Industrial Panel PCs

Impulse offer industrial panel PCs in many formats and specifications, from open-frame, panel-mount and VESA-mount, to IP65, fully waterproof and market certified panel PCs. But what is an industrial panel PC and which should you choose for your application?

Industrial Panel PCs

What is an Industrial Panel PC?
A panel PC is an all-in-one industrial touch screen computer comprising a chassis, LCD screen, touch overlay and industrial computer.

Industrial panel PCs come in many different shapes and sizes from 4.3" HMIs through to large format 65" fully waterproof variants.

The benefit of industrial panel PCs is that they can be used in lots of different applications, and offer varying levels of processing power, storage and I/O, all in a single, easily mountable unit.
Open-frame Panel PCs
Open-frame panel PCs are all in one systems without a bezel, and are typically mounted on the rear of a cutout in a control panel door or into a machine.

Using an open-frame panel PC means the integrator or OEM is able to create their own look and feel to their machine by creating their own bezel.

Open-frame panel PCs are generally more cost effective than a complete unit, and are much easier to mount than an LCD panel and separate computer, thus reducing design costs for the customer.
Panel-mount Panel PCs
Panel-mount panel PCs are mounted into a control panel or machine cut out from the front and are secured by screws or panel clips.

They can be sealed to the panel with a gasket, giving an IP65 seal from the front which is great for applications where water or dust ingress could be an issue.

The bezel can be painted, powder coated or made entirely of the touch glass overlay depending on the finish your application requires.
VESA-mount Panel PCs
VESA-mount (or wall-mount) panel PCs have a chassis which is finished on all six sides and are similar in look to a normal desktop model. They are mounted using the VESA standard which means they are suitable for all types of applications where a fixed or movable VESA bracket gives the best mounting option.

Where industrial panel PCs differ from standard desktop models is that they are generally ruggedised in some way. This could be protection against shock, vibration, dust or water ingress.
Market-certified Panel PCs
Market-certified panel PCs are typically panel-mount or VESA-mount panel PCs that are designed to meet the application requirements and safety standards for certain vertical markets.

Some examples of such markets could be:

Marine, with ECDIS colour calibrated displays and NMEA ports.
Rail, with M12 connectors, wide DC power inputs and EN50121-4 or EN50155 certifications.
Oil & Gas, with ATEX or C1/D2 certifications.

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