Rockwell Releases MobileView Tethered Operator Interface

Last week in this article we discussed the new PanelView 5500 and PanelView Plus 7 products detailed in Rockwell's recently updated visualization guide.

But those weren't the only new products found in the guide – Rockwell's MobileView was also featured.

MobileView-at-Automation-Fair-2014Designed for those applications where a standard HMI on a pendant arm is not sufficient, the new MobileView allows operators up to 49ft (15m) of freedom to take the HMI with them as they setup and operate their systems.

And unlike wireless tablets, this tethered HMI never needs to be charged and includes a hardwired E-Stop button on the front, as well as a three position enabling switch built into the handgrip.

The MobileView runs on Windows 7 Embedded, and can be ordered with FactoryTalk View Machine Edition pre-installed.

As far as processing power, the MobileView uses Intel Atom processors and boots in an impressive 30 seconds  as seen at Automation Fair 2014.

These units are rated IP65 and include a USB port on the back of the unit for copying files and applications to and from the terminal.

So what do you think? Do you have any applications where a tethered HMI would be preferred over an industrial tablet or conventional HMI on a pendant arm?

Please let us know your thoughts by filling in the “leave a reply” form at the bottom of this page.


Shawn Tierney
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