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Beyond Traditional HMI - The benefits of situational awareness for operational excellence



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No matter what the industry, industrial companies are constantly searching for ways of improving productivity and quality, and maximizing the efficiency of operational systems without compromising the quality of their offerings or the safety of their operations teams. One of the areas where there are significant opportunities for improvement is quite literally staring them in the face: the human machine interface (HMI) used to control and operate these systems.


Better HMI designs provide true “Situational Awareness”, which leads to greater operator effectiveness and fewer shutdowns. A properly designed HMI application will optimize both the business value and safety of the system they are controlling.


Join us to hear how Rio Tinto is applying contemporary Situational Awareness techniques to improve their operations, and also hear how Wonderware Software can help you enjoy these same benefits in your organization.


Vinesh Baran

Head of Department for Process Control Systems
Rio Tinto – Richards Bay Minerals

Vinesh Baran is Head of Department for Process Control Systems, PCS IT Infrastructure and Advance Control Systems, supporting the business spanning from Mining, Smelting and Processing and S&P Logistics Operations for Rio Tinto - RBM, an international business company engaged in sand mineral mining and smelting processing producing Titania Slag and Pig Iron.

Prior to joining Rio Tinto Limited, Mr. Baran advanced through the ranks of SAB Limited over a 15 year period, from Process Control Engineer, to Divisional Engineer, and finally Manufacturing Systems Manager.

He holds an Electrical Engineering light current degree, a post graduate degree in Business Management from University of KwaZulu-Natal / University of Natal, and a Master's Degree in Process Engineering from Brunel University.

John Krajewski

Director Product Management

John has 19+ years experience in industrial automation and control systems. John began his career working as a Control System Engineer in the potable water industry. Subsequently, John worked as an Application Engineer for a System Integrator who primarily focuses on the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. He joined Invensys Wonderware in April 2000 as a Senior Application Developer in the Product Marketing Department. Shortly thereafter, John assumed the role of Product Marketing’s Functional Manager of Infrastructure. John Spent 5 years as a Domain Architect with responsibilities for architectural and functional definition of InTouch and ArchestrA technologies. For the past 5 years John has served in multiple Product Management roles for Invensys HMI/Supervisory Control products

Paul Studebaker

Editor in Chief
Control Global

Joining Putman Media in 1993, Paul held roles of progressively increasing editorial responsibility on Control, Plant Services and Sustainable Plant magazines. Previously, he worked 12 years in manufacturing, specializing in materials development, process engineering, and process control. A Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional (CMRP), he holds BS and MS degrees in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana. Among his editorial awards is the prestigious Jesse H. Neal award for editorial excellence from American Business Media, the highest journalist award given by the business-to-business press community.



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