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Industrial PCs Types: Finding a Suitable Industrial PC to Fit Your Application

Most industrial environments can be very challenging with dust, oil, and water in the air. These challenges can make the selection process tricky when selecting an industrial PC. Consumer computers offer attractive pricing, but unfortunately, the longevity isn't there. In reality, a consumer PC just doesn't have what it takes to withstand the harsh nature of an industrial environment. And on top of this, an industrial computer comes with a much longer lifetime of 5-7 years for all installed components.

Industrial computers

Did You Know?
An industrial computer remains operational for 7 to 10 years, while the average turnover for a consumer computer is just around 1-2 years.

Unlike most consumer PCs, a fanless industrial PC is built to operate reliably in the toughest of environments, such as:

  • High vibrations
  • Extensive dust
  • Water and oil
  • Extreme cold or hot temperatures
  • Boiling hot and high-pressure water jets
  • Hazards such as explosive gases

So how do you make an intelligent choice for the right industrial computer?

There are four main types of Panel PCs. While all of them include an integrated touchscreen and a bright and high-resolution display, we help you break down the several options so that you can make an intelligent decision. Please continue reading below to learn more about each type of industrial PC. But please also keep in mind that you can easily connect through chat or phone with one of our industrial automation experts before you purchase.

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Panel PCs

touch panel pcs

Panel PCs are designed for a great variety of industrial applications. They come with plenty of interfaces and expansion options that can be configured based on your specific needs. Choose between a wide screen or an old-fashioned 4:3 screen ratio with either a resistive or a multi-touch P-Cap Touchscreen. Passive and fanless cooling systems are standard on these computers. Display sizes are available from 7" to 32". These computers are built exclusively with Intel-embedded road map components, and with that, all components are available for up to 7 years.

panel pcs

Touch Panel PCs

Touch panel PCs are designed and built for standard fanless industrial applications such as manufacturing automation applications. These ruggedized touch PCs come with a very slim design and a cast aluminum enclosure. They can be operated with either a Windows or Android operation system. Peripherals such as PoE (Power over Ethernet) or Wi-Fi can be custom ordered and installed by request.

Industrial Panel PCs

industrial panel pcs

These are the most rugged and robust of all industrial PCs. They are specially designed for heavy-duty applications such as steel manufacturing or meat processing plants. The solid (but still light) cast aluminum design make these kinds of computer the perfect fit for environmentally challenging applications. The touch sensors come with either resistive or capacitive touch technology.

industrial all in one pcs

Industrial All-in-One PCs

The AIO PC is designed to be mounted with either a swing arm or on an Industrial PC Stand. The industrial AIO PC comes with VESA mounting holes on its back panel. This computer is specifically designed for an aesthetically pleasing appearance. The rugged and fanless design makes this an excellent industrial all-in-one computer solution (touch, display & PC) to install in your factory floor. The screen sizes available are from 10" all the way to 32". They also come with fully fanless designed cooling system, even with the latest and most powerful i7 CPUs.

Finding the Right Fit for Your Industrial Computer Needs

Several items can get in the way of making a simple selection for your industrial computer:

  • Your interface requirements are more extensive than what a standard panel PC offers
  • Your application has space constraints and you need a very compact system
  • You need particular certifications, which are not readily available
  • You are limited by financial constraints and looking for ways to save on spending
  • You're in need of additional CPU performance but still want a fanless system
  • You have specific mechanical design requirements

Why Choose Teguar Industrial Computers?

Our team at Teguar has been helping the world's most advanced brands to design and integrate industrial computers into their specific and custom applications, so we understand the headache caused by unexpected changes in hardware. We want our customers to focus on their business innovations, not on spec'ing in new hardware every few years. That's why we at Teguar stand by a Professional Lifecycle Management Guarantee, which means that we only make product changes when absolutely required, and we keep as many aspects of the hardware consistent as possible.


In addition to our experienced and knowledgeable team, we're also an ISO-9001:2015 Certified manufacturer. We operate out of our 25,000 square foot US-based facility and are passionate about our customer's success.

Our experienced and personable US-based account managers listen to customers first and then use that information to present an honest hardware recommendation, with the priority being the customer's overall best interest. We pride ourselves on ease of customization, including reconfigured tech specs, modified hardware designs, custom BIOS, and more. Thanks to a full staff of US-based designers and service technicians allowing us the agility to handle custom requests, Teguar won't back down from an unique project. 

Teguar offers industrial computers that are sleek and sophisticated without being fragile, because we believe that aesthetics are important and don't need to be sacrificed for ruggedness.

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About the Author
Matt Nadolny, Marketing Manager of Teguar Computers

Matt Nadolny is the Marketing Manager for Teguar Computers. Though he has always had an interest in technology, joining the team in 2020 marked the beginning of his pursuit to understand more about the industrial and medical hardware offered at Teguar, which he now researches and writes about with the help of Teguar's Product Management and Sales teams.

Outside of Teguar-related topics like the one above, Matt enjoys spending time with his family, playing games, making music, and getting lost down Internet rabbit holes of niche information.