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Outstanding design – Plant manufacturer develops award-winning visualization based on Siemens system

Flottweg SE is a leading manufacturer of decanters, separators, and belt presses.

Flottweg SE is a leading manufacturer of decanters, separators, and belt presses.

Flottweg developed the new interface with Munich-based designers N+P Industrial Design GmbH. The interface follows clear, new parameters, focusing on an open user interface, a harmonious colorway, and an intuitive operating structure which still provides all the necessary information. “The starting point was a visualization which was effectively developed by users for users – correct, functionally complete, but not sufficiently clear and intuitive. We wanted to offer our customers more here and therefore decided to work with N+P,” explains Bernhard Niedermeier, automation technology development engineer at Flottweg SE. The design is based on an adapted process flow diagram which quickly displays the plant’s current status using symbols and colors in a choice of depths.
Together with renowned design experts, Flottweg developed a new interface for user-friendly plant operation which includes visualization.

Together with renowned design experts, Flottweg developed a new interface for user-friendly plant operation which includes visualization.

Complete customer solution

The solution was realized using the Siemens TIA (Totally Integrated Automation) engineering framework portal with a Simatic IPC (Industrial PC) and Simatic WinCC Professional visualization software: Operation is via Simatic HMI (Human Machine Interface) Basic panels. All the automation at Flottweg thus has a uniform, end-to-end appearance. “Our company motto is ‘Engineered for your success,’ and this includes giving our customers not just a machine but a solution for their task. Because our products are part of a process, they need to integrate and work together with other systems – and this is also reflected in the visualization solution,” says Gerhard Hager, automation technology development engineer at Flottweg. All equipment and machines from Flottweg now have an identical, standardized look and feel. “If I can operate a Flottweg decanter, I can operate one of our belt presses. The functions are always the same,” explains Bernhard Niedermeier.
The solution was realized using the Siemens TIA (Totally Integrated Automation) portal with a Simatic IPC (Industrial PC) and Simatic WinCC Professional visualization software: Operation is via Simatic HMI (Human Machine Interface).

The solution was realized using the Siemens TIA (Totally Integrated Automation) portal with a Simatic IPC (Industrial PC) and Simatic WinCC Professional visualization software: Operation is via Simatic HMI (Human Machine Interface).

Award-winning design

The new, user-friendly design has convinced not only customers but also the German Design Award jury. Flottweg received an award for its solution in the “Interactive User Experience” human-machine interface category for the innovative user interface, the revolutionary colorway and the intuitive operating structure.
The new, award-winning visualization concept focuses on an open user interface, a harmonious colorway, and an intuitive operating structure that still provides all the required information.

The new, award-winning visualization concept focuses on an open user interface, a harmonious colorway, and an intuitive operating structure that still provides all the required information.

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