Rockwell's FactoryTalk View software helps engineers reduce implementation time for visualization applications

Rockwell Automation has announced the latest version of its FactoryTalk View visualization software for machine-level and site-level human-machine interface (HMI) solutions. The FactoryTalk View Machine Edition (ME) and FactoryTalk View Site Edition (SE) version 5.1 software, along with the FactoryTalk ViewPoint software, allow for easy, remote monitoring of manufacturing processes from an Internet browser, including several enhancements that help reduce visualization solution implementation time for engineers.

Both FactoryTalk View ME and FactoryTalk View SE visualization software include updated operating system support for Windows XP Service Pack 3, Windows Vista Business Edition and Windows Server 2008. The updated version of FactoryTalk View ME software also adds support for Windows Vista Home Basic, which allows for development on a lower-cost operating system platform.

A new application documenter, installed with both the FactoryTalk View ME and FactoryTalk View SE software, provides documentation of HMI applications, helping reduce the time necessary to manually create documentation. The documenter also shows where HMI tags and 
direct tag references are used throughout the application, and provides the ability to export the application documentation to an easy-to-browse HTML format.

The updated software includes faceplates for the Advanced Process Control (APC) instructions introduced in version 17 of the Rockwell Software RSLogix 5000 software. These APC function blocks provide a solution for long dead-time processes and provide simple multivariable control with built-in automatic tuning. The faceplates also provide pre-built visualization and operator interaction, saving development time and making it easier to implement APC with the Rockwell Automation Integrated Architecture system. The APC faceplates, along with all existing faceplates, have been translated into French, German, Japanese, Chinese and Spanish, making it easier for global companies to deliver a multilanguage HMI application.

The FactoryTalk View ME version 5.1 software now supports parameter-passing capabilities which were previously only available with the FactoryTalk View SE software. This allows for more powerful graphic reuse options and provides more effective use of the built-in set of Logix-integrated faceplates. Improved pop-up displays allow developers full control of displays by user or event, and enable creation of more intuitive and dynamic machine-level HMI applications.

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