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B&R: Panels with the performance of an industrial PC
The new Power Panel 500 series with Intel® Atom™ architecture advances into areas that were previously only handled by industrial PCs.
The Intel® Atom™ Z510/Z520/Z530 processors used in the Power Panel 500 have plenty of power, even for demanding applications. There is also plenty of RAM – up to 2 GB. The extensive product range includes panels ranging from 5.7" VGA to 15" XGA displays with intuitive touch screen and function keys. Gigabit Ethernet ensures high-speed communication over the plant network. Additional fieldbus interfaces or another gigabit Ethernet interface can also be added if needed. When designing the Power Panel 500, a great deal of attention was given to minimizing installation depth so that it can also be used in tight spaces. As a centralized operating and control unit, Power Panel devices combine control, visualization and motion control technology into a single package. From embedded processors to full PC power, this product range always provides an optimal system architecture, enabling cost-effective solutions for machine manufacturing.
If expansions are necessary, remote I/O modules and drives can be easily connected using modular fieldbus interfaces. If needed, Power Panel devices can also be expanded with POWERLINK, CAN, PROFIBUS DP or other fieldbus interfaces. This allows additional topologies to be implemented at a later date without problems. Several distributed operating stations are often used in order to guarantee that complex machines are operated reliably. This provides easy access for operating personnel and ensures that process information is available on the machine where it is needed. In addition to providing complete automation solutions, Power Panel devices are also an optimal platform for open operating systems. This provides users with the highest degree of flexibility because it allows different software architectures to be implemented on the same system platform. Regardless of whether they are used to automate complete systems, as intelligent visualization terminals or together with open PC operating systems, the Power Panel series offers the right tool for any situation.
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