Press Release

July 09, 2015
Dynamic multi-touch HMI functionality and high-end computing power in a compact, pole-mountable machine controller
Beckhoff Debuts CP32xx Series: New Multi-touch Panel PCs with Multi-core Power

SAVAGE, Minnesota, July 9, 2015 – With the new CP32xx Panel PC series from Beckhoff Automation, industrial multi-touch display technology can be used in an all-in-one, high-performance automation device for HMI and control applications. These powerful devices for mounting arm installation feature all-around IP 65 protection and integrate best-in-class 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 compartment 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 compartment 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.

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  • Designed for mounting arm installation, the CP32xx Panel PC series delivers multi-touch functionality and high computing power in an all-in-one HMI and automation device.

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    Designed for mounting arm installation, the CP32xx Panel PC series delivers multi-touch functionality and high computing power in an all-in-one HMI and automation device.

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