High-performance single-touch Panel PCs
Beckhoff is one of the pioneers of PC-based automation: the first PC Control system was delivered as early as 1986. Thanks to the profound technological expertise that has developed over the past decades, Beckhoff Panel PCs are characterized by the highest quality and are used successfully worldwide.
An important feature of the Beckhoff product philosophy is the use of the latest, high-performance components and processors. As a result, Beckhoff Industrial PCs tend to include the latest offerings of the technology market. Every new technology, whether from the industrial or consumer segment, is tested by Beckhoff for its potential industrial application, adapted and optimized as appropriate and integrated. An outstanding example is the integration of modern multi-touch technology in the CP2xxx and CP3xxx device series. Modern touch technology has been gaining ground in the consumer market since 2007, and since 2012, Beckhoff has consistently been taking advantage of it in its Panel PCs to offer advanced and intuitive machine and system operation options. Beckhoff made the functional principle of capacitive touch technology suitable for industrial use in terms of availability, electromagnetic compatibility, mechanical stability and external dimensions through integration of corresponding basic technologies. The CP2xxx and CP3xxx product families convincingly demonstrate how state-of-the-art consumer technology can also be successfully used in industrial environments.
Balance between latest PC technology and long-term availability of control components
Thanks to advanced Industrial PC technology in a wide range of form factors, supplemented by a coordinated portfolio of accessory components and TwinCAT automation software, Beckhoff Panel PCs are at the heart of a wide range of automation tasks, including control of machines, processes and logistics systems, networking of plant components, data acquisition and image processing. For classic control tasks, PC-based control technology offers excellent scalability and flexibility and is therefore increasingly being used in place of hardware PLCs.
Single-touch technology with guaranteed long-term availability
Even though advanced multi-touch operating scenarios have become indispensable in industrial applications as a result of general digitalization, there is still a large market for single-touch applications. They are often realized with the aid of resistive touch technology. Beckhoff has been successfully using this technology in a large number of single-touch Panel PCs for over 20 years. The Beckhoff CP6606/CP6600 and CP6706/CP6700 device series are used for this purpose, especially for price-sensitive applications. Today, customers have a comprehensive range of different equipment variants at their disposal:
- diagonals from 5.7 to 19 inches
- 4:3, 5:4 or widescreen format
- choice of PC technology including ARM Cortex™, Intel Atom® CPUs or the latest multi-core Intel® Core™ i CPUs
- installation in the front of a control cabinet or on mounting arms
- latest storage technologies in the form of CFast cards, 2½-inch SSDs or HDDs
- standard or customized version
Beckhoff uses only selected single-touch screens with different diagonals in order to meet the high demands with regard to mechanical stability, harsh industrial environmental conditions, precise operation and elegant design. Their long-term availability offers a high degree of investment protection. It means that even today, users can still use classic 4:3 formats for retrofitting their machines, and also for new installations. All necessary controller boards are developed by Beckhoff and manufactured in-house. This results in a very robust overall system, which enables reliable operation even in harsh machine environments.
Perfectly matched PC hardware
Irrespective of the application as a display device (HMI) or as a complete Control Panel PC, Beckhoff relies on its own expertise, with motherboards developed and manufactured in-house. In this way, the user benefits from flexible, high-performance hardware platforms with guaranteed long-term availability. The Beckhoff hardware development is rounded off by in-house BIOS development, comprehensive expertise in the area of Microsoft operating systems and the ultra-compact Beckhoff TwinCAT/BSD operating system.
Different product families address different applications, for example:
- CP6606/CP6600 or CP6706/CP6700 as Economy Panel PCs
- CP62xx as built-in device with a wide range of variants
- CP72xx in IP65 design, equipped with advanced Intel® Core™ i technology
- CP77xx in IP65 version for medium performance classes
In addition, customer-specific adaptations are possible for all versions and screen diagonals.