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Beckhoff Introduces C6670 industrial server

February 122015
Beckhoff Introduces C6670 industrial server

February 12, 2015 - Beckhoff Automation introduced C6670 industrial server that enables “many-core machine control.” The C6670 PC-based solution can be equipped with 12, 24, or 36 processor cores, and its memory can be expanded from 64 GB up to 2 TB. The computing power within the C6670 series can be most effectively used when each individual core is efficiently leveraged with the TwinCAT 3.1 automation software platform.

Decades of successful applications in the field have demonstrated that centralized control system architectures have numerous advantages over distributed methodologies. Modern production lines and high-performance, standalone machines incorporate ever increasing functionality with ever shorter cycle times, necessitating increasingly powerful, central control systems. The Beckhoff “many-core control” concept as demonstrated in the C6670 industrial server line personifies the company’s consistent and long-term philosophy of centralized control with integrated Scientific Automation. This approach means that in addition to a machine’s control functions – PLC, motion, robotics, and CNC – further functions such as advanced measurement technology, condition monitoring, and visualization are all integrated into one powerful software package, TwinCAT, and executed on one powerful PC-based controller. With TwinCAT 3.1 it is possible to optimally utilize all available processor cores by intelligently distributing individual control tasks among them. With the development of the C6670, Beckhoff delivers the benefits of many-core technology to machine control projects. Previously existing limits all but disappear for users’ application ideas, which are freed by a dramatically faster and more powerful machine control platform.

In addition to computationally-intensive control technology, the C6670 can also be used, for example, in complex applications such as highly articulated robotics and advanced image processing. Designed for control cabinet installation, the C6670 server incorporates two Intel Xeon processors, each with 6, 12, or 18 cores, working together on a motherboard with two Gigabit Ethernet controllers and a powerful graphics card. Apart from the performance levels delivered by up to 2 TB DDR4 RAM, there are four PCIe x16 Gen III slots, one PCIe Gen III x 8 slot and one PCIe Gen II x 4 slot for multiple interface cards and maximum flexibility.

Beckhoff Automation is a provider of advanced and open automation solutions based upon proven technologies for customers to implement high performance control systems faster and at a lower overall cost than traditional PLC and motion control systems. Beckhoff’s “New Automation Technology” product range includes PC-based control, industrial PCs, automation controllers, operator interfaces, I/O, servo drives and motors. With representation in more than 60 countries, Beckhoff is well-positioned to provide global sales and service to its customers. Beckhoff sales and service are handled directly, with no intermediaries involved for exceptional customer service and consultation.

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