Mini Industrial Computers handle PLC tasks.

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Featuring Intel Celeron or Pentium III processor, Series C63xx control cabinet PCs have removable internal chassis and are fully operational when chassis is removed. All PC connections are located on one side, while 3 mounting sides offer installation variations. Pentium III unit can execute 1,000 lines of PLC code in less than 25 µs. For networking, units provide on-board Ethernet interface or optional PCI fieldbus cards. All have DVI and USB interfaces to connect to control panels.

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New Beckhoff Mini-PCs Have Maximum Features

Beckhoff announces the C63xx series of control cabinet PCs

MINNEAPOLIS, August 18, 2004 - Beckhoff has expanded its already comprehensive Industrial PC family with the C63xx mini format control cabinet PCs. These fully-fledged Industrial PCs help conserve valuable cabinet space with the smallest variant measuring only 3.7" x 7.7" x 8.9" (W x H x D).

The base units are the C6320 and 6330, the C6325 and C6335 are fan-less designs with heat fins and the C6340 and C6350 have extra PCI expansion slots. This mini PC can handle not only PLC tasks, but also offers all the operating and communication options of a modern PC with its Intel Celeron or Pentium III processor and Beckhoff's TwinCAT software.

Small, sound and inexpensive PLC successor
All of the mechanical parts in the C63xx PCs are designed with simplicity and stability in mind - the easily accessible drives and plug-in cards do not compromise system performance or integrity. The internal chassis is removable for configuration and maintenance purposes and the PC is designed to be fully operational when the chassis is removed. The installation options are also well-balanced. All PC connections are located on one side, while three mounting sides offer optimum installation variations in the control cabinet for the user. Versions without rotating storage media offer further application options. Instead of a hard disk, a flash card can be integrated as the memory medium.

From a computing point of view, these Industrial PCs are some of the most powerful machine controllers available. A Pentium III unit can execute 1,000 lines of PLC code in less than 25 micro seconds. For networking they provide an on-board Ethernet interface or with optional PCI fieldbus cards. All versions have DVI and USB interfaces to connect to Control Panels, providing the ability to create a complete Industrial PC work station.

Versatility for a wide range of applications
With its flexible design and cost-effective price structure, these control cabinet PCs are suitable for a diverse range of applications, wherever standard PC technology with ultra-compact design is desired. The robust construction offers stable, reliable performance for many years of operation.

In the CP63xx Panel PC version, the housing is installed directly on a Beckhoff built-in Control Panel. The large number of Beckhoff Control Panels offered makes more than 50 variants of the built-in Panel PC for available customers to customize according to their unique application needs.

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 50 countries, Beckhoff is well positioned to provide global sales and service to its customers. Sales and service is handled directly, with no intermediaries involved to provide faster response and improved communications.

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