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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…)

Coming Soon: New KVM Extender Options

New 75 m USB KVM Extender

New 75 m USB KVM Extender

For many years, our line of Industrial KVM Extenders has been a critical part of our product line-up, allowing our customers to forego the expense and hassle of a fully ruggedized PC by extending keyboard, video, and touch screen signals from a ruggedized industrial workstation back to a standard PC or server located in a clean, safe IT closet. (more…)

Industrial Monitor Compression Gland Cable Exit Plates

Cable Exit Cavity on Hope Industrial's Universal Mount Monitors

Universal Mount Monitor Cable Exit Cavity

A common problem for any fully enclosed NEMA 4/4X, IP65/66 rated display is exactly how to get the cables in and out of the enclosure while maintaining a water-tight seal. This problem has been approached in a variety of ways by equipment suppliers, but usually the solution involves either conduit, some sort of compression gland, or watertight external connectors with custom mated cables. (more…)

Cable Retention for Industrial Monitors and Touch Screens

Showing the strength of our USB cable retention bracket

Showing the strength of our USB cable retention bracket with a 5 pound weight

Cable connections between computers and peripherals on the factory floor are expected to hold tight during the rigors of operator movement and vibration that is not typical of office environments.

Further, access to cable connections is limited since many of these devices are hidden inside enclosures, behind control panels, under cable glands and in conduit. The cost of failure is high when a cable connection comes loose and shuts down a production line while troubleshooting the problem. (more…)

Replacing Another Panel Mount Monitor with a Hope Industrial Monitor

There are several factors to consider when an existing panel mount monitor has failed and it is out of warranty. Most users opt to replace the display since many manufacturers will charge more and take longer to repair the monitor when compared to buying new. Much of the reason is due to the declining cost of LCD’s over the past several years. Therefore, it is wise to consider all the factors in total cost of ownership when selecting a monitor for a new project.

Here are the questions to ask that affect total cost of ownership:

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A Sleeping Monitor, A Simple Problem

Windows Power Settings Control Panel

Windows Power Settings

Often our customers find it critical to be able to see their HMI screens or access their systems’ controls at any given time. By default, most operating systems are designed to put the monitor or touch screen to sleep after 10 minutes. While allowing the display to sleep is recommended to extend its lifespan and conserve power, some customers find it important to be able to access their system at a moment’s notice. It is important to note that no Hope Industrial displays put themselves to sleep; they only revert to power saving (sleep) mode when they are not receiving a video signal, or have been specifically instructed to do so by the host operating system. (more…)

How We Use Waterproof Conduit for Industrial Monitor Cabling

Cables routed through Conduit and Cover Plate

Connecting electronic equipment on the factory floor is an important aspect of any control system. There are several options for connecting data and power to monitors and other devices. Regarding the cables themselves, there are options in cable quality, shielding, terminations, etc. There are also decisions that affect their appearance and how they are protected and sealed. (more…)

Multi-Monitor Windows Management for Industrial HMI Applications

UltraMon Screen Rotation Capability

UltraMon Screen Rotation Capability

Hope Industrial Systems’ Windows-based customers find UltraMon a useful application for managing multiple monitor environments. There are a few features that are particularly beneficial and effective for improved efficiency of customers’ work environments.

Advanced Shortcuts: Consistent Window Placement When Launching Applications

UltraMon has the unique ability to create special “Shortcuts” that don’t just open an application, but can also control where application windows are placed on the desktop, and how they are sized. UltraMon Shortcuts can start an application on a specific monitor, a precise location, and even an exact size.  Here is an example of how this might help in an industrial control environment: (more…)

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