Welcome to The Automation Blog’s View Site Edition Content Guide which is an ordered list of all of our View Site Edition articles and videos.

Below you’ll find over 45 of our free articles and videos listed with thumbnails and excerpts. If you’d prefer a listing of titles only, click here.

Note: Our View Site Edition Online course, ViewSE Basics, is available here.


  • How To Find Your Local Rockwell Distributor or RepresentativeHow To Find Your Local Rockwell Distributor or Representative
    A common question my students ask is about who should they call to purchase Allen-Bradley Software and Hardware. To address this I send them a link to Rockwell’s website, which will allow them to look up their local Rockwell representative or distributor. These reps can help them with the following services: Provide demo copies of software either ...
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  • How To Find Your Local Rockwell Distributor or Representative (M4E17)How To Find Your Local Rockwell Distributor or Representative (M4E17)
    In this episode I show you how to use the new and improved webpage to find your local Rockwell distributors (Episode 17 of The Automation Minute Season 4:) If you’ve found this video helpful, checkout my training courses here. Check out our Video Collection #1 here, which includes the first five seasons of our shows for just ...
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  • View Studio – Support for Windows XP / 7 / 8View Studio - Support for Windows XP / 7 / 8
    Last week in this article I discussed how to use Rockwell’s PCDC webpage to look up the compatibility of Rockwell Software packages with Microsoft Windows operating systems. In today’s article we’ll take a look at the results for FactoryTalk View: FactoryTalk View compatibility with Windows XP: In the above screen shot of Rockwell’s PCDC webpage we can see versions ...
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  • FactoryTalk Linx (RSLinx Enterprise) (P140)FactoryTalk Linx (RSLinx Enterprise) (P140)
    Today my guest is Ron Bliss who introduces us to what’s new with FactoryTalk Linx and FTLinx Gateway in Episode 140 of The Automation Podcast. For more information, check out the “Show Notes” located below the video. Watch the Podcast:  Listen via Apple, Google, Pandora, Spotify, iHeartRadio, Stitcher, TuneIn, YouTube, Rumble, Amazon Music, Podcast Index, Deezer, RSS, or ...
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  • VMware – Settings that work with RSLinx, ControlFlash, and BOOTPVMware - Settings that work with RSLinx, ControlFlash, and BOOTP
    In today’s article I’ll show the you the VMware Workstation settings I used to allow BOOTP, RSLinx, and ControlFlash to work. Part 1: VMware Workstation Network Connection Setting Step 1) Open the VMware Settings for your Virtual Machine While there are many ways to open the VMware Workstation settings for a Virtual Machine (VM,) the way I access them is to right click ...
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  • VMware – Settings that work with RSLinx, ControlFlash, BOOTP (M2E18)VMware - Settings that work with RSLinx, ControlFlash, BOOTP (M2E18)
    See the VMware Workstation settings Shawn used with RSLinx, ControlFlash, BOOTP in episode 18 of The Automation Minute Season 2.
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  • View Studio – Resolve Cannot Connect To Addin Object ErrorView Studio - Resolve Cannot Connect To Addin Object Error
    If you’re seeing a “Cannot Connect To Addin Object” error when trying use FactoryTalk View Studio, it’s likely that a recent Microsoft Windows 10, 8, or 7 patch is the cause.                         And while you could remove the offending patch, it’s better to install the fix from Microsoft, and ...
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  • View Studio – Resolve Cannot Connect To Addin Object Error (M4E27)View Studio - Resolve Cannot Connect To Addin Object Error (M4E27)
    In this episode I discuss how to resolve the FactoryTalk View when you get the cannot connect to addin object error (Episode 27 of The Automation Minute Season 4:) If you’ve found this video helpful, checkout my training courses here. Check out our Video Collection #1 here, which includes the first five seasons of our shows for ...
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  • FTLinx, RSLinx Enterprise – Communications Basics (Flashback Video 1)FTLinx, RSLinx Enterprise - Communications Basics (Flashback Video 1)
    In The Automation Minute, Flashback Episode 1, Shawn Tierney walks you through Rockwell’s FactoryTalk View Studio Communications Basics. Note: To find out how you can get a copy of our complete PanelView Plus and View Studio Training video visit http://www.TheAutomationSchool.com
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  • View Studio, RSView32 – Using the Tag Import Export WizardView Studio, RSView32 - Using the Tag Import Export Wizard
    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 ...
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  • View Studio, RSView32 – Importing PLC and SLC tagsView Studio, RSView32 - Importing PLC and SLC tags
    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 directly into the HMI Tag database. For how to import ...
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  • View Studio – Importing PLC-5 & SLC-500 Tags (Flashback Video 7)View Studio - Importing PLC-5 & SLC-500 Tags (Flashback Video 7)
    In The Automation Minute, Flashback Episode 7, Shawn Tierney walks you through Rockwell’s FactoryTalk View Studio importing of PLC-5 and SLC-500 Tags. Note: To find out how you can get a copy of our complete PanelView Plus and View Studio Training video visit http://www.TheAutomationSchool.com
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  • View Studio, RSView32 – Export, Edit, and Import Tags (T008)View Studio, RSView32 - Export, Edit, and Import Tags (T008)
    In this edition of Automation Tech Tips I walk through how to Export tags from FactoryTalk View Studio, how to Edit them in Notepad or Excel, and things to avoid that would prevent you from Importing your edited file back into View Studio. NOTE: If you need to learn how to use ViewSE, check out my ...
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  • View Studio – HMI Tag Address Browsing (Flashback Video 8)View Studio - HMI Tag Address Browsing (Flashback Video 8)
    In The Automation Minute, Flashback Episode 8, Shawn Tierney walks you through Rockwell’s FactoryTalk View Studio HMI Tag Address Browsing. Note: To find out how you can get a copy of our complete PanelView Plus and View Studio Training video visit http://www.TheAutomationSchool.com
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  • View Studio – HMI Tag Browsing (Flashback Video 9)View Studio - HMI Tag Browsing (Flashback Video 9)
    In The Automation Minute, Flashback Episode 9, Shawn Tierney walks you through Rockwell’s FactoryTalk View Studio HMI Tag Browsing. Note: To find out how you can get a copy of our complete PanelView Plus and View Studio Training video visit http://www.TheAutomationSchool.com
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  • View Studio – Logix Tag Browsing (Flashback Video 10)View Studio - Logix Tag Browsing (Flashback Video 10)
    In The Automation Minute, Flashback Episode 10, Shawn Tierney walks you through Rockwell’s FactoryTalk View Studio Logix Tag Browsing. Note: To find out how you can get a copy of our complete PanelView Plus and View Studio Training video visit http://www.TheAutomationSchool.com
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  • View Studio Site Edition – Command LineView Studio Site Edition - Command Line
    Although Command Line is a simple thing to use, many people are not familiar with it. In this article, we’ll learn the use of the Command Line Function in FactoryTalk View  Studio Enterprise. Before we start, it should be noted that the Command Line feature of FactoryTalk View Studio is a feature of View Site Edition ...
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  • View Studio Site Edition – Numeric & String Input Colors & Styles (T009)View Studio Site Edition - Numeric & String Input Colors & Styles (T009)
    In this edition of Automation Tech Tips I walk through how to change the Color and Style settings of Numeric and String Inputs in FactoryTalk View Studio. NOTE: If you need to learn how to use ViewSE, check out my ViewSE Course. It comes with instructor support and never expires. Automation Tech Tip Video: 
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  • View Studio Site Edition – Parameter PassingView Studio Site Edition - Parameter Passing
    In this article we’ll learn about Parameter Passing in the Factory Talk View SE application. Why do we Use Parameter Passing? Parameter Passing is used to reduce the number of screens we use repetitively in our development. To reduce the number of screens we use parameter passing. We will understand with a practical example. Let’s get started. Parameter Passing First, open ...
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  • View Studio Site Edition – Client KeysView Studio Site Edition - Client Keys
    In my previous article on using the FactoryTalk ViewSE “Command Line,” I showed how simple that feature was to use. In today’s article I’ll cover how to use the Client Keys feature which is also easy to use, but many people just don’t know this feature exists. What is the client key? As the name implies, client ...
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  • View Studio – Graphically Enhancing your ProjectsView Studio - Graphically Enhancing your Projects
    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 up graphical displays with fancy images and animations. ...
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  • View Studio – Why Your Graphics Displays May Be Updating SlowlyView Studio - Why Your Graphics Displays May Be Updating Slowly
    I run into this more often than you would think. I’ll be working with a controls engineer, or in a manufacturing facility in front of a PanelView Plus or FactoryTalk View SE SCADA system, when I notice the system seems to be running slow. This sluggishness often has nothing to do with the type of network being used. I’ve seen ...
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  • View Studio Site Edition, RSView32 – When Displays Are Slow To LoadView Studio Site Edition, RSView32 - When Displays Are Slow To Load
    Since the release of Intel’s Pentium line of processors, slowly loading RSView32 and ViewSE graphic displays have been a fairly rare issue. But in situations where the PC is either over burdened or underpowered, the speed at which screens are displayed can become a problem. It’s most often experienced as a several second delay from the press of a ...
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  • View Studio Site Edition – Alarm and Events: How to Add and SetupView Studio Site Edition - Alarm and Events: How to Add and Setup
    In this new article, we will learn to create an Alarm and Event server with an example. An alarm is a critical part of any process, system or machinery, etc. An alarm can prevent you from a fatal accident and provide you with information about what is happening and why to troubleshoot. With Factory Talk View, while ...
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  • View Studio Site Edition – Alarm and Events: Export, Edit, and ImportView Studio Site Edition - Alarm and Events: Export, Edit, and Import
    In this new article, we will continue learning about FactoryTalk View Alarm and Event server. This time we will learn to import and export the Alarm and Event server. Like our previous article, we will use the same project file for this article. First, open your project and right-click on Alarm and Event Server as shown in ...
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  • View Studio Site Edition – Alarm and Events: Resolving an Area IssueView Studio Site Edition - Alarm and Events: Resolving an Area Issue
    A good client recently asked me to visit a site with him to help troubleshoot an odd issue he was having with FactoryTalk Alarm and Events. The site had redundant high-end Dell servers, each with FactoryTalk View Site Edition Server, RSLinx Enterprise, and FactoryTalk Alarm and Events running in redundant configurations. My client had designed the application with each software ...
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  • Sample Code – Rockwell’s Water Waste Water Accelerator ToolkitSample Code - Rockwell's Water Waste Water Accelerator Toolkit
    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 560mb and is in the form of an “.exe” install file. Once downloaded and ...
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  • PlantPAx Process Objects – What are they?PlantPAx Process Objects - What are they?
    I’ve been getting a lot of questions about PlantPAx lately. Specifically about PlantPAx as it pertains to HMI and SCADA systems. While PlantPAx is a very wide and broad topic, when I get the above question it typically relates to Rockwell’s highly developed faceplates, formerly known as the “PlantPAx Library of Process Objects.” The purpose of these “objects” or “faceplates” is to provide ...
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  • PlantPAx Process Objects – How to get Rockwell’s Library of Process ObjectsPlantPAx Process Objects - How to get Rockwell's 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, I thought it also sense to update this article explaining how you go about getting Rockwell’s ...
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  • PlantPAx Process Objects – How to get Rockwell’s Library of Process Objects (M3E08)PlantPAx Process Objects – How to get Rockwell’s Library of Process Objects (M3E08)
    Learn how to get Rockwell’s Library of Process Objects for free in Episode 8 of The Automation Minute, Season 3: If you’ve found this video helpful, checkout my training courses here. Check out our Video Collection #1 here, which includes the first five seasons of our shows for just $30!
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  • View Studio Site Edition – Data Logging and Reporting Options (T011)View Studio Site Edition - Data Logging and Reporting Options (T011)
    In this edition of Automation Tech Tips I walk through Data Logging and Reporting options of FactoryTalk View Site Edition in response to a user’s question. NOTE: If you need to learn how to use ViewSE, check out my ViewSE Course. It comes with instructor support and never expires. Automation Tech Tip Video: 
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  • ControlLogix, CompactLogix – Data Logging OptionsControlLogix, CompactLogix - Data Logging Options
    Clients often ask me about available data logging options for the CompactLogix and ControlLogix. And as of version 21, the controller itself still has no native data logging feature (maybe in v22 v30?) While you can create trends in RSLogix5000 which you can later export to CSV file, this solution isn’t automated and not very fool proof. So ...
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  • ControlLogix, CompactLogix – Data Logging Options (P27)ControlLogix, CompactLogix - Data Logging Options (P27)
    In The Automation Podcast: Episode 27, we discuss data logging options for Compact and ControlLogix Note – You’ll find more information about data logging options for Compact and ControlLogix in our companion article below: Blog: Data Logging Options for Compact and ControlLogix  Listen to the Podcast:
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  • ViewPoint – What is it?ViewPoint - What is it?
    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 computers running Microsoft Windows or Apple OSX. However, much like ...
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  • ViewPoint – How do you get it?ViewPoint - How do you get it?
    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 get ViewPoint, and how to install ...
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  • ViewPoint – How to setup and useViewPoint - How to setup and use
    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 a PC. For more detailed information on ...
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  • FTLinx, RSLinx Enterprise – Connecting to Micro800FTLinx, RSLinx Enterprise - Connecting to Micro800
    One of my connections recently shared how he was able to connect FactoryTalk View Studio to the new Micro800 Simulator (thanks Floyd!) After reviewing his email, I thought it would be a great opportunity share with everyone how you setup communications between FactoryTalk View, Linx, and any Micro800 that supports communications, including the new Simulator that ...
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  • FTLinx, RSLinx Enterprise – Connecting to the CCW Micro800 Simulator (S15)FTLinx, RSLinx Enterprise - Connecting to the CCW Micro800 Simulator (S15)
    In this week’s episode of The Automation Show, we take a look at how you can use the Micro800 Simulator with CCW and FactoryTalk View & Linx: For more information, check out the “Show Notes” located below the video. The Automation Show, Episode 15 Show Notes: Related Articles: How to use CCW’s Micro800 Simulator Connect FactoryTalk View and Linx to ...
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  • Migrate / Convert – View Studio 32bit Projects (v1-6) to 64bit (v6.1+)Migrate / Convert - View Studio 32bit Projects (v1-6) to 64bit (v6.1+)
    Update 04/12/18: Rockwell recently released version 10 of FactoryTalk View which among other things is said to have the ability to restore old 32bit, pre-6.1 .APA Application Archive files directly on a 64bit Operating Systems without the need to export and import the tag database. So you just got a new laptop with Windows 7 64 pre-installed? Welcome ...
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  • Migrate / Convert – View Studio 32bit Projects (v1-6) to 64bit (v6.1+) Alternative MethodMigrate / Convert - View Studio 32bit Projects (v1-6) to 64bit (v6.1+) Alternative Method
    Update 04/12/18: Rockwell recently released version 10 of FactoryTalk View which among other things is said to have the ability to restore old 32bit, pre-6.1 .APA Application Archive files directly on a 64bit Operating Systems without the need to first open those projects in View Studio on a 32bit operating System. Last May in this article ...
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  • Migrate / Convert – RSView32 to ViewSE: How FactoryTalk View Site Edition Licensing DiffersMigrate / Convert - RSView32 to ViewSE: How FactoryTalk View Site Edition Licensing Differs
    I talk to a lot of people these days who are looking to migrate their old RSView32 systems, usually running on Windows XP, to FactoryTalk View Site Edition running on Windows 7 or 8. The first question I usually ask is if the client understands how the two packages are licensed, and in today’s article I’ll explain ...
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  • Migrate / Convert – RSView32 to ViewSE: Rockwell’s Migration VideosMigrate / Convert - RSView32 to ViewSE: Rockwell's Migration Videos
    All this week we’ve been talking about RSView32 to FactoryTalk View SE migration, and today we’re spotlighting Rockwell’s own videos on the subject. Preparing for Migration First up is this seven part series on preparing for, and considerations of, migrating RSView32 to View SE. You can watch this video series below, and you can use the icon on ...
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  • Migrate / Convert – RSView32 to ViewSE: Five Things You Need To KnowMigrate / Convert - RSView32 to ViewSE: Five Things You Need To Know
    Over the years I’ve been asked a lot about how to migrate old RSView32 systems to FactoryTalk View SE, and in today’s article I’ll list my five top tips. Five Things You Need To Know About Migrating RSView32 To FactoryTalk View 1) FactoryTalk View Site Edition and RSView32 are licensed differently As discussed in Monday’s article, RSView32 and FT View ...
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  • Migrate / Convert – ViewME (Machine Edition) to ViewSE (Site Edition) (T005)Migrate / Convert - ViewME (Machine Edition) to ViewSE (Site Edition) (T005)
    In this edition of Automation Tech Tips I walk through how to migrate FactoryTalk View Machine Edition entire projects (or just components) into FactoryTalk View Site Edition. Note: If you need help learning to use the PanelView Plus or ViewSE, check out my Five-Star rated online courses here. They come with support and never expire. Automation Tech ...
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  • ViewSE – v13: What’s New In FactoryTalk View Site EditionViewSE – v13: What’s New In FactoryTalk View Site Edition
    Rockwell recently released version 13.00 of FactoryTalk View Site Edition, and below I’ll summarize the new and enhanced features, as well as any corrected anomalies: New Features: A new XY Plot Object has been added to plot one set of tag values versus another set. .NET Control Object now supports reusable and custom Windows Forms and WPF controls, ...
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  • ViewSE – TechED 2018: What’s New in FactoryTalk View Site EditionViewSE - TechED 2018: What's New in FactoryTalk View Site Edition
    In today’s article I’ll review my top five FactoryTalk View Site Edition announcements from the “What’s New in Visualization” TechED presentation. Note: You can get your own copy of the full presentation by following the steps in my previous article here. 1) First up is expanded client support for multi-monitor setups. This new feature allows a single client ...
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  • ViewSE – TechED 2018: What’s New In FactoryTalk View Site Edition (P47)ViewSE - TechED 2018: What's New In FactoryTalk View Site Edition (P47)
    I review the “What’s New in FactoryTalk View Site Edition” in Episode 47 of The Automation Podcast. Watch the Podcast: Listen to the Podcast:
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  • Logix, View – AF2018: What’s New with Logix and View from Automation Fair 2018 (S06)Logix, View - AF2018: What's New with Logix and View from Automation Fair 2018 (S06)
    In this week’s episode of The Automation Show, we take a look at What’s New in Logix and View based on the Automation Fair 2018 presentations: For more information, check out the “Show Notes” located below the video. The Automation Show, Episode 6 Show Notes: NOTE: Would you like your product featured on the Show and Blog? If ...
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  • ViewSE – v10: What’s New In FactoryTalk View Site EditionViewSE - v10: What's New In FactoryTalk View Site Edition
    Late last month Rockwell released version 10.0 FactoryTalk View Site Edition, and below I’ll summarize its new features: New Features: TrendPro support for Alarms and Events traces RecipePro+ integration with FactoryTalk Security RecipePro+ List control for downloading and uploading recipes Multi-monitor support (up to six,) and /M Display command parameter to specify monitor Redundancy now copies HMI project files from the primary server to ...
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  • ViewSE – v10: What’s New In FactoryTalk View Site Edition (P41)ViewSE - v10: What's New In FactoryTalk View Site Edition (P41)
    Today we discuss the new features that come with FactoryTalk View Site Edition 10.0 in Episode 41 of The Automation Podcast. Watch the Podcast: Listen to the Podcast:
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