May 11, 2017

Modern User UI/UX Experience: Transformative Situational Awareness powered by the first OMI

Omer Qadri
Omer Qadri
omer.qadri@schneider-electric.com

Omer is the product marketing manager for Wonderware Supervisory and HMI products. With over 10 years experience industrial automation software - he is passionate about the customers success.


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The digital manufacturing benefits of Industry 4.0 and Industrial IoT necessitate the integration of automation and HMI/SCADA software with other enterprise applications. This is often where gaps are found in HMI/SCADA due to complexity of architecture and interoperability challenges.

In all fairness, HMI/SCADA architecture isn’t so much a bad design, but has become an inadequate tool for many organizations as legacy applications keep getting extended through workarounds, customizations, spreadsheets and manual process to enable cross-functional transparency, agility and collaboration.

In all fairness, HMI/SCADA architecture isn’t so much a bad design, but has become an inadequate tool for many organizations as legacy applications keep getting extended through workarounds, customizations, spreadsheets and manual process to enable cross-functional transparency, agility and collaboration.

As the demand for increased operational insight of enterprise level systems grows, the need for Operations Management Interfaces (OMI) offering a single visualization client supporting a wide range of IT and OT applications becomes more obvious.

Operations Management Interfaces expand the scope beyond the traditional things that you would do with a HMI or SCADA, into areas that are more operationally focused. For example, this may include accessing maps, log books, or other applications that are core to how you are executing your operation, and not just about how you interact with the machinery. As such, Operations Management Interfaces target integration points are not just PLCs and controllers but also other software systems, web services, cloud infrastructure components, and services you may get from the internet.     

Operations Management Interfaces target integration points are not just PLCs and controllers but also other software systems, web services, cloud infrastructure components, and services you may get from the internet.

Transformative Situational Awareness across Value Chain

System Platform 2017 is no doubt the biggest and most complete industrial automation platform release. System Platform 2017 contextualizes business processes for enterprise-wide users on any device for greater situational awareness, simplifies the standardization and scale while supporting continuous improvement initiatives without any system downtime.

A very big component of System Platform 2017 release is InTouch OMI. This new visualization client offers the most stellar user experiences and ease of use ever seen in industrial automation!

The industry for far too long has witnessed how critical information has been islanded. In the case of HMI, you can get real-time data, and you might have access to time-series information in terms of historical data. But if you were looking to get other type of data, such as scheduled work orders, lab data, or standard operating procedures, very often you had to go searching in other systems.

InTouch OMI serves not only as an HMI operator interface window into the process, but also as an IT OT convergence platform. It helps to bridge functional silos, starting from the machine and operator through the supply chain. Contemporary visualization technology allows the integration of information from a multitude of sources: cameras, maintenance systems, web services, inventory systems, planning systems and I/O from local or remote equipment.

InTouch OMI serves not only as an HMI operator interface window into the process, but also as an IT OT convergence platform. It helps to bridge functional silos, starting from the machine and operator through the supply chain. Contemporary visualization technology allows the integration of information from a multitude of sources: cameras, maintenance systems, web services, inventory systems, planning systems and I/O from local or remote equipment.

InTouch OMI increases the situational awareness in the value chain, helping address questions like which products should be produced in a particular site, when to plan equipment and asset maintenance and how reduce energy consumption in any given process stage.  

The World’s First OMI Visualization Client is Responsive

InTouch OMI, the world’s first Operations Management Interface (OMI), is built on a responsive application framework that offers modern user experiences for all device platforms without requiring scripting or programming. This is the holy grail of HMI today. InTouch OMI provides the ability to consume content and present it in a way that is native to that device, without having to re-engineer content every time. 

HMI applications were never intended to be responsive as they are typically used by a single user, on a single screen, to manage a single process or machinery. Currently it is impractical to build variants of the same application for different form factor displays such as smartphone, tablet, control room, workstation etc. due to the high costs and time associated with re-engineering. 

The next generation of visualization clients cannot merely live on a single PC screen. They must be part of the infrastructure, providing critical, actionable information to key decision makers throughout the organization on a wide and increasing variety of devices.     

The next generation of visualization clients cannot merely live on a single PC screen. They must be part of the infrastructure, providing critical, actionable information to key decision makers throughout the organization on a wide and increasing variety of devices.      

A Operations Management Interface isn't solely characterized by multi-touch or mobility capabilities, but rather optimal re-use HMI content across multi-form factor device applications. Every display or monitor must automatically render the same unique content! 

InTouch OMI also provides mash-up applications into an integrated UI, driven by context. System Platform 2017 app framework unifies information silos that cannot be addressed in today’s HMI for greater situational awareness.      

Key Value Drivers for OMI:

  • Ease of use – prebuilt standards & application framework that drive best practices; eliminate the need for UI scripting; more accessible for non-technical users
  • Responsive - Every screen optimized with the same content.
  • Re-usability - No one screen size or platform suffers
  • Open Platform - Mash-up of native & partner developed Apps provide context beyond process data
  • Greater situational awareness - context driven integrated apps/analytics/ unified KPIs

System Platform 2017 powered by InTouch OMI ushers in a new era of industrial automation. One where the users look to manage not only their processes but their entire business in real-time. 

 

 

 

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