HMI is an global leader in metrology and manufacturing solutions with technologies that drive their customer's productivity and product quality world-wide. Feedback and observations collected as part of the Shop Floor Research Study (OCTO, 2015) had revealed that the existing HMI workstation was a major pain point for multiple user roles. HMI and OCTO teamed up to develop a solution with multiple configurations to suit the variety of workflows found at HMI customer sites.
Feedback Driven Development
Much of the groundwork for the workstation project was laid during OCTO's 2015 SF Research Study. While observing onsite workflows and user behaviors, we saw a number of workspaces where operators had modified (or outright replaced) the outdated Hexagon-supplied desks with surfaces that better fit their needs. Across the board, users told us that the desks were a source of frustration, with poor ergonomics and a large footprint in locations where floor space was at premium.
Supporting the Full User Experience
OCTO set out to design a product that would accommodate the largest scope of current and future CMM users possible: from machine programmers who spend most of their time seated in a controlled metrology lab to shop floor operators who move between machines and workspaces throughout the day. In the final design, sit-to-stand lift columns, adjustable monitor arm(s), a removable desk extension, and hidden storage for probes and accessories offer customers the ability to tailor the workstation to fit their needs.
Exceeding Expectations with Reality
HMI prides itself on developing software and hardware solutions that focus on precision, performance, and operational ease, all while delivering an optimized user experience. Updated ergonomics and a consistent visual language bring the reimagined HMI Workstation in line with the level of quality Hexagon customers have come to expect.