SCADA/HMI


Scalable graphic terminals increase productivity in smaller applications

March 2018 SCADA/HMI

Machine and equipment builders are already using tight integration between the HMI and controller to help increase productivity in large applications. With the new Allen-Bradley PanelView 5310 family of graphic terminals, they can now bring these integration benefits to smaller applications as well.

The new terminals deliver the same usability benefits and enhanced integration with Logix 5000 controllers as the PanelView 5500 family, but are specifically designed for applications of up to 50 HMI screens. The terminals are available in 7”, 9” and 12” display sizes, with a 6” option available soon.

“Engineers can use the PanelView 5310 family to scale a tightly integrated automation system down to smaller applications,” explains Christo Buys, business manager control systems, Rockwell Automation Sub-Saharan Africa. “This can help make design, operations and maintenance tasks more efficient. For example, engineers can now reuse controller alarms without creating HMI tags, which can help them reduce configuration time.”

Companies can also use the enhanced integration to create high-speed jog buttons in place of cumbersome hardwired buttons. These auto-diagnosing buttons can interact with the controller at I/O speeds to help reduce downtime and improve productivity. Other productivity benefits include the following:

• The intuitive Rockwell Software Studio 5000 design environment allows users to create reusable faceplates, screens and custom graphics to help reduce development time.

• Emulation capabilities allow engineers to test-run projects in the development environment.

• VNC connectivity allows operators to monitor operations via a smartphone, tablet or personal computer.

• Engineers can load projects onto the PanelView 5310 graphic terminals directly from removable media to make project updates without needing to use the Studio 5000 View Designer application.

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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