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 business decisions."
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 operating system.
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.