Human Machine Interface

SIMATIC HMI Basic Panel – Using the Recipe Feature

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Whether we are manufacturing beverages, wood panels, chemicals, pharmaceutical or any other product in industry, one common feature they all share, is they are created with consistency by using recipes. Every product contains a list...

What's New with Siemens HMIs?

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We take a quick look at what's new with Siemens HMIs in this episode of The Automation Minute.  The Automation Minute, Season 5 Episode 15 Show Notes: Check out the full session video at the Siemens...

TIA Portal Basic HMI Language Switching

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It doesn’t matter where you and I live and work in the world, the native language that we speak, read and write is not always the same native language that the next person does. Thus,...

PanelView 800 Language Switching

As we have looked at language switching in the PanelView 5000 and View Designer recently, I wanted to follow-up on that article with this one in which I'll implement the same feature in a...

Using the PID instruction in a Micro820

I am still getting familiar with Connected Components Workbench, and have yet to implement a function block program prior to this article. In this first program I walk through how to setup and use the...

Community Q & A: Data Highway Plus Timeouts

In this edition of "Community Q & A" (formerly "Insight's Inbox",) I discuss with one of our community members at automation.locals.com what might be causing one of his Data Highway Plus devices to keep...

Micro820, Panelview 800, and Powerflex 525 CCW Project

One of the positive attributes of the Connected Components Workbench project is the ability to program multiple devices with one software package. A CCW project can contain the Panelview 800 HMI, the Micro 800 controller...

Connecting a Micro820 and PanelView 800

One of the interesting aspects of automation is “making things talk.” Connecting devices together, whether we are talking about a host of network switches, HMI devices, drives, servers, controllers or any other intelligent device,...

Community Q & A: Issue Replacing a PanelView Plus

In this edition of "Community Q & A" (formerly "Insight's Inbox",) I discuss with one of our community members at https://automation.locals.com what might be causing the issue he is having with his replacement PanelView...

PanelView 800 to MicroLogix 1100 via Ethernet

In my first article on the PanelView 800 I discussed getting acquainted with the terminal and software and creating the CCW project. In this article I plan to connect to a controller and cover the...

Getting Started with the PanelView 800

When I'm given a project to implement a new control system, my first inclination is to go out and get the latest and greatest processor, HMI and any other toys that I can to...

Studio 5000 View Designer Trend and Emulator

While many times underutilized in an HMI, everyone involved in a manufacturing process benefits from trended data, or at least, they would benefit if they used it. Operators can monitor the direction of their process...

Editing PanelView Plus Projects

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The PanelView Plus from Rockwell Automation was released back in 2003, and over the years countless thousands have been installed in applications across the world. And like with any HMI, over time many End Users...

Language Switching in Studio 5000 View Designer

One of my favorite things about my home state of Louisiana is culture. We have a blend of many beautiful cultures and out of that comes some of the best food, entertainment and zeal...

What's New in CCW v13 (P70)

In this episode of The Automation Podcast, I sit down with Jie Hong of Rockwell Automation to get an overview of the new features of Connected Components Workbench Version 13. For more information, check out...

Logix and View Designer: Using the HMIBC

I really should investigate release notes more, you learn all kinds of things. I ran across something in the View Designer manual called an “HMIBC” so I was curious as to what it is. Created...

Extended Tag Properties in Logix and View Designer

I’ll admit, I don’t always investigate every new feature that I read in a software’s release notes and many times I fail to utilize them for some time. Such is the case for tag extended...

Alarm Integration with Logix and View Designer

I will be honest, when I read the release notes for the latest release(s) of Logix Designer, I didn’t spend much effort on the parts about alarm enhancements with CompactLogix and ControlLogix Controllers. But over...

View Designer Pop-Up Windows Using Alias Tags

If you enjoy programming your ControlLogix/CompactLogix system utilizing Add-On instructions, then you will want the same compatibility when building graphics in View Designer. No PLC/HMI developer wants to re-create the same displays over and over...

Studio 5000 View Designer Security

When creating an operator interface, one piece of the puzzle is to think about security before getting too far into the project. This is because you can spend a lot of time reworking and cleaning...