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Why choose an industrial panel PC?
Are you looking for a less imposing alternative to a large computer for your industrial installation? The panel PC is an interesting option in many respects. As practical and modular as an industrial monitor, it has all the functions of a full PC. Here are the features and benefits that this tool can bring to your industrial activities.
What is an industrial panel PC?
The industrial panel PC is a type of computer known as all-in-one. It integrates the components of a full PC with a touch screen. Its power corresponds to that of an industrial machine, to better manage the demands it receives. It is very robust to withstand the working conditions in the environments where it will be employed. Several options characterize this PC. These include
- IP-rated casings offering high resistance to foreign bodies and humidity;
- maximum resistance to heat;
- compliance with MIL-STD standards for resistance to harsh environmental conditions.
The industrial panel PC is suitable for use in many fields, including the military, automation control circuits or the food industry. In addition to PC extensions or serial ports, the device provides the USB and LAN options of a standard computer. The touch screen can be capacitive or resistive, depending on the needs of the industrial area where it is used.
The industrial panel PC's processor must be high-performance, with computing power equivalent to an Intel i7 or i5 model. Installed in exposed environments, the computer must be fitted with a waterproof, dust-resistant casing.
The minimum protection rating is IP65 or full IP. Certifications such as E-Mark, ATEX C1D2 or EN50155 may also be required, depending on the application.
The construction of an industrial panel PC is based on different structures, depending on the use of the device. In a humid area, stainless steel is a good choice, given its resistance to rust and corrosion.
Galvanized steel is more suitable for shock resistance. Aluminum, often lighter, is preferable for heat dissipation. The latter is also useful in unventilated environments or where mobility is required.
What are the advantages of industrial panel PCs?
The most common use for an industrial panel PC is as a machine interface. It replaces control panels, offering greater interactivity. In fact, this model can be programmed via its touch screen and display results in real time.
Another advantage is that it can record information for later analysis, thus reducing industrial network waste. Data storage can be optimized according to the type of industry. Using the touch interface, the panel PC can be used to control machines. Thanks to an IP camera, the computer can display images and videos in 2D or 3D. Last but not least, this tool is compatible with most operating systems, so you can easily integrate it into your process.