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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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 the comments and symbols in your PLC program. There are actually two means of import tags into View. In today's...
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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,...
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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...

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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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 in exploring the use of Metrics (formerly Plant Metrics) to monitor scrap and breakdowns on his...

PanelView Plus Serial DH485, Part 2 (Video, TAM S2 E32)

Learn how to add a PanelView Plus to a Data Highway 485 network using its serial port in part two of our three part series: Below are the links related to this three part series: PM02 Cable: http://www.TheAutomationBlog.com/pm02 Serial Cable: http://www.TheAutomationBlog.com/serial Null Modem:...
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Free Allen-Bradley (A-B) And Rockwell Automation (RA) Software (Part 2)

UPDATE 10/31/2017: Try as I might, I can no longer find the software packages listed in this article anywhere online (the associated sites have been completely redesigned.) Where to get free software for Allen-Bradley (A-B) and Rockwell Automation (RA) products,...

View Studio - Start-up Splash Screen, Macro Controlled (Video, TAM S4 E07)

Learn how to create a Macro controlled Start-Up Splash Screen in View Studio in Episode 7 of The Automation Minute Season 4: If you've found this video helpful, checkout my training courses here. You can now buy high definition digital downloads...