Navigating Modernization in Manufacturing: The Case for Web-Standard Technologies

by Anna

In today’s fiercely competitive business landscape, manufacturing plants must continuously modernize and upgrade their technologies to maintain a competitive edge. Even minor enhancements in efficiency can translate into substantial advantages. As plants consider expansion into automation, simulation, machine learning, and edge technologies, the choice of machine visualization and Human-Machine Interface (HMI) systems becomes paramount.

The pitfalls associated with proprietary systems loom large, posing significant risks to rapid upgrades and expansions necessary for maintaining efficient operations and competitiveness. Challenges such as difficulty in sourcing technical expertise for customizations and long-term maintenance costs can hamper progress and escalate expenses. Moreover, vendor consolidations or product releases can render legacy solutions obsolete, leaving manufacturers vulnerable to disruptions.


To mitigate risks and gain control over their technological future, manufacturers are increasingly opting for scalable systems built on web-standard technologies, including HTML5, JavaScript, and SVG images. Unlike proprietary technologies that often necessitate specialized consultants, skills in HTML5 and JavaScript for customization are widely available in the labor force. This empowers manufacturers to embrace proven, industry-standard technologies that enhance efficiency and guard against plant downtime resulting from external changes.


Proactive consideration and planning for future maintenance and growth in engineering and machine software are pivotal in maximizing uptime and minimizing costs. Industry-standard toolsets for customization of HMIs and interfaces with web-based architecture leverage technology that benefits from widespread use across the commercial marketplace.


As visualization needs evolve, solutions must offer fast response times, universal compatibility across devices, and intuitive user interfaces. Legacy systems, often proprietary, may hinder integration and scalability, leading to high customization costs and compatibility issues. In contrast, web-standard technologies enable unified visualizations across the manufacturing process, from machine design to simulation, operation, and reporting, fostering efficiency and customization flexibility.


A unified software solution facilitates standardization and transferability of solutions and Key Performance Indicator (KPI) visualizations within and across plants, eliminating data loss and enhancing communication. Simple drag-and-drop systems for customization, combined with browser-based platforms compatible with mobile devices, make customization affordable and intuitive, supporting the integration of new technologies and machines.

Simulation, integral to increasing plant efficiency, is seamlessly integrated within a unified HMI and visualization system, promoting dynamic customization and collaboration across mechanical, electrical, and automation functions. Implementing a unified software solution streamlines processes, enhances communication, and improves overall efficiency, enabling manufacturers to stay agile and maintain a competitive advantage in the rapidly changing business environment.

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