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PanelBuilder32 Full Version: Tips and Tricks for Designing and Transferring Applications


How to Install PanelBuilder32 Full Version




If you are looking for a software that can help you create control panel applications for the Standard PanelView operator terminals, you might want to try PanelBuilder32. This software allows you to design and configure graphical interfaces, color palettes, symbols, objects, and graphics for your applications. In this article, we will show you how to install PanelBuilder32 full version on your Windows PC, and how to use it to create your own applications.




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What is PanelBuilder32?




PanelBuilder32 is a software application developed by Rockwell Automation, Inc. that enables you to create control panel applications for the Standard PanelView operator terminals. These terminals are rugged electronic interface solutions that provide a graphical display of your industrial processes and machines. They allow you to monitor and control your devices using touch screens, function keys, or keypads.


PanelBuilder32 allows you to create applications that run on various models of PanelView terminals, such as 300, 550, 600, 900, 1000, and 1400. You can also create applications that communicate with different types of controllers, such as PLC-5, SLC, MicroLogix, CompactLogix, ControlLogix, and FlexLogix.


Features and benefits of PanelBuilder32




Some of the features and benefits of PanelBuilder32 are:


  • It has a Windows graphical interface that makes it easy to create and edit applications.



  • It provides color palettes, pre-configured symbols, objects, and graphics that you can use or customize for your applications.



  • It supports multiple languages and fonts for your applications.



  • It allows you to reuse existing screen configurations developed for other PanelView Standard terminals.



  • It offers various communication options for your applications, such as RS-232, RS-422/485, DH+, DH-485, Ethernet/IP, ControlNet, DeviceNet, and Remote I/O.



  • It enables you to test and debug your applications using simulation mode or terminal emulation mode.



  • It allows you to transfer your applications to the terminal using serial cable, memory card, or network connection.



System requirements for PanelBuilder32




To install and run PanelBuilder32 on your PC, you need the following system requirements:


  • A PC with Pentium processor or higher.



  • Microsoft Windows XP, 2000, 95, 98, or NT operating system.



  • At least 64 MB of RAM (128 MB recommended).



  • At least 100 MB of free hard disk space.



  • A CD-ROM drive or an internet connection to download the software.



  • A serial port or a network adapter to transfer the applications to the terminal.



How to download PanelBuilder32




You can download PanelBuilder32 from two sources: Rockwell Automation website or Software Informer website. Here are the steps for each source:


From Rockwell Automation website




  • Go to [Rockwell Automation Support Center](^1^).



  • In the search box, type "Downloading PanelBuilder32 software " and press Enter.



  • Click on the link that says "Downloading PanelBuilder32 software (Document ID: 2711P-AP001)".



  • Scroll down to the section that says "Download PanelBuilder32 Software".



  • Click on the link that says "PanelBuilder32 Software Download".



  • You will be redirected to a login page. If you have an account, enter your username and password and click "Sign In". If you don't have an account, click "Create an Account" and follow the instructions to register.



  • After logging in, you will see a page that says "Download Agreement". Read the terms and conditions and click "I Agree" if you accept them.



  • You will see a page that says "Download Details". Click on the link that says "PanelBuilder32 v3.83.01 (English)".



  • You will see a page that says "Download File". Click on the button that says "Download Now".



  • Choose a location on your PC to save the file and click "Save". The file name is PB32v3.83.01.exe and the size is 71.6 MB.



  • Wait for the download to complete.



From Software Informer website




  • Go to [Software Informer].



  • In the search box, type "PanelBuilder32" and press Enter.



  • Click on the link that says "PanelBuilder32 3.8".



  • You will see a page that shows the details of the software, such as version, rating, review, and screenshots.



  • Scroll down to the section that says "Download from developer website".



  • Click on the button that says "Visit the home page at www.ab.com".



  • You will be redirected to Rockwell Automation website. Follow the steps from 2 to 10 as described above.



How to install PanelBuilder32




After downloading PanelBuilder32, you can install it on your PC by following these steps:


Step 1: Run the setup file




Locate the file PB32v3.83.01.exe on your PC and double-click on it to run it. You will see a window that says "Welcome to the InstallShield Wizard for PanelBuilder32". Click "Next" to continue.


Step 2: Accept the license agreement




You will see a window that shows the license agreement for PanelBuilder32. Read it carefully and click "I accept the terms in the license agreement" if you agree with them. Then click "Next" to continue.


Step 3: Choose the installation folder




You will see a window that allows you to choose the folder where you want to install PanelBuilder32. The default folder is C:\Program Files\Rockwell Software\PanelBuilder32\. You can change it by clicking "Change" and browsing for another folder. Then click "Next" to continue.


Step 4: Select the components to install




You will see a window that allows you to select the components that you want to install. The components are:


  • PanelBuilder32 - The main software for creating control panel applications.



  • Terminal Emulator - A software that simulates a PanelView terminal on your PC for testing purposes.



  • Data Highway Plus Driver - A driver that enables communication between your PC and devices using DH+ protocol.



  • Data Highway 485 Driver - A driver that enables communication between your PC and devices using DH-485 protocol.



  • Ethernet/IP Driver - A driver that enables communication between your PC and devices using Ethernet/IP protocol.



  • ControlNet Driver - A driver that enables communication between your PC and devices using ControlNet protocol.



  • DeviceNet Driver - A driver that enables communication between your PC and devices using DeviceNet protocol.



  • Remote I/O Driver - A driver that enables communication between your PC and devices using Remote I/O protocol.



You can choose which components you want to install by checking or unchecking the boxes next to them. The required disk space for each component is shown below it. The total disk space required for all selected components is shown at the bottom of the window. Then click "Next" to continue.


Step 5: Start the installation process




You will see a window that shows a summary of your installation settings, such as destination folder and components. Review them and click "Install" to start the installation process. You will see a progress bar that shows the status of the installation. Wait for the installation to complete.


When the installation is finished, you will see a window that says "InstallShield Wizard Complete". Click "Finish" to exit the wizard. You may need to restart your PC for the changes to take effect.


How to use PanelBuilder32




After installing PanelBuilder32, you can use it to create control panel applications for your PanelView terminals. Here are the basic steps to use PanelBuilder32:


Create a new application




To create a new application, follow these steps:


  • Launch PanelBuilder32 from the Start menu or the desktop shortcut.



  • You will see a window that says "PanelBuilder32 - No Application". Click on "File" and then "New".



  • You will see a window that allows you to choose the type of terminal for your application. Select the model and size of your terminal from the drop-down list. Then click "OK".



  • You will see a window that allows you to name your application and choose a location to save it. Enter a name for your application and browse for a folder on your PC. Then click "Save".



  • You will see a window that shows the properties of your application, such as language, font, color palette, communication settings, and security options. You can change these properties as needed by clicking on the tabs and buttons. Then click "OK".



  • You will see the main window of PanelBuilder32 with your new application opened. You can start designing your screens and objects.



Configure the communication settings




To configure the communication settings for your application, follow these steps:


  • In the main window of PanelBuilder32, click on "Application" and then "Communication Setup".



  • You will see a window that shows the communication settings for your application. You can choose the type of communication protocol, port, baud rate, node address, and controller type for your application. You can also add or delete communication channels as needed by clicking on the buttons at the bottom of the window.



  • After configuring the communication settings, click "OK" to save them.



Design the screens and objects




To design the screens and objects for your application, follow these steps:


  • In the main window of PanelBuilder32, you will see a toolbar at the top that contains various tools and icons for creating and editing screens and objects. You can also access these tools from the menus.



  • To create a new screen, click on the icon that looks like a blank page with a plus sign. You will see a window that allows you to name your screen and choose its size and orientation. Enter a name for your screen and select its properties. Then click "OK".



  • You will see a blank screen in the main window of PanelBuilder32. You can start adding objects to your screen by clicking on the icons in the toolbar or dragging them from the object library on the left side of the window.



  • To edit an object, select it by clicking on it or drawing a rectangle around it. You will see handles around the object that allow you to resize or move it. You can also right-click on the object to access more options, such as cut, copy, paste, delete, align, group, ungroup, lock, unlock, bring to front, send to back, etc.



  • To configure an object's properties, such as color, text, font, animation, visibility, action, tag name, etc., double-click on it or right-click on it and select "Properties". You will see a window that shows the properties of the object. You can change these properties as needed by clicking on the tabs and buttons. Then click "OK".



  • To test your screen or object's functionality, click on the icon that looks like a play button or press F5. You will see a simulation mode that shows how your screen or object will look and behave on the terminal. You can interact with your screen or object using your mouse or keyboard as if you were using the terminal. To exit simulation mode, press Esc or click on the icon that looks like a stop button.



  • To save your screen or object's changes, click on "File" and then "Save" or press Ctrl+S.



Transfer the application to the terminal




To transfer your application to the terminal, follow these steps:


  • In the main window of PanelBuilder32, click on "Application" and then "Transfer Utility".



  • You will see a window that shows the transfer utility for your application. You can choose the method of transfer, such as serial cable, memory card, or network connection. You can also choose the direction of transfer, such as from PC to terminal or from terminal to PC.



  • Depending on the method and direction of transfer, you may need to connect your PC and terminal using a cable, insert a memory card into the terminal, or configure the network settings for both devices.



  • After choosing the method and direction of transfer, click "Next" to continue.



  • You will see a window that shows the progress of the transfer. Wait for the transfer to complete.



  • When the transfer is finished, you will see a window that says "Transfer Complete". Click "Finish" to exit the transfer utility.



  • You can now run your application on the terminal by pressing the "Run" button on the terminal or by selecting "Run Application" from the terminal's menu.



Conclusion




In this article, we have shown you how to install PanelBuilder32 full version on your Windows PC, and how to use it to create control panel applications for your PanelView terminals. We hope that this article has been helpful and informative for you. If you have any questions or feedback, please feel free to contact us or leave a comment below. Thank you for reading!


FAQs




Here are some frequently asked questions about PanelBuilder32:


  • Q: How can I update PanelBuilder32 to the latest version?



  • A: You can update PanelBuilder32 by downloading and installing the latest service pack from Rockwell Automation website. To check the current version of your PanelBuilder32, click on "Help" and then "About PanelBuilder32".



  • Q: How can I backup or restore my PanelBuilder32 applications?



  • A: You can backup or restore your PanelBuilder32 applications by using the "Export" and "Import" functions in PanelBuilder32. To export an application, click on "File" and then "Export". To import an application, click on "File" and then "Import". You can also use the transfer utility to backup or restore your applications from or to a memory card or a network location.



  • Q: How can I troubleshoot my PanelBuilder32 applications?



  • A: You can troubleshoot your PanelBuilder32 applications by using the "Error Check" and "Diagnostics" functions in PanelBuilder32. To check for errors in your application, click on "Application" and then "Error Check". To view the diagnostics information of your application, click on "Application" and then "Diagnostics". You can also use the simulation mode or the terminal emulator mode to test and debug your applications.



  • Q: How can I get more help or support for PanelBuilder32?



  • A: You can get more help or support for PanelBuilder32 by accessing the online help system in PanelBuilder32. To access the online help system, click on "Help" and then "PanelBuilder32 Help". You can also visit Rockwell Automation website or contact Rockwell Automation technical support for more assistance.



  • Q: How can I learn more about PanelView terminals?



  • A: You can learn more about PanelView terminals by reading the user manuals and guides that come with your terminals. You can also visit Rockwell Automation website or contact Rockwell Automation sales representative for more information.



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