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…)
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 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…)
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:
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…)
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…)
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…)
Last summer, we released our line of industrial Thin Client Enclosures, which we designed to protect any industrial or desktop-grade small form factor PC or thin client device from the rigors of an industrial environment. These enclosures can be mounted on one of our industrial workstation pedestals, or directly to a wall. Combined with our industrial touch screens and optional keyboards and mounts, these enclosures create a full, rugged workstation using whichever thin client you like.
In the past year this product has become a huge success. We’ve received a lot of great feedback and most customers say don’t change a thing. But there is one request we keep hearing: make me an enclosure that is bigger and can handle even more heat! (more…)
Our new industrial keyboard, featured in the “New Product prototype: Industrial Keyboard” sneak preview back in March, is now shipping. The Industrial Wall Mount Folding Keyboard mounts to any vertical surface and is designed to be used with our Panel Mount Monitors. The keyboard folds up or down for convenient storage and has two different typing positions.
These new keyboards come with our 3-year warranty and are sealed to NEMA 4 (black powder-coated carbon steel) or NEMA 4X (stainless steel) standards. Short-travel and full-travel keypad options are available.
For more details and a full list of specifications, please see the new industrial keyboard’s page.
One of the first things customers usually say when entering our trade show stall is “Wow, the stainless steel looks great!” We do go to great lengths to make sure things look good, but most of our effort is spent ensuring that our Stainless Steel NEMA 4X products meet the functional anti-corrosive needs of our customers. Equipment used in the food/beverage, pharmaceutical, and chemical industries must be highly resistant to water, cleaning/sterilization, and other industrial chemicals. (more…)