Human Machine Interface for IMS Measuring Systems

IMS develops and produces isotope, X-ray and optical measuring systems for use in the metal industry. The company stands for passionate precision, state-of-the-art technologies and solution-oriented top performance. The following project focused on the development of a human machine interface in consideration of the IMS corporate design and the execution of software usability tests.

1. TASK

Development of a software for control and operation of complex material thickness gauges in the metal industry. The focus is on usability and a modern design that communicates the quality.

2. ANALYSIS

The existing software is analyzed for its strengths and weaknesses in workshops and user tests. This results in a requirement specification for user guidance and corporate design.

3. SOLUTION

After several surveys and tests, a modular HMI was developed, which can be built according to the customer's requirements. This also includes the development of an additional Page Builder.

Excerpt from the development process of a user-friendly software for the metal industry

The content presented has been shortened and does not include the final solution.

RESEARCH

human-machine interface zielgruppen am computer monitor

Target groups: Who uses the existing software? 

computer software human-machine interface monitor und zwei personen analysieren

How is the software used in everyday life depending on the user?

produktionshalle metalindustrie human-machine interface software

How can the workflow be optimized?

IDEATION

pinnwann zusammenfassung von ergebnissen mit post-its

Excerpt: Summary of all research findings

darstellung von ideenentwürfen human-machine interface auf papier

Frame sketches to present individual ideas

logoentwicklung mit verschiedenen symbolen auf einem blatt papier

Development of comprehensible icons for the user interface

CORPORATE DESIGN

prozess corporate design
drawingboard und notebook designprozess human-machine interface

USABILITY TESTING & DEVELOPMENT

software entwickler vor einem bildschirm mit code zur entwicklung human-machine interface
kamera und fotografie

DESIGN CONCEPTS

The pictures show the idea phase only. They do not show the final solution.

ausschnitt human-machine interface design auf einem monitor

HUMAN-MACHINE INTERFACE

The user interface is based on the colors of the corporate design, which primarily consists of a blue and orange tone.

To transfer the colors to the user interface, different combinations of color gradients were tested.

On the example image, the background color is a dark blue, while all elements are highlighted in orange when hovering over them.

human-machine interface auf einem monitor mit schwarzem hintergrund

The user interface design can be modular thanks to a separate page builder. This way, it can be adapted according to the customer's requirements and industrial plant.

human-machine interface monitor

Each individual widget can be positioned and adjusted in size on each page.

page builder für human machine interface dargestellt auf einem monitor

PAGE BUILDER FOR THE HUMAN MACHINE INTERFACE

An external program is used to adapt the user interface to specific customer requirements and systems. In the example image, a side panel is used to place widgets on one side of the HMI. Afterwards, the properties of the widget can be set.

Further examples of services developed alongside the human machine interface

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