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Industrial PC-based automation for smart processes

The future is smart. This is also true in the industry and other segments that are increasingly relying on digitalization. Here, the intelligence and efficiency of systems are elementary. But demanding process controls and technologies such as edge computing require high performance reserves. Bosch Rexroth provides these flexibly and scalably by means of ctrlX IPC – even for high-end applications.

Openness and networking are key advantages of the ctrlX AUTOMATION platform from Bosch Rexroth – and this is also true for industrial PCs. The IPC portfolio can easily access the functions of the ctrlX WORKS software and engineering toolbox. This enables simple, app-based engineering. In addition, the industrial PC can be easily combined with ctrlX HMI, which supports intuitive machine operation. The portfolio includes Web Panels, Panel PCs and large stationary displays with a screen diagonal of up to 24".

The possibilities are as individual as the user requirements. Thanks to a large number of expansion options and numerous interfaces, the solutions can be tailored precisely to these requirements. Standard components or open-source software from third parties offer additional flexibility and freedom.

With ctrlX IPC, companies are equipped to cope with the increasing volume of data in the context of Industry 4.0 through strong edge computing: Data is processed decentrally at the edge using powerful industrial PCs before being transferred to the control system, the cloud, etc. ctrlX IPC uses the new possibilities to monitor and optimize processes and conditions with edge computing.

This overall solution of a state-of-the-art industrial PC offers flexibility and future viability. ctrlX IPC stands for: powerful edge computing, openness and best-in-class customer design.

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The highlights of ctrlX IPC at a glance:

Edge computing for high-performance data processing

  • High data transfer rates and data filtering directly at the edge
  • Secure connection to the IT control level
  • Stability and speed of data transmission
  • Efficient visualization and simulation of machine processes
     

Open and modular platform

  • Integration of software and open-source software
  • Operating system: Windows 10 IOT Enterprise
  • Expandable with standard hardware options
  • Adaptation of mass storage, memory and interfaces possible
  • Integration of third-party software possible
  • CPU scaling: Intel ATOM to Core i7
  • Integration of standard libraries from the CoDeSys store

Flexible architectures for a wide range of applications:

  

Edge computing and strong IPC hardware: Highly resilient for immense amounts of data

A special feature of ctrlX IPC is the powerful edge computing. Here, the data filtering takes place directly at the edge, so that even with high data transfer rates from cloud computing and with large data volumes, there is no overload. These are the best prerequisites for the implementation of smart processes.

The components are easily connected to the process level. The industrial PC also forms the ideal interface between the field level and the cloud or control level and ensures the reliable and secure transmission of large volumes of data.

The ctrlX IPC hardware also delivers top performance: thanks to modern Intel CPUs, it enables high-capacity data processing and scaled performance – from entry-level to high-end data processing in the field.

“Best in class” in design and application

It couldn’t be simpler: the ctrlX IPC components are designed strategically for one-person installation. And what is simple can also be the best of its kind: The best-in-class design solutions range from customer design on request to special solutions. This way, every customer receives the right “tailor-made suit” to meet their requirements. The system requires only a few components and has a space-saving design with low installation depth.

The portfolio of industrial PCs is suitable for a wide variety of use cases: as stand-alone devices, for visualization or integrated soft features for comprehensive use. ctrlX IPC enables modern operating and visualization for both compact and complex machines and systems. The innovative user interface provides a perfect overview of the status quo at all times and thus ensures an optimal user experience.

Flexibly expandable and (future) secure communication talent

ctrlX IPC grows with its tasks – today and in the future. The industrial PC can be expanded modularly with hardware and software as required, which gives users future security, as they can always operate according to their requirements and at the latest state of the art. This aspect is underlined by the fact that the system is CoDeSys compatible. The multitude of expansion options is evident in the communication, among other things. For this purpose, numerous wired interfaces are available: Gbit LAN, RS-232, RS-422/485, as well as 16 digital inputs and eight digital outputs. The hardware expansions are possible with PCIe and Mini PCIe slots.

Thanks to the operating systems Windows 10 IoT and Linux, the user can flexibly optimize the devices for any application.

We have also thought about the future in terms of availability: The ctrlX IPC portfolio is optimized for harsh industrial environments and ensures high long-term availability through maintenance-free hardware without batteries or fans. The industrial PC has only a low power dissipation – the hardware design follows the cooling concept of fanless cooling by convection only. This ensures the long and trouble-free service life of ctrlX IPC.

The demanding industrial environment requires security at all times, inside and out. This is why the hardware robustly withstands impact and vibrations and offers high EMC stability. It is therefore ideal for industrial indoor use in practically any application and environment.

The integrated security infrastructure TPM2.0 offers the possibility to protect the application. All IPCs contain data backup and recovery software as standard on delivery.

Users can therefore safely shape the digital transformation in industrial automation with ctrlX IPC.

Technical Data ctrlX IPC

More information regarding the industrial PC portfolio ctrlX IPC

Technical data – ctrlX IPC

Performance data

CPU, RAM, operating system

Type PR21 PR31 PR4x
CPU Intel Atom E3815; 1.46 GHz Intel Atom x5-E3940; 1.6 GHz Intel Core i3-6100U; 2.3 Ghz
Intel Core i5-6300U; 2.4 Ghz
Intel Core i7-6600U; 2.6 Ghz
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
optional 8 GB
8 GB
optional 16 GB
Operating system Linux Ubuntu Core Windows 10 IoT Enterprise Windows 10 IoT Enterprise

Hardware

Type PR21 PR31 PR4x
PCI/PCle slots - - 1 x half-size PCIe
Mini PCle slots 1 x full size mSATA 1 x full size 2 x full size
Flash memory 32 GB, eMMC optional M.2-Flash + CFast-slot optional M.2-Flash + CFast-slot
SSD memory optional 64 GB
or 256 GB
64 GB
optional 256 GB
64 GB
optional 256 GB
or 2 x 256 GB RAID
HDD memory - 320 GB 320 GB
optional 2 x 320 GB RAID

Interfaces

Type PR21 PR31 PR4x
Ethernet 2 x Gbit
optional 2 x Gbit
2 x Gbit 3 x Gbit
USB host 1 x USB 3.0
optional 3 x USB 2.0
2 x USB 2.0
2 x USB 3.0
2 x USB 2.0
2 x USB 3.0
Video interface 1 x HDMI DisplayPort, optional CDI+ LongDistanceVideo 100 m, single cable DisplayPort, optional CDI+ LongDistanceVideo 100 m, single cable
Serial interface optional 2 x RS232/422/485 1 x RS232
1 x RS232/422/485
1 x RS232
1 x RS232/422/485
Audio interface - Line out Line out

Electrical data

Type PR21 PR31 PR4x
Input voltage 24 V DC, -20/+25% 24 V DC, -20/+25% 24 V DC, -20/+25%
Max. power consumption 20 W 19,2 W 70 W
EMC Class A Class A Class A
RTC buffering Internal battery Internal battery Internal battery

Mechanical tests

Type PR21 PR31 PR4x
Vibration resistance 2 g 2 g (0.3 g with HDD) 2 g (0.3 g with HDD)
Shock resistance 10 g 10 g 10 g

General data

Type PR21 PR31 PR4x
Ambient temperature (operation) +0 ... +50 °C +0 ... +55 °C +0 ... +55 °C
Ambient temperature
(storage/transport)
-20 ... +70 °C -20 ... +60 °C -20 ... +60 °C
Permissible humidity (operation) - 85 % (at 40 °C, non-condensing) 85 % (at 40 °C, non-condensing)
Assembly DIN rail Wall assembly Wall assembly
Cooling Convection (fanless) Convection (fanless) Convection (fanless)
Degree of protection IP20 IP20 IP20
Dimensions
Type PR21 PR31 PR4x
A - 50 mm 83 mm
A1 30 mm - -
A2 1 mm - -
B 100 mm 312 mm 312 mm
C - 181 mm 186 mm
C1 70 mm - -
C2 9 mm - -
C3 2.5 mm - -

PR21

PR31 and PR4x