At the SPS/IPC/Drives trade fair, Kontron launched a new KBox control cabinet IPC product family for industrial automation. The new Kontron KBox IPCs have been designed for industrial control applications and offer excellent scalability from entry to high-end level. All four new systems feature an industrial-grade design for common control cabinet installations, are available long term and can be fitted with industrial I/Os fieldbuses and/or Industrial Ethernet interfaces to meet individual application requirements. Owing to the modular construction with Kontron standard components, the processor portfolio is highly scalable for individual design requirements and at all times up to date. Suppliers of automation equipment and OEM customers in machinery and plant engineering therefore benefit from particularly efficient customisation options based on standardised building blocks.
Norbert Hauser, Head of Business Line Industrial Automation, says of the customer benefits: "Industrial box PCs in automation applications carry out a wide range of tasks. In the majority of cases, however, they are installed in control cabinets and in machine and plant components. Kontron has always supplied a wide range of products for these installation scenarios. Under the KBox brand, we are now bundling our control cabinet IPC product portfolio in order to achieve a uniform industrial box PC identity and look and feel. We are also extending the family to specifically target automation applications. This will further strengthen our position as one of the world's leading industrial PC manufacturers."
KBox C-101 IPC product details
The new Kontron KBox C-101 booksize class IPC is the performance flagship for industrial control cabinets and is scalable by deploying COM Express modules. It already features fourth-generation Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, while at the same time benefits from a fanless and maintenance-free design. Two SATA slots for HDD/SSD, as well as two PCIe x4 and two MiniPCIe slots are provided for fast and flexible connection of individual standard components. Further standard ports are three Gbit Ethernet ports, each supporting IEEE1588, two USB 3.0, two USB 2.0, DisplayPort and RS232. Follow the link for more information about the Kontron KBox C-101 IPC.
KBox C-100 IPC product details
The KBox C-100 IPC is a control computer with integrated 128kB NVRAM and is tested to support Soft-PLCs as well as hypervisor technologies. It offers easily accessible interfaces on the top (or front) as well as on the bottom (or rear) of the chassis, optimising the use of available space next to other control cabinet devices. Performance scaled to match the requirements profile is provided by third-generation Intel Celeron and Intel Core i3 and i7 processors. With four IEEE1588 supporting Gbit Ethernet ports, seven USB2.0, one RS232, one DVI and PCIe x1 extension options for fieldbus and Industrial Ethernet interfaces, it is suitable for deployment in real-time control and visualisation computers on the process level of the automation pyramid. Follow the link for more information about the Kontron KBox C-100 IPC.
KBox B-101 IPC product details
Featuring Mini-ITX motherboards, the new Kontron KBox B-101 IPC offers a high level of processor scalability and is designed for general-purpose automation applications. The standard I/O interfaces are determined by the features of the motherboard. All the systems can be extended with a low-profile PCIe x16 as well as with a MiniPCIe slot. For data-intensive applications, OEMs can revert to both a built-in 2.5inch hard disk as well as a replaceable hard drive at the front. Two DisplayPort ports makes the KBox B-101 suitable for multi-screen applications. Follow the link for more information about the Kontron KBox B-101 IPC.
KBox A-101 IPC product details
The Kontron KBox A-101 IPC offers an exceptional price/performance ratio for cost-sensitive automation and industrial computing applications. The fanless Box PC with the dual-core Intel Atom processor D2550 is characterised by a maintenance-free design including a robust and fast SSD. Despite its compact footprint, individual interface layouts are possible via the integrated MiniPCIe slot. A DisplayPort, two Gbit Ethernet ports, two USB 3.0, two USB 2.0 and RS232 port form the range of standard interfaces. Further options are CAN bus and two rear WLAN antenna connectors. Follow the link for more information about the Kontron KBox A-101 IPC.