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…

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. Continue Reading…

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. Continue Reading…

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