MOTION CONTROL: To add a RAID option with high data security to the exceptionally compact C69xx Industrial PC line, Beckhoff has introduced the new C6930 IPC. Ideal for demanding industrial automation applications where compact devices are a must, the C6930 includes a 3½-inch Beckhoff Motherboard designed for powerful Intel® CoreTM Duo or CoreTM 2 Duo processors and offers high data security through an integrated RAID system for mirroring hard disks.The C6930 IPC also features a wide range of PC interfaces, up to three Ethernet ports, e.g. for EtherCAT®-based controllers and optional fieldbus interfaces for conventional fieldbus systems. The compact C6930 is designed for simple control cabinet installation.An easy to replace cooling fan cartridge with speed control and double ball bearing fans enable operation of the PC at temperatures up to 55C (131F).
The C6930 has an on-board SATA RAID controller for mirroring two hard disks. It can be used for convenient configuration of RAID applications supported by TwinCAT® automation software from Beckhoff. In addition to or instead of the hard drive, a flash disk can be integrated in the form of a Compact Flash card (CF) or a solid-state disk (SSD). The result is high data security that can be enhanced further through optional UPS functionality.
The C6930 features two free plug connector panels for additional interfaces installed ex works such as RS232, sound and two additional USB ports. Optional fieldbus interfaces (e.g. for DeviceNet, PROFIBUS, CANopen or SERCOS), a third Ethernet port or a NOVRAM memory module for fail-safe storage of process data can be connected via a free Mini PCI slot.
The compact C6930 control cabinet PC is ideally suited for application as a centralized controller in an EtherCAT-based control system. It is equipped with two standard Ethernet ports (and optionally a third port), offering optimum performance for all EtherCAT control tasks.
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