Hardware Comparison: PanelView Plus 700 vs PanelView 1000 Selection Guide

In today’s connected factory, visualization and interaction through human machine interfaces (HMI) are critical components of any control system.  The PanelView family of HMI devices from Allen-Bradley is ideal for small, medium and large HMI systems.  By leveraging the power of these devices, HMIs become scalable, adaptable and perfect for managing critical data and machine level inputs.

PanelView 7 and PanelView 6 Platforms

Before you can determine whether the PanelView 700 or PanelView 1000 is best suited for your needs, one must understand that there are several families within the PanelView ecosystem.  Each of these family groups have a 700 and 100 series, but there are differences in the two programming platforms that should be considered.

PanelView 6

An older offering from the Allen-Bradley line, the PanelView 6 consists of the PanelView Plus 6 and the PanelView Plus 6 Compact.  The PanelView Plus 6 platform is used for applications with a larger footprint that connect with many controllers.  This platform supports older communication protocols such as ControlNet and DH+ as well as Ethernet.  The platform also uses the programming software FactoryTalk View Machine Edition Studio and is compatible with all Allen-Bradley and Rockwell programmers.

The PanelView Plus 6 Compact is for much smaller applications, using only one controller. The programming software the PanelView Plus 6 Compact is FactoryTalk View Machine Edition Studio.  It is also compatible with all Allen-Bradley and Rockwell programmers and when encountering an older PanelView interface, the PanelView 6 is likely to have a compatible model that will easily fit into the same interface cutout.

PanelView 7

The PanelView 7 consists of two family group platforms as well.  The PanelView 7 Standard supports smaller control systems like the PanelView 6 Compact.  Using only one controller, it can be used as a direct replacement platform for the PanelView 6 family. 

The PanelView 7 Plus family platform is for larger applications connecting to multiple controllers.  It has expanded capabilities and can be used to replace PanelView Plus 6 terminals.  It also uses the FactoryTalk View Machine Edition Studio for programming.  The PanelView 7 platform is compatible with all Allen-Bradley and Rockwell controllers and is more cost effective compared to the PanelView 6 platforms.

 Platform Comparison

Both the PanelView 6 and 7 platforms have 512 MB of storage and 512 MB of nonvolatile memory for internal storage.  The differences in the two platforms comes in the manual interface capabilities as well as the communication interface capabilities.

  • Secure Digital (SD) Card Slot – The PanelView 6 terminals have a single Secure Digital high-capacity (SDHC)slot supporting 1784-SDx cards.  The PanelView Plus 7 and PanelView Plus 7 Performance have a single SD card slot that stores application files.  Depending on the catalog models, these can support either 1GB or two GB of data.
  • USB Ports – The PanelView Plus 6 terminals in both the 700 and 1000 series supports two USB-A 2.0 high speed ports.  However, the PanelView 7 Plus Standard supports one USB-A 2.0 high speed and one USB-B 2.0 high speed for a 4 pin.  The PanelView Plus 7 Performance supports two USB-A 2.0 high speed ports for removable flash drives for storage externally.
  • Ethernet – For Ethernet communication, the PanelView Plus 6 terminals in both the 700 and 100 series has a single 10/100 Mbps Auto-MDI/MDI-X Ethernet connection.  The PanelView Plus 7 Standard by contrast has either a single 10/100 Base-T, Auto MDI/MDI-X with IEEE 1588 support or, two 10/100 Base-T , Auto MDI/MDI-X p[orts supporting Device Level Rings (DLR) as well as linear and even star network capabilities.  The PanelView Plus 7 Performance has two 10/100 Base-T, Auto MDI/MDI-X ports supporting Device Level Rings (DLR) and linear and star network capabilities.
  • Other Communication Protocols – The PanelView 6 platform is capable of both Ethernet as well as older communication protocols.  They offer a single DB9 port for RS-232 and add-on communication modules for ControlNet, DH+ and DH-485.  Both the PanelView Plus 7 Standard and the PanelView Plus 7 Performance platforms are Ethernet only.
  • Extended Features – Extended features may include the internet Explorer browser as well as a remote desktop connection making programming from a remote location easy.  It may also include a media player for onboard tutorials and file viewing of PowerPoint, Excel and Word as well as a text editor.

Extended features are available in the PanelView Plus 6 700 touch and the PanelView Plus 7 Performance touch.  However, they are not available in the PanelView Plus 7 Standard.  The same trend is true for the PanelView 100 touch series for the same three versions.  For 1000 models with both keypad and touch, both the PanelView Plus 6 100 and the PanelView Plus 7 Performance 1000 have extended features.  The touch/keypad combo option is not available in the PanelView Plus 7 1000. 

  • Preferred Controller – PanelView 6 platform controllers can work easily with both ControlLogix and CompactLogix in the 700 and 1000 series.  For the PanelView Plus 7 Performance 700 and 1000 series the preferred controller is the ControlLogix while the PanelView 7 Standard 700 and 1000 series the preferred controller is the CompactLogix.
  • Alarm and Screen Functionality – The PanelView Family enables a robust visualization of the condition of a machine.  The PanelView Plus 6 Compact terminals in both 700 and 100 series allows for 1 controller and 25 screens with up to 200 alarms.  For the PanelView Plus 6 non-compact terminals in the 700 and 1000 series, there are no limits to the number of controllers, screens and alarms that can be added to the system.  For the PanelView Plus 7 Standard terminals in the 700 and 1000 series – which are also utilized for a single controller machine – the system allows up to 100 screens and up to 500 alarms, while the PanelView 7 Performance in the 700 and 1000 series has no limits to the number of controllers, screens and alarms that can be added to the system

Comparison of the PanelView 700 and PanelView 1000

Both the 700 and 1000 series offer variants along catalog number models.  Other feature comparisons include:

  • Screen Size – The PanelView 700 comes in as a 7” screen.  It has 5 catalog model variants that are touch input enabled.  Of these, three are configured for DC power input and two are configured for AC power input.  There are also four catalog model variants that have touch with keyboard inputs.  Of these, two are configured for DC power and two for AC.  The PanelView 1000 is a 10” screen with five catalog model variants that are touch input enabled with three for DC power and two for AC.  The 100 series also have four catalog model variants enabled for touch with keypad and have two each for DC and AC power.
  • Operating System – The PanelView 700 series has four DC power catalog model variants that use Windows CE 6.0.  The 700 series also have three catalog model variants that use AC power with the Windows CE 6.0.  There are three catalog model variants each for AC and DC power that use Windows CE 6.0 with extended features.  The 1000 is a bit simpler in that this series has three each AC and three DC using Windows CE 6.0 and three each AC and three DC using Windows CE 6.0 with extended features.
  • Display – Both the PanelView 70o and PanelView 1000 displays use the color active-matrix TFT and both have 640 x 480 18-bit color resolution.  The main difference in the display is only because of the difference in overall size with the 700 sporting a display area of 5.2“x 3.9” while the 1000 utilizes a larger display area of 8.3” X 6.2”.
  • Function Keys – The keypad function keys for the PanelView 700 range from F1 through F10 and K1 through K12 for ma total of 22 function keys.  The PanelView 1000 has 32 function keys ranging from F1 through F16 and K1 through K16.
  • Power – Both the PanelView 700 and PanelView 1000 have an operating voltage of 18 to 32V DC at a s4V nominal.  They also have the same power consumption with 70 W maximum and 39 W as typical power.
  • Dimensions – as an HMI, dimensions may reflect the need to be seen at greater distance or allow faster inputs on a larger screen list of features.  For the 700, dimensions are 7.58 x 11.4 x 2.18 inches on the keypad model and 7.04 x 9.68 x 2.18 inches on the touch model.  Due to their larger size, the 1000 series keypad comes in at 9.77 x 15.72 x 2.18 inches while the touch run s a bit smaller at 9.77 x 12.97 x 2.18 inches.

For environments with particularly rugged conditions or that require screen and HMI mobility, there is also a variant called the ArmorView Plus 7.  This terminal conforms to the PanelView Plus 7 Performance features but has some additional features that help it perform in fast-paced and rugged environments.  Although the screen is larger at 12”, the ArmorView is closer to a 1000 series model.  Features of the ArmorView include:

  • E-Stops – Some applications require fast and easily accessible e-stop functionality for safety, quality or machine wear.  The e-stop is located on the button plate in easy reach of operators and technicians.
  • User Configured Buttons – The ArmorView Plus 7 allows for seven buttons defined by the user.
  • Pre-Set Buttons – These buttons allow for a range of easily accessible features including selector switches and multi-position selector keys.
  • Swivel Arm – The ArmorView Plus 7 comes with an arm mount to allow it to be swiveled to different viewing positions to aid the operator.  It also has handles for moving the terminal into better viewing position as well. 
  • Display – The ArmorView can be used in both landscape and portrait mode and comes with standard VESA mounting options.

PanelView products can help visualize the factory environment as well as place control in the hands of those who need it.  With access to critical data and machine condition that can be acted upon at the floor level or remotely through a web browser, PanelView terminals can work to enhance any control system.


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