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Industrial computers with a touchscreen are a very popular piece of equipment to have in manufacturing or on your shop floor. However, many companies remain stuck in the past and use consumer-grade computers that include a keyboard and mouse. Not only is that computing option more likely to fail and cause disruptions in your operations, there are many reasons where using an industrial panel PC (IPC) can save you time and money in the long run. Here are six of those benefits.
When personnel are operating a PC and using a keyboard, they are constantly looking up at the screen and then down at their fingers if frequent data entry is required. Using a touchscreen, everything is in front of their face. They are not turning their attention from the screen, which increases productivity, and is safer as less mistakes have the potential to be made.
Panel mount PCs can be placed almost anywhere; they can be integrated into equipment and machinery, or into walls and control panels. Industrial computers use software that can be updated as needed, allowing you to tackle more complex tasks if your application calls for it.
Industrial panel PCs with a touchscreen are built to last. They can withstand vibration, shock, and heavy use. This is especially important if multiple employees are going to be using one unit.
Since many work environments are not going to be the cleanest, panel PCs are designed to be wiped down with water or cleansers. Most of them have an IP65 rated front bezel, which means the screen is dust and waterproof. Using a touchscreen eliminates the need for a keyboard or mouse. These two items are especially prone to dirt and dust build up, so getting rid of them makes the system a lot more hygienic.
Industrial touchscreen PCs usually have fanless cooling systems to protect the unit from sucking in dust that can damage internal components. Eliminating this common problem can dramatically improve the life of your equipment.
Keys and commands aren’t fixed on an industrial touchscreen. Depending on your application and software, you can show only functions that are completely necessary, and it can be easily configured. The keyboard interface can be included on the screen to further consolidate process functions. This also increases efficiency in a distracting environment.
In the constantly moving manufacturing environment, using an industrial touchscreen PC has many advantages over a consumer-grade product. At Teguar, we have many options that will fit perfectly into your existing environment, and we are capable of designing custom solutions when required. Contact Teguar to get more information on our available touchscreen PCs.