How does an Operator Use S88 Builder?
The S88 Builder HMI objects are designed to work with a commercially available human-machine interface (HMI) package or platform. Appropriate backgrounds with appropriate arrangements of operator controls are built for each project. Some organizations prefer more spread out backgrounds that look like traditional process flow diagrams. Other organizations prefer more minimalist backgrounds with more controls available to an operator on fewer screen pages.
The S88 Builder HMI objects, as provided with S88 Builder, have been designed for efficient, effective and ergonomic operation of most processes. Using the S88 Builder HMI objects as provided will deliver a well-accepted operator interface. However, if required, the S88 Builder HMI objects can be modified for a very different look and feel. After all, they are simply objects, native to the HMI package or platform for which they were developed that are aware of the S88 Builder model database as stored in the process controller(s).
This display background image is from an S88 Builder demo. It strikes a middle ground. Operators can access faceplates for control modules (CMs) by clicking on the pump, valve and conveyor drive icons, just as you would probably suspect. The operator accesses the S88 Builder Unit faceplates using the light-yellow colored buttons on or near each of the unit graphics. These are the only “required” links into S88 Builder. An operator display could be built of nothing but a grid view of unit buttons. The operator would have complete control over every unit, phase, EM, CM, and instrument that makes up the process cell.
The background graphical objects are manipulated using the standard HMI editing environment. For example, to add an additional fermenter you would—
- Copy and past the equipment in the HMI
- Add valves, pipes, vessels, instruments, EMs, phases and units in the Studio and in the BMS, as appropriate, keeping the ID numbers matched up