Operator panels for machine tool applications

By Control Engineering Staff October 11, 2005
Two new operator control panels—CP6842 and CP7842—from Beckhoff Automation are designed for use in the machine tool industry.

Minneapolis, MN —Two new operator control panels from Beckhoff Automation are designed specifically for use in the machine tool industry. CP6842 and CP7842 feature a U-shaped arrangement of the control keys that matches that of the Transline concept commonly used in the automotive industry. A wide range of control functions can be integrated in the keyboard extension below the display unit, such as emergency stop buttons; electromechanical keys; 45 membrane keys for axis control, spindle, and override; and two Gray code switches.

CP6842 built-in control panels in protection class IP 65 (front)/IP 20 (rear) are intended for control cabinet installation. CP7842 panels, for protection class IP65, can be installed at the machine, connected from the top or with an adapter plate without auxiliary housing. Both have slim aluminum housings and come in a variety of shapes, keys/keyboards, and connection types, and display sizes between 6.5 and 20 in.

—Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Jeanine Katzel, senior editor, jkatzel@reedbusiness.com