Panel PCs for application in hazardous areas of Zone 2/22
The right Panel PC for every application
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 Industrial PCs are characterized by the highest quality and are used successfully worldwide.
An important feature of the Beckhoff product philosophy is the use of advanced, 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 Beckhoff has consistently been taking advantage of it in its Panel PCs since 2011 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, interference resistance, 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.
Advanced multi-touch operating scenarios
In the course of general digitalization, advanced multi-touch operating scenarios have become indispensable in industrial applications. Machine operators rightly expect the same level of user-friendliness in their machine or systems they are used to from smartphones and tablets. At the end of 2012 Beckhoff was one of the first automation companies to perfect advanced multi-touch technologies for use in harsh industrial environments and fitted them in its Panel PCs and Control Panels of the CP2xxx and CP3xxx series. Today, Beckhoff customers have a comprehensive range of different equipment variants at their disposal:
- diagonals from 15 to 21.5 inches
- 4:3, 5:4 or widescreen format
- Intel Atom® CPUs with up to 4 cores
- built-in or mounting arm models
- State-of-the-art storage technologies in the form of CFast cards or 2½-inch SSDs
With the CPX Panel PC series, the proven multi-touch technology of Beckhoff Panel PCs is available in particularly robust versions, complying with the requirements for use in hazardous areas classified Zone 2/22. The high level of functionality and excellent build quality ensure the reliability of CPX panels even under harsh environmental conditions.
The capacitive touch technology provides the typical convenient operation of all Beckhoff multi-touch panels. The aesthetically pleasing appearance of the panel and the look and feel of the aluminum housing are maintained, making them visual highlights in explosion-proof environments.
Perfectly matched Control Panel 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 in-house 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.
Beckhoff is a pioneer in PC-based automation technology and has been developing and producing its own PC hardware since 1986. The technology know-how that has grown over the past decades is incorporated today into all Beckhoff Industrial PCs. Their principle feature is the use of state-of-the-art components and processors of the highest performance class. Combined with a high in-house production depth, including proprietary motherboard production, long-term component availability, extremely flexible configuration and customer-specific adaptations, Beckhoff presents itself today as one of the world's leading Industrial PC manufacturers.