Industrial Computer Hardware

Beckhoff panel PCs expand selection of operator interfaces

November 2013 Industrial Computer Hardware

With the exceptionally compact CP26xx Panel PC series Beckhoff has increased the scalability of its devices even further with integrated multi-touch functionality. Equipped with an ARM Cortex A8 processor, the fanless series of Ppanel PCs is designed for use in numerous PLC and motion control applications in small to medium-sized machines and plants.

In contrast to the existing ARM9 architecture, the ARM Cortex A8 processor has a hardware-based floating point unit. This makes floating point operations (Real, LReal) significantly faster. It means that the CP26xx Panel PC series can also be used for motion control applications. In combination with TwinCAT automation software from the panel PC becomes a high-performance PLC and motion control system.

The multi-touch panels with projective capacitive touchscreen technology feature a high touch-point density, which enables accurate, safe and jerk-free operation even in minute steps. They can be operated with thin work gloves and in addition, the new series also offers high-precision automation solutions using two-hand operation.

An aluminium housing with high quality glass front offers IP65 protection at the front and IP 20 at the back. A choice of eight different multi-touch TFT displays in sizes between 175 and 600 mm as well as 4:3, widescreen, landscape or portrait formats are available. The operating temperature range is 0 to 55°C.

For more information contact Kenneth McPherson, Beckhoff Automation, +27 (0)11 795 2898,,


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