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B&R's new Power Panel is as powerful as an industrial PC

06 January 2011

B&R Automation's new Power Panel 500 generation offers a performance that was previously only available from industrial PCs. With a modern Intel Atom architecture, the product offers a combination of low power dissipation and top performance at an attractive price. Power Panel 500 can be equipped with up to 2GB of main memory, and includes XGA displays from 5.7in to 15in with an intuitive touch screen and function keys.

Gigabit Ethernet ensures fast communication over the plant network. There is also the option of adding an additional Gigabit Ethernet interface if needed. Remote I/O and drives can be easily connected using modular fieldbus interfaces. Depending on requirements, Power Panel devices can be expanded with PowerLink, CAN bus, Profibus DP or other fieldbus interfaces. This allows additional topologies to be easily implemented at a later date.

The Power Panel 500 bridges the gap between the real-time operating system and standard operating systems such as Windows CE, Windows XP and Windows 7. It is also possible to use Windows and the real-time operating system together. Universal application possibilities reduce logistics considerably because the same system platform is always used.

Thanks to the integration of control, visualisation and drive technology in one device, the intelligent Power Panel 500 can be connected to a variety of automation platforms. When designing the new Power Panel series, a great deal of attention was given to minimizing installation depth so that they can also be used in tight spaces. Compact Power Panel 500 devices are designed for use in the harshest industrial environments and ensure a high level of reliability and operating comfort.

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