Along with the growing use of smartphones and other mobile devices used for remote HMI monitoring functions, we note that many operators and technicians are more comfortable with the touchscreens on a smartphone than on a conventional HMI. Are there starting to be deployments of industrial HMI screens that look more like phones on the shop floors?
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