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CONTROL & REGULATION Beckhoff Automation to supply BMW group with IPCs

Nov 18, 2019

Beckhoff Automation, based in Verl, Germany, will be supplying BMW Group with Industrial PC (IPC) technology for use in car manufacturing through 2030. According to the terms of the recently signed agreement, the company will supply the production facilities worldwide.

Beckhoff Automation recently signed an agreement with BMW group for supplying IPC technology that will become a global standard for the group. The Industrial PCs and multi-touch control panels will be used, both, in new automotive manufacturing facilities and for retrofits – for machine connectivity, access control, data acquisition, visualisation and other PC-based tasks. All product categories from the wide Industrial PC portfolio offered by the company will be used – IP65-rated CP32xx Panel PCs, C6030 ultra-compact IPCs, C5240 19-inch slide-in IPCs and CP29xx multi-touch built-in control panels.

Standard products that have been adapted to some extent to ensure optimum retrofitting in existing plants and to include customer-specific key extensions will be used. The comprehensive product portfolio offers the BMW Group the ability to use the latest Intel® Core™ I processor series in a wide range of IPC form factors. On account of the rapid innovation cycles and interoperability within the portfolio, upcoming processor generations will be simple to integrate in the future as well.

The bundling of all product development steps at Beckhoff, from IPC motherboard and BIOS development to mechanical adaptations, enables optimal answers to customer-specific requirements. In combination with full control over the added-value chain based on in-house assembly and production in Verl, the company offers the ideal infrastructure for a long-term partnership. In addition, the globally available services provided by them ensure optimum support of customers' manufacturing facilities distributed all over the world.

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