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Graphic touchscreen terminals boot up ‘twice as fast’

10 March, 2015

Rockwell Automation has announced a family of space-saving graphic terminals, which, it says, will cut boot-up times as well as improving touchscreen responsiveness. The Allen-Bradley PanelView 800 terminals, available in 4, 7 and 10-inch sizes, are powered by 800MHz processors and offer up to 256MB of flash and dynamic memory.

The terminals are designed for use with Allen-Bradley Micro800 and MicroLogix controllers. Built-in Ethernet and serial (RS-232, -422 and -485) ports simplify connections with the controllers, while USB and microSD ports make file transfers easier. The terminals are certified for use in Class 1, Division 2 hazardous areas.

Boot-up times are said to be twice as fast as previous PanelView Component terminals. The high-resolution screens with LED backlights can display up to 65,536 colours, and they can be configured in portrait or landscape modes.

The terminals are supported by Rockwell’s Connected Components Workbench software Release 8.0, which gives machine-builders a common environment to program Micro800 controllers, and to configure PowerFlex drives and Guardmaster safety relays. Release 8.0 supports: the Guardmaster 440C-CR30 safety relay Ethernet plug-in for communications with Micro800 and CompactLogix controllers; the Micro800 high-speed counter plug-in feedback axis to simplify motion programming; and Micro800 DeviceNet scanner plug-in diagnostics that makes it easier to troubleshoot DeviceNet-connected devices.

Rockwell's PanelView 800 terminals offer faster processing speeds and more memory

As well as the free standard software, users can also buy a developer edition, which includes an archive manager to track projects with timestamps and descriptions. This edition also offers enhanced Micro800 programming, with the ability to change program logic while running.

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