When you’re faced with the decision to buy an Industrial computer (IPC), you may be wondering where to even start. Depending on your company’s specific needs, budget and industry, there are a lot of different products and customization opportunities available to you.
Here at Diversified Technologies, we want to make this process as simple as possible for our customers. Here are some topics you need to consider when purchasing an industrial computer for your manufacturing or solutions business.
Industrial Computer (IPC) vs. Personal Computer (PC)
A standard PC is a great option for everyday work, but if you’re looking for a piece of equipment to run all day, store large amounts of data, and provide a variety of different hardware interface options, along with a multitude of ISA/PCI and PCI/PCIe port configurations, you should consider upgrading to an IPC.
Industrial computers are all about flexibility and standardization with a configuration availability of five to seven years, compared to the short availability timeframe of four to six months of a consumer PC. Industrial computers are designed to never stop running, accommodating operation 24/7, 365 days a year. Industrial PCs board footprints are aligned with long-life Intel chipsets to provide prolonged accessibility, allowing for standardization on large product roll outs and/or duplications. Additionally, IPCs are more rugged in their design and construction, making them ideal for manufacturing facilities.
At Diversified Technologies, we partner with top industrial computer equipment manufacturers like Dell, Supermicro, Zebra, Omron, B+B Smartworx, and ELO touch systems, so you can always count on the quality of your products.
Form Factor Design
Software dictates hardware, and your specification requirements dictate your hardware equipment needs. Luckily, IPCs are fully customizable when it comes to your specific application requirements.
A few variables you should consider when dealing with an IPC configuration are:
- How much processing power do you need?
- How much RAM do you need?
- How much storage do you need?
- What combination of I/O is required?
- Is RAID 1 a requirement?
Take the time to review how your existing processes and PC configurations are currently performing to help you determine if it’s time for an equipment upgrade. Before you settle on a particular piece of equipment, make sure to review the application specification requirements to ensure you have met the minimal threshold for implementation into your solution.
In order to choose the right customized IPC equipment, you need to know all the peripherals that you plan on directly interfacing with.
How many slots do you require? IPCs have unique port expansion capabilities that you can utilize when customizing your equipment. The combination and number of I/O slots (also known as IEEs or import/export elements) present will dictate the expansion capabilities of the PC. We offer configurations with legacy ISA (Industry Standard Architecture) and PCI slots, along with the latest in greatest in PCI & PCIe (Peripheral Component Interconnect express) slot configurations to help you achieve maximum expansion for your IPC requirements.
Not sure where to start?
When you’re ready to upgrade your equipment, we’re here to help! Contact the Diversified Technologies team and lean on our expertise to help you find the customized solution you need for your industrial computer set up.