With Rockwell's release of the PanelView Plus 7 Standard last month, I've begun to receive “migration” inquires from PanelView Plus 6 users.
However, unlike the PanelView Plus 6 which replaced the original PanelView Plus, the PanelView Plus 7 is a new line with unique features which must be considered before a decision is made to migrate to it.
With that in mind, below I list my top five questions to clients considering moving to the PanelView Plus 7:
Five questions to consider before migrating to the PanelView Plus 7:
1) Does your HMI need to communicate to multiple PLC's?
2) Do you need serial communications?
Reminiscent of the paint choices available for the Model T, with the PanelView Plus 7 Standard you can have any communications network you want as long as it's Ethernet.
3) Do you need to re-use an existing cutout?
One of the design decisions I love about the PanelView Plus and PanelView Plus 6 was the cutout compatibility with most legacy PanelView products. However, this also limited the available form factors the PanelView Plus could come in.
Take a look at the PanelView Plus or Plus 6 400 and 600. You can't really describe them as “small” HMIs.
That's where the PanelView Plus 7 Standard breaks new ground for the PanelView Plus series. With a cutout of 4.61×3.62, the PVP7's four inch touchscreen cuts the previously smallest PVP cutout by nearly 50%.
4) Do you need a keypad?
Today most every HMI ships with a touchscreen interface, and that may be why it's the only option available on the PanelView Plus 7.
So for those out there who require a keypad, the PanelView Plus 6 is currently is your only keypad interface option in the PanelView family.
5) Is resolution important?
Having grown up in an era where fifty inch “big screen” TV's had a resolution less than 640×480, I often don't have issues fitting everything I want on a ten inch PanelView Plus 6 sporting the same resolution.
That said, we now live in a time where ten inch iPad Air 2's are selling for $400 and have a display resolution of 2048×1536.
The PanelView Plus 7 Standard begins the move towards more modern resolutions by upgrading the six inch model to 640×480 (from the previous model's 320×280) and the ten inch model to 800×600 (from the previous versions 640×480.)
I hope this article discussing if the PanelView Plus 7 is right for your application was helpful.
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