One factor that makes industrial computer products suitable for certain applications is because the materials used in their construction are for a rugged environment. The external components of an industrial computer must be able to endure harsh environments and heavy-duty use.
Aluminium is one material that offers exceptional durability and strength for the chassis of an industrial PC. It can survive drops and vibrations. The ability of aluminium to resist corrosion is another reason it is ideal for the chassis.
Another part designed to be industrial-grade is the monitor. Indium tin oxide and glass are the two common materials for touchscreen displays. Monitors also have protective coverings.
Efficiency of External Parts
The strength of an aluminium casing allows it to provide suitable protection for the internal components.
In most cases, an alloy is used to improve its strength; and therefore, enhancing its protection capabilities. A metal that endures vibration reduces the risk of internal components of an industrial PC from shaking loose during use.
Protective covering and framing on LCD monitors keep dust and liquids away from the internal parts.
Industrial PC Peripherals
Industrial computer products include different peripherals that complement the internal features.
Standard peripherals include output devices such as printers and scanners, storage components like hard drives and memory sticks, and input devices like mice and keyboards. The peripherals a user gets for an industrial PC depend on the type of machine and the applications.
For example, a touchscreen device won’t need an external keyboard or mouse, whereas a computer used as a POS terminal will need a barcode reader.
The peripherals such as graphic cards, power supplies, extension modules, and keyboards that are used with industrial computers are designed to meet a variety of standards.
Manufacturers of industrial PCs offer options for ruggedised external components with materials and architecture to put up with the abuse of various industrial surroundings. Some of these industrial computer products undergo tests to meet NEMA/IP standards, meaning that they offer excellent durability as well.
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