Industrial Computer Hardware

Rugged panel computers and displays for tough environments

April 2019 Industrial Computer Hardware

With the thousands of different monitors available on the market today, you might wonder why industrial users can’t find a suitable monitor for their industrial applications. The reason is simple: The vast majority of these thousands of different monitors are designed for commercial uses, and consequently cannot stand up to the harsh environmental conditions characteristic of industrial applications. Harsh conditions could include vibrations caused by machinery, dust from manufacturing processes, as well as rain and strong sunlight for monitors located in outdoor environments. Under such harsh conditions, commercial monitors can only be expected to operate reliably for a relatively short period of time, whereas a properly designed industrial monitor should provide several years of reliable service.

Operating in harsh and hazardous environments poses many critical challenges that include blistering hot or freezing cold temperatures, high exposure to dust and water and exposure to explosive atmospheres. Moxa offers rugged panel computers and displays that are ideal for deployment in extreme operating environments for HMI applications such as:

• Rig-floor monitoring.

• Drilling control.

• Wellhead/pipeline monitoring.

• Solar inverter monitoring.

• Marine deck/bridge monitoring.

• Monitoring hazardous factory environments.

Control systems in the field can consist of various PLCs and scada systems. Moxa’s extensive experience in providing HMI solutions enables it to offer panel computers that work smoothly with different scada software and HMI applications such as: FactoryTalk View SE/ME, SIMATIC WinCC, Wonderware InTouch, GP-Pro, Ignition, PcVue, TwinCAT and FreeSCADA.


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