Multi-finger touch screens are becoming increasingly popular thanks to smartphones and Windows 7. In order to make this technology available for industrial applications as well, Beckhoff has added the CP2xxx and CP3xxx series to its Control Panel series, which were brought onto the market in 1995. The completely redesigned panels enable new, innovative visualisation concepts with intuitive operation and combine elegance with a robust design.
Flexibility in display size and format
The new Control Panel and Panel PC series are available in various display sizes and formats. In addition to the modern widescreen formats, the classic 4:3 formats are also supported. This allows users to simply port their existing HMI solutions to the new devices with no additional effort. All panels are available ex works in landscape or portrait format (horizontal/vertical). There are new widescreen display sizes: 7-inch with a resolution of 800 x 480, 15.6-inch with 1366 x 768, 18.5-inch with 1366 x 768 and 24-inch with the full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080. In addition, the familiar display sizes in the 4:3 format – 12-inch with 800 x 600, 15-inch with 1024 x 768 and 19-inch with 1280 x 1024 – are available in the new series.
Elegant design becomes industrially compatible
Due to their low installation depth and their narrow housing edge, the CP2xxx and CP3xxx device series have a very elegant appearance. The panels are robust and industrially compatible thanks to the use of aluminium or stainless steel. A narrow, circumferential metal impact protector reliably protects the touch screen surface or the display against mechanical destruction. In addition, all-glass surface offers maximum resistance to environmental influences. Beyond that, the new panel series fulfil the well-known Beckhoff quality criteria, such as long-term availability and high temperature stability.
Modern multi-finger operation for industrial applications
In order to ensure industrial compatibility, Beckhoff uses the Projective Capacitive Touchscreen (PCT) technology in its multi-touch panel series. The high touch-point density enables accurate and reliable operation. Even a ‘flowing’ touch operation in minute steps is possible without jerks. The front of the display is a glass pane with an anti-reflection coating; operation with work gloves (e.g. latex gloves) is also possible. Five-finger touch and automation solutions with 2-hand operation are equally possible.
Familiar functions from the world of smartphones and touchpads, such as zooming, scrolling, object turning, flicks etc. are now also usable for industrial applications with the Beckhoff multi-touch panels. A special touch controller prevents faulty operation, e.g. due to a water droplet or the ball of the hand; these are recognised and eliminated. Single-touch mode can be set via the Windows operating system for applications where multi-touch is not required.
Flexible variants from mounting-arm panel to built-in Panel PC
The new panel series is conceived both for control cabinet installation and for the mounting arm installation. The CP2xxx built-in Panel series is implemented with IP 65 protection at the front and IP 20 at the rear. The CP3xxx Control Panels for mounting arm installation feature all-round IP 65 protection. The CP29xx and CP39xx series use the well-known DVI /USB Extended Technology from Beckhoff and can be operated up to 50 m away from the Industrial PC. The CP22xx built-in devices are also available as Panel PCs with Intel® Celeron® Core™ i3, i5 or i7 processor.
Customer-specific adaptations with regard to design, key extensions or RFID increase the degree of flexibility of the multi-touch series.