With the new CP32xx Panel PC series from Beckhoff Automation, Savage, Minn., industrial multi-touch display technology can be used in an all-in-one, high-performance automation device for HMI and control applications. These devices for mounting arm installation feature all-around IP 65 protection and integrate multi-touch control panel technology with a high-performance industrial PC—all in one compact housing.

The area at the rear of the CP32xx Panel PC, which is required for swiveling and tilting the connected mounting arm, is also used to accommodate the added PC components while saving space.

Another advantage is the excellent heat dissipation characteristics achieved using internal fans; this ensures even temperature distribution to all walls of the housing, making it ideal for operating in temperatures ranging from 0-45°C. Moreover, all components and connectors are easily accessible, and connecting cables are laid through the support arm into the connection compartment for up to six IP 65-rated connectors.

A narrow, circumferential metal impact protector protects the touch-screen surface, including the display, against mechanical destruction. The all-glass surface is chemically hardened, has an anti-reflection coating and offers maximum resistance to environmental influences. The multi-touch panels with projective capacitive touchscreen technology feature a high touch-point density, enabling accurate, safe and jerk-free operation. The panels can be operated with thin latex work gloves.

Beckhoff Automation LLC