5 Considerations when investing in an industrial PC

Depending on your operating industry, there are several factors that can influence your decision in choosing the right industrial components. In the following article, we collected 5 important aspects to think about when investing in an industrial PC for your next project.

Topics of the article

  • CPU Performance
  • Operating Environment
  • Number of Connected Components
  • RAM and Storage Capacity
  • Industrial Regulatory Requirements
AI Self Service Checkout
EPS-CFS Industrial PC
Self-Service Checkout System with Built-In Industrial PC

1. CPU Performance

  • Operating industry: Every industry has recommended CPU and graphic cards for seamless operation. (e.g. digital signage and AI-self checkout have different requirements)
  • Operating Platform: Depending on the software requirements, you will need an architecture of X86 or ARM. They are compatible with different operating systems, so we compiled a data table to help you navigate through the hardware selection.

Industry Tip: Raspberry Pi single-board PCs can replace industrial motherboards in certain industrial applications, but they have a serious disadvantage. Compared to industrial-grade PCs, they cannot handle more demanding software. Based on their CPU performance, they struggle to operate numerous connected components (e.g. coin handlers and cameras) at the same time.

X86_vs_ARM

2. Environment

  • Indoor or outdoor environment
  • Temperature range throughout the year
  • Level of moisture
  • Level of dust contamination

Industry Tip: Crowded areas count for high levels of dust contamination even though the machines might be operating indoors.

Check out our industrial PCs to see which fits into your industry’s environment

Self-service kiosks with embedded industrial PC

3. Connected Components

  • Number of ports on the industrial PC
  • Some applications require more connected components than others
  • Level of customization options on the industrial PC (I/O ports)

Industry Tip: Every distributor has a minimum order quantity for customized products which might be too high for your project requirements. So, choose your supplier wisely to control your budget.

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ACS10-TGU Industrial PC Box

4. RAM and Storage Capacity

  • Hardware requirements of your software determine the needed RAM capacity
  • Number of storage ports (1 or 2)
  • Level of customization

Industry Tip: Every industrial PC has a maximum level of customization. For RAM, the standard options are 8/16/32 and 64 GB, but based on the type of the PC, the maximum range can vary.

Check out our case study for industrial PCs in the AI self-checkout sector

5. Regulatory Requirements

  • Different industries have different safety regulations – especially medical devices
  • Safety standards can vary based on the country of the project or industry

Industry Tip: For foreign projects double-check the safety certifications. For the EU the most common are CE, FCC and Class B certifications. 

Check out our case study for the digital signage industry

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