Rockwell Automation Releases Allen-Bradley PanelView Plus 7 Performance Terminal

Sept. 23, 2015
Single terminal can reduce need for multiple HMIs or replace PC-based HMI for centralized information monitoring.

Rockwell Automation releases its new Allen-Bradley PanelView Plus 7 Performance graphic terminal, which expands on the recently released PanelView Plus 7 Standard model. The PanelView Plus 7 Performance model features six screen-size options, including a new 19-inch option – the largest to date from Rockwell Automation. The 19-inch 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.

New capabilities also include a more powerful CPU that 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. 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 users to securely access the HMI from a remote location to troubleshoot a problem, walk through setup procedures and review alarming. In addition, plant operators can monitor HMI data within the plant using a tablet, smartphone or other mobile device.

With video playback support, machine builders and end users can now incorporate videos into the terminal to support operator training and troubleshooting. Microsoft Office viewers and Internet Explorer support give operators instant access to network-based Office files and HTML pages, such as standard operating procedures, directly from the terminal. The PanelView Plus 7 Performance terminal still includes the ability to save projects and critical machine information on an SD card.

Both PanelView Plus 7 models work with FactoryTalk View Machine Edition (ME) software from Rockwell Automation to better handle multiple applications on a single terminal. They also use the same clamping technology that allows terminal installation and removal without the use of tools.