How to use FactoryTalk ViewPoint

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Rockwell's ViewPoint LogoYesterday in this article I described how to download and install FactoryTalk ViewPoint.

Today I'll walk you through how to use FactoryTalk ViewPoint to publish content for a FTView Machine Edition application destined to run on a PanelView Plus.

NOTE: ViewPoint supports running on the PanelView Plus and ViewSE, but does not support ViewME station runtimes on a PC. For more detailed information on ViewPoint see this post from last week.

Publishing ViewPoint content to run on a PanelView Plus.

When you've finished your ViewStudio for Machine Edition project and wish to enable ViewPoint support, the first thing you'll need to do is install the ViewPoint Administration Tool which we covered in yesterday's article here.

Once installed, you'll find a new option under the “Application” menu. Select it to start the ViewPoint Administration Tool:

FactoryTalk ViewPoint Administration

After selecting it you will see the ViewPoint splash screen…

FactoryTalk ViewPoint Splash

…followed by the FactoryTalk ViewPoint Administration Tool Wizard, as seen below:

FactoryTalk ViewPoint Administration Wizard

To successfully publish your content to ViewPoint, you'll start here on the default page by selecting which screens you wish to be published. You'll also need to select an initial display which will be the first display users see when they log in to ViewPoint from their browser.

Once you've made those selections, select the “publish displays” button in the bottom right corner.

ViewPoint Publish Step 4

Once all the selected displays have been published, click on the “security settings” option in the top red menu bar.

This reveals two new security tabs as shown in the following two screenshots:

ViewPoint Publish Step 5

ViewPoint Publish Step 6

NOTE: I recommend “view only” access (i.e. no control) in most situations as it would typically be improper to control a manufacturing system remotely.

Once you've setup the security to your system's requirements, you'll need to press the “save” button on the bottom right.

Now you're finished with the ViewPoint setup and can close the ViewPoint Administration Tool Wizard.

Creating a PanelView Plus runtime with ViewPoint content

To transfer our newly published ViewPoint displays and security settings to our PanelView Plus we need to create a new Runtime File.

First, select “Application” and “Create Runtime” from the ViewStudio menu as you would normally do:

ViewPoint Runtime Create 1

Next, at the very bottom of the “Create Runtime Application” pop-up window insure you have the “include ViewPoint content” checkbox checked, and that the version selected matches the version installed on your PanelView Plus:

ViewPoint Runtime Create 2

Once the runtime file is created, download it like any other runtime file. Note: it may take longer to download as in now includes the additional ViewPoint content.

When the project runs on the PanelView Plus you should be able to connect to it using your PC's web browser. When you do you should see the default display of your running project as in the example below:

FactoryTalk ViewPoint In Internet Explorer

I hope this post about how to use the ViewPoint Administration Tool to publish ViewPoint content to a PanelView Plus was helpful. If you have any comments or questions please don't hesitate to use the “Leave a reply” form at the bottom of this page.

Sincerely,

Shawn Tierney
Automation Blogger and Trainer

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