Newly Expanded Production Facilities

Hope Industrial Systems is pleased to introduce our newly expanded production facilities. Our loyal customers have made it possible – and necessary – for us to once again increase our available production space.

This new addition has increased production space by 270% and positions us to continue to grow and improve efficiency.

New Hope Industrial Production Facilities

New Hope Industrial Systems Production Facilities

Thanks to all of our customers for your continued support. Please feel free to visit our US Headquarters if you are ever in the Atlanta area:

Hope Industrial Systems, Inc.
1325 Northmeadow Parkway, Suite 100
Roswell, GA 30076

 

Coming Soon: New Full-Travel Keyboard with Touchpad

New Full-Travel Keyboard with Touchpad

New Full-Travel Keyboard with Touchpad

Our current keyboard line-up is based on two basic keypad designs:  an Industrial Full-Travel Keyboard with an integrated Button Pointer, and an Industrial Short-Travel Keyboard with Touchpad.  This month we have been working on our newest edition:  a Full-Travel Keyboard with an integrated capacitive Touchpad instead of the standard Button Pointer.
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Waking a Sleeping PC Using a Hope Industrial Touch Screen

With the right settings, a touch screen can wake up Windows

With the right settings, a touch screen can wake up Windows

In an industrial or manufacturing environment it is not uncommon to operate a computer with neither a keyboard or a mouse, using only a Hope Industrial touch screen to control the PC. For these situations we’ve discussed virtual keyboards to simplify data entry, and ways that a touch screen can better emulate a mouse.

A common question we get asked when users opt to run without a keyboard or a mouse is, “How do I wake up my computer from standby?” By default a PC that is in sleep or standby mode powers down the USB ports, which in effect disables the touch screen, preventing it from detecting a click and waking up the PC. Luckily with a modern properly-configured BIOS and operating system, full touch screen waking functionality is possible. Continue Reading…

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. Continue Reading…

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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In-House Touch Screen Driver Testing and Certification

Elo Touch Screen Driver CD

Elo Touch Screen Driver CD

As discussed in other posts, we have always used Elo Accutouch resistive touch sensors and controllers in our touch screen models. Aside from the usual benefits of resistive touch sensors, the Elo Accutouch system offers high quality, extremely diverse driver support, and long term compatibility (DOS drivers from 20+ years ago still work with our current RS232 models).

However, before we supply drivers for customers’ use we always fully and rigorously re-test new drivers in our own lab, and make these drivers and our findings available on our website. Today’s post will discuss our reasons for doing this extra testing on a pre-certified driver. Continue Reading…

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. Continue Reading…

New Site Search Feature Added to HopeIndustrial.com

We have added a new site search feature on our website that uses Google services. Check it out at the top of any page on our site:

New Site Search Feature

New Site Search Feature

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New “Touch Zones” Driver Feature Creates Non-Touchable Screen Areas

Touch Enabled Zone Configuration

Diagram 1 – an illustrated example of a Touch Zones configuration that would only allow touch within the confines of the HMI software

In most cases, industrial HMI software is designed to run in a full-screen mode, where all the user sees (and can therefore click on using a touch screen) is the HMI application itself. This prevents the user from interacting with the operating system directly and accidentally closing the HMI application, rebooting Windows, or worse. Continue Reading…

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. Continue Reading…

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