Bosch Packaging Technology, a supplier of process and packaging technology, presents the next-generation Human Machine Interface HMI 4.0.
HMI 4.0 is suited for both standalone machines and entire lines and is part of Bosch’s industry 4.0 applications. For instance, it provides an interface for data collection, data sharing and visualization.
As of Interpack 2017, Bosch will equip all new machines of its processing and packaging units with the HMI 4.0. This innovation’s aim is to ensure that all of its machines feature the latest hardware and control technology, and provide consistent user guidance with the same comprehensible surface.
A major new feature of the HMI consists in its guided workflows, which lead operators through each step of production processes. The same applies to format changes, cleaning and maintenance as well as other processes. This facilitates daily work.
The display resembles that of mobile devices like smartphones or tablets. Thanks to an intuitive, touch-sensitive surface, data can be entered with gestures (multi-touch), including zooming in and out with two fingers—“pinch and stretch”—as well as navigation by swiping.
In future, machines and systems will be easier to operate since operators have a uniform navigation concept with the same basic functions for each machine of a line. Even existing machines may be retrofitted upon request.
A clearly arranged, tile-structured menu allows operators to benefit from a quick overview of all functions and processes of their machines. Tailored to specific user roles, such as operator or line manager, the HMI 4.0 only displays the processes relevant to the current user.
The HMI 4.0 provides comprehensive, integrated support as well as more transparent processes and notifications. In case of production downtime, operators immediately receive a notification including information about the causes and troubleshooting support to quickly restart their machines. Direct links to user manuals and format changeover lists assist users in their day-to-day tasks. A new comment section enables users to add their own notes and share them with others.
The HMI 4.0 provides an immediate overview of all production parameters and data, which is important with regard to the big amount of data in the connected industry. During production, all key information is summarized on a central dashboard. With its standardized interfaces, the HMI 4.0 is a central element for the connection to other solutions.