Beckhoff supplies the right Industrial PC for every application. The high-quality components, based on open standards, and the individual construction of the housings mean that the Industrial PCs are ideally equipped for all control requirements. Embedded PCs make modular IPC technology available in miniature format for DIN rail mounting. The fact that Beckhoff develops motherboards in-house enables the company to respond quickly to new technologies on the PC market and to customer-specific requirements.
The compact DIN rail PCs from the CX series unite with the various I/O modules to form a space-saving industrial controller in the control cabinet. Every user can find a suitable Embedded device in the Beckhoff range of Embedded products: tailored to budget, performance class and the complexity of the control task. Apart from the CPU, the individual devices from the CX series differ in the available system interfaces and power supply versions and can be plugged together as a modular control system according to the respective task. This way, different applications can be realised on the same hardware, for example a PLC and Motion Control system with DVI/USB interface, Windows Embedded CE or Windows Embedded Standard or a multimedia system (building automation) with Audio interface.
Beckhoff Embedded-PC CX
With the Embedded PCs of the CX series, Beckhoff has combined PC technology and modular I/O level on a DIN rail unit in the control cabinet. The CX device series combines the worlds of Industrial PC and hardware PLC and is suitable for all performance control tasks. The modular system of the CX series can be configured to match the task in hand: by adding or omitting units and interfaces, only those components that the system actually requires are installed on the DIN rail in the control cabinet or terminal box. Installation space and costs are reduced.
The CX family covers the whole range of Beckhoff control technology in terms of both price and performance. This product range is designed for tasks requiring the characteristics and computing capacity of Industrial PCs, but whose budget does not stretch to full-blown Industrial PCs.
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.
Multi-touch Panel PCs
The multi-touch Panel PCs are designed for installation in the front of a control cabinet (CP2xxx) or on a mounting arm system (CP3xxx). They offer a large choice of Panel PCs, representing a powerful platform for machine construction and plant engineering applications, for example with the TwinCAT automation software.
The right Panel PC for every application
All Panel PCs are equipped with powerful components from Intel® Atom™ to Core™ i7. The series provides the appropriate Panel PC for every application, according to the available installation space. All housings are optimised in terms of space utilisation and easy accessibility of all components.
The Panel PCs of the CP2xxx and CP3xxx series offer multi-touch functionality and additional widescreen display sizes (optionally also in portrait format).
The Industrial PCs of the series C5xxx are designed for 19-inch rack installation. They are equipped with maximum performance class components and are ideally suited for machine construction and plant engineering applications, for example with the TwinCAT automation software.
The 19-inch rack mount C5102 Industrial PC, equipped with Intel® Celeron® or Core™ i3/i5/i7 of the latest generation on an ATX motherboard, offers maximum performance class controls. The 19-inch slide-in housing measures only four rack units, yet has plenty of internal space for expansions of any form. A CD/DVD-ROM or multi DVD drive can be fitted behind the lockable front door.
The type plate provides detailed information regarding the PC’s configuration. Carefully designed ventilation creates a slight excess pressure inside the housing, effectively preventing the entry of dust. A stable card holder generates insensitivity to shocks and vibrations. A C5102 Industrial PC and a Control Panel as its operating unit create an ideal combination.
The C5210 19-inch slide-in Industrial PC measures only one height unit. This IPC has an Intel® Celeron® or Core™ i3/i5/i7 processor of the latest generation on a 3½-inch motherboard with on-board RAID controller and two 3½-inch hard drive removable frames.
The combination of industrially-capable performance and functionality with an extremely flat design makes the C5210 particularly well-suited for space-saving applications. The low installation height is made possible with the Beckhoff 3½-inch motherboards. The motherboard is equipped with a multitude of on-board interfaces, such as two Gigabit Ethernet ports, a DVI and a COM port as well as four USB ports. Further COM or USB ports as well as a sound inteface and a second DVI connection can be led out as an option. The C5210 can be extended with two PCIe modules and a Mini PCI card. A DVD-ROM or multi DVD drive can be optionally installed behind the front flap. The following operating systems are offered for the 19-inch Industrial PC: Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate or Windows Embedded Standard 7.
Control Cabinet IPC
The demands of automation technology on Industrial PC hardware are varied and nowadays extend beyond classic automation functions such as e.g. powerful CPUs and EtherCAT compatibility. Advanced Industrie 4.0 concepts additionally demand space-saving Industrial PC solutions, which are extremely flexible to install coupled with competitive prices.
With the ultra compact C6015 IPC, Beckhoff is extending its existing range of entry-level products by the currently most compact Industrial PC. Besides an excellent price-performance ratio, the IPC offers all common industry standard features such as a high temperature range, EtherCAT compatibility and high resistance to vibration and shocks. Equipped with an integrated Intel® Atom™ CPU with up to four cores, it provides high performance reserves. Only processors from the Embedded line with long-term availability are used in the C6015 series, ensuring a future-proof investment for the user. Both the new module motherboard and the combined die-cast zinc and aluminium housing have been newly developed to ensure the high quality Beckhoff is well-known for, such as industrial compatibility, reliability and products made in Germany.
With universal multi-core support, the C6015 can be used simultaneously for high-performance automation, visualisation and communication applications. Its flexible installation options with virtually free orientation of the PC allow various installation scenarios, even in the tightest of spaces. Despite passive cooling, the C6015 is suitable for a temperature range up to +55 °C. Moreover, with a mounting space of just 82 x 82 x 40 mm, it is more compact than the previous C6905 series IPCs by a factor of three. With 30 GB 3D MLC M.2 SSD storage and Windows Embedded Compact 7 operating system, it is fully operational in the basic configuration. Windows 7 or Windows 10 operating systems are optionally available.
TwinCAT 3, the latest version of the Beckhoff automation software that was specially developed for support of multi-core processors, can fully utilise the two-core and four-core processors of the new PC generation in the same way as TwinCAT 2 with its single-core support.
The C6015-0010 Industrial PC represents the most compact IPC entry-level class in the Beckhoff portfolio, and it is considerably less expensive than the currently most affordable Beckhoff x86 PC, enabling price-savings of 25 % or more (depending on the configuration).