Manufacturing AUTOMATION

Multi-touch control panels

June 1, 2012
By Alison Dunn

Beckhoff Automation recently introduced the new CP2xxx and CP3xxx Control Panel and Panel PC series. The aluminum and stainless steel panels are designed to be robust and for use under harsh industrial conditions as “built-in” or mounting arm devices. The new Control Panel and Panel PC series are available in various display sizes and formats. All panels are available from Beckhoff in landscape or portrait format (horizontal/vertical). In addition to the classic 4:3 format display sizes, the new widescreen displays are available in: 7-inch with a resolution of 800 x 480, 15.6-inch with 1366 x 768, 18.5-inch with 1366 x 768 and 24-inch with the full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080. A narrow, circumferential metal impact protector reliably protects the touch screen surface against mechanical damage. In addition, the all-glass surface offers maximum resistance to environmental influences. The new panel series successfully fulfills the well-known Beckhoff quality criteria, such as long-term availability and high temperature stability. Beckhoff also uses the Projective Capacitive Touchscreen (PCT) technology in its multi-touch panel series. The high touch-point density is designed to enable accurate and reliable operation for industrial users. Even a ‘flowing’ touch operation in minute steps is possible without screen jitter. The front of the display is a glass pane with an anti-reflection coating; operation with work gloves (e.g. latex gloves) is also possible. Five-finger touch and automation solutions with 2-hand operation are equally possible.

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