What is a printed HMI product?
HMI means “human-machine interface” and is a very important form of modern technology, especially in the design of medical devices. Printed HMI products allow medical technology innovators to design and develop highly affordable and very easy-to-use medical devices.
Printed HMI products allow design innovators to provide highly efficient and durable controls that allow users to easily operate any device, machine, or instrument. Printed HMI products allow technology innovators to design electronics that are easy to use, reliable, and accessible, and make every electronic device’s function intuitive and efficient.
Printed HMI products include touchpads, tactile switches, and any number of other unique key input technologies. Embedding printed HMI products into modern electronic devices and systems means every new electronic product development is now more intuitive than before, more reliable, cutting edge, and modern, which makes electronic devices using printed HMI products not only of the highest quality, but also highly effective and efficient, and forward-thinking.
What are the key factors for choosing printed HMI products?
Printed HMI products are now widely available using a wide variety of many hardware and software features. Printed HMI products make it ideal for electronics designers to ensure that all electronic devices meet specific target applications.
Printed HMI products allow end users to have highly intuitive interfaces which also are highly advantageous for industrial automation applications that eliminate operator-induced errors through intuitive touchscreen human-machine interfaces. Printed HMI products are highly effective for complementing or even superseding the capabilities of old-style switches, buttons, and lights on a control panel.
Printed HMI products can better withstand weathering elements.
Printed HMI products can physically survive exposure to water, chemicals, temperatures, and other environmental factors on open and unprotected electronic control panels where it is installed. However, when choosing printed HMI products it is important to specify if the printed HMI product is to be used for indoor or outdoor electronic systems. End users must ensure that the environmental ratings for their chosen printed HMI products are rated for outdoor service and that they will physically fit into any available space on their electronic control panel.
Applications: Printed HMI products in industries.
Printed HMI products enable the efficient control and management of various device processes. Printed HMI products allow device operators to perform simple inputs on a basic touch display to highly complicated industrial control panels to control highly complex industrial automation systems.
Printed HMI products can be found in multiple applications throughout the industry such as in:
- Portable handheld devices.
- Centralized industrial control rooms.
- Factory floor machines, and
- Industrial process control systems.
Other applications for printed HMI products include industrial and building automation control systems, digital signage, vending machines, medical equipment, automotive control systems, and residential and commercial appliances.
Printed HMI products provide end users with secure, efficient, and reliable input connections for all types of electronic devices. Printed HMI products are engineered to help end users control and manage the increasingly complex processes of electronic commercial and industrial machines and systems. It helps end users streamline their operating processes while reducing possible operator errors and expediting their commercial and industrial work processes.
Who uses printed HMI products?
Printed HMI products are used by end users to monitor the process state of electronic devices. Printed HMI products are used to modify control settings on electronic devices to modify their control objectives or to manually override automatic control operations in the event of an emergency.
Printed HMI products allow end users to easily configure electronic device set points, or control or modify device algorithms and parameters through printed HMI interfaces. Printed HMI products also allow electronic devices to display device status information, historical log information, usage reports, and other information to device operators, administrators, and other authorized users.
Device operators and even engineers use printed HMI products to easily monitor and configure electronic device set points, its control algorithms, send commands, and adjust and establish the operating parameters of electronic devices.
How do printed HMI products benefit the medical industry?
Printed HMI products are especially important in a hospital setting as it helps to provide highly efficient functionalities to various medical devices that improve both their operator and a patient’s medical experience. In the medical industry, printed HMI products are continually adapted to existing medical technologies as lives are dependent upon the printed HMI product’s sheer efficiency in enhancing medical device functionality with assured and consistent medical device operating parameters.
Printed HMI products allow electronic medical device operators to efficiently engage device operations through windows, icons, or buttons compared to older device interfaces like a keyboard or mouse. Printed HMI products are commonly used on critical medical equipment controls and as membrane keypads for operating and controlling medical equipment.
Most printed HMI products used in the medical industry are used as device operator interfaces like device touch screens or as sensor membrane switches. One of the most common applications of printed HMI products in the medical industry is as a membrane switch for medical device buttons as they are very thin and completely sealed.
Printed HMI products are used as medical device membrane switches. They are a safer and more reliable alternative to older mechanical buttons on older medical devices and are now more commonly used in devices used in the medical industry as they can be sealed against moisture and germs and are commonly built with multiple layers of protection against different medical elements. Printed HMI products allow medical device design engineers to have a variety of options to choose from to make their medical device last even in bio-hazardous environments.
Benefits in the medical field from printed HMI products.
Printed HMI products allow medical device design engineers to develop highly reliable, safe, and durable medical devices as printed HMI products enable medical devices to have:
- High chemical and bio-hazardous fluid resistance.
- Easy sterilization, and
- Medical device portability.
Printed HMI products allow medical device design engineers to choose from a wide variety of HMI materials to make their medical devices more robust against chemicals or bio-hazardous fluids.
It provides medical device operators with membrane switches or in-mold electronics that are very easy to clean and sterilize with no exposed parts where harsh chemicals or bio-hazardous materials could contaminate a medical device. Printed HMI products allow medical devices to be light in weight and relatively thin and compact making for easy medical portability.