streamlining work practices is at the heart of digital transformation initiatives. In a Control Engineering article, A mobile HMI strategy can lead to digital transformation, Emerson’s Danny Strinden and Mariana Dionisio describe how mobile HMIs are an important element in digital transformation efforts by enabling broader decision support and situational awareness across the plant staff.

Danny and Mariana open highlighting the importance of security in a mobile strategy.

Simple, read-only mobile access to process information and displays from an HMI control system can quickly progress organizations on a digital transformation journey by helping to extend a secure architecture in a way that will continue to be useful. Since mobile connectivity is now nearly ubiquitous, extending mobility and enabling users to access plant process data is a natural progression. This access can be achieved by adding a digital layer to existing systems.

Focusing broad sources of data into actionable information must be a priority.

Mobile HMI design tools need to distill a torrent of data from throughout the enterprise into a stream of actionable information relevant to each person’s role. These tools should be tailored to prevent personnel from failing to make the right decisions due to data overload.

DeltaV Mobile

Focusing the information by role is an important consideration.

A digitally transformed organization will be able to gather, filter, and analyze more data. The organization can turn it into actionable information specific to each role. By leveraging existing systems and architecture, and by adding secure, read-only mobile access, organizations can create new efficiencies and build competencies resulting in positive cultural and behavioral changes as well as operational improvements.

Read the article of more on how secure mobile access help improve situational awareness, decision support and collaboration among staff members to drive operational improvements in safety, reliability and efficiency.

Visit the DeltaV Mobile section on Emerson.com for more on how it enables operational improvements as part of your company’s digital transformation initiatives. You can also connect and interact with other DeltaV experts in the DeltaV forum in the Emerson Exchange 365 community.

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