Graphics Brings HMI to New Level

Thursday, February 27, 2014 @ 02:02 PM gHale

Houston-based PAS Inc released its PowerGraphiX 2.0, a high performance human-machine interface (HMI) package for the power generation industry.

PowerGraphiX consists of predesigned graphic templates, object libraries and best-practice guidelines for the design and implementation of operator interfaces at power generation plants.

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The view from the new product improves visual capabilities over the traditional HMI graphics.

The idea behind the software came from a request by Southern Company Services, Inc., which had a vision of consistent HMIs and improved situational awareness in control rooms across its operating fleet.

“Southern Company is committed to proprietary research and development in order to deliver solutions to our company and the industry,” said Harvey Ivey, Southern Company Manager of Instrumentation and Controls Design and Support. “This particular software was originally created to streamline information displayed in control rooms across our generating fleet, significantly improving operator effectiveness.”

The methodology behind developing PowerGraphiX came from the book “The High Performance HMI Handbook” written by PAS Founder and Chief Executive Eddie Habibi and Principal Consultant for High Performance HMI Bill Hollifield.

The book addresses the use of color, pattern recognition, standardization and other principles to transform data into actionable information, providing operators with a more holistic view of plant operating conditions.

This is one way of solving the issue of a less cluttered look for graphics that has been floating around the industry for years.

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