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
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.
Fine scaling is provided for through processor incrementing from Intel® Atom™ up to Intel® Core™ i7. Due to the low processor power dissipation, Intel® Atom™ processors enable extremely small, fanless controllers and are to be found in the lower price range.
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. The
optimally tailored control computer can be found for every application
from the large choice of devices and options.
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.
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
- PCs with low power consumption with Intel® Atom™ 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
Elegant Control Panels and Panel PCs
IPC is complemented by an industrial display unit. The Beckhoff Control
Panels and Panel PCs 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"
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, card
scanners or RFID readers.
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 ensure high availability and reliability
during operation. All Beckhoff Control Panels can optionally be
- stand-alone device (Panel PC with Windows XP or Embedded Standard and Ethernet panel with Windows CE);
- DVI/USB Extended Control Panel for direct or indirect operation at the PC (distance up to 50 m)
- CP-Link 3 (Panel PCs connected to the host PC via Ethernet).
Careful selection of components
great deal of attention and care is put into the development and choice
of the IPC components used, their compatibility, their long-term
availability, mechanical loading capacity and industrial suitability.
In developing electronic modules, Beckhoff fulfils the high
requirements for Industrial PC components that are necessary in order
to ensure permanent reliable operation.
Beckhoff is the
developer and manufacturer of the motherboards in the Industrial PCs.
The BIOS for the motherboards even has its own development department.
In addition to that, 24 V DC power supplies with integrated UPS,
Ethernet adapters and Ethernet switches, Fieldbus Cards, DVI display
interfaces, DVI/USB extensions and USB hubs are produced by Beckhoff’s
own development and manufacturing facilities. International standards
and experience in the application of PC systems under difficult
industrial conditions provide the basis for Beckhoff system
integration. Only a few 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.