Robust industrial design PCs with highest performance components
Beckhoff Industrial PCs satisfy industry’s demands:
- the right Industrial PC for every controller
- highest performance PCs with Intel® Core™2 Duo and Intel® Core™2 Quad processors
- open standards following the norm ATX
- components carefully tested to ensure appropriateness for industrial applications
- appealing industrial design housings
- easy access to PC components
- Individual housing construction allows optimum adaptation to controller requirements.
- integration of electromechanical buttons, switches, scanner, handwheel and other components in the Control Panel
Balance between latest PC technology and long-term availability of control components
The personal computer has experienced an unprecedented success story and has become a firmly established part of everyday life, including industrial environments. Together with associated software, PCs in different shapes and forms are at the core of a wide range of diverse automation tasks such as control of machines, processes or logistics systems, networking of system components, data acquisition, or image processing. For classic control tasks, PC-based control technology offers excellent scalability and flexibility and is therefore increasingly used in place of hardware PLCs.
Beckhoff is one of the pioneers of PC-based automation: The first PC control system was delivered as early as 1986. Beckhoff Industrial PCs are characterised by a wealth of technology know-how accumulated over recent years. In combination with the TwinCAT automation software, they offer a high-performance control system for PLC, NC and CNC functionalities.
An important feature of the Beckhoff product philosophy is the use of advanced, high-performance components and processors for the development and design of Industrial PCs: They integrate the latest developments offered by the technology market and are used successfully worldwide.
In addition to long-standing experience, another factor driving the development of our comprehensive IPC product portfolio is customer-orientation. More than ten Industrial PC series with a wide range of basic PC types form the basis of our product range. For any type of application, a suitable control computer can be configured from a large number of devices and options.
The PC housing varies in size between paperback format to 14-slot passive backplane, depending on the device type. In addition to long-term availability of the built-in processors and motherboards, Beckhoff also offers full commissioning of all integrated components, including software and different drives. Customised solutions can also be realised for optimum adaptation to the respective task.
Elegant Control Panels
The IPC is complemented by an industrial display unit. The Beckhoff Control Panels are the visual front end for machines or plants. Spatial separation of display/control unit and control computer offers maximum flexibility. Appealing design, robustness and suitability for industrial applications were important criteria in the development of the Control Panel series, which comes with display sizes between 5.7" and 19".
All displays can be fully tailored to customer requirements: Options include visual adaptation to the corporate design or application of a customer logo, customised front membranes, a wide range of special mechanical keys, emergency stop switches, or card scanners.
The Control Panel housing is made from high-quality solid aluminium and is suitable for protection class IP 65, as usually required in industrial environments. Thorough development and integration of electronic modules, displays, touch screens and front membranes ensures high availability and reliability during operation. All Beckhoff Control Panels can optionally be operated as:
- stand-alone device (Ethernet Panel with Windows CE/XP);
- DVI/USB panel for direct or indirect operation at the PC (distance up to 50 m); or via
- CP-Link (up to 100 m away from the PC).
Careful selection of components
All IPC components are carefully selected to ensure compatibility, long-term availability, mechanical load-bearing capacity, and suitability for industrial applications. The development of Beckhoff all-in-one IPC motherboards, interface cards, low voltage supply units, keyboard and UPS controllers, and other electronic modules is based on the stringent requirements for Industrial PC components in order to ensure safe operation now and in future. International standards and experience in the application of PC systems under difficult industrial conditions provide the basis for Beckhoff system integration. Only a few motherboards, LC displays, plug-in cards or hard disks are suited to use in tough industrial environments. Experience and detailed testing are therefore required for checking whether the components meet the stringent requirements in terms of temperature resistance, resistance to vibration, and electromagnetic compatibility. Prior to delivery, all Industrial PCs are subjected to comprehensive quality control procedures in order to verify that they are fit for the purpose. Beckhoff Industrial PCs satisfy the Machine Guidelines and carry the CE mark: All PC components are checked for electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) and comply with the relevant standards.
Beckhoff is a General Member of the Intel® Embedded and Communications Alliance.