The continuing reduction of control cabinets in particular is increasing the need for input stations that can be installed flexibly. Fully enclosed panels with IP65 protection offer decisive advantages when it comes to positioning operator terminals at the most convenient locations on the machine. For this reason, completely enclosed Automation Panel and Panel PC variants are available for mounting on swing arm systems.
While their predecessors were connected to a remote industrial PC, today's decentralized control architectures increasingly demand panels with onboard intelligence – in the form of integrated PC components. The Automation Panel 5000 can be set up as a remote terminal or an integrated Panel PC. This involves equipping it with either a PC unit or a receiver for B&R's high-performance digital display technology, Smart Display Link (SDL/SDL3). Either way, the operator panel itself is identical.
A wide selection of Automation Panels are available for swing arm mounting. The classic variant is available with analog resistive touch screens in 4:3 format, with sizes ranging from 15" to 19" and XGA or SXGA resolution.
Multi-touch systems, on the other hand, are quickly gaining popularity in industrial environments through benefits such as intuitive swiping, zooming and scrolling gestures as well as two-hand gestures to prevent the inadvertent triggering of critical operations. Widescreen Automation Panels with projected capacitive touch screens are available in sizes ranging from 15.6" to 24" with either HD Ready or Full HD resolution.
Touch screens open up new forms of user interaction, yet mechanical controls continue to be preferred for certain operations. That's why B&R offers its Automation Panel 5000 with optional push buttons, selector switches and key switches. An E-stop button can also be installed on the swing arm device, where it is always within the operator's reach.
Used to manage access rights in many facilities, RFID keys can just as easily control access to operator terminals.
To adapt optimally to the needs of each machine, keys and switches can be customized according to customer specifications. The list of possible adaptations endless, including virtually any arrangement of standard keys, illuminated ring keys and push buttons in various colors. Custom HMI devices are generally delivered fully assembled. A custom keypad module is also available.
Cables are installed through the swing arm system and connected to an easily accessible area with IP65 protection, which makes it possible to use inexpensive standard cables. The installed panel is wired directly on the swing arm.
Setting up the device is done in the same modular way as mounted devices. Customers who opt for Smart Display Link 3, the latest generation of B&R display transmission technology, benefit from slim RJ45 connectors, which are perfect for the restricted space available in swing arms.
Systems in the Panel PC 2100 series are equipped with high energy-saving Intel Atom processors that cover a wide performance spectrum ranging from single-core processors all the way up to quad-core. This computing power is otherwise only possible in a cabinet-mounted device. Graphics performance isn't lagging behind, either; features such as DirectX 11 are also supported. Even on a swing arm, the Panel PC 2100 is perfectly suited for the absolute latest SCADA systems with sophisticated graphics.
Swing arm devices are available either with a touch screen or with additional control elements. The implementation of two-hand operation for critical tasks prevents operations from being carried out unintentionally. Analog resistive single-touch variants round out the product spectrum. Buttons, selector switches, key switches and an integrated E-stop button provide exceptional user comfort. An integrated RFID reader allows the assignment of individual access rights. The practice of jotting down passwords on scraps of paper can finally be put to rest.
Automation Panels from B&R support both pendant and pedestal mounting. The panels are designed to allow easy access to all operating elements and cables. This is done by removing the entire back cover, which – like panel itself – offers IP65 protection.
Side grips can be installed so that the user can easily move the panel into the optimal position. The optional swivel-tilt flange allows the panel to be adjusted to an ergonomic viewing angle for comfortable use without fatigue. As an alternative to the swing arm system, the Automation Panel 5000 can also be installed on a VESA monitor mount.
- Connections for DVI, SDL and SDL3
- Optionally available with handles
- Glove operation possible
- Flexible installation on top or bottom