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FactoryTalk View Ordering Guide - Rockwell Automation



- Benefits of using FactoryTalk View Studio for HMI design and development H2: How to install FactoryTalk View Studio on your computer? - System requirements and compatibility - Installation steps and options - Activation and licensing H2: How to create and run HMI applications with FactoryTalk View Studio? - Overview of FactoryTalk View Studio editors and tools - How to create a new project and add components - How to test and debug your application - How to deploy your application to a target device H2: How to use FactoryTalk ViewPoint for web-based HMI access? - What is FactoryTalk ViewPoint and how does it work? - How to enable FactoryTalk ViewPoint for your application - How to access your application from a web browser - How to customize your web interface and user experience H2: How to troubleshoot common issues with FactoryTalk View Studio? - How to find and fix errors and warnings in your project - How to update and patch your software - How to contact technical support and get help - How to access online resources and documentation H1: Conclusion - Summary of the main points and takeaways - Call to action and next steps ## Article with HTML formatting What is FactoryTalk View Studio and why do you need it?




If you are looking for a powerful and versatile software tool for designing and developing human-machine interface (HMI) applications, you might want to consider FactoryTalk View Studio. FactoryTalk View Studio is part of the FactoryTalk View family of products from Rockwell Automation, which also includes FactoryTalk View Site Edition (SE) and FactoryTalk View Machine Edition (ME).




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FactoryTalk View Studio is the design-time environment for both FactoryTalk View SE and ME, which provide the runtime environments for network distributed, network station, and local station HMI applications. With FactoryTalk View Studio, you can create graphical screens, animations, alarms, trends, reports, recipes, security, and more for your HMI applications. You can also use various editors and tools to configure data sources, communication protocols, tags, expressions, scripts, macros, languages, and other settings.


The benefits of using FactoryTalk View Studio for your HMI projects are numerous. Some of them are:


  • You can use one integrated development environment for both site-level and machine-level applications.



  • You can leverage the power of the FactoryTalk platform for data management, security, diagnostics, audit trails, asset management, and more.



  • You can reuse existing components and templates across multiple projects and applications.



  • You can test and debug your applications in simulation mode or on a live device.



  • You can deploy your applications to various target platforms, such as Windows-based computers, PanelView Plus terminals, or web browsers.



  • You can easily update and maintain your applications with version control, backup and restore, patching, and online editing features.



In this article, we will show you how to install FactoryTalk View Studio on your computer, how to create and run HMI applications with it, how to use FactoryTalk ViewPoint for web-based HMI access, and how to troubleshoot common issues with it. Let's get started!


How to install FactoryTalk View Studio on your computer?




Before you install FactoryTalk View Studio on your computer, you need to make sure that your system meets the minimum requirements and is compatible with the software. You can find the detailed system requirements and compatibility information in the FactoryTalk View Site Edition Installation Guide.


The installation steps and options may vary depending on the version of the software you have. In general, you need to follow these steps:


  • Insert the installation media (DVD or USB) into your computer or download the software from the Rockwell Automation Download Center.



  • Run the setup.exe file from the installation media or the downloaded folder.



  • Select the language for the installation program.



  • Read and accept the license agreement.



  • Select the type of installation you want: Typical (recommended), Custom (to select specific components), or Compact (to install only essential components).



  • Select the destination folder for the installation.



  • Select whether you want to create shortcuts on your desktop or start menu.



  • Select whether you want to install additional components or features, such as RSLinx Classic Gateway (for communication), RSLogix Emulate 5000 (for simulation), or Microsoft SQL Server Express (for data logging).



  • Click Install to start the installation process.



  • Wait for the installation to complete.



After you install FactoryTalk View Studio on your computer, you need to activate it with a valid product key. You can use either a hardware dongle or a software activation method. You can find more information about activation and licensing in the FactoryTalk View Ordering Guide.


How to create and run HMI applications with FactoryTalk View Studio?




To create an HMI application with FactoryTalk View Studio, you need to start a new project and add components to it. A project is a collection of files that define an HMI application. A component is a part of an HMI application that performs a specific function or provides a specific feature.


The main components of an HMI application are:


  • A display: A graphical screen that shows information or controls for an operator.



  • A tag: A named variable that represents a data point or value in an HMI application.



  • A data source: A device or system that provides data for an HMI application.



To start a new project in FactoryTalk View Studio:


  • Open FactoryTalk View Studio from your desktop or start menu shortcut.



  • Select File > New > Project from the menu bar.



  • Type a name for your project in the Project Name field.



  • Select whether you want to create a network distributed application (for FactoryTalk View SE) or a local station application (for FactoryTalk View ME).



  • Select whether you want to use an existing project as a template or start from scratch.



  • Select whether you want to enable security for your project or not.



  • Select whether you want to enable languages for your project or not.



  • Select whether you want to enable logging for your project or not.



  • Select whether you want to enable alarms for your project or not.



  • Select whether you want to enable trends for your project or not.



  • Select whether you want to enable reports for your project or not.



  • Select whether you want to enable recipes for your project or not.



  • Click OK to create your project.




To add components to your project in FactoryTalk View Studio:



  • Select the component type from the Project Explorer pane on the left side of the screen. For example, Displays, Tags, Data Servers, etc.



  • Select File > New > Component Name from the menu bar. For example, File > New > Display File.



  • Type a name for your component in the Component Name field.



  • Click OK to create your component.



  • Edit your component using the appropriate editor or tool. For example, use the Graphic Display Editor to design your display screens, use the Tag Browser to create and configure your tags, use the Communication Setup Editor to define your data sources, etc.




To test and debug your application in FactoryTalk View Studio:



  • Select Tools > Test Display from the menu bar if you want to test a single display screen in simulation mode.



  • Select Tools > Test Application from the menu bar if you want to test your entire application in simulation mode.



  • Select Tools > Debug Application from the menu bar if you want to test your entire application on a live device connected via RSLinx Classic Gateway.




To deploy your application to a target device:



How to use FactoryTalk ViewPoint for web-based HMI access?




FactoryTalk ViewPoint is a web-enabled extension of FactoryTalk View SE and ME that allows you to access your HMI applications from any device with a web browser. FactoryTalk ViewPoint supports HTML5 technology, which means you can use it on desktops, laptops, tablets, or smartphones without installing any plugins or software.


With FactoryTalk ViewPoint, you can view and interact with your HMI screens, alarms, trends, and reports from anywhere and anytime. You can also customize your web interface and user experience by adjusting the screen size, layout, navigation, security, and language settings.


To use FactoryTalk ViewPoint for your HMI application, you need to enable it in FactoryTalk View Studio and configure some settings. Here are the steps:


  • Select Tools > FactoryTalk ViewPoint Configuration from the menu bar in FactoryTalk View Studio.



  • Select the Enable FactoryTalk ViewPoint check box in the General tab.



  • Select the application components that you want to publish to FactoryTalk ViewPoint in the Application Components tab. For example, Displays, Alarms, Trends, etc.



  • Select the security settings that you want to apply to FactoryTalk ViewPoint in the Security tab. For example, User Accounts, Roles, Permissions, etc.



  • Select the language settings that you want to use for FactoryTalk ViewPoint in the Languages tab. For example, Default Language, Supported Languages, etc.



  • Click OK to save your settings and close the dialog box.



  • Select Tools > Publish to FactoryTalk ViewPoint from the menu bar to publish your application components to FactoryTalk ViewPoint.



To access your HMI application from a web browser using FactoryTalk ViewPoint:


  • Open your web browser and type the URL of your FactoryTalk ViewPoint server. The URL format is http:///FactoryTalkViewPoint/.



  • Select your application name from the list of available applications.



  • Enter your user name and password if prompted by the security settings.



  • View and interact with your HMI screens as you would on a local device.



How to troubleshoot common issues with FactoryTalk View Studio?




FactoryTalk View Studio is a robust and reliable software tool for HMI design and development. However, like any software product, it may encounter some issues or errors from time to time. Here are some tips on how to troubleshoot common issues with FactoryTalk View Studio:



  • How to find and fix errors and warnings in your project? You can use the Error List pane at the bottom of the screen to view and fix errors and warnings in your project. The Error List pane shows the description, source, location, and severity of each error or warning. You can double-click on an error or warning to go to its source and edit it. You can also right-click on an error or warning to get more information or suggestions on how to fix it.



  • How to update and patch your software? You can use the Rockwell Automation Product Compatibility and Download Center (PCDC) website to check for updates and patches for your software products. You can also use the Update Advisor tool in FactoryTalk Administration Console to scan your system for available updates and patches. You can download and install updates and patches from either source.



  • How to contact technical support and get help? You can contact Rockwell Automation Technical Support by phone, email, chat, or web form. You can find the contact information and hours of operation on the Rockwell Automation Support website. You can also use the Knowledgebase tool on the same website to search for solutions or articles related to your issue or question.



  • How to access online resources and documentation? You can access various online resources and documentation for FactoryTalk View Studio and other related products on the Rockwell Automation Literature Library website. You can find user manuals, installation guides, reference manuals, technical data sheets, quick start guides, videos, tutorials, and more on this website.




Conclusion




In this article, we have introduced you to FactoryTalk View Studio and its features. We have shown you how to install it on your computer, how to create and run HMI applications with it, how to use FactoryTalk ViewPoint for web-based HMI access, and how to troubleshoot common issues with it. We hope you have found this article useful and informative.


If you want to learn more about FactoryTalk View Studio and other related products from Rockwell Automation, you can visit their official website or contact their technical support team. You can also check out their online resources and documentation for more details and guidance.


Thank you for reading this article. We hope you have enjoyed it. If you have any questions or feedback, please feel free to leave a comment below. We would love to hear from you!


Frequently Asked Questions





  • What is the difference between FactoryTalk View SE and ME?FactoryTalk View SE is a site-level HMI solution that supports network distributed applications with multiple servers and clients. FactoryTalk View ME is a machine-level HMI solution that supports local station applications with single devices.



  • What are some of the target platforms that I can deploy my HMI applications to?You can deploy your HMI applications to various target platforms such as Windows-based computers (for both SE and ME), PanelView Plus terminals (for ME), or web browsers (for SE with FactoryTalk ViewPoint).



  • What are some of the editors and tools that I can use in FactoryTalk View Studio?You can use various editors and tools in FactoryTalk View Studio such as Graphic Display Editor (for designing screens), Tag Browser (for creating tags), Communication Setup Editor (for configuring data sources), Expression Editor (for writing expressions), Macro Editor (for creating macros), Script Editor (for writing scripts), Language Editor (for translating languages), Alarm Setup Editor (for setting up alarms), Trend Setup Editor (for setting up trends), Report Setup Editor (for setting up reports), RecipePro+ Editor (for creating recipes), etc.



  • What are some of the features that I can add to my HMI applications?You can add various features to your HMI applications such as animations (to show dynamic changes), alarms (to alert operators of abnormal conditions), trends (to show historical data), reports (to generate documents), recipes (to store and retrieve sets of values), security (to restrict access and actions), logging (to record data), languages (to support multiple languages), etc.



  • How can I improve the performance and reliability of my HMI applications?You can improve the performance and reliability of your HMI applications by following some best practices such as optimizing your graphics (to reduce memory usage), using tags efficiently (to avoid unnecessary reads/writes), using expressions wisely (to avoid complex calculations), using macros sparingly (to avoid overheads), using scripts carefully (to avoid errors or conflicts), using redundancy options (to provide backup or failover), using version control options (to manage changes or revisions), using backup and restore options (to protect your data or files), etc.





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