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Beckhoff PCSeptember 21, 2021

The powerful edge device integrates space-saving, fanless machine control directly into harsh production environments.

The IP65/67-rated C7015 ultra-compact Industrial PC supports machine mounting even in confined spaces and further minimizes footprint with directly attached EPP series EtherCAT P I/O modules.

With the new C7015 ultra-compact Industrial PC, Beckhoff combines its extensive expertise with PC-based machine control and IP65/67 components. The result is an Industrial PC (IPC) designed with IP65/67 protection for direct installation on machines or other equipment. The Microsoft Azure Certified and AWS Qualified edge device is ideal for decentralized installation and provides powerful multi-core computing performance. As a robust control computer, the device also reduces control cabinet space requirements, optimizes machine design and simplifies subsequent system expansions.

The C7015 ultra-compact IPC, which measures just 85 x 167 x 43 mm, is cost effective and universally suited to high-performance automation, visualization and communication purposes. Its applications range from classic machine control to the decentralized edge computing utilized in advanced Industrie 4.0 concepts.

A high-performance edge device with IP65/67 protection

The Beckhoff C7015 leverages powerful Intel Atom® multi-core processors with up to four cores. Compared to conventional ARM-based edge devices, it supports far more demanding applications as well as decentralized data pre-processing and the acquisition of large data volumes. The IP65/67-rated device housing is another feature that makes the C7015 ideal for use in modern edge applications, even in harsh production environments.

Decentralized machine control with EtherCAT P

The IP65/67-rated IPC also serves as a highly functional 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 high protection ratings, such as the AMP8000 distributed servo drive system and the EPP series EtherCAT P I/O modules. These solutions vastly simplify machine design while also minimizing the effort of subsequent system expansions, such as the addition of an energy data acquisition system, for example.

The integrated EtherCAT P connection of the C7015 creates a range of new options for efficient sensor/actuator connection via the IP67-protected EPP modules. In this way, even complex diagnostic or condition monitoring tasks can be decentralized and supported with minimal installation effort, for example. For that purpose, a special mounting plate enables direct attachment of an EPP module to the C7015. If required, additional EPP modules can be flexibly connected via EtherCAT P to suit specific applications.

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Extremely space-saving and flexible

The C60xx series of scalable ultra-compact Industrial PCs combines maximum computing power in what is currently the most compact format with a wide range of options for installation in the control cabinet. It is ideally suited for control, visualization and communication, for example into the cloud.

The latest Intel processors − in three different performance classes, from the Intel Atom with one core to the Intel Core i7 with eight cores – offer maximum scalability and power density with an optimal price-performance ratio.

Performance classes and application areas

The C601x series offers Intel Atom computing power for a wide range of automation and visualization tasks. Due to their impressive computing power in relation to their size, the PCs are mainly suited for use in Industrie 4.0 applications, for example as an IoT gateway.

The C603x series unites high-performance Intel Core-i processors with extremely compact housing dimensions. The processors from the 65 W class have only been used in the much larger ATX-based Industrial PCs up to now. The devices thus represent a new dimension in terms of power density. They are suitable above all for particularly complex automation and visualization tasks, but also for a wide range of other applications in the field of image processing, the handling of large volumes of data and in the IoT environment.

The C602x series is the link between the C601x and the C603x, and the fanless integration of Intel Core-i-U processors of the 15 W class opens up new application areas and options.

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