PVP Basics: Learn to use the A-B PanelView Plus HMI!

Absolutely everything you need to know to setup, program, and troubleshoot the Allen-Bradley PanelView Plus HMI!
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Published 2/2016 English

Course Description

In the PanelView Plus (PVP) Basics course you'll learn everything you need to know to setup, program, and troubleshoot the Allen-Bradley PanelView Plus, Plus 6, and Plus 7 line of HMI's.

You'll start by learning about all the different PanelView Plus models, as well as each unit's unique features and limitations. You'll also learn what networks and communications each model supports, as well as which versions of software and .MER Runtime files are supported on each.

Then you're given a tour of the hardware, including where the communications ports and memory cards slots are located. You'll even learn how to dis-assemble a panel and see where all the replaceable internal components are located, as well as how to install optional communications modules.

From there, you'll learn how to use PanelView Plus Configuration Menu, walking through each of the different menus and settings, and learning how to accomplish key tasks like setting the panel's Ethernet address, copying .MER Runtimes to and from the panel, as well as how to set the default startup application.

Next, you'll learn how to use the PanelView Plus programming software, FactoryTalk View Studio, starting with how to get a FREE copy to use to follow along!

So much is actually covered in the software section that it wasn't possible to list all of it here (see the lesson descriptions for full details,) but you will find the main software topics listed below:

  • How to open, edit, and create applications
  • How to correctly setup project settings, and what to consider before changing
  • How to setup RSLinx Enterprise Ethernet and Serial communications to:
    • ControlLogix
    • CompactLogix
    • SLC-500
    • MicroLogix
  • How to create, edit, and use all the different types of HMI Tags
  • How to import Tags from RSLogix, and import / export the Tag DB to Excel
  • How to create, edit, and test Graphics, Objects, Symbols, and Libraries
  • How to directly reference PLC Tags both online and off
  • How to test your Graphic Displays, and test your entire Application on your PC
  • And much much more! (see lesson descriptions for more details!)

After learning all about creating, editing, and troubleshooting applications, you'll move on to the final steps of making a Runtime file, and then transferring it to the PanelView Plus over a network as well as by using a USB, CF, or SD memory card.

Then in the final lesson you're shown how to properly archive your application so it's safely backup up for future use.

And if you have any questions about anything covered in the course, you're encouraged to post your questions in the course's discussion area as the instructor visits several times each week for the sole purpose of answering student questions.


What are the requirements?

  • Students will need a basic understanding of how Microsoft Windows operates, as the software used runs on Microsoft Windows
  • Students will also find it helpful if they have at least some knowledge of what a PLC is, and if they don't they may wish to first take the PLC Basics course by the same instructor

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Confidently setup, use, program, and troubleshoot the Allen-Bradley PanelView Plus
  • Understand how to get a free copy of View Studio Machine Edition programming software to use while taking this course
  • Identify the hardware and feature differences between the PanelView Plus, Plus Compact, Plus 6, and Plus 7
  • Setup and Change hardware settings using the Configuration Menu
  • Open, Edit, Create, and Download Applications to the PanelView Plus over a network or using a memory card
  • Create, Edit, and Troubleshoot Ethernet and Serial Communications using RSLinx Enterprise and MicroLogix, SLC-500, CompactLogix and ControlLogix programmable controllers

What is the target audience?

  • This PanelView Plus Basics Course is designed for anyone who would like to learn how to setup, program, and troubleshoot the Allen-Bradley PanelView Plus, PanelView Plus 6, and PanelView Plus 7 line of HMIs
  • This course will also be very helpful to those who need to learn how to use FactoryTalk View Studio Machine Edition, but is NOT intended to train users of FactoryTalk View Site Edition even though these two products are similar
  • This course is NOT designed to educate students on how to use any PanelView product that does not start with the words "PanelView Plus," and was not desgined to train users of the PanelView Standard, Enhanced, Component, 800, or 5500

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Curriculum

Section 1: Course Introduction
01:38

In this opening lesson you're given a brief introduction to the course, as well as encouraged to skip any lesson on a topic you're already familiar with.

Section 2: PanelView Plus Hardware
05:01

In this lesson you're introduced to the PanelView Plus 700, 1000, 1250, and 1500, including each models specifications. You'll also get a tour of the hardware, including the location of the indicator lights, reset switch, communication ports, memory card slot, and even learn how to disassemble the unit, the location of the replaceable internal components, and how to install optional communication modules.

03:08

In this lesson you'll learn all about the PanelView Plus 400, 600, and Compact hardware specifications and limitations, as well as get a tour of the hardware and learn where the communications ports, memory cards, and communication card slots are located.

01:10

In this lesson you'll learn which PanelView Plus models support which ViewMe firmware versions, as well as supported .MER runtime file versions.

06:41

In this lesson you'll learn about the new PanelView Plus 6 and Plus 6 Compact's specifications and enhancements contrasted against the original PanelView Plus. You'll also learn about this new models limitations, as well as the location of the SD memory card slot, communication ports, and how to quickly determine if a unit is a PanelView Plus 6 or plain PanelView Plus. Finally, you'll find out which firmware and runtime versions are supported.

04:24

In this lesson you'll learn about the newest PanelView Plus 7 Standard and Performance models, and their specifications and enhancements. We compared and contrasted the new models against the older ones, and point out some important limitations you need to be aware of. You're then given a tour of the PVPlus 7 hardware, including the location of the SD memory card slot, communication ports, and battery compartment. Finally, supported firmware and runtime versions are also reviewed.

50 pages

In this lesson you will find the PDF presentation used in this section

3 questions

This quiz will test your knowledge about PanelView Plus hardware.

Section 3: Configuring the PanelView Plus
20:01

In this lesson you're introduced to the PanelView Plus' Configuration Menu and you'll learn what each option does as well as how to use and set the most critical settings, including the Ethernet Address, Default Startup Application, as well as where the File Management and Runtime Transfer sections are located.

3 questions

This quiz will test your knowledge of the PanelView Plus Configuration Menu

Section 4: Introduction to FactoryTalk View
02:10

In this lesson you'll learn how to obtain a free, fully functional license of View Studio to use with this course. The free license you request will run without limitations for a full month, after which it will run indefinitely in demo mode which still allows student to use all the features and functions learned in this course.

05:30

In this introduction to the software used to program the PanelView Plus, FactoryTalk View Studio Machine Edition, you'll learn the difference between Machine, Site and Enterprise Editions, as well as how to identify and open projects of different versions, including what project conversion means. You'll also learn the purpose of the communication and application tabs of the Explorer window, as well as how to utilize the diagnostic bar for troubleshooting. We conclude with how to open an application, as well as how to distinguish between the application's HMI Project and Communications Server.

04:45

In this lesson you'll learn all about HIM Tags, including the different types (Device, Memory, and System) as well as the supported Data Types and Sources. Also covered is how to property locate tags in folder structure, as well as how to search all folders for tags using wildcards.

09:11

In this lesson you'll learn what every item in the System folder of HMI Applications is used for, including Project Settings, Security, Diagnostic Setup, Global Connections, and Startup. This includes how to choose the right PanelView Plus resolution, as well as considerations to review before resizing a project, as well as setting up auto-logout and why you want to leave the Diagnostic popup enabled. You also learn where you can setup the synchronizing of your PanelView Plus' time with your PLC, as well as where PLC screen control is setup.

03:18

In this lesson you'll learn what every item in the Graphics folder is used for, including Displays, Global Objects, Symbol Factory, Libraries, Images, Parameters, and Local Messages.

4 questions

This quiz will test your knowledge of the software used to program the PanelView Plus

Section 5: Creating and Editing Applications
04:26

In this lesson we begin the design of our very own PanelView Plus ViewME application, but you'll also learn how to import legacy projects from the PanelView Standard, PanelView Enhanced, and old Machine Edition project files. After creating our new project you'll learn how to setup the System folder's settings, including setting the PanelView Plus model used with your project, as well as the runtime and startup settings used.

04:14

In this lesson we continue the development of our new application, and you'll learn how to create a Tag Folder and several HMI Memory tags to be used in future lessons. You'll also learn how to create, duplicate, and document tags of all three types: Digital, Analog. and String.

02:00

In this lesson you'll learn what the four default graphic displays included with every new application are, as well as what each is used for.

05:07

In this lesson you'll learn how to use the Panel, Text, and Image Objects on Graphic Displays. This includes how to set and change an object's properties, including color, style, and font and size. You'll also learn how to import BMP, JPEG, and PNG images, and how to use the tool-bars available in View Studio, including how to dock them in the design environment.

05:42

In this lesson you'll learn how to use the Numeric and String Display objects, as well as how to connect them to tags using the Tag Browser. You'll also learn how to test your displays inside of the design environment, AND LEARN THE SECRETE of why so many developers create projects with slowly updating Graphic Displays. You'll also learn how you can avoid this common problem so you can have quickly updating displays by making one simple by little know change.

04:00

In this lesson you'll learn how to create and use Graphic Display Libraries, as well as how to multi-select objects, group them, and copy and paste them between displays. You'll then learn how to use an animated library object, and re-size it either as a perfect square or in exact proportions to the original object.

03:08

In this lesson you'll learn how to navigate displays using the Go To and Return Buttons. And for the first time in the course, you'll learn how you can run your entire application on your PC in order to test you Display Navigation Buttons.

07:15

In this jam packed lesson you'll build you're first animated Graphic Display, starting with using professionally drawn objects from Symbol Factory. You'll then animate your object by building a tank fill animation from scratch. Then you'll learn how to use Numeric and String Input objects to change your Tag values, and watch as your animation updates. Finally, you're shown a little know way you can get your Numeric and String Inputs to also double as Numeric and String Displays.

06:55

In this lesson you'll learn how to align, arrange, duplicate, and evenly space objects. You'll also learn how to edit objects and their tags and animations without un-grouping them by using "In-Place Editing," as well as how to use the Object Explorer to find and edit objects on busy screens or groups of many objects. Finally, you're shown how to search and replace for tags and expressions using Tag Substitution, including how to use it to preform partial tag replacements.

8 questions

This quiz will test your knowledge of creating and editing applications

Section 6: Communications and Live Data
16:36

In this lesson you'll learn how to set up View Studio Communications using Ethernet and Serial Communications seven different ways in RSLinx Enterprise to Allen-Bradley PLCs. The PLCs used include the Allen-Bradley ControlLogix, CompactLogix, SLC-500, and MIcroLogix. You'll also learn how to browse PLCs and Devices online, as well as how to manually add PLCs and Devices that are not currently connected, You'll also learn how to change your settings, as well as how to configure offline tag files for offline Tag browsing.

3 questions

This quiz will test your knowledge of communications settings

09:55

In this lesson you'll learn how to create HMI Device Tags which communicate to PLCs over Ethernet and Serial connections, including how to duplicate tags, create folders, choose the correct data types, add descriptions, and even how to import tags directly from RSLogix. You'll also be shown a little know utility you can use to import and/or export your entire Tag database to CSV files for editing and updating in Microsoft Excel.

Section 7: Advanced Graphic Display Design
10:52

In this lesson you'll learn how to use Device Tags on Graphic Display Objects. You'll also learn for to Directly Reference Tags from CompactLogix and ControlLogix processors. And then you'll learn how to use two state color animation on a library objects using an internal "blink" memory tag, and the difference between solid and shaded color animation.

14:06

In this lesson you'll begin by learning how to use several design features including patterns, gradients, flipping, layering, as well as nudging objects pixel by pixel. You then learn how to control a process using Button objects, creating Start and Stop objects that change the PLC's Start and Stop Tag Values using Momentary Push buttons. To accomplish this you'll also learn about "States," how to edit and copy them, and how to use the State Toolbar to preview an object's different states. Then you'll learn how to use one of the most powerful graphic design features inside of View Studio to edit and change multiple objects at once. From there the lesson finishes by showing you how to animate a process using Horizontal Animation with custom Min, Max, and Pixel offsets, as well as how to use Color Animation with two states using a Device Tag of the Bool (aka Boolean or Bit) data type.

14:20

In this lesson you'll learn how to use Multistate Indicators to display different production states, as well as Multistate Buttons to change those states. then you'll learn how to use Color Animation with more than than two states using an Analog value. Finally, you'll learn how to use Interlocked Push Buttons to provide operators more granular control.

09:22

In this lesson you'll learn how to duplicate Graphic Display, as well as how to remove them from the Explorer window without removing them from the project directory. Then you're shown how to use the new "Find and Replace" feature with Displays and Tags, including partial search and replace. Finally, you're shown how to use Slider Animation to change the process' production speed setpoint, as well as how to use the pre-made Sliders found in the Graphic Library.

Section 8: Alarms
10:03

In this lesson you'll learn how to create and edit Alarm triggers, labels, and messages including for both digital and analog alarms. You'll also learn the one big mistake most new users make when creating alarms for the first times, as well as why and when you need to use expressions in your alarm triggers. Finally, you'll learn how to set or change the Alarm Update Rate.

Section 9: Runtime and Archive Files
07:16

In this lesson you're shown how to use removable storage (USB, CF, SD Memory) with the PanelView Plus, and how to transfer ,MER files to and from the these devices using the configuration menu. You'll also be shown how to set your projects as the default startup project, as well as how the PanelView Plus reacts and reboots when you successfully download to it using the Transfer Utility.

06:25

In this lesson you'll learn how to create a .MER Runtime File from your application, and how to transfer it to the PanelView Plus using the included Transfer Utility. You'll also learn why most people are unsuccessful transferring .MER Runtime Files using CompactFlash (CF), Secure Digital (SD), and USB Flash Memory, as well as a little known secrete to insure you always can.

02:45

In this lesson you'll learn the right way to backup your View Studio Machine Edition application to insure you retain all your settings and configuration, the same procedure that is also used to copy, rename, and delete projects correctly.

4 questions

This quiz will test your knowledge of Runtimes and Archives

02:15

This is the final lesson of PVP Basics

Section 10: Course Appendix
Article

This lecture contains the View Studio files used in this course.

01:42

In this Appendix you'll learn how you can quickly find who your local Rockwell Automation Representative or Authorized Distributor.is, as that is who you will request a free "Temporary Activation" 30 day full license of View Studio from. After the 30 days ends, you'll still be able to use and practice all the skills used in this course as the software will revert to a demo mode.

Section 11: Bonus Section!
01:01

In this short video you'll learn why the instructor added this additional section to the course free of charge!

04:30

In this bonus lesson you'll learn how to add images (including Symbol Factory images) to buttons in View Studio Machine Edition.

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Instructor Biography

Shawn Tierney, TheAutomationBlog.com

My name is Shawn Tierney from The Automation Blog, and I love sharing what I've learned about automation products with others.

I spent my first twenty five years in the automation business working as a Rockwell Automation Distributor Specialist helping electricians, technicians, and controls engineers implement automation solutions using Allen-Bradley PLCs, PACs, and HMIs, as well as Rockwell Software SCADA and MES products.

Over the course of my career I attended over fifty weeks of Rockwell factory training, and attained several certifications including Rockwell's Certified Automation and Information Specialist, as well as Microsoft's Certified Professional status.

I've also maintained an online presence since 1996 to share automation tips and code, and launched my first website in 1999 featuring my own sample code for PLC-5, SLC-500, MicroLogix, ControlLogix, PanelView and RSView products.

And for over a decade Rockwell Automation even featured my HMI graphics in their own demos, presentations, and sales brochures, as well as on the Automation Fair show floor, and in RSTechED sessions.

These days I'm self-employed as an automation educator, programmer, and consultant. And I'm also the author of the internet's most popular independent automation blog, The Automation Blog dot com, where I enjoy discussing automation products and challenges with people from around the world.

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