Pharmaceutical processing systems rely on industrial human interface systems (HMIs) to enhance operator control of complex processes completed by machine and automation equipment. Plant operators and engineers use industrial HMIs to monitor data throughout the production process, and control procedures.
Industrial HMIs feature an IP64/65/66 rating, indicating that they are engineered to withstand liquid, dust, dirt, debris, bacteria. With a fully-sealed stainless steel enclosure, industrial HMIs are also designed to tolerate the aggressive cleaning procedures in which harsh chemicals/solvents are used to maintain aseptic facilities that are in compliance with strict regulatory practices, good manufacturing practice (GMP) and in some cases, explosion protection directives.
In many cases, industrial HMIs feature antibacterial membrane keyboard with a capacitive touch pad or optical trackball, as well as a large high-definition multi–touch panel that can be easily operated when wearing gloves.
Pharmaceutical facilities place industrial HMIs directly on the production floor. With a glove-friendly touch screen, plant operators have flexible technology that enhances their access to critical data and machine performance, such as batch or dosage control. It allows them to quickly adjust machines should an issue arise.
Built with wi-fi connectivity and/or customized with long-range KVM extenders, off-site production technicians can quickly set-up and troubleshoot industrial HMIs without needing to enter sensitive production areas.