PanelView Plus Blog Index (29)

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PanelView Plus Blog Index (29)

Updated on 06/18/14

NOTE: You can view the new version of this article HERE.

Today we update our index of PanelView Plus Blog articles, currently numbering 29.

If there’s a new topic you’d like to see covered, please let us know by clicking on the “post a comment or question” link below.


How to edit a PanelView Plus (ViewME) MER Runtime file

May 26, 2014

Recently a client asked how they would go about editing a PanelView Plus .MER file that their customer had sent them. Unfortunately, this is not always a simple answer. Converting a version 5.0 or greater .MER runtime file back into an editable project If you’re using FactoryTalk ViewStudio 7.0 on Windows 7 64 bit, … Read More »

Why does it take my PanelView Plus several minutes to boot?

March 17, 2014

I recently had a customer call with a very strange issue: His PanelView Plus was taking over 5 minutes to boot. Calls to tech support and several other troubleshooting steps lead nowhere. Not knowing what else to do, I asked the client if he could send me his HMI and PLC … Read More »

Graphically enhancing your PanelView Plus or ViewSE project

February 12, 2014

Most of the modern HMI projects I’ve seen look as if they escaped from the 70′s. I mean, why spend hundreds (or thousands) of dollars on a modern HMI if your screens are going to consist of large square buttons and numeric displays? To be fair, there’s often not enough time in the design schedule for polishing … Read More »

Flashing your PanelView Plus 6 firmware using a memory card step-by-step

January 15, 2014

Earlier in the week in this blog post we discussed how flashing a PanelView Plus 6 over the network could take hours. Today we’ll take you step-by-step through a quicker way of flashing your PVPlus 6 by doing so using a memory card. Flashing your PanelView Plus 6 firmware using a … Read More »

Is flashing your PanelView Plus 6 taking hours? Here’s a trick to get it done under 5 minutes.

January 13, 2014

Last week a client told me it was taking him up to four hours to flash the firmware on his PanelView Plus 6. In fact, it takes so long he avoids doing it whenever possible. I honestly hadn’t flashed my PVPlus 6 in quite some time, so I downloaded the … Read More »

The Automation Blog’s “Best Of 2013″ Human Machine Interface blogs

December 31, 2013

Welcome to the second article in our “Best of 2013″ series. Today we focus on our seven most popular Human Machine Interface (HMI) blogs. As we noted yesterday, our older blogs have a distinct advantage when compared to our newer blogs because they have been around much longer and had the opportunity to get more … Read More »

Rockwell’s Water Waste Water Accelerator Toolkit

December 23, 2013

Rockwell’s Water Waste Water Accelerator Toolkit (WWWAT for short) is designed to reduce engineering and development time around Water and Waste Water applications. This “Accelerator Toolkit” is also designed for use with RSLogix5000 and FactoryTalk View Site Edition. The initial download is roughly 510mb and is in the form of an “.exe” install file. Once downloaded … Read More »

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DataStore Plus “step by step” setup in FactoryTalk ViewStudio

December 11, 2013

Earlier in the week we described what the DataStore Plus ActiveX was. Today we walk you through the steps you need to take to add it to a FactoryTalk ViewStudio Machine Edition project. Basic steps to setup the DataStore Plus ActiveX in ViewStudio: Create and configure a new “on top” display to host the DataStore Plus ActiveX … Read More »

Rockwell’s DataStore Plus extension for the PanelView Plus 6

December 9, 2013

Last week I was contacted by an OEM for my advice on the best way to create reports that customers could view in Microsoft Excel. Since his equipment was outfitted with the PanelView Plus 6, I suggested the first option we should discuss would be the one already built-in to his existing HMI: Rockwell’s DataStore Plus ActiveX extension. FactoryTalk View Machine Edition … Read More »

Seven things you need to know before using the PanelView Plus

November 26, 2013

I still run into clients who are just beginning to use the PanelView Plus, even though it was released a decade ago. So for all everyone out there who is new to the PanelView Plus, here are seven things you need to know: 1) PanelView Plus hardware features: The original PanelView Plus came in four … Read More »

How to use FactoryTalk ViewPoint

November 8, 2013

Yesterday 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 … Read More »

How do you get FactoryTalk ViewPoint?

November 7, 2013

In a blog post last week I described ViewPoint as a software package which adds webserver capabilities to the PanelView Plus and FactoryTalk View Site Edition (aka Supervisory Edition.) However, before you can publish your FactoryTalk View Studio graphic displays using ViewPoint, you’ll need to download and install it first. In today’s article I’ll show you where to … Read More »

Can you save FactoryTalk ViewStudio Machine Edition 6.0 projects as a previous version?

November 4, 2013

Back on August 20th I blogged here about if it was possible to save a FactoryTalk ViewStudio Machine Edition version 7.0 project as a previous version. I found that while you could open a v7 project in v6.1 by saving the project as a v6.1 MER, you could not open any older MER’s in … Read More »

What is ViewPoint?

November 1, 2013

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 as a Silverlight browser plugin that works well on … Read More »

Using an Apple iPad or iPhone to monitor and control your Allen-Bradley PanelView Plus

October 30, 2013

Last week I had the opportunity to show a client how to use his Apple iPad and iPhone to remotely control his PanelView Plus 6. Afterwards, I thought it would make an excellent blog post. The first step is to setup your PanelView Plus as a VNC server, and we covered how to … Read More »

Remotely controlling your Allen-Bradley PanelView Plus using VNC

October 28, 2013

In today’s article we’ll discuss how you can remotely monitor and control your Allen-Bradley PanelView Plus using VNC (Virtual Network Computing.) The ability to use handheld devices with HMI or SCADA systems has been around for a long time. In fact, in the picture to the right you can see me … Read More »

PanelView Plus 6 Compact requires ME Transfer Utility version 7.0

September 17, 2013

A client recently called me about issues he was having downloading to his new PanelView Plus 6 Compact. He was using FactoryTalk ViewStudio version 6.1 which was the same version as the firmware on the unit. But, when he browsed for the panel in RSLinx Enterprise, at best he received a … Read More »

Replacing a PanelView 550 with a PanelView Plus

September 16, 2013

Recently, a client called asking if it would be possible to replace a PanelView 550 with a new PanelView Plus. The answer is yes, but the ease of doing so will depend greatly on the model. Note: In this article we’ll focus on the physical replacement, leaving the software migration … Read More »

Panelview Plus with Remote I/O support

September 4, 2013

With the release of the PanelView Plus 6 700-1500, Rockwell chose to no longer support the legacy Remote I/O (RIO) network. However, for users who still need to replace old RIO PanelViews, Rockwell has made several new catalog numbers for the original Panelview Plus with firmware 5.1 and RIO support available. These models (listed below) all … Read More »

Downloading the updated View Machine Edition / PanelView Plus Transfer Utility from Rockwell Allen-Bradley (A-B)

August 29, 2013

I’ve been getting a lot of calls from clients who have FactoryTalk ViewStudio 5.0, but need to download their Machine Edition runtime application (.mer) to a PanelView Plus 6.0. I’ve previously wrote about how to use a USB flash drive to transfer an .mer file, but since its more convenient to … Read More »

Can you save a FactoryTalk ViewStudio Machine Edition 7.0 project as a previous version?

August 20, 2013

A client recently asked how he could save or export a FactoryTalk ViewStudio Machine Edition 7.0 project as a previous, older version. As FactoryTalk ViewStudio users know, there is no way to perform a “save project as” a previous version in the software. However, the software does allow for saving runtime files (.mer) as previous versions, … Read More »

FactoryTalk View Studio Machine Edition (ViewME) and PanelView Plus (PVPlus) Quick Start Videos from Rockwell Allen-Bradley (A-B)

August 13, 2013

Rockwell’s FactoryTalk View Studio Machine Edition (ViewME) and PanelView Plus (PVPlus) can be a little challenging for new users to learn. I still remember my own frustration trying to setup RSLinx Enterprise for the first time when I received my beta copy of FactoryTalk View Studio 3.0 back in late 2003. Since then, Rockwell has released … Read More »

Using DH-485 On The New PanelView Plus 6 400 And 600

August 1, 2013

Most of the original PanelView Plus 400 and 600 models accepted an optional communications module, and the following were available: 2711P-RN3 DH-485 communication module 2711P-RN8 DH+ communication module 2711P-RN15C ControlNet communication module 2711P-RN22C RS-232 isolated communication module However, with the release of the new PanelView Plus 6 400 and 600, we lose the … Read More »

How To Automatically Run A USB Flash Drive Script On The PanelView Plus

July 31, 2013

On Monday and Tuesday we discussed how to access the “Configuration Mode” of the PanelView Plus and PanelView Plus 6. One additional way we did not yet cover is using an “autorun.bat” file on a USB Memory Stick (aka USB Thumb Drive, USB Flash Drive.) These script are written to automatically move all … Read More »

Why Is The White Box Missing On My PanelView Plus? Why Doesn’t F1 Bring Up Configuration Mode?

July 30, 2013

Why is the PanelView Plus “Goto Config Mode” white box missing on boot? Why doesn’t pressing F1 on boot bring me to the PanelView Plus configuration mode? Yesterday we discussed how to get into the “Configuration Mode” of a PanelView Plus, and we learned the easiest way to do so was to either put a “Goto Config” … Read More »

How To Access The PanelView Plus Configuration Mode

July 29, 2013

When powering on a PanelView Plus for the first time, its boots up to the main Configuration Mode menu screen. From here, the user has several options: Load an application from internal memory, of from a Compact Flash Card (versions 3.0-5.1,) SD Card (versions 6.0-7.0,) or from most USB Flash Drives. Run the loaded application Edit the … Read More »

Transferring Runtime Files (.mer) To PanelView Plus Using USB Flash Drive

July 26, 2013

The ability to transfer Rockwell Software’s FactoryTalk View Machine Edition runtime files (.mer) to the PanelView Plus and PanelView Plus 6 using standard USB Memory Stick (aka USB flash drive, USB thumb drive) is a handy feature, if you know how exactly to do it. In most cases you’ld typically download the runtime file … Read More »

Easy way to edit or create large numbers of FactoryTalk View Machine Edition alarm messages

July 9, 2013

When you have hundreds or even thousands of alarm messages to add to your FactoryTalk  View Machine Edition (View ME) project, this little trick can be really helpful. To start, enter a few alarm messages of each type you’ll need into the View ME Alarm Setup Message Editor to act as your template. … Read More »

Is it possible to nest global objects in FactoryTalk ViewStudio?

June 29, 2013

Recently, a skeptical client asked it was possible to nest global objects in FactoryTalk ViewStudio. His desire was to create a small global object, which he would nest multiple times in a larger global object. He would then use the larger global object on multiple screens while retaining the ability to change the smaller global objects. … Read More »

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