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 article we'll cover how to import your tags using the “Tag Import And Export Wizard.” For how to import tags using the Database Browser, see this article HERE.
Note: While the below procedure is for FactoryTalk ViewStudio (ME or SE,) it is nearly identical to RSView32.
Tag Import And Export Wizard
Step 1: Launch Rockwell's “Tag Import And Export Wizard” and select what type of files you would like to import or export. In our example we'll choose to import RSLogix 5 or 500 address comments and symbols from ASCII export files:
Step 2: Now choose if you will be importing the comments and symbols into Tags in either Machine Edition (ViewME) or Site Edition (ViewSE):
Step 3: Before you continue with the “Tag Import And Export Wizard,” be sure you've saved your PLC-5 or SLC-500 with the “External Database” option selected, as shown below:
Step 4: Next, browse to your PLC or SLC external database file (.EAS) and select it. Then press next:
Step 5: Choose the import options you prefer, and select next:
Step 6: Click the “finish” button to begin the import process”
Step 7: Provide a “Topic” (aka “shortcut”) name for your tags.
NOTE: Take care when typing in the “Topic” name as it will become part of every imported tag's addresses, and there is no easy way to change it afterwards.
Step 8: Wait as the utility imports your comments and symbols into your View tag database:
Step 9: At the end of the import process, you will be prompted with a import summary showing how many of your tags successfully imported. In our example, we had 303 successful tag creations:
Step 10: Now open your tag database and you should find the comments and symbols from your PLC or SLC program have now been imported into your tag database, as show below:
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