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Human-machine interface:
Definition and application

Human-machine interfaces (HMI) are dashboards that enable users to communicate with machines, software programs or systems. Every screen for communication with individual devices or systems belongs to this category, especially in an industrial environment. In particular, HMIs enable real-time data to be read out and the systems to be controlled. They can appear in the form of dashboards, individual screens or as a mobile tablet.

Primarily, HMIs should allow data to be visualized and controlled. HMIs are used, among other things, in the manufacture of motor vehicles, food, medicines or in energy and water supply. Their advantages are in particular the increased transparency and efficiency, less downtime and increased user-friendliness. Nowadays, more and more touchscreens, mobile devices and cloud-based HMIs are used.

With the CeraCode® Technology, a touch panel is used as the HMI to display the current status of the system and to enable small control tasks. An industry-compatible and easy-to-use front end was created which was designed in close cooperation with our pilot customer.