IPC provides compact, fanless control at the edge

21 April 2020

The new C7015 ultra-compact Industrial PC (IPC) from Beckhoff has been designed with IP 65/67 protection to allow for direct installation onto machines or other equipment.

The edge device is suited to decentralised installation, providing powerful multi-core computing performance. When used as a control computer, the device also offers control cabinet space savings. 

The space-saving, fanless device is said to be suited to high-performance automation, visualisation and communication uses in applications ranging from classic machine control to the decentralised edge computing.

The C7015 is equipped with an Intel Atom multi-core CPU with up to four processor cores. Compared to conventional ARM-based edge devices, it is able to support more demanding applications as well as decentralised data pre-processing and the acquisition of large data volumes. 

The IP 65/67 IPC also serves as a machine controller. Installing it directly in the field can save valuable electrical cabinet space. This reduces machine footprints significantly, especially when combined with other Beckhoff components with a high protection rating, such as the AMP8000 distributed servo drive system and the EPP series of EtherCAT P I/O modules. These solutions can simplify machine design while also minimising the effort of subsequent system expansions, such as the addition of an energy data acquisition system.

The integrated EtherCAT P connection creates a range of new options for efficient sensor/actuator connection via the IP 67-protected EPP modules. This enables even complex diagnostic or condition monitoring tasks to be decentralised and supported with minimal installation effort. 

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