The PanelView Plus 7 was on public display at Automation Fair this year, and here's what I found out about it:
1) The PanelView Plus 7 Standard being released first
2) The initial release will only include the 4″ to 10″ displays.
If I had to guess, I would say only the 4″ wide, 7″ and 10″ will be initially available.
3) The PanelView Plus 7 Standard will have the same price point and limitations of the PanelView Plus 6 Compact
From what I heard, this means connectivity to one PLC, 25 graphic displays, and 200 alarms. But, I'll want to confirm these limits when the manuals are re-released.
4) The PanelView Plus 7 is natively supported in ViewStudio 8.0, sort of?
If you're a ViewStudio owner, it's pretty obvious when you create a new project in ViewStudio 7 there are no PVPlus 7 models to choose from.
That said, I believe what we'll find is that the PVPlus 7 was designed to support .MER files back to version 3.2. However, to be able to choose a PVPlus 7 when creating a new project you'll need ViewStudio 8.
But what's unclear is how ViewStudio 8 will be able to implement the new limitations of the PVPlus 7? When ViewStudio 8 was released the PVPlus 7 didn't have the limitations implemented in this rerelease.
5) Rockwell is now taking orders with shipments expected to begin in January 2015.
That's all I learned about the PanelView Plus 7 at Automation Fair, but we should know more very soon when the updated documentation is re-released on Rockwell's literature library.
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