Human Machine Interface

How Universal Automation Helps Manufacturers Bridge Ai And Edge Computing

New Schneider Electric Article on Universal Automation: Ongoing disruption is the “new normal” of today’s global manufacturing environment. Just two years ago, manufacturers found themselves in the vortex of a pandemic, requiring massive process and infrastructure changes to remain competitive and overcome unprecedented workforce and supply chain challenges. Technological innovations, including...

What’s New With Rockwell’s Logix and View (P191)

This week I take a look at what's new with Rockwell's Logix and View products as seen at Automation Fair 2023 in this episode of The Automation Podcast. For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the video. Watch to the Podcast on The Automation Blog: [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5e-OwgpQYM?si=cIwH_l0qjTupvUyC] Listen to the...

Aveva on Essential Features for Rapid HMI/SCADA Development

Essential Features for Rapid HMI/SCADA Development: In a recent article published by Aveva, it has been highlighted that one of the advanced symbols available is the polar star. This symbol effectively visualizes a set of interconnected process values through spokes, forming a visually appealing polygon. Each spoke encompasses a range...

Harmony HMIs and iPCs from Schneider Electric (P176)

Today my guests are Tom Reiter and Jay Cortel of Schneider Electric and they introduce us to their Harmony Line of HMIs and IPCs in this episode of The Automation Podcast. For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the video. Watch the Show on The Automation Blog: The Automation...

IND360: Next Gen Weighing Indicator from Mettler Toledo (P169)

Today my guest is Jeff Holcomb of Mettler Toledo who introduces us to the Next Generation of Weighing Indicators, the IND360, in this episode of The Automation Podcast. For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the video. Watch the Podcast: [vimeo 859142351 w=750 h=420] The Automation Podcast is also available...

View Studio Site Edition – Numeric & String Input Colors & Styles (T009)

In this edition of Automation Tech Tips I walk through how to change the Color and Style settings of Numeric and String Inputs in FactoryTalk View Studio. NOTE: If you need to learn how to use ViewSE, check out my ViewSE Course. It comes with instructor support and never expires. Automation...

View Studio, RSView32 – Export, Edit, and Import Tags (T008)

In this edition of Automation Tech Tips I walk through how to Export tags from FactoryTalk View Studio, how to Edit them in Notepad or Excel, and things to avoid that would prevent you from Importing your edited file back into View Studio. NOTE: If you need to learn how...

Rockwell I/O and HMI Product Update (P142)

Today my guest is Mace Bittman who comes on the show to give us an update on four Rockwell I/O and HMI products in Episode 142 of The Automation Podcast. For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the video. Watch the Podcast: [vimeo 801361470 w=750 h=420] The Automation Podcast is...

PanelView Plus – .MER Runtime: Unable to load ActiveX control, Newer version required (qa230214)

Automation Q & A from the Morning Show dated 02/14/23: A reader recently asked why he's getting this error on his PanelView Plus: “Unable to load ActiveX control. Cause: Newer file version of ActiveX control required,” and I share my thoughts on that in today's Automation Q&A. NOTE: You'll find the...

Migrate / Convert – ViewME (Machine Edition) to ViewSE (Site Edition) (T005)

In this edition of Automation Tech Tips I walk through how to migrate FactoryTalk View Machine Edition entire projects (or just components) into FactoryTalk View Site Edition. Note: If you need help learning to use the PanelView Plus or ViewSE, check out my Five-Star rated online courses here. They come...

PanelView Plus – .MER Runtime: Terminal Cannot Find File? (qa230131)

Automation Q & A from the Morning Show dated 01/31/23: Recently a community member ran into an issue with a newly purchased machine where the PanelView Plus was showing an error that it could not find the .MER Runtime file, and I share my thoughts on what might be happening...

PanelView Plus – Firmware: “Your PanelView Plus Firmware May Be Corrupt…” (qa230125)

Automation Q & A for 01/25/23: I was asked by a member of our community recently what he should do now that his PanelView Plus 600 is booting up to an error like, "Your PanelView Plus Firmware May Be Corrupt," and I discuss the answer that question in today's Automation...

CCW – v21: What’s New Connected Components Workbench

Rockwell recently released version 21 of Connected Components Workbench, and below I'll summarize any new and enhanced features: New and Enhanced Micro800 Features: Now supports Ethernet implicit I/O messaging for L50E and L70E controllers The default value of Automatically Invoke Variable/Block Selector changed from True to False Ease programming of...

Three Questions Answered: Studio 5000, PanelView 800, CompactLogix (M5E37)

I answer three reader's questions on Studio 5000, the PanelView 800, and CompactLogix in Episode 37 of The Automation Minute, Season 5. [vimeo 741145429 w=750 h=420] The Automation Minute, Season 5 Episode 37 Show Notes: Episode Links: - Pickup our TAB1 Collection at TheAutomationBlog.com/tab1 Join our new community at Automation.Locals.com! Become part of our community...

PanelView Plus – Trends: Where’s My Data?? (M5E33)

I discuss a reader's question about why his historical data may be missing from his Trend in this episode of The Automation Minute. [vimeo 731760739 w=750 h=420] The Automation Minute, Season 5 Episode 33 Show Notes: Episode Links: - Article and Discussion: https://theautomationblog.com/insights-inbox-how-do-i-make-a-panelview-plus-trend-historical/ Join our new community at Automation.Locals.com! Become part of our community to take...

PanelView Plus – Datalogs – Running More Than One? (M5E32)

I discuss a reader's question about if you can have multiple DataLogs running at the same time in a PanelView Plus in this episode of The Automation Minute. [vimeo 731751558 w=750 h=420] The Automation Minute, Season 5 Episode 32 Show Notes: Episode Links: - Article and Discussion: https://theautomationblog.com/insights-inbox-how-do-i-make-a-panelview-plus-trend-historical/ Join our new community at Automation.Locals.com! Become part...

What’s New In FactoryTalk View Machine Edition v13

Rockwell recently released version 13.00 of FactoryTalk View Machine Edition, and below I'll summarize the new and enhanced features, as well as corrected anomalies: New Features and Enhancements: Cross Reference The Cross Reference form now includes the ability to search on object names. Image Object Animation A long request feature, ViewME v13...

IFM CR1203 HMI Controller: Initial Setup & Adding Ethernet IO in CODESYS (S2E02)

Today I setup an IFM CR1203 HMI Controller for the first time, then I add and test Ethernet IO inside of CODESYS (TAS2 E2.) For more information including product links, check out the "Show Notes" located below the video. [vimeo 662956132 w=750 h=420] The Automation Show, Season 2 Episode 2 Show Notes: Special...

Siemens HMIs (P86)

My guest this week is Ramey Miller of Siemens who gives us an overview of the complete line of Siemens HMIs in Episode 86 of The Automation Podcast. For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the video. Watch the Podcast: [vimeo 654520985 w=750 h=420] The Automation Podcast is also available...

Mitsubishi Basic HMI Project Setup

In today's article I walk through the initial steps of setting up a new Mitsubishi HMI project, including creating a project, importing the PLC symbol database, and more. Focusing on the same principle that you can make something difficult or simple, the GOT Designer software for Mitsubishi HMIs can let...