The SIMATIC HMI IPC577C is used in manufacturing automation and process automation. The device is designed for installation in control cabinets and consoles, 19″ cabinets/racks, and swivel arms (booms). Due to the minimal mounting depth, it can also be used in confined spaces, e.g. 83 mm for 15″ Touch.

Thanks to its full PC openness and the powerful Core2Duo processor, it can be used for a host of different applications.

A SIMATIC HMI IPC577C is the ideal platform for PC based automation:

  • PC based visualization on site at the machine with SIMATIC WinCC flexible
  • Complex solutions with SIMATIC WinCC process visualization
  • PC-based control with SIMATIC WinAC software PLC

SIMATIC HMI IPCs can be ordered in combination with WinCC flexible or WinCC as SIMATIC HMI packages at favorable prices.


Rugged, expandable industry PC for demanding tasks in the area of PC-based automation with various control units (front panels):

  • Rugged and compact design for industrial use
  • Full PC openness
    • Windows Embedded Standard or Windows XP Professional, or without operating system
    • CF card, HDD, SSD
    • DVD drive
  • Expandable using a PCI slot
  • Optionally with PROFIBUS or PROFINET (RT/IRT) onboard
  • Installation-compatible with Panel PC 577B
    • Touch screen control units with 12″, 15″ and 19″ TFT display
    • 12″ and 15″ TFT Key
  • High degree of investment protection


  • High performance due to powerful processor
  • Low-cost entry-level industry PC with full PC openness.
  • Ideal for applications in industrial environments due to
    • Excellent operational reliability – even when subjected to extreme vibration and shock
    • High degree of chemical resistance to oils and grease
    • Smooth front, therefore no dirt can accumulate
    • Brilliant displays for good clearness of display, even when lighting conditions and viewing angles change.
  • High degree of investment protection due to
    • A long marketing period (4-6 years) and high continuity of components for long-term machine concepts
    • Assured availability of spare parts (for a period of 5 years following the end of active marketing)
    • Simple migration from the predecessor product with minimum engineering overhead
    • Same installation dimensions as predecessor
    • Early detection of faults and minimized downtimes due to self-diagnostics (DiagBase)
  • High level of flexibility due to
    • Expandable by the customer thanks to diverse interfaces (PCI, CompactFlash, Gbit Ethernet, and others)
    • USB interfaces on the front and rear for quick and easy connection of additional hardware components
    • User-friendly and easy integration in the fieldbus level, thanks to integrated PROFIBUS DP/MPI and 2 Gigabit Ethernet interfaces (onboard)


The SIMATIC HMI IPC is equipped as follows:

Computing unit
  • Processor:
    • Intel Core2 Duo processor 1.86 GHz or
    • Intel Core2 Solo 1.2 GHz or
    • Intel Celeron M 1.2 GHz
  • Main memory configuration:
    • 1 GB, 2 GB or 4 GB (SO-DIMM DDR3)
  • Retentive memory
  • Mass storage
    • Solid-state drive (SSD) ≥ 160 GB SATA for maximum shock tolerance since there are no rotating parts, or
    • Solid-state drive (SSD) Standard ≥ 80 GB (standard) or
    • Hard disk HDD ≥ 250 GB (2.5″ SATA) with vibration-absorbent hard disk holder, ensuring reliable operation even under conditions of high mechanical stress, and/or
    • CF card (2 GB, 4 GB, 8 GB or 16 GB)
  • Onboard graphics
  • Interfaces:
    • 2 x 10/100/1000 PROFINET (IE)
    • 4 x USB 2.0 interfaces on rear + 1 x USB 2.0 interface on front; all high current (500 mA)
    • 1 x serial V.24 (9-pin)
  • Free slots for expansions:
    • 1 x PCI (slots with card retainer)
    • 1 x slot for CompactFlash Card (accessible from outside)
  • Power supply:
    • 24 V DC or 100/240 V AC (autorange), 50/60 Hz
  • Drive (optional)
    • DVD±RW±R combo drive
  • Fieldbus onboard (optional)
    • 1 x PROFIBUS DP12/MPI interface (CP5611-compatible) and 2 x LAN 1 Gbit/s
    • 1 x PROFINET RT/IRT (3 Port), CP 1616-compatible
Operating unit

Operating units are available in the following sizes/resolutions:

  • 12″ Key: 12.1″ TFT color display, 800 x 600 pixels
  • Membrane keyboard with tactile feedback and integral mouse
  • 12″ Touch: 12.1″ TFT color display, 800 x 600 pixels (SVGA)
  • 15″ Key: 15.1″ TFT color display, 1024 x 768 pixels
  • Membrane keyboard with tactile feedback and integral mouse
  • 15″ Touch: 15.1″ TFT color display, 1024 x 768 pixels (XGA)
  • 19″ Touch: 19.1″ TFT color display, 1280 x 1024 pixels (SXGA)

The operating units have the following functionality:

  • Analog resistive touch screen or tactile membrane keyboard with system keys and 36 user-configurable function keys
  • Degree of protection IP65 and NEMA 4
  • USB 2.0 interface on the front for connecting external peripherals such as mouse or keyboard


  • Integrated, parameterizable monitoring functions: Program execution (watchdog), internal temperature of enclosure, fan speed
  • Expanded diagnostics/messages via Ethernet, e-mail, SMS and for direct transfer to SIMATIC software via OPC (optionally via SIMATIC PC DiagMonitor)

Dimensional drawings

All dimensions in mm. For mounting cut-out see technical specifications.

SIMATIC HMI IPC577C 12″ Key version

SIMATIC HMI IPC577C 12″ Touch version

SIMATIC HMI IPC577C 15″ Key version

SIMATIC HMI IPC577C 15″ Touch version

SIMATIC HMI IPC577C 19″ Touch version

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