EC: FactoryTalk View Machine Edition (ME)
Software - HMI software: Rockwell Automation FactoryTalk View Machine Edition (ME). Provides manufacturers with visualization solutions that ease development and maintenance time, and provide the critical real-time production data they need to quickly make informed business decisions. This is a Control Engineering 2011 Engineers' Choice (EC) nominee.
FactoryTalk View Machine Edition (ME) is a machine-level human-machine interface (HMI) software that supports both open and embedded operator interface solutions for monitoring and controlling individual machines or small processes. FactoryTalk View ME allows for a consistent operator interface across multiple platforms, including Microsoft Windows CE, Microsoft Windows Vista, and XP solutions. Users can gain efficiencies through this familiarty. FactoryTalk View ME 6.0 software includes a new extensive graphics library, enhanced color animation capability and access to a multi-language font library. The latest version supports Windows 7 and is the first release to have VMware-ready status. All contributes to easier start up and commissioning. This version of FactoryTalk View ME also supports FactoryTalk ViewPoint software, a thin-client, Web-enabled HMI application that extends access to FactoryTalk View ME displays and dashboards to users anywhere by providing remote access for Web browser-enabled devices.
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Annual Salary Survey
After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.