Operator Interfaces Go Mobile: Why and how to implement them for your systems

When using mobile devices, a few basic implementation choices need to be made, starting with app- or browser-based access.

Dan Hebert, senior technical editor
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Mobile operator interfaces for machines and robots started out as laptop PCs and have evolved to tablets and smartphones. By whatever the mobile device, reasons for use are the same. “Mobile devices make crucial information available instantly, where it’s needed,” says Scott Kortier, technical evangelist with Wonderware by Schneider Electric. “Machines keep running optimally because operators can respond quickly to customer and technician needs. Access to machine data anywhere can limit downtime and waste material or allow operators to ‘see’ remote or poorly accessible locations.” Smartphones and tablets have a wide range of functions useful for mobile…

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