new Allen-Bradley PanelView Plus 6 human-machine interface and FactoryTalk
visualization software combine to offer new performance features for better
visibility into machines and production lines. These new visualization and
information tools are designed to enhance run-time performance and operator effectiveness
while reducing deployment time and costs.
"Manufacturers, machine builders and system
integrators are faced with increased pressure to keep costs down and improve
runtime," says Frank Kulaszewicz, vice president and general manager of Control
and Visualization for Rockwell Automation. "We're building on the common design
environment that's core to our Integrated Architecture to provide manufacturers
with visualization solutions that ease development and maintenance time and
provide the critical real-time production data they need to quickly make informed
The new PanelView Plus 6 terminal includes
more memory, significantly faster refresh rates and more on-device storage.
Every PanelView Plus 6 also now includes the latest FactoryTalk View Machine
Edition (ME) and FactoryTalk ViewPoint software running on the Windows CE 6.0
FactoryTalk View ME 6.0 software provides the
PanelView Plus 6 with new time-saving design enhancements including a new
extensive graphics library, enhanced color animation capability and access to a
multi-language font library. The new graphics library is the result of a
partnership with Software Toolbox, Inc. that integrates Symbol Factory v2.5
into FactoryTalk View Studio. The terminal can directly reference tags created
for a controller and comes with a factory-default option, reducing
troubleshooting to increase uptime. The latest version supports Windows 7 and
has achieved VMware-Ready status. FactoryTalk ViewPoint further enhances the
system's interoperability by providing remote access for Web browser-enabled
devices. FactoryTalk View ME 6.0 can also be purchased separately to provide
PanelView-functionality through an Allen-Bradley Industrial Computer.
For distributed HMI users, FactoryTalk View
Site Edition (SE) 6.0 software also includes a newly integrated Symbol Factory
graphics library and enhanced color animation capabilities through FactoryTalk
View Studio to help customers build applications more quickly. FactoryTalk View
SE 6.0 now supports the 32-bit version of Windows 7 and SQL Server 2008 and is
the first release to have VMware-Ready status. This latest version of
FactoryTalk View SE also offers FactoryTalk Alarms and Events server
redundancy, safeguarding a common, consistent view of alarms and events
occurring throughout an entire FactoryTalk system.
For the increasing number of manufacturers
that need up-to-the-minute production information from multiple locations,
FactoryTalk ViewPoint 1.2 software provides access to real-time operations data
simply by logging onto an Internet browser. As a Web-enabled HMI application,
it extends access to FactoryTalk View displays and dashboards to users anywhere
for improved real-time decision making. The new version supports the latest
operating systems and Web clients to expand usability of this thin-client
application in a variety of Web environments and wireless devices. Newly
supported environments include the Microsoft Windows CE 6.0-based Allen-Bradley
PanelView Plus 6, FactoryTalk View ME and SE 6.0 software, Microsoft Windows 7,
VMware server and Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.
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For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.