Siemens announces Design Award for Simatic HMI visualization solutions

 Siemens is inviting contestants to compete for the Simatic HMI Design Award 2018 Germany.

This contest is open for entrants to register up until 31 August 2018 and is designed to reward outstanding HMI (Human Machine Interface) visualization solutions. After all, these are what create the interface between humans and machines. The better the visualization, the simpler it is for users to operate and observe their plant or machine. Siemens will be rewarding particularly user-friendly solutions in three categories: Basic, Advanced and Scada. The winners may look forward to the prospect of high-caliber prizes.

Optimum human-machine interaction is determined by three underlying aspects: firstly, excellent usability helps to save the machine operator time. Secondly, a high level of efficiency makes for greater economy, and finally optimum productivity affords the plant operator significant competitive benefits. By staging the Simatic HMI Design Award, Siemens is fostering optimum interaction between the plant and its operator. An independent panel of judges made up of design and product specialists will assess entrants in a number of categories. The “Basic HMI for simple machine-level applications” category will be looking at pioneering solutions for Simatic HMI Basic panels.

The second category, “Advanced HMI for sophisticated machine-level applications” is designed to assess projects based on Simatic HMI Comfort Panels and Industrial PCs. There will be a particular focus here on IP65 protection- rated, mobile and outdoor applications.

The third category encompasses “Scada for multi-user systems and plants”. The HMI solutions presented in this category will be more complex and involve the use of Simatic WinCC Runtime Professional and Simatic WinCC V7.

Prizes and entry

The three best projects in each of the three categories will receive a trophy and a certificate. In addition, the outright winner in each category will be presented with a Simatic Industrial Tablet PC. The final date for entries is 31 August 2018.

More information on the German contest are available at