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I still run into clients who are just beginning to use the PanelView Plus, even though it was released a decade ago.
So for all everyone out there who is new to the PanelView Plus, here are seven things you need to know:
1) PanelView Plus hardware features:
The original PanelView Plus came in four different versions, all of which support upto firmware version 5.1.
Note: PanelView Plus models loaded with newer firmware do support older runtime projects, all the way back to v3.0. This means there is no need to downgrade the panel's firmware to gain legacy support. In fact, some newer panel can not be downgraded to older firmware.
All terminals include (at a minimum) a CompactFlash Card slot, a USB Port, and a DB9 Serial Port. Most terminals also came in Touchscreen only, Keypad only, and Touchscreen/Keypad combination units.
- PanelView Plus 700, 1000, 1250, 1500 (7″ to 15″ displays)
- The original and standard PanelView Plus with replaceable bezels and modular construction.
- VersaView CE / PanelView Plus CE 700, 1000, 1250, 1500 (7″ to 15″ displays)
- Identical to the PanelView Plus, but with more memory and the Windows CE OS exposed
- PanelView Plus 400 and 600 (4″ and 6″ displays)
- A smaller, all plastic version of the PanelView Plus
- PanelView Plus Compact
2) PanelView Plus 6 hardware features:
The new PanelView Plus 6 comes in four different versions as well, and most support firmware versions 6.0 – 7.0.
PanelView Plus 6 models do support all runtime file versions back to 3.2. That is, as long as the runtime is using a supported communication path (see note above.)
These units include (at a minimum) an SD Card slot, a USB Port, and a DB9 Serial Port. Most terminals also come in Touchscreen only, Keypad only, and Touchscreen/Keypad combination units.
- PanelView Plus 6 (standard) 700, 1000, 1250, 1500 (7″ to 15″)
- Like the original, but with more horsepower, memory, and Window CE.
- PanelView Plus 6 Enhanced 700, 1000, 1250, 1500 (7″ to 15″)
- Identical to the PanelView Plus 6 (standard) but with Windows Media Player, Internet Explorer, and Microsoft Office viewers
- PanelView Plus 6 400 and 600 (4″ and 6″)
- Similar to the original but with some of the added PanelView Plus 6 features
- Unlike the original, none of these units support add-on communications modules.
- PanelView Plus 6 Compact
3) Every PanelView Plus comes preloaded with FactoryTalk View Machine Edition Runtime software and license.
Every PanelView Plus has a licensed copy of the ViewME runtime software pre-installed. This software runs “.mer” runtime project files created on a PC using the FactoryTalk ViewStudio development software (formerly RSViewStudio.)
4) Communications from ViewStudio to the PanelView Plus and Allen-Bradley programmable controllers requires RSLinx Enterprise
Communications from FactoryTalk ViewStudio to the PanelView Plus, and from the PanelViewPlus or ViewStudio to an Allen-Bradley programmable controller, requires RSLinx Enterprise. FactoryTalk ViewStudio comes with RSLinx Enterprise and it's highly recommended you install it along with ViewStudio.
5) RSLinx Communications setup consists of two configurations: Local and Target
For the ViewStudio project components (graphic displays, alarms, trends, etc) to communicate with an A-B programmable controller, you'll need to configure the RSLinx Enterprise communications setup. This setup consists of two sections:
- The Local/Development tab is for the communications from ViewStudio to an A-B programmable controller, as well as from the Transfer Utility to the PanelView Plus.
- The Target/Runtime tab is for communications from the PanelView Plus to an A-B programmable controller.
6) After adding or changing tags, be sure to “refresh all folders.”
After you change or add to your HMI tags, programmable controller tags, or RSLinx Enterprise communications setup, be sure to right click in the tag browser and “Refresh all folders” in order to browse for new tags in ViewStudio.
7) Be sure to check “run on startup” and “replace communications” when using the Transfer Utility to download to the PanelView Plus.
You can transfer your ViewStudio ME .mer runtime file through RSLinx Enterprise to your PanelViewPlus using the included Transfer Utility. However, be sure to check the “run on start-up” and “replace communications” checkboxes. This insures your project starts when the PanelView Plus starts, and that your project's communication settings replace the previous terminal settings.
I hope you've found these seven tips for using the PanelView Plus helpful.
If you'd like to add your own tips to this list just reply to this post using the “post a comment or question” link below.
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