Panel PC's are used for wide ranging applications for control and data acquisition. Panel PC's are used in process control, power generation, fabrication and refinery industries
A panel PC acts as the human-machine interface to control and supervise various settings and feedback values from a control system. The panel PC is an industrial spec motherboard which typically has more input/output connections than a normal consumer PC. Industrial motherboards in panel PC's often have a better temperature range specification and low-power fanless systems are also available. The Panel PC will have a number of RS232/RS485 ports as well as ethernet, USB and WLAN connectivity.
Panel PC's are available with touchscreen LCD displays of different sizes including widescreen format. The screens can have toughened glass and a choice of touchscreen technologies are also available. Panel PC's may use sunlight readable (Transflective) displays.
Panel PCs can be mounted in numerous ways to be integrated as part of the control system. Panels PC's are available as Chassis Mount Panel PCs, Rackmount Panel PCs and usually have VESA mounts as well as other fixings available.
Panel PCs may use Windows XP Pro as the base operating system or alternatively Linux may be used. Security is an important feature when considering software running on a SCADA panel PC platform. The SCADA Panel PC system needs to be resilient to attacks via networks and other open ports.
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