Case Studies and Project Examples
Pioneer Process Control – Next Generation User Interface for Plastic Manufacturing
LMS LIFE – Next Generation Line Monitoring System
Easy Operation – Intelligent Line Management
Continually increasing demand for quality with ever shorter delivery times make running a film stretching line a highly complex business. Operating personnel stand before increasing challenges when it comes to guaranteeing a stable and efficient production with the highest quality film. The software suite ›Easy Operation‹ represents a completely new integrated operating concept. The focus is shifted from the usual machine view to the process view. This new, patent-pending approach allows easy operation over just a few parameters. Intuitive navigation is part of the user experience. The central cockpit shows all necessary information at a glance. A drill-down principle allows navigation up to the sensor level. The responsive user interface is realized with current web technology. Assistance systems provide comprehensive assistance in plant operation and guide the operator using predefined, customizable operating steps. The advantage is clear: constant high efficiency and quality.
The project was awarded with the Red Dot Award: Brands & Communication Design 2020 and was a Finalist of the iF DESIGN AWARD 2021.
Aasted Smart Control – User Interface for the production of chocolate and bakery products.
Hermos Track & Trace Solution
HERMOS offers with its Track & Trace applications an efficient and reliable solution for product integrity and production safety. The basis for this are in-house developments from the areas RFID and mechatronics as well as image processing. With this system, HERMOS always offers its customers a customized and on the task adapted tracking solution from one source.
HMI Project has supported Hermos in the analysis, conception and development of the user interface. The graphical design, the implementation with web technology and finally the connection to existing backend software was also part of the project. The interface is optimized for touch operation and offers quick access to all relevant functions. The key figures that are important for the process are optimized for viewing from a distance and are displayed in a correspondingly large size.
Rovema – The Smart Solution for Packaging Machines
logotherm – adaptive Human Machine Interface for industrial cooling and temperature control systems
A user-friendly and highly flexible interface that is suitable for a variety of applications and monitor sizes was developed for the industrial cooling and temperature control systems of gwk Gesellschaft Wärme Kältetechnik mbH from Meinerzhagen in North Rhine-Westphalia. The efficiency and the energy consumption of the systems were optimized through clear user guidance. The interface is optimized for multi-touch and can be configured comfortably for the field of application via a wizard. The adaptive dashboard and its typographical information units ensure rapid orientation and easy operation in a wide range of different usage situations. In order to design a uniform system for the entire product range, the first step was to determine the usage requirements of the numerous fields of application. The interface was then implemented and tested as an example for the single-circuit temperature controller. This was followed by the adaptation for the rest of the product range. The new interface was presented for the first time at the Fakuma 2017 - Trade Fair for Industrial Plastics Processing - in Friedrichshafen.
Optimal presentation through responsive and adaptive design
The interface has been developed with Web technology to ensure consistent presentation across all output devices. The interface adapts responsively to the monitor size of the end device. The information units react adaptively in number and form to the available space. The result is always an optimal representation of the key figures and functions. The layout is modular and scalable from compact devices to plant operation.
Help with the configuration
In order to be able to prepare the interface for the various areas of application, a commissioning wizard has been developed. This guides the administrator on the PC step-by-step through the configuration process. This speeds up the configuration and reduces incorrect entries for complex settings.
User interface design
The interface is optimized for use in poorly lit work situations. The dark theme is easy on the eyes and at the same time ensures good legibility. The reduced design of all displays and controls simplifies orientation. Signal colors guide the user and alert them to critical usage situations. The typographical approach to the representation of the key figures is the key to the straightforward appearance of the entire system.
The manufacturer optionally adapts the housing color of the devices to the corporate design of its end customers. The interface design follows the color theme harmoniously at the initial startup and thus allows the integration of the branding, without negatively influencing the rest of the design and thus the user guidance.
User-centered structure / flat hierarchy / reduced information density / Help and assistance systems / Favorite functions / Remote screensaver / Uniform message system / Fast language and user switching / Multi-touch gestures / Consistent recipe management / Clear color codes / Harmonized with industrial design
The project was nominated for the German Design Award 2020, awarded the Red Dot Award: Communication Design 2019 and the DDC Award Good Design 19.
Concept Laser – Software Suite for Systems for 3D-Printing of Metal Components
Kistler – ComoNeo
This project involved optimizing usability and reworking the graphical user interface for the product ›ComoNeo‹ from Kistler Instrumente GmbH from the field of process monitoring systems for injection molding applications in Industry 4.0. The interface was implemented with HTML5 technology by the client and was published in 2016. The results were then incorporated into the global style guide of the Kistler Platform Board and in the meantime are used as the standard for all Kistler products. The Kistler Group with its headquarters in Winterthur is a privately-owned globally active group of companies. It is the global leader in dynamic measurement technology and comprises 30 companies at 52 different locations with around 1,400 employees worldwide.
Karl Mayer – User Interface Design for Textile Machines
Baumann – Depanelizer for PCBs
HMI Project supported the company Baumann in developing a new user interface for robot cells. The project was supervised from analysis through the operating concept to the interface design. The implementation took place at the customer's site with .NET technology. The new interface was presented for the first time at the Automatica 2016 trade fair in Munich. It is planned to also transfer the interface to other products from Baumann. The owner-managed company Baumann GmbH with its headquarters in Amberg, Bavaria, has been active in the field of industrial automation for over 30 years and has a workforce of 400. Its core competences are robot technology for automation and the required process integration as well as special-purpose machinery.
HMI System - Generic HTML5 Frontend Showcase
Hapa/Laetus - Track & Trace and Labeling. User Interface Design for Printing and Control Systems
Weber Maschinenbau - User Interface Design for High End Slicing Machines
Schneider Electric – SoMachine
›SoMachine‹ is the solution software of Schneider Electric for machine builders for developing, configuring and commissioning the entire machine in a single software environment, including PLC programming, Motion Control, HMI visualization and related network automation functions. The project involved bringing together the different software variants from Schneider Seligenstadt und Schneider/Elau Marktheidenfeld to form a software suite. The usability and the graphical user interface of individual applications were reworked and standardized. The suite was supplemented by the SoMachine Central portal, which contains all global project management functions and serves as a launcher for the applications. The software was implemented in parts on-site at Schneider on the basis of .NET technology and published in 2013.