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3 Rockwell Allen-Bradley PanelView Updating Options

August 14, 2015
I was cleaning out my attic the other day and came across an old CRT that used to sit on my office desk at home. Not only did it weigh a ton, I was amazed at the size of the thing – I had forgotten how much desk-top real estate was taken up by these beasts. And from what I remember, the picture wasn’t all that great. When I returned to work the next day, I really appreciated the fact that I had not just one, but two crisp, clear, slim 24” LCD screens on my desk, and they hardly take up any space. Wouldn’t it be great of that same evolution of screen technology could apply to your industrial Operator Interface or HMI device? Well, now it does. Thousands upon thousands of Rockwell Allen-Bradley PanelView users rely heavily on these units to give a window into their Allen-Bradley PLC systems. The great thing is that these units have lasted for years and years – however, for most users, the years have taken their toll on the displays, touchscreens and keypads on these HMI workhorses. When a PanelView gets too difficult to read or operate, or worse yet, it fails completely, users are in a bind.

1. Rockwell Allen-Bradley PanelView Replacements

If they decide to replace the unit with a newer model HMI, they have to find a direct replacement that has the exact cut-out profile as the original unit or they must modify the front of the panel that houses the HMI. And, they must convert the old PanelView program into the program environment of the new HMI. This can be costly and very time-consuming.

2. PanelView and HMI Repair

The other alternative is to have the HMI repaired. Qualitrol is one of the few places that will reliably repair PanelView and other HMI units. Our repair technicians have over 50 years combined experience with repairs and other electronic part repairs. This allows us to ensure the quality and reliability of our repairs. Plus, our repair turnaround time is days, not weeks!

3. PanelView and HMI Retrofits

Qualitrol gives PanelView users a third option – PanelView retrofit! We can breathe new life into an existing PanelView unit that seems to be on its last leg. With our program you will receive:
  • A brand new, bright LCD screen in place of the fading CRT screen
  • New touchscreen and/or keypad
  • A rejuvenated PanelView that
    • Is lighter
    • Uses less power
    • Generates less heat
    • Fits in the same cutout in the original panel
    • Runs the same program
Contact us today – we’d be happy to give you a quote to have your PanelView HMI updated. In addition, Qualitrol has older Allen-Bradley PanelView units in stock that have already been retrofitted. Just enter your model of PanelView in the Search field on this site to see if we have your model in stock and ready to ship today. New Call-to-action  
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