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. Continue Reading…

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. Continue Reading…

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). Continue Reading…

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. Continue Reading…

New Product Documentation Library

17" Panel Mount Monitor User Manual Cover Page

17″ Panel Mount Monitor User Manual

Check out our new Product Documentation Library, located in the Support section of our website.

We have drawings and user manuals for past and current industrial monitors, as well as installation instructions for our other industrial products.

Please let us know if the documentation you are looking for is not listed.

 

 

More Advanced Options for Industrial Touch Screens

Elo Touch Screen Properties Control Panel

Elo Touch Screen Properties Control Panel

Depending on the environment, there are different requirements for user interfaces and how people need to interact. Recognizing this, Elo added a few features to their drivers that provide some advanced functionality to enhance usability for very specific purposes.

Click on Touch

Some interfaces require that the end user only perform a single momentary tap or click with no desire to drag anything or no need to “click and hold” for any amount of time. A good example would be a motor toggle or a machine that requires fine tune adjustments by just one tap or click at a time. This feature is particularly effective if your user interface requires only a single instant click.

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A Simple Industrial Touch Screen Driver for Ubuntu Linux

Ubuntu Linux Desktop

Ubuntu Linux Desktop

More and more often, our industrial touch screen customers are taking advantage of the open source Linux operating system, Ubuntu. Ubuntu has evolved into a versatile, easy-to-configure environment with a large community following and massive support from the company Canonical. We have seen a steady increase in calls from customers leveraging Linux in industrial environments, and in recent years Ubuntu has been leading the charge. In addition to the standard Elo-provided Linux driver, Ubuntu users now have a very simple touch screen driver solution that requires no new software. Continue Reading…

Elo Cursor Edge Acceleration Demonstration

A demonstration of the Cursor Edge Acceleration feature available with Elo touch screen drivers.

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. Continue Reading…

Advanced Mouse Functions with an Industrial Touch Screen

Elo Touch Screen Properties Control Panel

Elo Touch Screen Properties Control Panel

In most typical applications, Hope Industrial touch screens are used to be part of a PC-based HMI configuration, performing some type of PC-based control of an industrial process. The programs that generate these automation interfaces are generally designed with a very simple interface: large on-screen buttons allow simple interaction to a busy, often gloved worker. Generally, the user does not interface with the underlying PC operating system. To operate this type of application, the touch screen does no more than simply pass single “clicks” to the computer, which responds as if a mouse button was clicked. Continue Reading…

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