When I think of a Panelview, so many experiences come to mind.

I have worked with so many hardware models, software such as Panelbuilder 1400E, Panelbuilder 32, Factory Talk ME versions 4.0 up to the latest, communications using DH+/RIO, ControlNet, & EtherNet.

In each of these cases, it was a completely different software than the software that I would need to program my PLC.

Well, that has finally changed with the Panelview 5000 series.

I was recently able to get my hands on a PV 5510 demo unit and get acquainted with both the hardware and the software and I want to share the things that I learned along the way.

Notable Features:

  • Shared Logix Tags help simplify engineering time by browsing straight to your Logix controller tags without having to create HMI tags.

  • Logix-based alarms are automatically available on the PanelView 5510 & 5310 graphic terminals – eliminates additional programming and reduces network traffic

  • High-Speed Button Controls – can interact with Logix controller at I/O Speeds

  • Runtime Language Switching

  • Alarm History – up to 40,000 alarms and can be exported to SD card or USB Drive

Terminal Settings:

Terminal Settings are straight-forward and easy to figure out if you are familiar with Panelview terminals in general. I’ll go over a couple of the settings in further detail.

HMI Device:

  • On the HMI Device tab, you can disable downloads and firmware updates if you wish to “Lock Down” the Panelview so that the configuration cannot be modified.


  • In the network tab, you can set the IP Address, Speed/Duplex settings and monitor port configuration such as DLR detection, duplicate IP detection and other parameters.

Restoring to Factory Defaults:

  • If such a need arises to restore your PV 5510 to factory defaults, this short procedure will allow you to do so:

  1. Cycle Power to the Terminal

  2. When the A-B logo appears as shown above, wait a few seconds, then Tap the logo.

  3. You will be asked if you would like to restore the terminal to defaults. Tap “yes”

  4. You will be asked for confirmation, again, Tap “yes”

The terminal will display “Scrubbing” while the restore is taking place, but then will reboot normally and take you to the “Terminal Settings” display when complete.

Opening Studio 5000 – Selecting Logix Designer View

  • Open Studio 5000 Software

  • Select “New Project”

  • Select “View”. This will give you the Panelview models to choose from instead of Controller models that you will normally see with “Logix” Designer Software.



The PV 5510 is similar in appearance to many previous models of a Panelview as far as hardware is concerned, but it pretty much stops there.

Logix View Designer software has a completely new look and feel from the Factory Talk Studio software.

The PV 5510 also has many built-in features and controller integration with Logix controllers that I hope to explore and pursue in the very near future.

Written by Brandon Cooper
Senior Controls Engineer and Freelance Writer

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  1. Quick question. I have a Panelview 5310 and setup the project properties. I can see both, my Panelview 5310 and my controller in FactoryTalk linx but i cannot download anything to my HMI. In my properties menu under the HMI in studio 5000 Logix Designer, it shows I have no communication to my HMI through the PLC. How can I get my PLC to own the HMI and start communicating? I have pictures I can share if you need to see them.

  2. Thanks for the article, it is an interesting product and I’ll be curious if it ever replaces FactoryTalk Studio ME. I just finished up the project with a 5500 another engineer failed to complete. Some of the features were refreshing, like the common tags, alarms in the plc and the software telling you when there’s a broken tag. It ended up taking me more than twice as long to program as a Panelview Plus. I’m sure it’ll get better with time.

    • Thanks for your comment Steve.

      With the new Optix Panels launching, I’m a little confused myself about what direction Rockwell is going. I understand Optix was part of the acquisition of ASEM, but now they have 4 HMI lines… (PV800, PVP, PV5K, and Optix.)

      While I’m a huge fan of the PanelView Plus, the PanelView 5000 line does finally seems to be gaining (something close to) parity, but is it too little to late?

      Honestly, I wish after the PVPlus 7 release they would have started working on the next gen HMI/SCADA product, like they did with the 5380 and 5580.

      Something that would import FTView, PV5K, and PV800 projects, but would use the latest and greatest in software tech.

      Oh well – time will tell!


  3. I have a question, related to how I make my panelview 5510 communicate with my Allenbradley PLC to use the “Obtain IP settings automatically using DHCP” option, so that my screen can link my tags correctly.


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