Beckhoff Automation introduced a new standard in ultra-compact Industrial PC technology at the SPS IPC Drives 2016 trade show in Nuremberg, Germany. The new C6015 Industrial PC (IPC) opens up new application areas for PC-based control technology, especially those with pronounced cost or space restraints. Fully suited to industrial applications, the multi-core IPC measures just 82 x 82 x 40 mm, demonstrating the extensive scalability of PC-based control technology from Beckhoff.
The new device is just one third the size of the C6905, which was previously the smallest control cabinet IPC in the comprehensive Beckhoff portfolio. Price savings of approximately 25 percent also place the device well below the previously least expensive x86 IPCs from Beckhoff. These features facilitate highly cost-effective implementation of automation, visualization and system-wide communication in small and mid-size applications with a minimal device footprint. As a result, the space-saving device opens up areas of use where PC-based control technology has not been used thus far, or where motherboards must be integrated as expensive custom solutions.
Uncompromising industrial quality
Despite its extremely compact and inexpensive form-factor, the ultra-compact C6015 IPC makes no compromises when it comes to industrial use. This includes the high computing power of the integrated Intel® Atom™ CPU that features up to four processor cores. Moreover, the IPC leverages a robust, aluminum/die-cast zinc housing, designed for passive cooling and long-term availability. The device also offers a full range of standard features for industrial environments, such as extended operating temperature range up to +55 °C and high resistance to vibration and shock.
The C6015 is also extremely flexible with regard to its many installation options. It can be mounted both vertically and horizontally on the rear wall of a control cabinet or attached to a DIN rail. Even in the tightest installation spaces, this permits various mounting scenarios with flexible orientation of the IPC. Due to the small dimensions of the device, this represents an important feature: when connecting up to six separate cables, it is crucial with the small design that the connections can be optimally aligned to the cable routing as dictated by the machine layout.
Apart from that, the full range of onboard equipment and interface configuration together meet the requirements for a universally applied IPC: a 30 GB SSD and Windows Embedded Compact 7 operating system make the C6015 a powerful automation device even in its most basic configuration. Windows 7 and Windows 10 are also optionally available. Further hardware features include 2 GB DDR3L-RAM (expandable by the vendor up to 4 GB), a display port connection, an on-board Dual-Ethernet adapter with 2 x 100/1000Base-T connection and ports for both USB 3.0 and USB 2.0.