In this week's episode of The Automation Show, I cover how to use View Studio to create and download a PanelView Plus program to read data from a ControlLogix, SLC-5/04 and PLC-5 over a Data Highway Plus network:

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The Automation Show, Episode 35 Show Notes:

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  1. I got a Panelview 1250. I uploaded to the laptop using the transfer utility. I proceeded to add to the panelview a new function I’m needing. The new value has already been made on the compaqlogix.
    However, there are no communication paths listed. The path short cuts are listed, but there e path they point is not showing up. Says it doesn’t exist.
    I can manually find the path. However, if I do that, will it jack up the interface when download it back to the panelview?
    Good morning @rwcanary,
    Could be several reasons why you're not seeing communication paths based on your SW and HW versions, and which tab is missing the paths. But worse case you can pull them up on the PanelView Plus itself.
    That said, I'd be surprised if you don't see the communications paths in the Runtime/Target Tab if the Application Manager allowed you to recover the project from the version 5.0 or greater .MER file on the PVP?
    (for those interested I talk more about that here: https://theautomationblog.com/how-to-edit-a-panelview-plus-viewme-mer-runtime-file/)
    I would expect the Design/Local tab to be empty if you've never created a project in ViewStudio ME on your current PC, since the Local Tab is your PC's setup.
    Sincerely,
    Shawn Tierney,
    Instructor at www.TheAutomationSchool.com
    Thanks Shawn,
    Further investigating. I see the paths have been configured in the runtime tab. If I high light the shortcut (IE. Palletizer) it gives an error on the lower frame border say the path "compaq blah blah blah.Line_3_5" cannot be found.
    The design/Local is empty. Do I need to create comm paths in the design/local?
    I wondering if perhaps it makes a difference on how (or where I am connected) into the ethernet network. Theoretically it should not matter.
    You mentioned "But worse case you can pull them up on the PanelView Plus itself.", I went through the Panelview, however, I did not see anything to tell that information. Where would it listed?
    Good morning @rwcanary,
    Setup the Design/Local paths for your shortcuts only if you wish to test run the application on your PC - it also does not have to match the Target/Runtime tab as I show in my PanelView Plus videos.
    I do walk through how to find the shortcut paths on the PanelView Plus itself in the below article:
    https://theautomationblog.com/how-to-check-your-rslinx-enterprise-shortcut-on-a-panelview-plus/
    Hope this helps,
    www.TheAutomationSchool.com
    Hi Shawn:
    This is the first time I was testing an RN6 and your instructions made it so that I could do the programming and get it all running to confirm that the cards and communication worked.
    Side note: The 1784-PXTX comm cards are what Rockwell used in these for the DH+ & DH485.
    They just put different labels on the original RN6 cards and used the fancy 90 degree connector to plug into the Logic module.
    Thank you again
    Bruce B
    Good morning @BruceB_elec,
    Thanks for your comments and feedback.
    Initially the PVPlus RN6 did have PKTX cards inside, originally even with the PKTX label. However, as time went on they started putting in a stripped down version 🙁
    I recently took a late model RN6 card out of it's case and tried it in a PC and it would not work with RSLinx, where series A and B PKTX cards did without issue.
    Kind of a bummer, but it also makes sense at the same time 😉
    Have a great week,
    Shawn Tierney,
    Instructor at www.TheAutomationSchool.com

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