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Beckhoff Automation will present its solutions for industrial IT, industrial communication and building automation at CeBIT for the fifth time in succession. The versatile Industrial PC technology from Beckhoff is suitable for a wide range of applications, including factory automation and production-related IT applications. The Beckhoff product highlights on show will include the CP-Link 3 desktop transfer software, RFID products and new stainless steel Control Panels.

Beckhoff Industrial PCs and Control Panels are used in a wide range of industrial IT applications, including:

  • Production data acquisition (PDA)
  • Manufacturing execution systems (MES)
  • Operating and display units for ERP systems
Beckhoff PCIe modules – highly integrated PCI Express plug-in cards offer the following features:
  • Compact PCIe modules based on the PCI Express standard enable expansion of these IPC series with additional interfaces while retaining the benefits of the compact design
  • In contrast to PCI or PCIe plug-in cards, the Beckhoff PCIe module is firmly screwed to the inside of the PC via the plug connector panel and therefore optimised for industrial applications
  • Beckhoff introduces Industrial PCs in stainless steel design at CeBIT: the CP77xx Panel PCs and the CP79xx Control Panel
  • The IP 65 devices can be used in sensitive areas such as food, packaging and medical applications
CP-Link 3 – Ethernet-based desktop transfer software includes the following features:
  • CP-Link 3 is a control and visualisation concept for flexible connection of up to 255 Panel PCs. CP-Link-3 is a pure software solution based entirely on standard hardware (Ethernet) and IP-based protocol for transfer of image data
  • The screen contents are captured by a virtual graphic adapter in the host PC and sent using Ethernet to one or more Panel PCs with Windows operating systems (CE, XP or Embedded Standard)
One of the core themes at CeBIT is building automation. In addition to PC- and Ethernet-based control technology for all building services and different building types ranging from industrial buildings to hotels, Beckhoff will also present solutions for energy data acquisition. The data are transferred to the control centre via open interfaces and analysed by the building management system. The Beckhoff system enables the relevant parameters to be measured and enables appropriate responses. The seamless integration of energy and consumption data monitoring for all building services in the PC control system results in savings potential and synergy effects both in the system design and during building operation.

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