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Beckhoff Intros Ultra-Compact Industrial PC
Ultra-compact industrial computer.
Minneapolis, MN — Beckhoff Automation LLC has introduced the new C6930 IPC, suitable for demanding industrial automation applications where compact devices are a must. The new industrial computer includes a 3+-in. motherboard designed for powerful Intel® Core Duo or Core 2 Duo processors and offers high data security through an integrated RAID system for mirroring hard disks.

The computer also provides a wide range of PC interfaces — up to three Ethernet ports, for EtherCAT®-based controllers and optional fieldbus interfaces for conventional fieldbus systems. The compact system is designed for simple control cabinet installation. An easy-to-replace cooling fan cartridge with speed control and double ball bearing fans enable operation of the PC at temperatures up to 55°C (131°F).

The computer includes an on-board SATA RAID controller for mirroring two hard disks. It can be used for convenient configuration of RAID applications supported by TwinCAT® automation software from Beckhoff. In addition to or instead of the hard drive, a flash disk can be integrated in the form of a Compact Flash card (CF) or a solid-state disk (SSD).

The industrial computer also has two free-plug connector panels to accommodate additional interfaces such as RS-232, sound and two additional USB ports. Optional fieldbus interfaces — for DeviceNet, PROFIBUS, CANopen or SERCOS, a third Ethernet port or a NOVRAM memory module for fail-safe storage of process data can be connected via a free Mini PCI slot.

The compact control cabinet PC is suitable for application as a centralized controller in an EtherCAT-based control system. It is equipped with two standard Ethernet ports, and an option for a third port, offering optimum performance for all EtherCAT control tasks.
Contact: Beckhoff Automation LLC, 12150 Nicollet Ave. S., Burnsville, MN 55337 952-890-0000 fax: 952-890-2888 Web:

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