INDUSTRIAL PC & EMBEDDED COMPUTERS

 

Industrial PC, also known as an IPCs or Industrial Computers, is a rugged solution designed to fulfill demanding environmental requirements, such as protection from extreme temperatures, liquids & dust, & high shock and vibration.

Why Migrate to a New Industrial PC/Computer?

When compared with client systems, Industrial PCs offer greater customization, scalability, and reliability, plus a longer product life cycle. IPCs can also converge with other platforms, like high-resolution vision systems. More importantly, their fanless designs & low-power designs make embedding Industrial PCs in smaller, more compact form factors easily possible, which is ideal for space-constrained environments.

Below are some essential pointers that why migrating to a new Industrial PC is now imminent-

  • Enables digital manufacturing without rip and replace: With Industrial PCs, you can connect and innovate with IoT and AI while preserving your environment and minimizing downtime during your migration.
  • Avoid obsolete technology: Run the latest industrial applications and get faster software upgrades.
  • Improve security and manageability: Get better protection against cyber-attacks and efficient remote management of patching processes.

What makes Acura’s Industrial & Embedded Computers different?

Acura Embedded Systems provides feature-rich, robust Embedded Computer Systems engineered for long operational life, even in harsh environments and extreme applications. Acura Embedded Systems follow the Intel® Roadmap to ensure access to the latest, powerful Intel chipsets and processors.

All Acura Industrial & Embedded computer systems are powerful, rugged, compact, and easily configurable. They boast of an all-aluminum chassis and advanced thermal management system and are field-tested to withstand extreme environments, shock & vibration, extended temperature ranges, and other harsh elements.

Please go through our best in class portfolio of embedded computer models or opt for a custom-designed solution that will always meet all your requirements or specifications.

So, if you’re looking for an industrial/embedded PC, you can rely on us as your industrial/embedded computer systems provider and service center, contact Acura Embedded Systems today!

Industrial Computers Markets & Industries

Our Products

Acura designs and manufactures rugged mobile computers, Surface Systems, panel computers, C1D1 Tablets as well as dispatch and surveillance software systems for use by Oil and Gas, Automation, and Emergency Personnel.

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PowerBricks

Acura Embedded offers quality and technologically advanced computer solutions for industrial mobile use. Our clients implement these products in divergent sectors like logistics, hydro-electric plants, fire and police departments.

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Panel PCs

Acura offers a wide application of Panel PCs, such as HMI and Surface Systems. Specifically designed for rugged use in logistics, oil and gas, mining industries, food and beverage processing, and many other industrial automation fields. Acura Embedded Panel computers are available from 7″ to 22″ LCD multi-touch screens.

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Rugged Tablets

A wide selection Zone 0, Class 1 Division 1 and industrial grade Tablets for digitizing workflow in hazardous locations. Able to run Windows, Linux and Android allows for seamless connectivity with surface systems, automation computers, and security surveillance.

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Industrial PC

Industrial Computing Built for Harsh Environments

Industrial PCs at Acura Embedded Systems feature the latest Industrial Computing has to offer. Acura’s Industrial Computers help reduce downtime and prevent failures as they are engineered for use in today’s most challenging computing environments. Further, fanned systems are essential in today’s demanding world. They get cooled with cross-case ventilation designed to maximize airflow. At the same time, they prevent damage or failure due to dust, debris, and vibration by implementing our proprietary, fully solid-state drives, and other similar configurations.

Generally speaking, it is a computer with all the features of an Industrial PC, where the complete system (i.e., DAQ boards, IPC, etc.) is housed in a single mechanical structure. Also, more often than not, the housing is either a standalone cabinet for rack-mount use or bench-mount.

It's a computer with all the features of an Industrial PC housed in a much smaller mechanical structure if you compare it to a workstation. This often translates to less expansion slots (or no slots at all). But its lower weight & small footprint makes it an ideal solution for panel or wall mounting, and swivel-arm applications too. Also, external devices often perform signal conditioning and data acquisition.

An Industrial Computer can support all typical applications or industrial market segments; this includes:

  • General automation and factory applications
  • Data acquisition for Gauging, Automatic machine tool control applications and statistical Process Control and
  • Stand-alone or networked controller for optimum data collection.
  • Handling equipment, motion control.
  • Manufacturing, cell controllers, etc.

Industrial PCs are specifically designed to withstand harsh shop-floor environments, i.e., extremes of dust, vibration, temperature, humidity, & power surges. Whereas Commercial PCs are not intended for these purposes.
Before choosing a ‘PC’ for your application, consider the following factors:

  • Temperature: If appropriately utilized, Industrial Computers can be rated to work up to 45°C, while commercial PCs should preferably stay below the 35°C temperature range.
  • Shock or Vibration: In Industrial Computers, Disk Drives can be mounted on shock absorbers, providing mechanical isolation and cushioning.
  • Dust: Cooling Fans (when external to the chassis) are usually supplied with special filters to keep out dust and other contaminants. Moreover, with systems which comes with a positive air pressure flow within the chassis, you can also obtain:
  • Consistently clean airflow inside the chassis
  • Direct cooling of magnetic media (hard disk, CDROM), power supply, and other system components.
  • Humidity: Machine tool environments (machining centers, grinding machines, transfer lines, etc.) are often affected by liquid contaminants or coolants. Also, more often than not, the plant itself may reach high relative humidity values, in which a commercial PC cannot possibly survive.
  • Power supply: Spikes, Surges, and noise on AC power sources are widespread on the factory floor. Thus, computers must always be supplied with clean, stabilized DC voltages under any condition.
  • EMI: Shielding, Proper Grounding, and electrical design assure proper isolation and compliance with internationally recognized electrical standards.
  • IP/NEMA protection

Theoretically, it is possible, practically, there might be some complications. To use a commercial PC or even a generic “industrialized PC” for standard gauging applications, you should keep the issues in mind:

  • Mechanical adaptation Industrial PCs and DAQ cards do not adequately take into account the physical connections of sensors, transducers, PLC/CNC I/O signals to the ‘outside world.’
  • Fitness for usage on the shop floor
  • Environmental protection rating (IP / NEMA)
  • Heat dissipation
  • Electrical Surges, etc.

Office computers, regardless of CE, FCC, UL/CSA, etc. markings may still be unsuitable for metrological applications. Special attention must be paid to subtle electrical engineering problems like shielding, component choice, grounding, etc. to make sure that you always measure ‘microns’ instead of noise.

You should know that Industrial CPU cards are specifically designed to survive harsh shop-floor environments, whereas Commercial PCs or the 'standard' system components could get easily damaged by the extremes of temperature, vibration, & electrical noise Commercial motherboards are generally not designed for such situations.

In your typical commercial PCs or off-the-shelf computers, Motherboards generally come cheap, but you don't get the following:

  • Electronic components (typical industrial PCs or off-the-shelf computers use regular electrolytic capacitors can cause the heat inside the chassis will cause the electrolyte to dry up over time. This, in turn, can cause shorts, erratic system behavior and similar problems)
  • Mechanical components (typical commercial PCs or off-the-shelf computers use connectors with a short insertion life or improperly coated pins, therefore subject to poor electrical continuity over time).
  • Poor grounding, shielding, isolation. Poorly designed motherboards in typical commercial PCs or off-the-shelf computers do not provide an ideal multi-layer design for effective signal routing, ground and power plane separation for EMI/RFI compliance.

The standard panel PCs and industrial PCs by Acura can be mounted in an existing cabinet with the provided mounting clips. Simply screw the clips into the side holes on the back of bezel, but don't tighten it all the way. Also, slide the panel metal between the bezel and clip to tighten it correctly. The display will stay in place because of the pressure.

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Rugged PC

Acura Embedded Systems- Supplying the Rugged PC You Need

Acura Embedded Systems specializes in the development and customization of rugged and semi-rugged laptops and mobile tablets. Each device by Acura offers multiple configurations & hardware options and create mission-specialized and application-specific computers. We are deeply committed to ensuring that every single Rugged PC we provide reaches the necessary standards of quality.

Rugged PCs have features like magnesium or aluminum casings, waterproof and backlit keyboards, shock-mounted disk drives or solid-state drives, and hardened sunlight-readable displays. Some Rugged PCs can even withstand a 6-foot drop on to concrete or even submersion in water.

One of the biggest challenges with using a computer in the field is the environment. The environmental differences can differ drastically from job to job, if your company undertakes International Missions in the winter in Alaska, or the summer in Kandahar, or anywhere in between, a Rugged PC is the only situation. Plus, sites are consistently remote and reachable only via off-road vehicles, which encounter a large amount of shock and vibration navigating the harsh terrain.

Between extreme temperatures (both hot and cold), dust, electromagnetic interference (EMI), and shock & vibration, it is very easy to have equipment failure with any standard Industrial Computer Systems.

Non-rugged or Industrial Computers such as your day to day desktops and laptops do not have measures inherent to their designs to protect the electronics. This makes the failure rates of these computers in the field very high. So, the only way to ensure that your computer will be able to excel in harsh environments for mission-critical applications is to ruggedize it.

You can expect a 20% loss (approximately) of capacity after 200 full cycles. This is almost equal to about a year’s worth of being used every business day. Plus, it is common across Li-ION batteries in today’s computers, laptops, and tablets. The battery should undoubtedly last several years, but expect it to get weaker over time. Moreover, keeping the battery cool during the summer months can significantly increase the lifecycle of any battery.

Acura’s Rugged Computers are designed to meet and exceed the following specifications:+

  • IP67: Dust and Water Ingress Protection
  • MIL-STD-167: Mechanical Vibration of Shipboard Equipment
  • MIL-STD-461 E/F: Electromagnetic Interference (EMI)
  • MIL-STD-704F: Standardized Power Interface between a Military Aircraft and all its Equipment
  • MIL-STD- 810G: Shock and Vibration
  • MIL-S-901D Grade A: Shock Testing for Shipboard Equipment or the Navy Barge Test
  • MIL-STD-1553 or ARINC-429: The Military & Commercial Serial Bus Standard
  • DO-160G: Avionics Hardware Environmental Testing
  • Class 1 Division 2: Hazardous Location

We highly recommend using a non-abrasive cleaning substance like 409, or Glass plus, etc. with a soft cloth (preferable plain and light-weight) to clean the unit. Try not spray the cleaner directly on to the device; spray on the fabric, and do not submerge the device or any of the accessories.

Numerous studies have shown that Rugged PCs or Rugged Computers cost less to own, even though their initial price is higher. Not to mention, the essential factors associated with Rugged PCs, i.e., fewer repairs and less equipment failure, they add to the value of a Rugged PC.
Moreover, rugged devices are essential in today's mobile computing environment. Construction, Healthcare, Public safety, field service, natural resource-related, military, public and private utilities, fieldwork and exploration, building and home inspection, aviation, marine, distribution and warehousing, transportation the list goes on. These are some of the industries or fields of endeavor that can take advantage of computer automation, and the availability of rugged and ruggedized computers subsequently result in productivity gains for you or your clients.

Acura has years of record of excellence and is the market leader in rugged computing. All Acura products are optimized for continuous operation under extreme environmental conditions, and all Acura products are designed, manufactured, and heavily tested.
We pride ourselves on our customer service, too, and are committed to 100% on-time delivery with zero errors on every unit we ship. Acura Embedded Systems has the resources & expertise to accommodate the most demanding requirements. Lastly, our attention to detail is evident throughout the design and manufacturing process.

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