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12,960 Different Ways to Configure Your Industrial Operator Station

HIS Industrial Workstations can be configured in 12,960 different waysHope Industrial Systems Industrial Operator Stations are designed to provide a low-cost platform that can be configured in more than 12,960 ways. Our workstations consist of an industrial Universal Mount Monitor, cable exit plate option, and monitor mount. Other optional accessories, including PC/thin client enclosures, keyboards, and KVM extenders, are available depending on your requirements.

When combined with a PC/thin client enclosure, these workstations offer a sealed, clean, and cool operating environment for any user-supplied PC or thin client – even in full wash-down environments. All operator station components are supported by a 3-year warranty and most are in stock and ready for same-day shipping.

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Did You Know Our Customers Have Installed over 100,000 Monitors on All 7 Continents?

17" Industrial Panel Mount Monitor

17″ Industrial Panel Mount Monitor

We have never made a big deal of this, so you may not be aware: Hope Industrial Systems has shipped more than 100,000 industrial monitors worldwide. Since HIS was founded in 2000, our products have been installed in over 60 different countries in a wide range of industrial applications. We are proud to say that over 85% of those who purchase our monitors are repeat customers. (more…)

Repairing Industrial Displays and Touch Screens

19" Universal Mount Monitor with food ingredients caked on the enclosure was returned to us to repair a broken window. We replaced the touch sensor and returned the monitor to "like new" condition for many more years of service.

This 19″ Universal Mount Monitor (left) had years of food ingredients caked on the enclosure and was returned to us to repair a broken window. On the right is the same monitor after replacing the touch sensor and returning the monitor to “like new” condition for many more years of service.

We work to minimize failures.

Hope Industrial monitors and touch screens are built to withstand even the harshest industrial environments. Because we are confident in the durability of our products, all Hope Industrial monitors are supported by:

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Calibrating a Hope Industrial Touch Screen on a Raspberry Pi

Hope Industrial UM22 Touchscreen and Keyboard with Raspberry Pi internally integrated

Hope Industrial UM22 Touchscreen and Keyboard with Raspberry Pi internally integrated

We have many customers who use our Industrial Touch Screens and Workstations as a rugged, wash-down capable front-end for a simple Raspberry Pi computer.  Over the years we have written several articles about ways to both physically mount and install/calibrate the touch screen using the Raspbian OS.  We’ve also written some general Linux overview articles that review the various ways to use our displays with Linux.

The Raspbian OS has evolved a bit and some of the methods we previously mentioned no longer work as written.  Most importantly, newer versions now include libinput instead of evdev.  Here is an updated version of our recommended method for using any Hope Industrial touch screen with the latest versions of Raspbian 9 Stretch (kernel 4.9).

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New Touch Screen-Disabling Utility for Screen Cleaning

New screen cleaning program allows user to easily clean touch screen

Hope Industrial touch screens are designed and 3rd-party certified to withstand the toughest, dirtiest industrial environments. At the same time, our resistive touch screens are pressure sensitive so a user can easily interact with the computer, even while wearing heavy gloves. This can be a problem: a screen that is designed to get dirty will need to be periodically cleaned, and wiping down a powered-on touch screen can cause accidental touches in your click-sensitive software.

The Hope Industrial Screen Cleaning Utility is the perfect solution.

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Using Hope Industrial Touch Screens with Linux

Ubuntu Operating System

“How well do your touch screens work with Linux?” is a question we get very often. While the short answer is always “perfectly!” there is more than one way to support and align our touch screens with Linux operating systems, and which to choose often depends on the particular circumstances of a given application. In this article we will provide a high level overview of some of the more common methods for supporting Linux.

In future articles we will provide step-by-step technical descriptions of how to use these techniques, but in the meantime if you have any specific questions just let us know and we’ll do our best to help you out.

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New Floor Stand Options Create Free-Standing Pedestal Workstations

Industrial Workstation with Optional Floor Stand

Industrial Workstation with Optional Floor Stand with locking casters, and close up of Floor Stand with Leveling Feet

Since their release nearly 15 years ago, our Industrial Monitor Pedestal Mounts have been one of our most popular display mounting options. Combined with an industrial touch screen, keyboard, and PC Enclosure, the pedestal base allows placement of a full HMI workstation anywhere on the factory floor.

Download Industrial Workstation Datasheet

Beginning this month we now offer two different optional floor stands for use with our Yoke and Pedestal mounts. Available with either locking casters with durable 3” wheels or with adjustable leveling feet, these floor stand kits can be used with any of our 4” x 4” pedestals, and can even be used to retrofit existing pedestals for free-standing use. (more…)

New Industrial Monitors and Accessories for Hazardous Locations

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Sample label from one of our stainless 17″ Panel Mount monitors with touch screen window

Underwriters Laboratories (UL) was invited to test our Hazloc-rated displays, Keyboards, and monitor-mounted KVM Extenders for Class I, II, and III, Division 2 hazardous locations and Type 12/4/4X environments (Type 1 for Rack Mount Displays) and we are pleased to report that we now offer 182 industrial products that are rated by UL for hazardous locations!

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Most Monitors and Accessories Available for Immediate Shipment

instock-productsHope’s Production Facility in Roswell, GA has been busy preparing for your end of year needs, working hard to ensure that our stock levels are sufficient to meet the increased demand we always see in December. Our warehouse shelves are fully stocked, with most monitors, Keyboards, KVM Extenders, mounting options, and Thin Client/PC Enclosures available to ship immediately! (more…)

Tethered Stylus Options for Resistive Industrial Touch Screens

PDA Panache’s large (VTET), medium (MTET), and small (BTET) tethered styluses.

PDA Panache’s large (VTET), medium (MTET), and small (BTET) tethered styluses.

As we’ve talked about in other posts, our touch screen displays use resistive touch technology because of its many benefits to the industrial user. One of the most important of these is the fact that resistive sensors are pressure sensitive, which means that a gloved hand, a stylus, or most anything else can trigger a touch.

While most industrial HMI applications use interface screens designed to simply press with your finger (meaning, large buttons), we have some customers who require a stylus for increased accuracy. Over the years, we’ve recommended PDA Panache styluses to many users. We’ve found the company’s simple and sturdy designs well suited for many industrial environments.

We’ve tested many PDA Panache styluses but we generally recommend the VTET (large), MTET (medium), and BTET (small) models. (more…)

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