faytech Fanless and Embedded Industrial Computers
History of Industrial Computers
Industrial computers have existed as long as desktop computers. The computers were developed for heavy duties and long usage while the desktop PCs were developed for home users.
The first computer was the IBM 5531, released in 1985 by IBM. IBM was one of the earliest manufacturers who mainly developed them. Other manufacturers then followed suit and this marked the beginning of a revolution for industry products with heavy applications.
Types of Industrial PCs
There are different types of computers that we work with as industrial PC manufacturers. Entry-level PCs work with Linux systems and AMD processors. High-end PCs work with Microsoft Windows and Intel processors.
Fanless Panel PC
Panel PC are computer system where the display or monitor is linked to the same enclosure of the motherboard and other components. Such PCs are usually built as fanless to increase reliability as fan failure is one of the major problems. This type of single board PC is usually less costly than the other heavy-duty models.
Rugged computer systems are designed and built with enclosures to withstand many of the rough elements found in industry locations that might damage the computer.
Industrial Touch Screen PCs
Touch screens PCs are common among PCs too as they work as a single input/output device and are pretty robust. Other types of PC include notebooks, personal desktops and rack computers.
Benefits of Industrial Computers
There are many advantages with using an embedded computer systems.
Small and Less Power
They are small in size and consume less power as compared to the general desktop. This is very important as time is money and industry manufacturers are constantly working around the clock. The PCs provide excellent output as well as productivity at the same time.
Built to Last
The PCs are literally built for intense work conditions. They are very sturdy and can withstand rough treatment. Every component inside the PC has to be tested rigorously before configuring them into the system. Sometimes, the components are chosen for their reliability rather than performance. That minimizes the chances of breakdown while sacrificing processning speed. However do not be mistaken, they are still heavy duty servers, and thus pack more computing power than normal PCs.
Consistent output throughout long hours
The embedded fanless configuration allows the computers to operate under very harsh conditions in long hours. Business owners also prefer systems with wall mount bracket for automation control application mainly for high productive process and serve as a support partner for other industrial components.
The PCs provides ease in process controls and data acquisition for multiple sections. They can be easily chained up in a larger work environment where another computer is configured for distributed processing and another is configured as a support system. This is the reason why these systems have been efficiently used in industries like automotive, life critical systems, and medical, commercial as well as military applications. Transportation, communication, electrical, electronic, security, aviation, modern warfare systems also use embedded systems for their broad applications.
Disadvantages working with Industrial PCs
Let’s talk about the disadvantages
One of the main drawbacks is that they are embedded as one unit and therefore it cannot be repaired or upgraded by normal users. In case of a breakdown, you would have to send it in to the manufacturer or wait for their service engineer to fix the problem.
3 ways to select a good industrial computer
1. Availability of Peripheral Component Interconnect slots
Similar to the usual desktop PCs, you can upgrade them easily when you have those available slots. This comes in handy when you want to host most other devices.
2. Long term support
Choose a PC manufacturer who provides long term support. These incredible PCs are built to work for long term and therefore you want to ensure support for a long time too.
3. All parts are compatible
The computers should be compatible with the Peripheral Component Interconnect expansion, input-output and data acquisition cards. Seek help from the leading industrial manufacturers should you need more information.