An industrial PC is one built with the harshest environments in mind. The type of work an industrial PC could potentially perform requires powerful processing without sacrificing any ruggedness or durability. These computers need to consistently perform under ruthless conditions.
Industrial computers tend to carry some certifications. IEC60068 is one of the most common system level certifications an industrial PC can have.
The main difference is reliability under different conditions. Industrial computers need to be extremely reliable and tested through difficult working situations since factories, government entities, manufacturers, mining plants, and many businesses rely on them for their operation.
Industrial computers are more rugged inside and out. The outside casing is usually stronger to protect the internals and allows the computer to handle more impact, shaking, vibration, voltage spikes, and other factors that can easily destroy a standard computer.
Inside an industrial PC you will find industrial grade components that are built to handle much tougher conditions. The durable internals of an industrial PC ensure the computer's durability even through an impact stronger than the external casing can absorb.
Unlike industrial PCs, standard computers aren't built to withstand high temperatures. Industrial computers rise up to the challenge with many of them able to handle extreme high and low temperatures. These are some of the factors that allow industrial computers to maintain a longer lifecycle and stand out from standard PCs.
It is imperative for an industrial computer to be built durable. It needs to withstand shock, impact, and vibration. Having industrial grade components is even more important than a durable outside casing. Industrial grade components are generally rated to withstand wider temperature ranges, higher voltages and current, longer life, and provide tighter control over tolerances.
Moving parts in computers are the weakest links. Wear and tear, objects getting stuck, friction, and many more factors contribute to them breaking down. Fans in computers are no different. That's why industrial PCs gravitate towards fanless cooling. Heatsink is a very effective way to cool a computer, and Cybernet has perfected it.
Since these computers are used in many different places, situations, and applications, adaptability and versatility are huge bonuses. What we mean by customizability is how the computer can be configured and set up to meet your specific needs. There are many options when it comes to computer internals: hard drive options, RAM and storage sizes, ports and I/O choices, Wi-Fi and 3G/4G connectivity, and a lot more.
Having a variety of useful I/O ports is an important feature in an industrial PC. There are popular modern ports such as USB and HDMI. While those are important to have, what's even more important is having legacy or customized ports such as RS-232 serial ports and GPIO pins. These legacy ports would allow you to connect to older equipment.
Older computer monitors use VGA ports to connect, for example. If the computer only has HDMI ports you will have to upgrade all your old monitors. That presents a problem to companies using older equipment and can't upgrade in bulk.
Having the flexibility of connecting legacy equipment or custom ports to the computer provides huge peace of mind.
Computers can be bulky and take up space, which could be a big problem for many businesses that can't afford even an extra inch or two. A small form industrial PC can be a lifesaver for those compact areas. They're designed to fit in smaller spaces and still have the capacity to perform the toughest tasks.
Another solution for the space problem is for the computer to be mounted. Many industrial computers have a variety of mounting options such as VESA mount, DIN rail and rackmount, and wall mount. This also helps clear up the space on the floor so the computers don't get kicked around. Mounting an industrial PCs is also useful when it comes to in-vehicle computers that utilize industrial computers to record surveillance footage or run different applications.
This option allows computers to be powered from a wide range of voltages. An industrial PC that has a variable power input gives much more flexibility to be used with power supplies or power distribution systems. It also helps in vehicle applications where it can be powered even when the battery voltage dips.
Note that if you are using a vehicle to power a computer make sure the computer has ignition control since the power can surge and fluctuate when you're starting the vehicle.
You will often find an industrial PC in the field, in factories, or in a vehicle such as a tractor. In many of those situations Wi-Fi won't be available or reliable. That's why industrial computers should have the option for a 3G/4G connection to ensure the hardware is always connected to the internet when needed.
Downtime or computer replacement can be a costly process for companies and needs to be avoided at all costs since it would stop production. That's why a long lifecycle for an industrial computer ensures smooth operation and continued production.
All these features and more are included in Cybernet's industrial PC line-up above. Browse the series to find the computer that fits your needs perfectly, or contact us if you need a custom made PC.