The advancements in the computer tech industry have been robust, and there are many applications and devices that have proved to be highly beneficial to businesses. One such device is the touch panel PC which incorporates the use of an industrial built PC and display into a single functioning unit. The benefits of such a device are so enormous such that you will find them in almost every industry.
Whether you are running a small business or a big one, there are available options regarding size that ensures that you get one that is within your budget. If you have decided that it is time to get one for your business, how do you go about ensuring that you get the best value for your money? The following are tech factors that you should consider:
1. How is input detected: Capacitive or Resistive?
The two touchscreen varieties that come with touch screen panels are capacitive and resistive. These have to do with the way the screen senses when contact is made on the screen surface. Capacitive uses the disturbance in the electrostatic fields while resistive uses the pressure on the finger that changes the electrical resistance on the screen. Both are good, but your choice depends on the nature of your business. Resistive is best used in industrial environments which do not require detailed touch accuracy that capacitive sense usually offers.
2. With or without a fan?
The mode of cooling your panel PC is paramount. Depending on the one you choose, it will determine the smooth running of your PC. For instance, when using a fan, debris, dust, dirt and similar particles can enter and interfere with your PC during work. The tech of a fanless touch panel PC is, therefore, good in preventing entry and buildup of environmental factors inside your PC.
The place of mounting your panel PC should be established before its purchase. This will enable you to choose the correct panel mounting option and the right size panel which allows easy installation. The available mounting includes panel, open frame, VESA, wall, stand or articulating arm among others. The mount that you will choose will depend on the size and the design of the panel PC.
4. IP rating
IP stands for Ingress Protection which is the indication of how effective your enclosure is in sealing out the entry from solids and liquids. The highest ingress rating for solids is 6 while that of liquids is 8. This means that an IP rating of IP68 has the ability to resist dust and is waterproof to a submerging depth of 1 meter. The rating will help you to choose the right panel PC and a suitable place to put your panel PC so that the elements do not destroy it.
Despite the developments in tech, the majority of the monitors and touchscreens cannot emit the light that is comparable to that of the sun. Screens are made with a different measure of brightness, and it is important to choose the one that best suits your purpose. If you intend to place it outdoors where the glare of the sun is high, you should choose the one with a high measure of brightness.
6. Size of the panel PC
Touch panel PCs come in a variety of sizes right from 3.5 inches to 52inches. For industrial purposes, you can choose to use 15, 24, 32 or even 42-inch displays. You can choose any depending on your budget and applications.
Deciding to invest in a panel PC requires that you choose the right tech to serve your purpose and get you the value for your money.