Automation & IT / Control Systems

Rockwell Automation Updates HMI Software

By Chemical Processing Staff

Feb 10, 2017

Rockwell Automation’s latest version of FactoryTalk View software is designed to improve operator experience and provide better design-time productivity via tighter integration with the control system, according to the company. FactoryTalk View v9.0 features TrendPro, a built-in analysis tool that helps operators access real-time data. The tool showcases contextualized production data by pulling from a variety of sources: FactoryTalk View SE data logs, FactoryTalk Live Data and FactoryTalk Historian data. The latest release provides operators ad-hoc, drag-and-drop capabilities.

FactoryTalk View v9.0 software builds on the ability to directly connect with Allen-Bradley ControlLogix tags. With new tag-extended properties, developers have direct access to tag descriptions, engineering units and min/max settings. The new tag-extended properties also enable simplified language switching. Instead of requiring a developer to program language strings within the HMI, translated content can now be directly accessed from the controller.

FactoryTalk View v9.0 software also introduces RecipePro+. The new recipe manager lets users download and upload multiple machine parameters at once. The RecipePro+ editor includes a user-friendly interface to create and edit recipe files and allows for importing and exporting files. For Rockwell Software RSView 32 users looking to modernize their HMI SCADA, RecipePro+ will streamline migration to FactoryTalk View SE software, according to the company.

As part of a continued focus on the mobile workforce, FactoryTalk ViewPoint mobile HMI software reportedly offers improved productivity in version 9.0. Operators can acknowledge or shelve an alarm notification directly from a mobile device. The alarm table is optimized for mobile devices and built into the framework with complete alarm details.

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