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Mobile plant operator terminal

53 Rockwell 400The Allen Bradley MobileView tethered operator interface gives plant personnel the freedom to take a machine’s human-machine interface (HMI) with them to make real-time adjustments to out-of-view applications. The MobileView suits maintenance tasks, machine setup or calibration activities, and other HMI applications that require the operator to see the machine. The inclusion of a hardwired e-stop button and three-position enabling switch also supports applications that require local safety functionality.

“Between making an adjustment on the terminal and viewing the results on the machine, fixed operator terminals can require a lot of back and forth for personnel, for certain applications,” says Rockwell Automation Senior Product Manager Matt Hansen. “The MobileView tethered operator interface puts the terminal in the operator’s hands to increase productivity and safety. Tasks are made more efficient and machines are set up faster.”

The MobileView complements the Allen-Bradley PanelView graphic terminals, giving manufacturers and industrial operators a range of fixed and mobile terminals for different applications. It also uses the FactoryTalk View Machine Edition (ME) HMI software from Rockwell Automation, allowing users to develop and re-use their software applications across the MobileView and PanelView platforms.

Three cable-length options, ranging from 16.4 feet to 49.2 feet, offer flexibility for different machines and production lines. The MobileView also uses a 10-in. display with resistive touch screen, 2 GB internal SD card for application storage, and USB 2.0 port for high-speed data transfer. Software assignable functions are available as an option with either a hardwired momentary illuminated pushbutton or three-position key switch. —ab.rockwellautomation.com