Very Interesting article, HMI is definetly worth spending money on by a company since it makes control easier and more centeralized. But it would be interesting to see that how many companies actually adopt multitouch technology, some might stay with the conventional HMI's mostly because there might not be alot of application for the multitouch. Multitouch although quite fascinating might be a bit too advanced for manufacturing companies.
It will be interesting to see how many OEM machines actually implement more sophiticated HMIs that use some of these features. It definitely would add to the cost of development, especially moving to more sophisticated graphics, and one question is whether that expense will be worth it for many machines. Especially over the near term.
If my work's not fun Rob, I have to ask myself why I'm doing it. Yes I need the wage to live, but it should be fun at the same time (just don't tell the owners or they'll dock my pay for having fun on company time).
I see it more as bringing expectations of machinery up to human standards, instead of shaping humans to fit machinery.
Another example of how successful, large-scale consumer electronics innovations can be ported to much smaller markets such as industrial, after high enough volumes have been manufactured to bring prices down.
Most of the new 3D printers and 3D printing technologies in this crop are breaking some boundaries, whether it's build volume-per-dollar ratios, multimaterials printing techniques, or new materials types.
Independent science safety company Underwriters Laboratories is providing new guidance for manufacturers about how to follow the latest IEC standards for implementing safety features in programmable logic controllers.
Automakers are adding greater digital capabilities to their design and engineering activities to promote collaboration among staff and suppliers, input consumer feedback, shorten product development cycles, and meet evolving end-use needs.
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