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Industrial Panel PC has gradually become synonymous with industrial computers and industrial control computers, and has been widely used in self-service terminals, medical treatment, transportation, electric power, network, finance and industrial control. With the excavation of the needs of different industries, the demand for Industrial Panel PCs is also increasing, and industrial panel PCs for industrial customization requirements have become a new trend. So how to choose the industrial tablet computer that suits you?

Industrial Panel PCs usually operate in complex environments and have high requirements for data security. They usually have special designs, such as reinforcement, moisture-proof, dust-proof, impact-resistant, anti-electromagnetic interference, and radiation protection, etc.

Hardware Configuration

As an overall solution of industrial control computer + screen, compared with split solutions, industrial tablet PC has the advantage of stable performance. Industrial Panel PC requires scientific and professional heat dissipation design, while Panel PC focuses on stable CPU technology so that users can experience better CPU stability and lower power consumption. Rich interface functions are also one of the indispensable requirements when choosing, so that communication between devices can be realized.

Operating System

According to your own system requirements, you can use Windows, Linux, Android system, Hongmeng/Kylin system, etc., and you need to increase or decrease the components of the operating system (XPE, WINCE, LINUX, VXWORKS) according to your own application requirements, so as to perfectly integrate with the software.


The first step in selection is to determine the size of the panel. You must first understand the content and complexity you want to present, such as whether it is basic information, system information, graphical information, or multimedia audio-visual presentation, etc., or the application software used to determine the size of the screen. Size, resolution and aspect ratio.

Touch Options

Industrial Panel PC has two touch options: resistive touch and capacitive touch, and the touch method can be selected according to the application and occasion. Resistive panels are usually used as single-touch, which uses pressure from fingertips to control input. Since they can be used with gloves, they are ideal for many automation equipment human-machine interfaces (HMI). The capacitive panel uses the current sensing of the human finger for input, and can perform multi-touch operations such as zooming and dragging, which is suitable for interactive kiosks and entertainment systems.


Whether it is installed indoors or outdoors determines the choice of brightness. Generally speaking, the brightness of the LCD backlight required indoors is about 200 - 300 nits, while the brightness of the backlight installed outdoors is very high, about 500 - 1500 nits. When choosing a customized Panel PC, you must choose according to the brightness requirements, which not only makes the Panel PC operating experience more comfortable, but also saves power. In some industrial applications, information represented in color is more important than text and numbers, and high resolution is even more important.


In response to the rise of smart factories, the future HMI will have more functions and intelligent novel applications, which need to be equipped with high-performance processors, such as machine vision, data acquisition, voice recognition, browsing CAD files, sensing, and even creating a sense of visual presence. AR and VR applications. Some only need to be used as simple information display terminals, such as displaying production information and warehouse management, and only need processors with general performance, low power consumption, and high cost performance.

With or without fan

In factory applications, whether to install a fan needs to consider many factors. If there is a lot of dust in the environment, the dust will easily affect the operation of the fan, and then affect the stability of the system. You can choose a sealed Fanless Panel PC to avoid these problems. For applications with high computing requirements, a wide temperature and Fanless Panel PC with a special heat dissipation structure design is a better solution. There is no need to open heat dissipation holes or install fans on the system, avoiding the risk of dust entering the system. In short, whether to install a fan or not, multiple factors such as the application environment, computing requirements, and heat dissipation effects must be considered comprehensively.

IP rating

In an industrial environment, many machines and equipment face different threats, such as dust, vibration, high and low temperature, humidity, chemicals, water, etc., which may affect the operation and safety of the machine and equipment. In order to ensure normal operation in harsh environments, it is necessary to use products that meet different protection levels. IP (Protection Level, Ingress Protection) is a general international standard used to test and evaluate the dust and water resistance of products and determine their protection level. The IP rating is usually indicated by the IP code, which consists of two numbers, which respectively indicate the dustproof level and waterproof level of the product. The first number of IP indicates the level of dustproof and anti-intrusion of solid foreign objects, the highest level is 6, the second number refers to the protection factor against water or liquid, the highest level is 8, and can withstand close-range impact under specified conditions High temperature and high pressure water column impact. Industrial Panel PCs with different protection levels can be selected according to the requirements of the application environment.

Strong design

Using an industrial tablet in a harsh industrial environment requires a rugged design, including a hard, scratch-resistant glass screen (surface hardness > 7H), a wide operating temperature range, and the ability to withstand high levels of vibration and shock. In addition, it is necessary to consider the electromagnetic compatibility with other equipment installed in the control box, and it is necessary to make good protection in hardware design.


In the face of different applications or novel intelligent applications in the future, the elastic scalability can make the industrial panel computer play more roles. A general industrial Panel PC has various expansion options such as Mini PCIe, PCI/PCIe, etc., and can meet various application requirements. Through this flexible design, users can expand wireless transmission, I/O and functions to transmit data and control various peripheral devices.

Installation method

Finally, the installation method is determined according to the installed equipment or environment. Common installation methods include panel mount (Panel Mount), open frame (Open Frame), VESA mount and rack mount (Rack Mount). Install the Panel PC on the door of the control box or install the Panel PC before the machine leaves the factory. Panel installation or open architecture is the best choice. If you want to install the Panel PC on a cantilever or wall, you can use a standard 75/100mm VESA bracket for installation. If the Panel PC is to be installed in a server rack, a rack mount is suitable and can be mounted using accessories that include a rack mount bezel or a metal frame.

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