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[BUYING GUIDES] Panel PC, Keyboard, Industrial Monitor: How to Choose the Right Industrial IT Equipment?

[BUYING GUIDES] Panel PC, Keyboard, Industrial Monitor: How to Choose the Right Industrial IT Equipment?
In the industrial world, IT equipment such as keyboards or panel PCs must be designed and built to withstand harsh industrial environments (Courtesy of Winmate)

In the industrial world, IT equipment such as keyboards or panel PCs must be designed and built to withstand harsh industrial environments and for example resist dust, water, and extreme temperatures. Different devices are available. Since it is not always easy to choose the right industrial IT equipment in front of a multitude of manufacturers, we have produced several buying guides with tips and recommendations to help you make the right purchasing decision.

Hicham Dhouibi and Francesco D’Amore contributed to these buying guides.

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IT equipment is now predominant in modern manufacturing processes, particularly with HMI. It has indeed many benefits as it allows monitoring machines, robots, and even entire production lines, therefore offering greater efficiency, automation, and better decision-making.

But these devices, including keyboards, panel PCs, and monitors must withstand the harsh conditions that are frequent on the factory floor (dust, heat, vibration, and extreme temperatures) as well as the strict hygiene demands required by some industries like healthcare. One of the key challenges in designing industrial IT equipment is to incorporate specialized materials and ruggedized enclosures.

The following buying guides provide tips and recommendations to help you choose the right industrial keyboard, panel pc, and industrial monitor.

How to Choose the Right Panel PC?

Winmate Panel PC

Panel PCs are industrial computers with touch-screen controls and are similar to all-in-one PCs. They are made with durable components to better resist challenging conditions. They also often take up minimal space and with a variety of configuration and mounting options, they are suitable for a wide range of industrial applications.

How to Choose the Right Industrial Monitor?

Vecow screen

Industrial monitors are designed to withstand tough industrial environments and are made to be more durable than regular monitors. They come in various sizes and resolutions and can be mounted in different ways (panel mount, rack mount, etc.). Some offer a touch screen capability either by pressure touch or by capacitive touch (tactile).

How to Choose the Right Industrial Keyboard?

Pepperl+Fuchs keyboard

Industrial keyboards are not just limited to office applications. They are also widely used in a variety of settings including HMI terminals, IoT devices, POS systems, kiosks, medical carts, and mobile devices. They are specifically designed for harsh conditions. They are rugged, durable, and can withstand exposure to water, dust, dirt, oil, and chemicals. They are also resistant to shock and even explosions.

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