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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 when I ran into a problem I’ve seen many times over the years. It occurs when you...

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 software which publishes graphic displays as interactive webpages. This latest version is said to work with...
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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 blogs have a distinct advantage as they've been around longer than newer ones. With that in mind, it...
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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 with Rockwell's PlantPAx Library of Process Objects. And since Rockwell made major changes to their website recently,...

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 to maintain a historical record of your alarms, you’ll first need to connect your View...
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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 no native data logging feature (maybe in v22 v30?) While you can create trends in RSLogix5000 which...

Free Rockwell Training Videos, The Automation Podcast Episode 21

In The Automation Podcast: Episode 21, we discuss where you can watch free Rockwell training videos. Note: You can see our previous Rockwell training video coverage in our companion articles below: RSLogix 5000 “How To” Start Page Videos from Rockwell Allen-Bradley (A-B) FactoryTalk View Studio Machine Edition Quick Start...
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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 where the PC is either over burdened or underpowered, the speed at which screens are...

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 after returning from winter break. Apparently, Microsoft released several security updates for Windows 7, 8.1, 10,...

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 server functionality to the FactoryTalk View project. Web Client Compatibility When Rockwell implemented ViewPoint, they did so...

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