Requirements imposed on the operation of production plants continue to grow. A completely new market has developed over the past few years to meet the topic of User Experience (UX). This concerns workplace ergonomics as well as efficiency in operating plants of ever increasing complexity, including their demanding automation solutions. The aim is to operate plants effectively and hence to reduce faulty operation and subsequent downtimes. SMS group has been meeting these requirements for some years now and, with its stationary operating units, made a great leap towards the visualization solution X-Pact® Vision.
In the era of smartphones and tablets everyone is using in his private sphere as a matter of course, plant users feel a rising desire to employ such solutions also in the industrial environment. At the beginning of 2007, the first iPhone was presented which marked the start and establishment of touch, multi-touch and gestures in the consumer sector. First touch applications and systems provided by different producers found their way into the mechanical engineering sector. Meanwhile, machine control is no longer from control stations alone, but to an increasing extent also on site where operations or actions are easy to watch. Compared to private use, however, distinctly more marginal criteria have to be observed and complied with that ensure a competent and safe handling of these solutions.