In a recently released update to Rockwell's Visualization Guide, new information about upcoming PanelView products has been detailed.


First on the list is the PanelView 5500, which as of this writing has not yet been released, nor has version 27 of Studio 5000 which is required to program these new terminals.

PanelView 5500The guide states that the PanelView 5500 only works with ControlLogix L7 and CompactLogix L1, L2, L3 controllers over EtherNet/IP.

The main features of the PanelView 5500 are listed as:

  • Highly integrated into Studio 5000 allowing a single point of access for both Controller and HMI design.
  • Integrated Ethernet communication including device-level ring (DLR) support
  • Support for up to 50 displays and 500 Logix-based alarms

Note: My contacts tell me that while this product and software is not available today, we should expect to see the first models released later this month.


Next on the list is the PanelView Plus 7 Performance models, which are also not available as of the writing of this article.

PanelView Plus 7 PerformanceThe guide states the PanelView Plus 7 performance terminals are designed to work with the ControlLogix and CompactLogi 5370 controllers on EtherNet, and require the yet to be released 8.1 version of FactoryTalk View Studio.

I actually found it odd that, while yes it's true the PVPlus 7 doesn't have a serial port or expansion slot for older A-B networks (Data Highway, Devicenet, ControlNet, etc,) no mention of existing support for PLC-5, SLC-500, MicroLogix, or Micro800 products on Ethernet is mentioned.

The main features of the PaneView Plus 7 Performance models are listed as:

  • FactoryTalk View Machine Edition version 8.1 support
  • Windows CE os and desktop
  • Integrated Ethernet communication including device-level ring (DLR) support
  • Web browser, Microsoft file viewers, text editor, PDF viewer, remote desktop connection, and media player included

Note: My contacts tell me that while this product and software is not available today, we should expect to see the first models released later this month.


PanelView Plus 7 StandardFinally, the last new product I found in the guide was the 12″ and 15″ models of the PanelView Plus 7 Standard.

From what my contacts are telling me these new and larger PVP7s units are now readily available.


So what do you think? Excited about any of these new PanelView products apparently nearing release?

Lets us know your thoughts by using the “post a comment or question” link below.

Sincerely,

Shawn Tierney
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