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Device management displays focus on boosting usability and productivity

02 February 2010

Emerson Process Management has introduced a family of more than fifty Device Dashboards for its AMS Suite: Intelligent Device Manager developed from Human Centered Design practices. The dashboards are intuitively designed interfaces that provide, in one glance, a clear view of everything that users need to evaluate, diagnose, and configure a field device.

Device management displays focus on boosting usability and productivity
Device management displays focus on boosting usability and productivity

Each has embedded expert guidance to streamline the most important and frequent tasks performed by plant operations, engineering, and maintenance personnel. The new displays provide a device interface that is in a category by itself, elevating traditional device interfaces to the decidedly easier-to-use, human-centric dashboard.

The Device Dashboards are powered by enhanced Electronic Device Description Language (EDDL). These dashboards function independent of protocol, including HART, WirelessHART, Foundation fieldbus, or Profibus, and present data in a similar user experience regardless of the device.

The dashboards are easy for both experienced and the inexperienced worker. All landing screens follow a similar format, including red-yellow-green device status graphics to alert users and enable a direct link to graphical diagnostic and troubleshooting help. The same screens show a graphical display of the primary variable of devices; and shortcuts to most often-used tasks. Easy configuration is a click away. Guided set-up assists with configuring complex devices. If desired, more experienced users can access manual set-up data and more detailed information.

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