Early Access - View SE Basics Course

The Automation School is now offering an "Early Access" sale for the new View SE Basics course.  http://theautomationschool.com. In this course students will learn how...

FactoryTalk View SE 10.0: What's New?

Late last month Rockwell released version 10.0 FactoryTalk View Site Edition, and below I'll summarize its new features: New Features: TrendPro support for Alarms and Events...

FT View SE 9.0: A look back

Late last month Rockwell released version 10 of FactoryTalk View Site Edition, and in tomorrow's article I'll take a look at it's new feature. But...

Windows Meltdown and Spectre Patches Impact Rockwell Software Users

Earlier this week, Bob (a fellow automation instructor and a LinkedIn connection), sent me a message about a serious Windows update issue he encountered...

ViewSE: What do you want to learn?

With the new year upon us, and my 2017 consulting engagements complete, I'm now embarking on the creation of my next training course, ViewSE...
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How to get Rockwell's PlantPAx Library of Process Objects

One of the new lessons I've recorded for my ControlLogix training course, PAC Basics, is how to download and use some of the AOIs included...

Why can't I connect to my FactoryTalk Alarm and Events Database?

And why do I keep getting, “FTAEHistorian Login failed for user ‘MyUserName’.” ?!? Recently I was setting up a VM to work on a client’s system...

How to create a FactoryTalk Alarm and Events Database in View Studio

So you’re using FactoryTalk View Studio and are ready to setup FactoryTalk Alarm and Events (FTAE.) But before your FTAE configuration will have the ability...

FactoryTalk View SE 8.2: What's new?

Last month Rockwell released version 8.2 of FactoryTalk View Site Edition, and below we detail its new features: System Features: Switching languages now possible during...

FactoryTalk ViewPoint 8.1 Released

Late last week Rockwell Automation released version 8.1 of their FactoryTalk ViewPoint software. If you're not familiar with ViewPoint, it's an add-on to FactoryTalk View...
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FactoryTalk View Site Edition 8.1 Released

Late last week Rockwell Automation released version 8.1 of FactoryTalk View Site Edition. In Today's article I cover its new features and system requirements, cautions about...
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Flashback Friday! RSView32 Simple Access Query Demo

Welcome to The Automation Blog's "Flashback Friday!" Today I'm highlighting my twelve year old RSView32 demo showcasing how to query an Access database. Back in 2003 I...

Which PC based HMI SCADA software do you prefer?

Question of the Week: Which PC based HMI SCADA software do you prefer? Last week in the comments section of our site we heard from some of our reader about...
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Flashback Friday: RSView32 Water Bottling Demo

Welcome to The Automation Blog's "Flashback Friday!" Today I'm highlighting my ten year old RSView32 Water Bottling Demo Project. Back in 2005 my colleagues and I wanted to run a...
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Flashback Friday - RSView32 Security Popup Demo 2

Welcome to The Automation Blog's "Flashback Friday!" Today I'm highlighting my twelve year old RSView32 Security Popup Demo 2 Project. Back in 2003 I was hearing from a...
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Rockwell's RSView32 Migration Videos

All this week we've been talking about RSView32 to FactoryTalk View SE migration, and today we're spotlighting Rockwell's own videos on the subject. Preparing for...
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Five Things You Need To Know About Migrating RSView32 To FactoryTalk View

Over the years I've been asked a lot about how to migrate old RSView32 systems to FactoryTalk View SE, and in today's article I'll...
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How RSView32 and FactoryTalk View Licensing Differs

I talk to a lot of people these days who are looking to migrate their old RSView32 systems, usually running on Windows XP, to FactoryTalk...
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When FactoryTalk View Displays Are Slow To Load

Since the release of Intel's Pentium line of processors, slowly loading View32 and ViewSE graphic displays have been a fairly rare issue. But in situations...
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FactoryTalk View support for Windows XP / 7 / 8

Last week in this article I discussed how to use Rockwell's PCDC webpage to look up the compatibility of Rockwell Software packages with Microsoft Windows...
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When FactoryTalk View Displays Are Slow To Update

I run into this more often than you would think. I’ll be working with a controls engineer, or in a manufacturing facility in front of a...
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Flashback Friday - RSView32 Menu Bar Demo 2

Welcome to The Automation Blog's "Flashback Friday!" Today I'm highlighting my twelve year old RSView32 Menu Bar Demo 2 project. Back in 2003 I use to receive a lot...
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Easy Way To Migrate FactoryTalk View Projects To Windows 7 64 bit

Update 04/12/18: Rockwell recently released version 10 of FactoryTalk View which among other things is said to have the ability to restore old 32bit,...
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Flashback Friday! RSView32 Juice Bottling Demo

Welcome to The Automation Blog's "Flashback Friday!" Today I'm highlighting my somewhat famous twelve year old RSView32 Juice Bottling Demo. The year was 2002, and a prospective client was interested...
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The Automation Blog’s “Best Of 2014″ PanelView blogs

Welcome to the second article in our "Best of 2014" series. Today we'll list the seven most popular PanelView blogs of 2014. As we mentioned yesterday, older...
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How To Download Rockwell's PlantPAx Library Of Process Objects

Update: Click HERE for the latest procedure to download Rockwell's PlantPAx Library Of Process Objects for FREE. Rockwell's PlantPAx Library of Process Objects recently became...

Flashback Friday! RSView32 RSWater 3.5 Demo

Welcome to The Automation Blog's "Flashback Friday!" Today I'm highlighting an updated version of Rockwell's "RSView32 Water" demo. In 2004 a Water/Waste Water client from a local engineering firm approached me...
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Flashback Friday! RSView32 Reporting Hands-On Labs

Welcome to The Automation Blog's "Flashback Friday!" Today I'm highlighting my "RSView32 Reporting Hands-On Labs" document covering several different ways to create reports in RSView32. In 2001 clients often asked how to create reports...
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Flashback Friday! RSView32 Menu Bar Demo

Welcome to The Automation Blog's "Flashback Friday!" Today I'm highlighting an RSView32 project I wrote to demo different ways to create top and bottom menu bars in RSView32. In...
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FactoryTalk View Site Edition Version 8 Released!

Rockwell Automation just released the latest version of its FactoryTalk View product. Without any fanfare FactoryTalk View Site Edition Version 8 became available for download last week. This was a...
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Flashback Friday! RSView32 Star Trek Menu’s Demo

Welcome to The Automation Blog's "Flashback Friday!" Today I'm highlighting an RSView32 project I wrote to make RSView32 look like the Star Trek LCARS computer system. In 2001...
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Flashback Friday! RSView32 Simple Message Display Demo

Welcome to The Automation Blog's "Flashback Friday!" Today I'm highlighting an RSView32 project I wrote demonstrating how to use a Combo Box as a Message Display. In 2001...
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Flashback Friday! RSView32 Recipe Object Demo

Welcome to The Automation Blog's "Flashback Friday!" Today I'm highlighting an RSView32 project I created to demonstrate the RSView32 Recipe Object. Back in 2000, I was getting a lot of...
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Flashback Friday! RSView32 Read CSV File Demo

Welcome to The Automation Blog's "Flashback Friday!" Today I'm highlighting an RSView32 project I wrote to read tag values from CSV files. In 2000 CSV files were very popular,...
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Connecting a PanelView Plus to a SLC-500 Channel 0 Serial Port

When looking to upgrade older PanelView 550 or 600 models, it's common to consider the PanelView Plus 600 as a suitable replacement. For starters, most...
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Flashback Friday! RSView32 Popup Keyboard Demo

Welcome to The Automation Blog's "Flashback Friday!" Today I'm highlighting an RSView32 project I wrote to demo various popup keyboard options. In 2000 clients asked a lot about using RSView32...
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Flashback Friday! RSView32 Security Popup Demo

Welcome to The Automation Blog's "Flashback Friday!" This blog series highlights automation articles and content that I originally posted on my previous website(s) between 1999 to 2013. Today I'm highlighting an RSView32 project I wrote to popup a...
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Flashback Friday! RSView32 Top Ten Sorting Demo

Welcome to The Automation Blog's "Flashback Friday!" This blog series highlights automation articles and content that I originally posted on my previous website(s) between 1999 to 2013. Today I'm highlighting an RSView32 program I wrote to work...

How to Migrate FactoryTalk View Projects to Windows 7 64 bit

Update 04/12/18: Rockwell recently released version 10 of FactoryTalk View which among other things is said to have the ability to restore old 32bit,...
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Flashback Friday! RSLogix 500 Top Ten Sort

Welcome to The Automation Blog's "Flashback Friday!" This blog series highlights automation articles and content that I originally posted on my previous website(s) between 1999 to 2013. Today I'm highlighting an RSLogix 500 program I wrote...
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What are PlantPAx Process Objects?

I’ve been getting a lot of questions about PlantPAx lately. Specifically about PlantPAx as it pertains to HMI and SCADA systems. While PlantPAx is a very wide...
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Flashback Friday! RSView32 Tour

Welcome to The Automation Blog's very first, "Flashback Friday!" This blog series highlights automation articles and content that I originally posted on my previous website(s) between 1999 to 2013. Today I'm highlighting my first automation post from way back...
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Graphically enhancing your PanelView Plus or ViewSE project

Most of the modern HMI projects I've seen look as if they escaped from the 70's. I mean, why spend hundreds (or thousands) of dollars on...
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Using the Tag Import And Export Wizard with FactoryTalk ViewStudio (or RSView32)

If you're using FactoryTalk ViewStudio (aka RSViewStudio) or RSView32 with a PLC-5, SLC-500, or MicroLogix, it often makes sense to import your tags and descriptions from...
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Importing PLC and SLC tags into FactoryTalk ViewStudio (or RSView32)

If you're using FactoryTalk ViewStudio (aka RSViewStudio) or RSView32 with a PLC-5, SLC-500, or MicroLogix, it often makes sense to import your tags and descriptions from...
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Rockwell's Water Waste Water Accelerator Toolkit

Rockwell's Water Waste Water Accelerator Toolkit (WWWAT for short) is designed to reduce engineering and development time around Water and Waste Water applications. This "Accelerator Toolkit" is...

How do you get FactoryTalk ViewPoint?

In a blog post last week I described ViewPoint as a software package which adds webserver capabilities to the PanelView Plus and FactoryTalk View Site Edition (aka Supervisory Edition.) However,...

What is ViewPoint?

Many clients have asked me, "What is ViewPoint?" Simply put, ViewPoint is an extension to FactoryTalk View Site Edition and the PanelView Plus which adds web...
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Data Logging Options For CompactLogix and ControlLogix

Clients often ask me about available data logging options for the CompactLogix and ControlLogix. And as of version 21, the controller itself still has...
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USB Cables For Use With Allen-Bradley (A-B) Products

For decades we’ve relied on our laptop’s trusty Serial Port or PCMCIA Slot to communicate with legacy A-B devices. But when our old laptop dies,...