8 Ways to Help Select a Replacement for Your End of Life PC

At least once a week, I get a call from an integrator or end user looking for a discontinued PC to work with their application. Since I understand the issues faced due to existing custom software and peripherals developed to interface with that specific PC, I have always tried to source the exact PC configuration …

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5 Reasons IT Departments Should Consider an Industrial PC

Information Technology (IT) Departments are the front line for most of the hardware configuration, software installation, physical implementations, and service of PCs within their company’s facilities. As I have become more involved with IT Departments at a customer level, I have realized the importance of providing a quality PC solution that will result in improved user …

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Two Industrial PC Form-Factors that Support ISA Cards

As PC technology evolves, so does the hardware and software available for use in industrial applications.  The progression of I/O support from ISA/PCI to PCI/PCIe, along with the transition from Windows NT/2000/XP Pro to Windows 7 & Windows 10 have forced most users to consider upgrading their industrial platforms. For some, upgrades are inevitable due …

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5 Essential Elements that Make a PC Industrial

During my time at L-Tron Corporation, my passion has revealed itself in the work I do with customers in the Industrial Automation & Data Acquisition arenas. I truly love what I do and feel it’s necessary that I not only provide products, solutions and services that exceed the customer’s expectations but also that I share my …

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5 Reasons Industrial PCs Make ‘Cents’ for IT

Most IT Professionals that I speak with me tell me that “white box,” Intel, Dell, HP or Asus PCs work just fine for them. They will just replace them as they break and the price justifies keeping enough stock on the shelf to do so. While this has been the standard, I have noticed a …

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Starting the New Year with Efficient Operations Processes

If you were to step onto the floor of an auto manufacturing plant, you would be surrounded by technology. Today’s auto makers take advantage of the latest industrial PC and AIDC technology, including: Fixed or Handheld Barcode Scanners Mobile Computers Vision Systems I/O (Input/Output) DPM (Direct Part Marking) Test & Measurement   3D Glasses Introduced …

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3 Reasons Why Pairing an Embedded PC with your HMI is the Right Move

With the increase in demand for diversified HMI (Human Machine Interface) PCs, I thought that it was important to address the three reasons why pairing an Embedded PC with your HMI is the right move to make. 1.  Everything Wrapped in One Application software can be demanding on the integrated hardware driving it, which is …

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5 Indications it’s Time to Upgrade Your Industrial PC Platform

One of the toughest decisions any Industrial PC user has to make is when to update their Industrial PC Platform. You can’t just swap out your PC and any other legacy product and be up and running again in no time. There’s usually custom software that has been developed to not only interface with I/O …

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ATX Motherboard or SBC? That’s One Tough Call.

I’ve configured and provided thousands of ATX Motherboard and Single Board custom-configured Industrial PCs over my 10 years in Industrial Automation. ATX Motherboards and Single Board Computers (SBC) provide two distinct solutions for Industrial Computer System users. With variables such as peripherals, I/O, ease of access and form factor to keep in mind, there is …

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10 Things to Know about Your Industrial Computer’s Capabilities

There are a lot of instances where an Industrial Computer is purchased for one application but then is used for another. All is fine and good with doing so but one must know the PC’s capabilities before doing so. Not all software and application requirements are the same, so what works for one application might …

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