Beckhoff introduces CP32xx multi-touch panel PCs | Automation.com

Beckhoff introduces CP32xx multi-touch panel PCs

July 9, 2015 – Beckhoff introduces CP32xx multi-touch panel PCs. These devices for mounting arm installation feature all-around IP 65 protection and multi-touch Control Panel technology with a high-performance Industrial PC (IPC)  ̶  all in one rugged, yet compact housing.

The area at the rear of the CP32xx Panel PC, which is required for swiveling and tilting the connected mounting arm, is also efficiently used to accommodate the added IPC components while saving space. The components in this solution are thermally decoupled from each other; to save space, the computer is actually built around the integrated mounting arm in a u-shaped housing with cooling fins for passive cooling.

Another advantage is the excellent heat dissipation characteristics despite the compact design, achieved using internal fans; this ensures even temperature distribution to all walls of the housing. This results in an impressive operating temperature range from 0 to 45 °C. Moreover, all components and connectors are easily accessible, which is convenient when using removable storage media such as a CFast card or SSD. The connecting cables are laid through the support arm into the connection comparent for up to six IP 65-rated connectors. In the basic configuration, two of the connection points are configured with an Ethernet interface or power supply; the remainder are optionally available for a further Ethernet, USB or serial interface, or for a Mini-PCI fieldbus interface. The cylindrical connector hood in the center of the device is easy to remove. This enables convenient access to the connection comparent and also facilitates simple cleaning of the cooling fins if necessary.

For maximum computing power beyond the standard dual-core 1.6 GHz Intel Celeron CPU, the CP32xx Panel PC series also offers the option to use Intel Core i series processors of the second, third and fourth generations. Two cores can be leveraged with Intel Core i3 and i5 processors and four cores with the i7 processor. Offering maximum selection, CP32xx Panel PC displays are available in 12 to 24-inch sizes, in both 4:3 and widescreen formats, as well as with landscape and portrait orientation options. Further features include a free Mini-PCI slot for factory-installed cards, 2 GB DDR3-RAM (expandable to 16 GB), hard disk, CFast card or SSD, on-board dual Ethernet adapter with 10/100/1000 Base-T connection, and an on-board SATA RAID-1 controller (Intel Rapid Storage Technology).

The aluminum housing design ensures the Panel PCs are exceptionally robust and ideally suited for industrial applications. A narrow, circumferential metal impact protector reliably protects the touchscreen surface, including the display against mechanical destruction. The all-glass surface is chemically hardened, has an anti-reflection coating, and offers maximum resistance to environmental influences.  The multi-touch panels with projective capacitive touchscreen (PCT) technology feature a high touch-point density, enabling accurate, safe, and jerk-free operation  ̶  even in minute steps. The panels can also be operated with thin latex work gloves. Five-finger touch and operator interface solutions requiring 2-hand operation are equally possible.

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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