Scalable, animated Web HMI applications
Just as sports fans use Internet-capable devices to get the latest information about favorite teams, manufacturers can remotely monitor plant-floor operations status with FactoryTalk ViewPoint software from Rockwell Automation. It is among the first commercially available, thin-client applications for manufacturing built using the new Microsoft Silverlight technology.
FactoryTalk ViewPoint software from Rockwell Automation displays scalable, animated Web applications from existing FactoryTalk View applications.
Just as sports fans use Internet-capable devices to get the latest information about favorite teams, manufacturers can remotely monitor plant-floor operations status with FactoryTalk ViewPoint software from Rockwell Automation. It is among the first commercially available, thin-client applications for manufacturing built using the new Microsoft Silverlight technology. The initial release extends visualization and real-time decision capabilities beyond FactoryTalk View clients to browser-based remote users. The software supports scalable and animated Web displays of existing FactoryTalk View Site Edition (SE) and Allen-Bradley PanelView Plus applications from the office, home or on the road via any Internet browser. The initial release is Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) compatible; additional browser and device support is planned. IE's active hyperlinks and the navigational functionality deliver an interactive experience in addition to typical browser functionality such as Favorites, and Forward and Back navigation buttons.
Mobility is increasingly important to manufacturers, the company says, creating a demand for access to FactoryTalk View applications from different devices for managers, OEMs, and system integrators. Initially offered as an add-on for existing FactoryTalk View customers, Microsoft Silverlight (used by NBC to air Olympics videos online) is said to deliver rich, interactive applications on multiple Web browsers and mobile devices. It loads and updates automatically, making it easier for users, and lowering the total cost of ownership, without client software to install or maintain. www.rockwellautomation.com
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Annual Salary Survey
In a year when manufacturing continued to lead the economic rebound, it makes sense that plant manager bonuses rebounded. Plant Engineering’s annual Salary Survey shows both wages and bonuses rose in 2012 after a retreat the year before.
Average salary across all job titles for plant floor management rose 3.5% to $95,446, and bonus compensation jumped to $15,162, a 4.2% increase from the 2010 level and double the 2011 total, which showed a sharp drop in bonus.