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HMI: the evolution of human-machine interface

The evolution of the Human Machine Interface, HMI, had a rapid acceleration in recent years thanks to the development and spread of mobile devices, mainly smartphones. Touch-screen technology is surely the most widespread HMI application, but since 2018 there have been developed new important technologies like conversational interface and AR and VR technologies

The rapid development of HMIs has influenced interface design in the consumer and industrial areas. To guarantee a smooth and efficient relationship between humans and machines, it is fundamental to use high-quality hardware, like boards and processors, that can support the optimal functionality of the device. The clients, whether they are smartphone users or workers on an industrial machine, want a service or a product that is fast, intuitive, and easy, if not natural, to use. 

HMI in today's industry

In today’s industry, HMIs are mainly touch-screen and can be used in different situations: from a simple screen used by a worker to command machinery to a more complex system on the entire production line. Thanks to their reliability in data processing and collection, HMIs have become crucial in the decision-making process of a company. The industrial areas that have integrated innovative Human Machine Interfaces are the automotive, pharma, transport, and energy sector.  

HMIs have an important role in the industrial automation process, as well. In the pharma industry, as an example, there can be an entire production line with the operator remotely controlling the production. In this case, it is possible to avoid contamination of the products or biological risks for the workers. Thanks to an HMI, the machinery can be commanded and controlled remotely without the physical presence of a human operator. Like other technology, HMI focus needs to be usability, flexibility, speed, and security. A Human Machine Interface must be easy to use, adaptable if needed, fast, and secure to use. 

Human Machine Interface: from touch-screen to “Mind and Body”

The HMI  technological evolution won’t stop with touch screens. From the “Hands & Touch” era, when the command was given by pushing a button or as recently with a simple touch, we will move to the “Mind & Body” era, where our body is the interface and our mind will guide the actions. This shift will bring the need for more immersive and smart interfaces

Among the advantages of an immersive interface, there is the opportunity to offer an experience that can be engaging, customized, emotional, and interactive where the user can be an active ‘player’. Ray Kurzweil, Director of Engineering - Google, stated that in the future of Human Machine Interface we will have a virtual backup of our mind, with our memories and thoughts recorded and stored in a cloud. Other futuristic scenarios imagine a sharing of thoughts and information between humans and from human to machine.

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MAS - Tech Innovation

Expertise, our strength for tech innovation

Expertise, tech innovation, and high-quality products: these are the values that have been characterizing us for more than 14 years. In every project, we offer our deep expertise, the result of our long experience combined with the latest updates. Every day MAS Elettronica team and our most reliable partners design and develop hardware and embedded systems that can satisfy the clients’ needs, offering the most innovative and efficient solutions. 

Customized solutions for tech innovation

From the initial kick-off to the assistance on the final product: MAS Elettronica has the exclusive advantage of being a unique and qualified interlocutor with whom the client can follow all the project phases. The proposed solutions can be customized and shaped to satisfy the clients’ needs. We offer a complete and flexible service to Italian and international companies and we guarantee constant support before, during, and after the production to promptly intervene in case of necessity. When a project reaches its maturity, we offer tutoring sessions and transfer knowledge to our clients to manage independently the product life cycle. 

Hardware, software, and production

In the past 14 years, we have strengthened our expertise in tech innovation and hardware/software design. Thanks to our extensive experience, we design and realize steady and tested products. Portability and easy-to-use are our focus to offer turn-key solutions, especially in the Internet of Things and cloud-based applications. 

The productive phase is assigned to our most reliable and expert partners. The production is carefully followed in every step by MAS engineers and our partners: from testings to labeling, from quality control to board packaging. 

Sandro Mascetti’s experience and intuition

MAS Elettronica has consolidated its experience in hardware design thanks to the intuition and passion of its founder, Sandro Mascetti, the electronic engineer who leads the tech team in MAS. Born as an electronic design consulting firm, MAS has evolved into a robust and reliable company with a team of experts in electronics and computing. 

“Every day we approach new technologies and the biggest challenge is to transform changes and disintegrations into opportunities and advantages - explain Sandro - It’s in our DNA to find innovative solutions and allow our clients to be the owners of the solutions we offer”. 

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MAS hardware components

Hardware Components: customize to solve the supply shortages

For the past two years, we are experiencing an ongoing crisis to supply hardware components. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and the subsequent lockdowns, due to the lack of raw materials, like silicon, and due to increased demand, many companies are facing difficulties in the supply chain of hardware components. According to a report by Uptime Institute, disruption in the global supply chain of electronic components is forecast to continue for the next two years and it will include chips and electronic components. 

However, to design high-performance software, it is fundamental to use the best hardware to support and guarantee the optimal consumer experience. Companies need therefore to find the right solution in this particular historic time and a customized hardware design can be the one.

Custom hardware design for the optimal production

Thanks to custom hardware design it is possible to modify the components according to the best available processors on the market. Mas Elettronica offers solutions to meet the client’s needs and optimize performances, costs, and deadlines

The custom hardware design requires different phases to reach the optimal solution: 

  1. Define the system architecture. Thanks to our deep knowledge of manufacturing technologies and our partners’ experience, we study the best solution to meet our clients’ needs and satisfy all the requirements on performance, cost, and consumption. 
  2. Design the electric schematics. During this phase, we use the best CAD on the market, we choose components according to the MTBF criteria, availability and cost, we follow the fundamental criteria of planning like Advanced power management and Signal Integrity by design.
  3. PCB Development. This phase is realized together with our partners and takes care of all the aspects of PCB development: mechanical analysis in 3D, thermal analysis of the system, analysis of the impedance and integrity and Design for Manufacturability (DFM) for mass production. 

In our labs, we design customized hardware to concretely translate our clients’ projects and ideas and accelerate their products’ development. 

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IoT and AI systems for Pharma 4.0

Pharma 4.0: AI and IoT systems change Life Science Industry

IoT systems (Internet of Things) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) have drastically changed and evolved the Pharma Industry in recent years. Connecting patients with healthcare professionals, collecting Real World Evidence (RWE) in real-time, and performing precise analyses to predict trends are some of the benefits of the adoption of advanced technologies. The global pandemic has necessitated an acceleration to this transition and allowed the introduction of tech innovations to improve the Life Science industry

Healthcare is increasing its focus on patient-centric approaches to improve Clinical Trials and Standard Care. Studies have demonstrated that engaged patients are more compliant with therapy plans and can provide more accurate outcomes about their conditions and drug’s benefits and effects. 

The combination of IoT systems and AI technologies creates the perfect ecosystem for Clinical Trials and Standard Care. Smart systems can improve different areas from the patient experience to R&D, from manufacturing to the supply chain. 

Application of IoT systems across Pharma Value Chain

IoT can be applied to different areas of the Pharma value chain. In the Research and Development area, wearable devices can be used by study participants to report symptoms in real-time during treatment. In the Manufacturing and Supply Chain, IoT can improve logistics, predict product needs, perform predictive maintenance. For patients, wearable devices can monitor health conditions and can help control therapy adherence by sending push notifications or reminders.  

Secure and accessible IoT systems

Data security is a fundamental element in the Pharma industry. Data, collected by IoT sensors, can be remotely accessed through secure platforms to monitor and manage processes and machinery. Privacy and security need to be protected by applying multi-layers measures like isolated networks, blockchain, encryption, firewall integration, and device registration. Using data diodes, that allow unidirectional data flow, is a method to ensure that IoT sensors cannot be affected by outside tampering

Predictive analysis to improve productivity

Systems failures and machinery breakdowns can negatively impact productivity. But they can be prevented. Sensors located in key positions on machines can collect data that can be reported and analyzed directly by machines. Smart machinery can learn from the collected data and predict failures and prompt operators with the required intervention. By consequence machinery will work more efficiently, reducing time, cost, product wastage, and workforce.

To perform predictive maintenance, smart connected machinery needs to use sensors to monitor key functions and observe if there is a pattern in datasets that can reveal a potential issue for production. Thanks to this, operators can target this pattern earlier and decide how to intervene. Smart machines enable companies to make informed decisions and solve problems in lesser time.

However innovative manufacturing requires complete workforce cooperation to reduce resistance: all the teams need to keep the same pace of technological improvements to ensure a smooth transition from traditional processes to smart and digital manufacturing. Innovate Pharma industry with smart manufacturing can lead it to reach its full potential and improve many lives. 

Predictive analysis is a fundamental topic for manufacturing companies - confirms Sandro Mascetti, CEO at MAS Elettronica - Thanks to  IMX8M PLUS and NVIDIA Jetson processors, predictive analysis can be a reality, facilitating its implementation and improving significantly the companies’ results”.

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