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Article | September 21, 2012
Lenze Americas: Panel controller
See it at PACK EXPO Both #N-4141! Lenze’s new compact panel controller p500 is a powerful hardware platform for machine-oriented visualization and control applications, comes in 7-, 10.4-, and 15-in. screen sizes, and is equipped with a touch-sensitive thin-film transistor (TFT) display.
The p500 offers easy deployment in both centralized and decentralized architectures. The maintenance-free p500 performs in the smallest of spaces with no forced cooling or moving parts. The high-computing capacity of the p500 is provided by a 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor. Combining one gigabyte of internal main memory, two gigabytes of flash memory to replace the conventional hard disk, and an SD card slot for application data, the controller can be equipped with a soft PLC for more demanding visualization applications. The p500 offers a fanless device in protection class IP65 (front) for resistance to shock and vibration. The maintenance-free p500 uses a super capacitor instead of a standard buffer battery in the internal clock. A maintenance-free internal UPS automatically stores and retains data in the event of a power outage. For higher power capacity the panel controller p500 can be expanded with an external UPS.
The basic features of the p500 include two 100MB Ethernet interfaces on-board that combine the functionalities of an integrated switch, an EtherCAT interface (master) and two USB connections in a single platform. A standard slot is provided that can be used for the addition of communication cards (e.g., CAN, PROFIBUS Slave) to the devices. The modular construction makes installation quick and easy.
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