Plant automation is about more than merely controlling and monitoring complex processes. Issues such as usability, intuitive operation and scalable information density are also of great significance for the human-machine interaction to be efficient and safe.

Operating and monitoring

In plant automation, increasingly complex systems need to be managed. Take, for instance, a large pharmaceutical factory, a modern rolling mill or an extensive warehouse. Far from simply controlling individual sub-processes and assuming routine tasks, automation also helps to understand how systems work and assists the operator in taking the right decisions.

Looking, understanding and acting

3D visualisation of paper reel stock
3D visualisation of paper reel stock

Humans are not computers. In a good automation solution, the design of human-machine interaction possibilities is therefore a component whose significance can hardly be overrated. Intuitively designed system visualisation and sophisticated operating concepts enhance the operator’s competency and self-assurance in dealing with complex systems. Technology with humans for humans – that’s what automation is about.

The flood of information needs to be channelled and filtered in a reasonable way. Usability and operating convenience are significantly improved by the option of scalable information density. This includes, for instance, the suppression of follow-up alarms (disturbance rejection) and visualisation with animations which enable the operator to virtually trace processes in real-time. Amongst other things, Eckelmann’s operating philosophy comprises:

  • Intuitive operation
  • Scalable information content (so as to avoid unnecessary excessive demand of operators)
  • Simple system operation via visual tools
  • Intelligent diagnostic functions

Visualisation tools

Eckelmann’s engineers incorporate proven SCADA tools in the visualisation and design of HMIs. optimally integrated solutions are thus generated independently of manufacturers.

  • Siemens SIMATIC WinCC / WinCC Flexible
  • InTouch/system platform from Wonderware
  • GE Fanuc iFIX
  • GE CIMPLICITY
  • GTI PROCON-WIN
  • FactoryLink
  • Rockwell FactoryTalk View
  • Phoenix Contact PC WORX
  • LabVIEW

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