EC: FactoryTalk ViewPoint
Software - HMI software: Rockwell Automation FactoryTalk ViewPoint. FactoryTalk ViewPoint software is a thin-client, Web-enabled human-machine interface (HMI) application that extends access to FactoryTalk View displays and dashboards to users via a Web browser for improved real-time decision making. This is a Control Engineering 2011 Engineers' Choice (EC) nominee.
For the increasing number of manufacturers that need up-to-the-minute production information from multiple locations, FactoryTalk ViewPoint 1.2 software provides access to real-time operations data simply by logging onto an Internet browser. As a Web-enabled HMI application, it extends access to FactoryTalk View displays and dashboards to users anywhere for improved real-time decision making. The new version supports the latest operating systems and Web clients to expand usability of this thin-client application in a variety of Web environments and wireless devices. Newly supported environments include the Microsoft Windows CE 6.0-based Allen-Bradley PanelView Plus 6, FactoryTalk View ME and SE 6.0 software, Microsoft Windows 7 server, VMware server, and Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.
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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.