The Difference between a Personal Computer and an Industrial Computer

Industrial PCs may look similar to those we have at home, however, that is where the differences end. An industrial computer is designed to be far more robust than your average home or office PC. Industrial PCs are designed to withstand temperatures up to 45C, dust, shock and vibration, humidity, power spikes, surges, transients and noise.
An industrial PC usually has all components fitted into one standalone unit, unlike your home PC. Components for repair, replacement and upgrade are usually more readily available, even 5-10 years after manufacture, unlike a standard home or office desktop PC.

Maintenance Required

Personal maintenance of your home or office PC, usually consists of running an anti-virus and malware check, preferably daily and backing up any data to ensure it is not lost.

Industrial computers require maintenance, as if not adequately maintained, they can cause huge financial losses. A number of different contractors offer maintenance options on industrial computers. Due to the intricacy of the systems, this is a must have for any business operator.

Storage options available

Industrial computers allow users to have a wide range of storage options, unlike a standard desktop computer, with only one drive, industrial computers can support anything between 12 to 60 drives. Due to the number of drives available, industrial computers are a lot more reliable than the average desktop. Designed to last, the components are more hard-wearing than the average desktop or laptop.

One of the most important decisions in the initial design phase of an industrial PC is the selection of the control system. This will ensure your machine fully meets your needs. Dependent on your business's needs, the user interface is a crucial machine component.


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