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Multi-touch high end computing power released in single machine controller

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article image Designed for mounting arm installation, the CP32xx Panel PC series delivers multi-touch functionality and high computing power in the field

BECKHOFF Automation presents the new CP32xx panel PC series, a new range of industrial multi-touch displays that can now also be used as an all-in-one, high performance device directly in the field. 

Featuring all-round IP65 protection, these panel PCs integrate best-in-class multi-touch control panel technology with a high-performance add-on IPC in a single compact housing. 

Designed for easy swivelling and tilting with the connected mounting arm installation, the CP32xx panel PC also efficiently accommodates on the rear, added IPC components using as little space as possible. The components in this solution are thermally decoupled from each other; to save space, the computer is built around the integrated mounting arm in a U-shaped housing with cooling fins for passive cooling.

Excellent heat dissipation is achieved in the compact design using internal fans, ensuring even heat distribution to all walls of the housing, and operating temperature range from 0°C to 45°C. All components are easily accessible, which is convenient when using 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 connectors. In the basic configuration, two of the connection points are configured with an Ethernet interface or power supply; the remainder points are optionally available for additional Ethernet, USB or serial interface or for a Mini-PCI fieldbus. 

The cylindrical connector hood in the centre of the device is easy to remove, enabling convenient access to the connection compartment and also facilitating the cleaning of the cooling fins if necessary.

Key features of the CP32xx panel PCs include option to use Intel Core i-series processors of the second, third and fourth generations for maximum computing power beyond the standard 1.6 GHz Intel Celeron CPU with two cores; two cores can be used with Intel Core i3 and i5 processors and four cores with the i7 processor; panel PC displays available in 12- to 24-inch sizes, in both 4:3 and widescreen formats as well as in landscape and portrait modes; free Mini-PCI slot for factory-installed cards, 2 GB DDR3-RAM (extendable 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 aluminium housing design indicates the robustness of the panels and suitability 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 working gloves. Five-finger touch and automation solutions with 2-hand operation are equally possible.

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