With the gaining popularity of PC-based control systems, plant engineers are turning to industrial PCs (IPCs) for control, HMI and data collection applications. Industrial PCs set themselves apart from office-grade PCs by offering touchscreen operation, industrial-grade mounting option and overall more rugged design.
As in any control system, uptime is critical for an industrial application. From high-output machinery to time-sensitive data to critical processes, machine downtime is the dreaded scenario for every plant. This white paper identifies the top five challenges typically encountered on the factory floor, and offers some criteria to consider when selecting industrial PCs and associated components.