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Article | July 11, 2012
Beckhoff Automation: Multi-touch control panel series
Designed for use under harsh industrial conditions as “built-in” or mounting arm devices, Beckhoff Automation’s new CP2xxx and CP3xxx Control Panel and Panel PC series feature a modern operating concept with multi-touch technology as well as a contemporary, elegant device design.
The aluminum and stainless steel panels are extremely robust. Widescreen panels in various sizes and resolutions are available in addition to the classic display sizes in 4:3 format. The new panel generation also offers numerous advantages to traditional “single-touch” users, such as an optimized price-to-performance ratio, with savings potential of up to 28% compared to previous devices.
The new Control Panel and Panel PC series are available in various display sizes and formats. All panels are available from Beckhoff in landscape or portrait format (horizontal/vertical). In addition to the classic 4:3 format display sizes, the new widescreen displays are available in: 7-in. with a resolution of 800 x 480, 15.6-in. with 1366 x 768, 18.5-in. with 1366 x 768 and 24-in. with the full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080.
The panels feature a low installation depth and narrow housing edges, and are robust and industrially compatible thanks to the use of aluminum and stainless steel. A narrow, circumferential metal impact protector reliably protects the touch screen surface against mechanical damage. In addition, the all-glass surface offers maximum resistance to environmental influences. The series also features long-term availability and high temperature stability.
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In order to ensure industrial compatibility, Beckhoff uses the Projective Capacitive Touchscreen (PCT) technology in its multi-touch panel series. The high touch-point density enables accurate and reliable operation for industrial users. Even a ‘flowing’ touch operation in minute steps is possible without screen jitter. The front of the display is a glass pane with an anti-reflection coating; operation with work gloves (e.g., latex gloves) is also possible. Five-finger touch and automation solutions with 2-hand operation are equally possible.
Familiar functions from the world of smartphones and touchpads, such as zooming, scrolling, object turning, flicks, etc. are now also usable with the multi-touch panels. A special touch controller prevents faulty operation, which are recognized and eliminated. Single-touch mode can be set via the Windows operating system for applications where multi-touch is not required.
The new panel series is conceived both for control cabinet installation and for mounting arm installation. The CP2xxx built-in Panel PC series is implemented with IP 65 protection at the front and IP 20 at the rear. The CP3xxx Control Panels for mounting arm installation feature all-round IP 65 protection. The CP29xx and CP39xx series use the well-known DVI/USB Extended Technology from Beckhoff and can be operated up to 50 m away from the Industrial PC.
The CP22xx built-in devices are also available as Panel PCs with Intel Celeron Core i3, i5 or i7 processor.
Customer-specific adaptations with regard to design, key extensions or RFID increase the degree of flexibility of the multi-touch series.
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