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HMI software boasts better user experience, data integration

Posted: 11 Apr 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Rockwell? HMI? alarm management? work flow?

Rockwell Automation has recently released the latest version of its FactoryTalk View human-machine interface (HMI) software. The FactoryTalk View Site Edition (SE) and Machine Edition (ME) 7.0 applications offer more efficient alarm management, simplified installation, improved user experience, and integrated-data sharing in a wide range of production environments.

The newest version includes an improved-installation process and design environment. The new installation process in FactoryTalk View SE and ME software saves time with a streamlined work flow that automates installation of its components. From a design-time standpoint, a new find-and-replace for HMI and global-object displays will be available in the studio design environment so the user can locate and replace tags or strings across multiple servers and screens.

Rockwell's latest software will support larger numbers of HMI clients and servers in a single system, increasing the size of systems that can support the FactoryTalk View SE alarming sub-system. The FactoryTalk Alarms and Events alarming sub-system has been enhanced to align with ISA's Alarming Standard 18.2, and will now support the shelving state. The sub-system now also allows users to configure remote-alarming commands on display faceplates, saving crucial time when an operator needs to react to device alarm situations.

A new network-scoped option for FactoryTalk View SE Station software allows a single-computer HMI to better integrate with products, such as FactoryTalk Historian SE and ME software. Using the new networked FactoryTalk View SE Station software, users will be able to browse to a FactoryTalk Historian SE server, select tags, and view the historical information for those tags directly on the operator workstation.

For run-time improvements, operators can navigate screens and resolve production issues more quickly and intuitively with a new navigation button that provides functionality similar to the navigation buttons in commercially available web browsers. Client workstations can track each screen the operator opens, and the navigation button allows the operator to quickly display and move through navigation history. Enhanced graphic capabilities in FactoryTalk View 7.0 software also provide operators with a more realistic view of a process, with gradient shading and support for the .PNG graphic type.

Better device connectivity and diagnostics are available for Allen-Bradley PanelView Plus 6 operator-terminal applications with FactoryTalk View ME 7.0 software. PanelView Plus 6 operator stations can now connect directly to and display data from noncontroller devices, such as smart overload relays or power monitors C saving controller memory. FactoryTalk View ME 7.0 software also delivers new ActiveX controls and runtime capabilities that allow operators to view diagnostic information for a PanelView Plus terminal, such as temperature, load, battery voltage and network IP settings directly on a display.

Further information regarding the FactoryTalk View HMI software can be found here.

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