Introduction to HMIs, Human Machine Interfaces (EA20)

This real-world-based course will give you a broad introductory understanding of the Human Machine Interface, and actual hands-on practice in making one.

You will be able to:

  • Describe the general concept of an HMI (human-machine interface)
  • List the elements of an HMI
  • Explain how HMIs communicate
  • Design a basic tag table
  • Design a basic HMI screen
  • Define the two kinds of alarms and tell how to use them
  • Design a trend, report, and data log
  • Explain HMI security
  • Connect to a PLC (programmable logic controller)

What you’ll cover:

  • Introduction to HMIs
  • Editing And Placing Text: Handles, Change The Color, Add Some Text, Types Of Text, Placement, Placement Properties, Location, Size, Color, Rotate, Font
  • GUI (Graphical User Interface)
  • The Tag Table — Calculated Data
  • Make Your Own HMI
  • Computer ID
  • Edit Mode, Tags, Graphics Screens, Screens
  • Water Tower
  • Tag Details
  • Indicators And Alarms
  • Interactive Lab
  • Configuration — Drivers: Converters And Switches, Ethernet Or IP, IP, Serial Multi-drop Drivers, Serial drivers (No Address), Specific Drivers, Modbus, Linking To Modbus IP Points, Simulator
  • Review Linking to External Tags
  • Human Considerations: Sizing, Color Vision


3 days


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