What is an Industrial PC?
An Industrial PC is a robust computer designed to be used in an industrial environment, often involved in the manufacturing of goods. An industrial computer typically has the following characteristics:
- Fanless and ventless design
- Ability to withstand harsh environments
- Highly configurable
- Extensive I/O options
- Long lifecycle
With the incredible growth of the Internet of Things (IoT), and with more and more connected devices being installed in remote and inhospitable environments, reliable hardware is increasingly important. An IT failure could have a direct and substantial impact on a company’s bottom line.
With so much at stake, you need robust hardware. Industrial PCs are designed differently than consumer PCs, resulting in a solution that reduces downtime and lowers the overall total cost of ownership. Visit here; Industrial computers.
What features make a PC an industrial PC?
Off-the-shelf commercial PCs are typically cooled with internal fans which are the most common failure point in computers. When a fan draws in air, it also draws in contaminants which can accumulate and cause system slowdowns or hardware failure.
Most Industrial PCs are cooled without a fan and the chassis is ventless to protect the electronics and ensure optimal reliability, particularly in harsh environments that are subject to dust, debris, or other airborne particulates. Check out our article on how fanless PCs stay cool for more information on how fanless systems operate.
Industrial Grade Components
Industrial PCs have a hardshell design and components that are built for higher reliability and more uptime. That means that these components are resistant to harsh environments and can run 24/7, where a consumer desktop PC would fail. Meaning you spend less time and less money to replace systems in the field.
Custom branded computer and packaging.
Industrial PCs can perform many different types of tasks, including factory automation, remote data collection, and surveillance. OnLogic’s systems are highly configurable to suit your individualproject needs. In addition to reliable hardware, we can provide OEM services such as custom branding, imaging, and BIOS customization. Check some of our customer stories about how many businesses have had success with our services.
Industrial computers are engineered to endure harsh environments. These environments can include high shock/vibration, wider operating temperatures, and dust. OnLogic industrial PCs are designed to run 24/7/365 to meet the demands of the application.
We have an extensive portfolio of hardware from industrial fanless to our rugged computers that are even more wide-temp, shock, and vibration-resistant. Check out this article for more information about the difference between industrial and rugged computers.
Extensive I/O Options and Additional Functionality
To effectively communicate with devices such as sensors, PLCs and legacy equipment, industrial PCs come with extensive I/O options and additional functionality. Industrial PCs help eliminate the need for adapters or dongles because they offer the I/O feature set intended for applications outside of a traditional office environment.
OnLogic solutions are designed to be redesigned. You can customize systems to suit your specific application needs with features like 4G LTE modems, hot-swap drives, CAN Bus, and other application-specific I/O like COM, Parallel ports or DIO.