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Windows embedded partner of the year specialises in automation

Beckhoff Automation has been awarded the Windows Embedded Partner Excellence Award from Microsoft as recognition of its implementation of Windows Embedded applications in its automation products.

Beckhoff won the award for its PC-based automation components and systems in October as part of the Microsoft European Partner Conference in Monaco.

According to Beckhoff, Microsoft called its systems ‘innovative’ and ‘creative’.

Microsoft Windows Embedded Business, EMEA senior marketing manager Manoj Rami, said Beckhoff received the award in recognition of its outstanding developments based on Windows Embedded and its committed marketing of the Embedded version CE 6.0 R2, which Microsoft introduced in 2007.

Beckhoff has developed and launched new equipment and solutions based on Windows Embedded for years, and has long-standing experience and advanced technologies in the Embedded segment, said Rami.

For example, TwinCAT automation software from Beckhoff permits the creation of real-time control systems under Windows XP Embedded and Windows CE. The Embedded operating systems are used in Beckhoff Industrial PCs (IPCs) of all performance classes.

The Beckhoff IPC product range includes compact Panel PCs and conventional Industrial PCs as well as the modular CX family of Embedded PCs, which delivers PC technology with a direct connection to modular I/O as a DIN rail mountable unit for control cabinet installation.

Microsoft appointed Beckhoff as an Embedded Gold Partner in November 2006. This status is awarded to companies with considerable expertise and commitment to the Embedded technology, said Beckhoff.

Cooperation based on this partnership is beneficial for both sides as it enables optimum integration of Beckhoff automation products into the Microsoft world, while Microsoft can utilise experience with PC-based control technology in order to optimise its products for automation requirements, said Beckhoff.

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