Control Panels offer extended range capabilities.

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Designed to promote flexibility of industrial display installation for machine builders and manufacturers, CP79xx series can be installed at distances up to 164 ft from controller or PC due to integrated DVI/USB extension technology. Variety of display sizes - 6.5, 12, 15, and 19 in. TFT - and keyboard options accommodate range of applications. Control panels for mounting arm installation are designed for applications requiring only TFT display hardware.

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The New CP79xx Control Panels from Beckhoff Automation Improve Installation Flexibility

Control Panel installation distances up to 164-feet (50-meters) from a controller or PC are possible

MINNEAPOLIS, August 8, 2007 - To yet again improve the flexibility of industrial display installation for machine builders and manufacturers, Beckhoff Automation has introduced the new CP79xx line of Control Panels for mounting arm installation.

One highlight of the CP79xx panels is the integrated DVI/USB extension technology, enabling installation at distances up to 164-feet (50-meters) from the machine controller or PC. This provides greater flexibility to install human-machine interface (HMI) hardware in the most convenient locations for machine operators, helping optimize plant floor operations. Following the previously released CP72xx Panel PCs, also for mounting arm installation, the CP79xx Control Panel series is for applications that require only the TFT display hardware and do not need an integrated PC processor.

In order to achieve a distance of 164-feet (50-meters) without hubs, the panels' USB extension converts the USB signal and transfers it via 50-meter CAT5 cables that are commonly used for Ethernet wiring. The signal is converted back to USB 1.1 when it reaches the Control Panel.

The variety of display sizes (6.5-inch, 12-inch, 15-inch, or 19-inch TFT) and keyboard options suit a wide range of applications - wherever a rugged display is needed. In addition to touch screen, membrane keyboard and push-button extensions, the CP79xx Control Panels feature a USB hub that enables connection of two external USB devices such as a keyboard, mouse, USB stick or CD/DVD drive. The Beckhoff CU8800 USB to USB Extended converter box requires no auxiliary power supply. It has a USB input and an RJ 45 USB Extended output. The CU8800 is offered complete with all required cables as a cable set.

Beckhoff Automation provides advanced, open automation products based upon proven technologies so that customers can implement high performance control systems faster and at a lower overall cost than traditional PLC and motion control systems. Beckhoff's "New Automation Technology" product range includes PC based control, industrial PCs, automation controllers, operator interface, I/O, servo drives and motors. With representation in more than 60 countries, Beckhoff is well positioned to provide global sales and service to its customers. Sales and service are handled directly, with no intermediaries involved to provide faster response and improved communications.


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