Machine builders and OEMs are already using tight integration between the HMI and controller to help increase productivity in large applications. With the new Allen-Bradley PanelView 5310 family of graphic terminals from Rockwell Automation, these integration benefits are now available for smaller applications.
The PanelView 5310 graphic terminals deliver the same usability benefits and enhanced integration with Logix 5000 controllers as the PanelView 5500 terminals. But the new terminals are specifically designed for applications of up to 50 HMI screens. The terminals are available in 7-inch, 9-inch and 12-inch display sizes; a 6-inch display option will be available later in 2018.
Mike Moriarty, product manager at Rockwell Automation, comments: "Engineers can use the PanelView 5310 family to scale a tightly integrated automation system down to smaller applications. This can help make design, operations and maintenance tasks more efficient. For example, engineers can now reuse controller alarms without creating HMI tags, which can help them reduce configuration time."
Companies can also use the enhanced integration to create high-speed jog buttons in place of cumbersome hardwired buttons. These auto-diagnosing buttons can interact with the controller at I/O speeds to help reduce downtime and improve productivity.
Other productivity benefits of the PanelView 5310 graphic terminals include the following:
- The intuitive Rockwell Software Studio 5000 design environment enables users to create reusable faceplates, screens and custom graphics to help reduce development time. These objects seamlessly integrate with Logix add-on instructions and different user-defined data types.
- Emulation capabilities enable engineers to test run projects in the development environment. This can help them make changes without using the PanelView 5000 hardware or disrupting production.
- VNC connectivity enables operators to monitor operations remotely via a smartphone, tablet or personal computer. Historical-trending and data-logging features also enable operators to easily troubleshoot issues directly on the panel.
- Engineers can load projects onto the PanelView 5310 graphic terminals directly from removable media to more quickly recover information and make project updates without needing to use the Studio 5000 View Designer application.
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