Softing has now formally launched its 4CONTROL PanelPC, which has four individual components – operator panel with touch screen, controller, TCP/IP integration and fieldbus interface – combined into a single platform.
The hardware is based on an IPC-based panel with 250MHz CPU without a fan or, alternatively, a 500MHz CPU with a fan. For an operating system, the user can choose Windows NT or embedded NT type with flash memory. Embedded NT has the advantages of low memory space requirements and instant booting.
A variety of operator interfaces ranging from Internet Explorer to full blown Scada packages such as Citect are available. In addition, remote operation with web terminal functionality makes it possible to integrate online documentation and various Intranet applications. A range of interface cards in PCI or PC104 format can be supplied for process interfacing, such as PROFIBUS, CANopen or DeviceNet,
The product was developed by a partnership between Softing and Adstec, a manufacturer of operator panels and a specialist in embedded Windows NT applications.