Rockwell Automation Expands Allen-Bradley® PanelView™ Plus Line
New operator interface terminals conserve space and cost without sacrificing performanceMILWAUKEE, March 11, 2004 OEMs and end users are forever striving to pack maximum functionality into the smallest amount of space, and now they can easily and cost-effectively achieve this desired balance with two new compact operator interfaces from Rockwell Automation. The Allen-Bradley® PanelView Plus 400 and PanelView Plus 600 terminals offer all of the standard preconfigured elements available with larger PanelView Plus models, but in a smaller size. In addition to their space- and cost-efficient features, the terminals provide users with advanced functionality including animation, trending, data logging, and object math and logic expressions all valuable for improving operator efficiency, optimizing processes, and diagnosing problems virtually anywhere on the plant floor. Many small graphic terminal users sacrifice functionality for size, said Joe Novak, product marketing manager, Rockwell Automation. With these new models in the PanelView Plus line, choosing a smaller operator interface doesnt have to mean fewer features. While keeping costs low, were able to offer the full functionality users have come to expect from models with larger screen sizes.PanelView Plus 400 and 600 terminals offer a FSTN display that provides 32 levels of grayscaling at 320x240 QVGA resolution. For color applications, the PanelView Plus 600 also features an optional color active matrix TFT at 320x240 QVGA resolution. The color displays feature 18 bits of color depth with a CCFL backlight for superior imaging of process and diagnostic information.All new PanelView Plus models feature keypad input terminals for numeric entry, screen navigation and programmable function keys. PanelView Plus 600 users also can specify an analog resistive touch screen or combination keypad/touch if they prefer. Like all models in the PanelView Plus line, the PanelView Plus 400 and 600 terminals include a USB port for peripheral device support and a compact flash card slot for data storage and file storage and transfer.For distributed or complex applications requiring networked programmable logic controller (PLC) communications, the new terminals are available with RS-232, onboard Ethernet networking and an interface that allows simultaneous communications with multiple networks. Users also can add optional communication modules for connectivity for DH-485, DH+ and Remote I/O networks. To help reduce installation and maintenance costs, the PanelView Plus terminals feature a patent-pending mounting mechanism that requires just a single cutout; no tools are needed for terminal mounting. In addition, a removable terminal block makes it easy to change parts or upgrade the system. PanelView Plus 400 and PanelView Plus 600, now available, are part of Rockwell Automations ViewAnyWare strategy, which is designed to offer a consistent, scalable and unified suite of monitoring and control solutions for the entire manufacturing enterprise.Rockwell Automation (NYSE: ROK) is a world-leading provider of industrial automation power, control and information solutions that help customers meet their manufacturing productivity objectives. The company brings together leading brands in industrial automation for Complete Automation® solutions, including Allen-Bradley controls and engineered services and Rockwell Software® factory management software, Dodge® mechanical power transmission products, and Reliance Electric® motors and drives. The company also is a leading provider of contact management technologies and applications that help companies more efficiently manage interaction with their own customers. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., USA, the company employs about 22,000 people serving customers in more than 80 countries. For more information on the PanelView Plus 400 and PanelView Plus 600, please contact the Rockwell Automation Response Center, 10701 Hampshire Avenue South, Bloomington, Minn., 55438, 800.223.5354, Ext. 1689.
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