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Using the Intel NUC for Industrial Applications

Intel NUC mounted inside a Hope Industrial Thin Client Enclosure

Intel NUC mounted inside a Hope Industrial Thin Client Enclosure

The NUC (Next Unit of Computing) from Intel is a small single board computer kit made by Intel and intended for use in any location where a small, cool, and energy efficient yet somewhat powerful computer is required. Intel intends for the device to be used in most any application ranging from digital signage to industrial/commercial kiosks to home entertainment. We’ve had a number of customers ask about suitability of the NUC for use with our industrial touch screen and workstation products, so we thought we’d get our hands on one and take a look. (more…)

Displaying HDMI Video Signals on Hope Industrial Monitors

HDMI to DVI Adapter from StarTech.com

A simple HDMI to DVI Adapter from StarTech.com

HDMI is one of the most common video connectors in the market. This standardized connector offers tremendous versatility, supporting digital video, audio, and even network traffic on a single connector. The availability of multiple connector sizes for different sized devices has quickly made HDMI a standard feature in many consumer and business devices from phones and tablets, to laptops, to thin clients.
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Displays and Touch Screens Built to Last

8-year-old Industrial Universal Mount Monitor

Universal Mount Monitor with a particularly hard life

Hope Industrial Displays are built to handle abuse of many forms. Our displays are used in a wide variety of extremely tough environments where they see everything from daily steam cleanings to chemical exposure to the occasional run-in with a forklift.

But every once in awhile our repairs department sees a particularly tortured product come in for repair.

Consider the following: this Universal Mount 19″ Touch Screen has been in service for nearly 7 years inside an industrial equipment paint booth. During this time, the monitor has been subjected to constant heat, paint over-spray, and dousing with solvents to keep the worst of the paint off of the touch screen’s acrylic surface. (more…)

Using a Raspberry Pi with a Hope Industrial Systems Touch Screen Part II: Touch Screen Setup

Hope Industrial UM22 Touchscreen and Keyboard with Raspberry Pi internally integrated

Hope Industrial UM22 Touchscreen and Keyboard with Raspberry Pi internally integrated

In our last post we introduced our Raspberry Pi proof-of-concept project and outlined the physical components and setup required for using the Raspberry Pi as an industrial touch screen PC in a harsh environment. Please see our previous post for important information to consider before integrating a Raspberry Pi with our industrial touch screens.

In this post, we will show how easy it is to set up the Raspbian Operating System to work with a Hope Industrial touch screen without adding any third-party drivers. This how-to assumes a basic understanding of Linux command line use and text file editing. Feel free to contact us with any questions. (more…)

Using a Raspberry Pi with a Hope Industrial Touch Screen and Keyboard

Hope Industrial UM22 Touchscreen and Keyboard with Raspberry Pi internally integrated

Hope Industrial UM22 Touch Screen and Keyboard with Raspberry Pi internally integrated

The Raspberry Pi is a small single-board computer originally created by the Raspberry Pi Foundation as an affordable tool for teaching computer science. Due to its low cost, ease of use, and broad community support, the Raspberry Pi is now being used in a variety of diverse settings with users installing them in everything from home automation systems to autonomous aircraft.

Most of our customers connect our touch screens and displays to full industrial or commercial PCs and thin clients for industrial HMI and SCADA applications. But with the popularity of the Raspberry Pi, we have had multiple customers ask about compatibility of our screens with the popular single-board device. (more…)

Announcing Third-Party IP66 Testing for Hope Industrial Products

Damaged caused to a non-IP66 rated industrial monitor

Dust damage caused to a non-IP66 rated industrial monitor

Recently Hope Industrial sent several of our key products – our Panel Mount Monitors, Universal Mount Monitors, monitor-mounted KVM products, keyboards, and cover plates – through third-party IP66 environmental certification testing, and all of the products completed and passed the testing. Although our products had previously been tested and confirmed as NEMA 4X certified in years past, which also implied IP66 ratings were met, we wanted to ensure they fully meet the IP66 rating by using Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL), a trusted independent product safety certification organization, for the testing. (more…)

Meeting International Quality Standards for Our Customers

Monitors installed in climatic chamber for temperature and humidity tests

Monitors installed in climatic chamber for temperature and humidity tests

At Hope Industrial Systems we recognize the important role safety and performance play in our ability to deliver the high quality products our customers expect. As an extra step in quality assurance to ensure our products adhere both to the standards we assert and to the quality our customers deserve, we’ve adopted International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standards for the testing of several of our key products. (more…)

Product Spotlight: Industrial Monitor Screen Protectors

Screen Protector on a 17" Panel Mount Touch Screen

Screen Protector on a 17″ Panel Mount Touch Screen

Our industrial touch screens use resistive touch sensors (discussed here), which are well suited for harsh industrial environments. The outer layer of these sensors is made of a polyester sheet that is coated with an acrylic “hard-coat” film for added scratch prevention. As a result, our touch screen sensors have a hard-wearing surface that is suitable for most environments. (more…)

Using WiFi-Enabled Devices inside Steel PC Enclosures

WiFi-Enabled Thin Client Enclosure Workstation

Our line of industrial thin client enclosures and industrial PC enclosures were designed to accommodate a wide range of customer computer hardware ranging from industrial “brick PCs” to desktop form factor computers.

These enclosures allow the PC to be placed at the point of use, without necessarily using special, high cost industrial computing hardware. In most cases, the only wiring requirements are the AC power input and a single Ethernet cable for network access. For many customers, network access is required but no Ethernet is available. This is particularly common on production lines where frequent retooling means that HMI workstations can be moved as needed.

In these cases, wireless network access is the obvious solution, but how well does WiFi work when the device is enclosed in a fully sealed and grounded steel enclosure? Given the wide variety of devices used in our enclosures, there is no single method that works for everyone, but we have devised a few different methods that work in most cases. (more…)

Hope Industrial is Ready for RoHS2

Monitor Labels

Monitor Labels (old label on top) – new labels no longer require a separate RoHS mark

The RoHS directive is a set of European Union regulations that relates to restriction of hazardous materials in electronic and electrical equipment. This directive came into force in 2006 and covers a wide range of electrical and electronic products.

Like most electronics vendors, we at Hope Industrial have worked with our suppliers over the years to ensure that our products are RoHS compliant (as detailed here). (more…)

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