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Article | August 4, 2014
Beckhoff: 7-in economy panel PC
Intended for the HMI hardware needs of cost-sensitive machine builders and manufacturers, Beckhoff Automation’s new CP6606-0001-0020 “Economy” Panel PC is an all-in-one HMI and controller that combines a full color 7-in TFT touch screen display (800 x 480 WVGA), 1 GHz ARM Cortex A8 CPU, and 1 GB DDR3; ultra-compact microSD flash memory cards are used as the storage media.
Designed as a cabinet-mounted device in a fanless, space-saving format, the CP6606 is suitable for use in PLC and small motion control applications that require compact, low-cost HMI hardware. When paired with the TwinCAT runtime (version 2 or 3), the CP6606 becomes a flexible automation controller for small and medium-sized machines, factories, or buildings. Microsoft Windows Embedded Compact 7 is offered as the operating system.
The CP6606 can also be used as an OPC UA client or server, greatly boosting the flexible connectivity and remote access capabilities of the device.
The CP6606 series also features robust housings constructed of aluminum at the front and sheet-steel rear covers. The bezel on the CP6606 is slightly curved, resulting in a lower profile when installed in a cabinet, and it enhances the attractive appearance of the display.
Built to withstand demanding plant environments, the CP6606 Panel PCs feature an operating temperature range from 0° to 55° C (-25° to +65° C storage temperature range) as well as IP 54 protection at the front of the panel and IP 20 at the back. All connectors are conveniently located at the back and bottom of the panel for easy accessibility. Available connections include: 1 x slot for a microSD flash card, 1 x COM1 serial interface, 2 x USB ports, 1 x Ethernet port, 1 x EtherCAT port, and power.
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