A Buyer’s Guide to Industrial Panel PC

  • December 18, 2017

Technology is quickly advancing that choosing the best product to buy for a specific purpose can be confusing at times. Buying a panel PC is no exemption from this as this technology have come a long way since it was introduced into the market. Today’s panel PC systems offer several new features that will help modernize any working environment. It differs from a regular PC as it can be loaded with more tech features. That’s why we commonly see this technology in an environment that is highly automated and in various industrial settings.

However, choosing the best panel PC for your exact purpose can be hard especially if you are not familiar with it. In this article, we will discuss some of the important things that you should know when buying this type of computer systems.

Various sizes and mounting options
There are several options for panel PCs these days and of course, you can also choose from a variety of sizes. You must identify this beforehand as the size of the device is also determined by the location where it will be deployed. Mounting option is also another consideration. Try to ask first if your panel PC can be mounted on a wall or panel and whether you will affix it to a stand or embedded within an enclosure.

Enhanced performance
Panel PC systems are now being used by many industries to improve the efficiency of their business operations. With this, such devices are being equipped with several useful features for an improved performance and to be able to handle complicated tasks. For example, there are some customized panel PCs that incorporate failsafe automotive HDDs and SDDs or bootable storage media to improve data security and system reliability as well. There are also other systems that have flexible connectivity to connect to external peripherals like barcode scanners and other industrial units. All of these features improve the productivity within any working environment.

Touchscreen functionality
While a panel PC can function as a desktop computer, it also offer a more user-friendly technology in the form of a touchscreen. But there are a number of options for the type touchscreen technology that you can integrate in your computer and your choice will depend on where you intend to use it. There are two common options of touchscreens: resistive and capacitive. These two differs on how they detect input. With a resistive touch, it uses the pressure that is exerted by the finger upon touching the screen and it is commonly used in industrial settings. For the capacitive, it uses an electrostatic field and is usually used in settings that require accuracy and little touch pressure. With the touch screen systems, it help improve the productivity, accuracy, and real-time data sharing of any working environment.

Compliance to IP ratings
There are several applications especially in industrial settings where the device will be exposed to various elements and harsh conditions. These include the splash of water, dirt, dust, oil, moisture, chemicals, and other contaminants where it poses some potential damage to the device. With this, an IP or ingress protection rating is important. This international standard indicates the effectiveness of a panel PC in sealing out solid and liquid ingress. The highest rating is IP68 where it provides maximum protection to the device.

Cooling system
As panel PCs can be exposed to various substances that can get into its system, it can cause system failure as well. These unwanted elements can enter into the system through the vents during active cooling. If you are planning to use your PC in indoor locations without many contaminants, you can opt for a panel PC with active cooling. But if you’ll deploy it industrial or outdoor environments, you might need to invest in a fanless panel PC that is properly sealed to avoid such issues.

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