Operator Interfaces, Switches & Relays


Operator interface simplifies visualisation for large applications

December 2015 Operator Interfaces, Switches & Relays

Rockwell Automation has released its new Allen-Bradley PanelView Plus 7 Performance graphic terminal to simplify and streamline visualisation in large, complex applications. The terminal expands on the recently released PanelView Plus 7 Standard model with a larger screen option, more processing power, expanded connectivity and greater software support.

“Large machine builders and heavy process industries often require multiple terminals or use PCs to monitor trends and information for their complex applications,” said Christo Buys, business manager for control systems, Rockwell Automation, Sub-Saharan Africa. “With the PanelView Plus 7 Performance terminal, they can consolidate that hardware into a single interface where hundreds of screens, alarms and tags can be conveniently accessed and monitored.”

New capabilities in the PanelView Plus 7 Performance model include:

Larger screen option: The Performance model has six screen-size options, including a new 19-inch option – the largest to date from Rockwell Automation. This screen offers machine builders and end users more display area on which they can design, control and monitor large applications. The Performance model also includes new keypad options to complement the terminal’s standard touch screen.

More processing power: A more powerful CPU supports larger displays and larger applications. While the Standard model supports applications with up to 25 screens and 200 alarms, the Performance model supports applications much larger in size and complexity.

Expanded connectivity: With the addition of an embedded Ethernet switch and two Ethernet ports, the PanelView Plus 7 Performance terminal can support a device level ring (DLR) topology for single-fault resiliency. The terminal also has expanded mobile connectivity. Remote desktop services enable operators and plant managers on the plant floor to connect to centralised enterprise-level systems such as ERP or MES through a thin-client connection. Embedded VNC and FTP servers allow start-up and maintenance technicians to securely access the HMI from a remote location to troubleshoot a problem, walk through setup procedures, review alarming, manage recipes and more. In addition, FactoryTalk ViewPoint software from Rockwell Automation – the embedded webserver technology of PanelView Plus 7 terminals – gives plant operators visibility into plant KPIs using a tablet, smartphone or other mobile device.

Greater software support: With video playback support, machine builders and end users can now incorporate helpful videos into the terminal to support operator training and troubleshooting. Microsoft Office viewers and Internet Explorer support give operators instantaneous access to network-based Office files and HTML pages, such as standard operating procedures, directly from the terminal.

The PanelView Plus 7 Performance terminal also retains the benefits introduced with the PanelView Plus 7 Standard terminal. This includes the ability to save projects and critical machine information on an SD card. For example, machine builders can save a single machine’s configuration on an SD card and re-use it for multiple similar machines, while operators can archive machine data for faster terminal replacements and easier troubleshooting.

Both PanelView Plus 7 models work with FactoryTalk View Machine Edition (ME) software to better handle multiple applications on a single terminal. They also use the same clamping technology that allows easy terminal installation and removal without the use of tools. This reduces installation and maintenance time, and minimises the risk of overtightening and damaging the terminal during installation.

For more information contact Christo Buys, Rockwell Automation, +27 (0)11 654 9700, cbuys@ra.rockwell.com, www.rockwellautomation.co.za



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