Replacing Another Panel Mount Monitor with a Hope Industrial Monitor

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:

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A Sleeping Monitor, A Simple Problem

Windows Power Settings Control Panel

Windows Power Settings

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. Continue Reading…

Industrial Wall Mount Folding Keyboards Video Overview

An overview of Hope Industrial’s line of industrial Wall Mount Folding Keyboards at the International Dairy Show 2011 in Atlanta, GA.

Stay tuned for more product demos.

Hope Industrial Looks Back on 2011

Snow Storm January 2011

Snow Storm at Hope Industrial Offices, January 2011

In this final week of December, like most people we at Hope Industrial have been reflecting on the past year. 2011 has been a wonderful year for us with solid growth, many new products released, and several milestones passed. We are extremely thankful for all of our new customers, and also indebted to the many companies who have standardized on our products over the years.

The Hope Industrial family has grown this year, and there are many new faces here in our Atlanta offices. Of the many milestones we passed in 2011, we are most proud to announce the sale of our 35,000th monitor just this month!

Here are some other notable events of the past year: Continue Reading…

How We Use Waterproof Conduit for Industrial Monitor Cabling

Cables routed through Conduit and Cover Plate

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. Continue Reading…

Multi-Monitor Windows Management for Industrial HMI Applications

UltraMon Screen Rotation Capability

UltraMon Screen Rotation Capability

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: Continue Reading…

New Product in Development: NEMA 4X PC Enclosure

NEMA 4X PC Enclosure

New NEMA 4X PC Enclosure

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! Continue Reading…

New Folding Keyboard Mount for Low-Profile Installations

New Industrial Wall Mount Folding Keyboard

New Industrial Wall Mount Folding Keyboard

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.

Corrosion Resistance of Stainless Steel

Surface corrosion on stainless steel

Surface corrosion on stainless steel

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. Continue Reading…

Environmental Ratings: Third-Party Certification vs. Self-Certification

Did you know that NEMA does not require independent testing of monitor enclosures to assure compliance? Because of this, many industrial monitor manufacturers actually “self-certify” their products as being NEMA-rated or IP-sealed, leaving the customer at the mercy of whatever testing methods the manufacturer has decided to use.

At Hope Industrial Systems, we take a different approach. Continue Reading…

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