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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