Kontron's KBox family for industrial control and visualization delivers outstanding scalability.
At the SPS/IPC/Drives trade fair, Kontron announced the launch of a new control cabinet IPC product family for automation. The new Kontron KBox IPCs have been designed for industrial control applications and offer outstanding 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 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 thus profit from particularly efficient customization options based on standardized building blocks.
Norbert Hauser, Head of Business Line Industrial Automation, on the customer benefits of the new product family: "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 & 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."
The Kontron KBox C-101 in detail
The new Kontron KBox C-101 booksize class IPC ranks in the entire KBox IPC family as the performance flagship for industrial control cabinets and is scalable by deploying COM Express modules. It already features latest 4th generation Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, while at the same time convinces with its fanless and maintenance-free design. 2x SATA slots for HDD/SSD as well as 2x PCIe x4 and 2x MiniPCIe slots are provided to allow fast and flexible connection of individual standard components. Further standard ports are 3x Gbit Ethernet each supporting IEEE1588, 2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, DisplayPort and RS232.
The Kontron KBox C-100 in detail
The KBox C-100 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, optimizing 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 4x IEEE1588 supporting Gbit Ethernet, 7x USB2.0, 1x RS232, 1 x DVI and PCIe x1extension options for fieldbus and Industrial Ethernet interfaces, it is ideal for deployment in real-time control and visualization computers on the process level of the automation pyramid.
The Kontron KBox B-101 in detail
Featuring Mini-ITX motherboards, the new Kontron KBox B-101 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 2.5" hard disk as well as a replaceable hard drive at the front. 2x DisplayPort makes the KBox B-101 ideal for multi-screen applications.