The HMI itself offers a lot of room for innovation and customer benefit. But the HMI system also plays a central role in innovations in machine and plant engineering that go beyond this. For example, in today’s much-discussed autonomous machine of the future, it will be crucial how it shares its autonomous decisions with the operating and maintenance personnel in the factory. This will also involve the use of new solutions. For example, an Industry 4.0 HMI will not only be found at the machine’s operating terminal. In future HMI solutions, there will be seamless integration of HMI visualization at the machine, in mobile applications and in new HMI solutions such as data glasses.
In the field of tension between complex and increasingly dynamic machines as well as an aggravated shortage of skilled workers, HMI software is becoming the central success factor. Machine and plant manufacturers must attach great importance to this circumstance when developing new machines. In fact, however, modern technologies already exist today that enable real competitive differentiation in this area.