Industrial panel PCs are becoming more and more popular in the manufacturing industry. The manufacturing environments choose to deploy industrial panel PCs because of their reliability and durability.
The rewards of deploying industrial panel PCs in manufacturing are generous. By efficiently capturing, processing and using data in the workplace, enterprises can simplify working-flow, improve staff efficiency, and ensure accurate and timely data sharing. Industrial panel PCs have eliminated the tedious and inefficient paper path, raising the productivity of manufacturing mobile workers to new heights.
The manufacturing environment is very demanding, so the equipment must be strong, durable and reliable to withstand impact, vibration, dirty and dusty environment, liquid overflow and other harmful conditions for electronic equipment. Bumps, falls and impacts, extreme ambient temperatures - industrial grade tablet computers used in manufacturing must run perfectly
under these conditions. The IP level and extensive testing and certification of industrial panel PCs provide the necessary reliability and durability.
Due to the compatibility requirements of manufacturing industry, industrial tablet computers are mainly based in Windows or Linux. Windows provides complete compatibility with most operating systems. Easy to use, familiar with user interface and enterprise productivity software, make industrial tablet computers easy to use for end users and facilitate deployment and maintenance of IT personnel. The Windows operating system enables pre existing desktop or HMI and fixed terminal applications to migrate to mobile devices with minimal adjustment and redevelopment. The ability to maintain maximum compatibility with manufacturing back-end systems is critical for timely and secure data synchronization and staff efficiency.
Multi touch support for industrial touch-screen computers requires mutual capacitive touch technology with pair driven and sensing units. Gestures such as kneading and scaling are based on multi touch and can not be implemented on only one or two touchscreens. They also need the right software in the controller. Touch drivers provide only touch locations - other algorithms are needed to recognize and respond to gestures. Fortunately, software modules that provide this functionality are readily available on Windows and Linux systems.
Not all applications have a budget or require multi-touch, single/double touch self-capacitance technology, only a set of reference ground drive lines, about 30% cheaper. If your system only provides users with a series of buttons, self-capacitance technology is enough. It has other advantages - it's less sensitive to noise and more rugged.
There's another option: resistive touch. According to our understanding, even though it is considered cheaper, in fact, the price difference between this and self-capacitor technology is very small and the technology is not so sensitive. It is also often used for gloved hands, but capacitance technology can also be used here due to increased sensitivity.
Both capacitance technologies can work well through cover slides or lenses, thus protecting the system from abuse and environmental impact. One area we often help is to set sensitivity correctly. Increasing sensitivity can lead to false contact and noise sensitivity - while reducing sensitivity can affect performance and availability.