Industrial PC - The Need Of The Hour

Dec 15, 2012 | Engineering

The demands of computers in industry are a lot higher than the demands of a conventional desktop PC. There is extreme and variable need of Industrial computers. These Industrial computer offer complete flexibility that the normal PC fails to give. They offer protection and reliability for a fraction of the cost. They are very much reliable for most hostile industrial environment and they are always required for certain tasks.

The environment of the industry is not suitable for the conditions that a computer is designed to run. There can be large quantities of dust, dirt, grease and grime. It can be too hot or too cold and there could be many processes and cleaning that requires water, not forgetting the forklift trucks and pallet trucks that could completely destroy a PC if it got clouted. Therefore Industrial PC is the Embedded Systems which are always designed with specialized Industrial motherboards.

Specialized solid state industrial computers have taken apart in many industries for many years. These machines are often intrinsically sealed, rugged and tough. They are often designed to be waterproof.

Embedded system industrial PC very well withstands the adverse atmospheric conditions. There are enclosures rated using European IP ratings that give a clear indication to the types of environments the enclosure can operate in, for example IP 65 totally protects dust whilst protecting against strong jets of water.

The requirement of an industrial PC is quite different for what is needed for an office computer. Varying dramatically, there’s always a need of industrial computer. Computers used in food manufacture may have to be waterproof and intrinsically sealed. There are high demands in computing industry. Industrial computers cope with many hostile elements whilst also providing reliable computing. There were traditional industrial computers who have been specific, bespoke machines. These industrial computers tend to run old hardware and versions of software. Industrial computers are the machines stable, reliable overcoming the outdated technology.

Sometimes industrial computers are quite expensive which are maintained by service engineers. They offer force shutdown of production lines and they also have to be replaced periodically as the hardware and software will eventually become obsolete. There is always a contradiction for who’s the best, Industrial Pc’s or the normal PC. Industrial computer designed and manufactured to house a conventional off-the-shelf desktop still provide the robustness. Used in wide industrial application, Industrial computers have become the need of an hour therefore used in number of industries.

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Corvalent
Corvalent manufactures long-life, rugged computing systems at the heart of OEM systems and devices, including revision- and document-controlled industrial motherboards, single board computers and embedded controllers. Serving industrial customers since 1993, Corvalent offers custom materials planning and advisory services; real-time engineering to address any technology or platform; modification of COTS or standards-based solutions for unique, mission critical applications; and elite, white glove technical support.

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