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Industrial PC: Functions, Characteristics and Several Types

Date Added: July 21, 2009 07:03:40 PM
Category: "C": Computers & Equipment

An industrial PC is highly favored in a lot of industrial applications looking for an X86-based computer.  An x86 is actually one of the most successful architectures in personal computing and it began through the processor tagged as Intel 8086.  To develop it into a more useful product for several industries, IBM decided to come up with its product model named as 5531 in the year 1984.  One year later - in May 1985 - the second industrial personal computer was released by IBM in the market.  This one is called the IBM 7531.

IBM was just one of the many companies that developed an industrial PC for the consumption of several industries.  It was followed by other computer brands and names in the market.  This marked the beginning of employing the industrial product for several applications.

Industrial personal computer functions

The real purpose of using industrial PC's is to provide ease in process controls and data acquisition transactions for different industries.  However, in a larger work environment where another computer for distributed processing is used, the industrial product is mainly used as a support to the system. 
Characteristics of industrial computers

Industrial computers are more reliable and expandable than those used for residences.  They are also capable of working on a long-term end for the industry where they are applied.  Since only a couple of industries make use of these products, they are usually produced in lower volumes than other consumer PCs.  Due to the fact that it serves varied purposes and are more functional than computers used for home and simple offices, they are said to be costlier.

Types of industrial PC

There are a lot of types under the industrial personal computer category.  One is known as the Panel PC where the display or monitor is linked to the same enclosure as that of the motherboard and other parts of the gadget.  Although heavy duty models are offered in the market, this type of PC is often less costly than the other categories.

In order to update a simple computer model into a better model, several manufacturers make use of different operating systems and advanced processors.  This will however add up to the overall cost of the product.  Entry-level PCs operate with Linux systems and AMD processors. High-end ones operate through Microsoft Windows with a more updated Intel processor.  Besides panel PCs, there are also other types of industrial PC such as notebooks, desktops and rack computers.


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