This section provides an overview for panel pcs as well as their applications and principles. Also, please take a look at the list of 32 panel pc manufacturers and their company rankings. Here are the top-ranked panel pc companies as of October, 2023: 1.Marposs, 2.pironex GmbH, 3.Rockwell Automation.
A panel PC is a thin PC that can be operated with a touch panel, and is positioned as an industrial computer.
Since the main operation is via a touch panel, even those who do not normally use PCs can use them intuitively. Recently, they have been introduced into many places, such as hospitals, reception areas, convenience stores, karaoke parlors, and restaurants.
Many models are waterproof and dustproof, and can be used in places where it has been difficult to introduce ordinary PCs. Specifically, they are now used in kitchens, factories, and other places where there is a lot of dust and water droplets.
Panel PCs are used in applications that require highly visible displays and easy operability. They are incorporated as operation panels for industrial equipment or used as terminals for places such as order, reservation, production control, and reception.
Kiosk terminals such as copy machines in convenience stores and ticket reservation terminals are also panel PCs. Panel PCs are also used for ordering in restaurants, such as pubs and family restaurants, and have become a familiar device.
With the introduction of panel PCs, a customer's order is immediately displayed on a panel PC in the kitchen, so the order can be taken immediately.
Panel PCs are slim computers with a touch panel monitor and CPU integrated into a single unit. The specifications of the CPU to be installed, etc., are selected according to the intended use. LCD-TFT LCD monitors are commonly used.
Resistive analog and projected capacitive touch panels are mainly used.
Resistive Analog Method
In the resistive analog method, two transparent electrodes facing each other are placed with a gap between them. When the panel is touched, the two transparent electrodes make contact and an electric current flows. The current that flows differs depending on the position of contact, and this is used to identify the touched position.
Touch can be detected even with non-conductive materials. It is also resistant to environments where dust or water droplets can get on the touch surface. Note that multi-touch cannot be supported.
Projected Capacitive Method
In the projected capacitive method, an electrode film is attached to the panel where an electric field is generated by capacitive coupling. When a conductive index finger or other object approaches the electrode film, the capacitive coupling between the electrodes changes.
The touched position is identified from this change in capacitance coupling. This method is widely used in smartphones and other devices and enables multi-touch.
Waterproof and dustproof are realized by making various joints smaller and sealing them with rubber or gaskets.
Panel PCs are classified into the following types according to the mounting method.
Panel PCs are designed to be mounted on equipment panels or walls.
VESA standard screw holes are provided and the PC can be mounted using a stand or arm that is compatible with the VESA standard.
This is a form in which there is no frame on the outside to protect the internal parts, and the circuit board, monitor, etc. are provided bare. It is used for assembling devices as parts.
This model has a freestanding enclosure.
Other models include panel mounts and desktops with VESA standard screw holes and models that conform to 60601-1-2, the international standard for electromagnetic interference for medical use, and are designed to withstand alcohol and other disinfectants.
There are also quiet models that use aluminum heat sinks that dissipate heat easily and are fanless.
Here are some points to consider when selecting a Panel PC.
In an environment where operation is performed while wearing gloves, select a model with a resistive analog touch panel.
If the PC will be used in an environment where it will be exposed to dust or water, select a model with a waterproof and dustproof surname.
Select a panel mount or open frame model for use as an embedded device, or a VESA mount or desktop model for use as a freestanding terminal.
Depending on the environment where panel PC is used, quietness may be required. For example, quietness is required in hospitals and libraries. In such cases, choose a fanless panel PC.
Select a model that allows you to choose an operating system that is compatible with the software to be run on the panel PC.
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CONTEC is a manufacturer and developer of industrial computers founded in 1975 in Osaka, Japan as a subsidiary of Daifuku Co., Ltd. The company produces IoT devices, solutions, and components used in infrastructure, energy, medical care, and factory automation. Some of the company's products include M2M gateways and controllers for data collection, I/O modules for direct or remote control, industrial motherboards for performance reliability, and networking solutions like switching hubs for data communication. These supply clients companies like Hitachi, Mouser Electronics, and Acal BFi.
iBASE, founded in Taipei, in 2000 is a manufacturer of single board computers, motherboards and systems for the Industrial PC market. The company's product portfolio includes Industrial Panel PCs, Digital Signage Players, Network Appliances, Embedded Systems and Industrial Motherboards. Their products find application applications in the markets such as , smart building, digital signage, transportation, gaming, and retail. The company is is publicly listed in the Taipei Exchange and has ISO 9001, ISO 13485 and ISO 14001 certifications.
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AAEON Technology Inc., founded in 1992 and now a subsidiary of ASUSTeK Computer Inc., is a Taiwanese manufacturer headquartered in Taipei City, specializing in industrial and embedded computing platforms. They provides single-board computers, embedded motherboards, and network appliances. AAEON offers applications, including Smart City, Smart Manufacturing, and Smart Office, incorporating Industry 4.0 solutions, leveraging the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing, analytics, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and machine learning. Furthermore, AAEON provides Design and Manufacturing Service (DMS), encompassing every stage of the product development process. This service is tailored to meet the specific needs of industries such as automation, energy, and transportation.
Marposs S.p.A. is headquartered in Bentivoglio, Italy. The company serves industries such asa aerospace, semiconductors, machine tooling, and biomedical as a manufacturer and as a service provider. The company’s products vary by industry but include tools for gauging, profiling, and monitoring, as well as data management systems and machines for testing and automation. The company’s services include after sales service, customer training, original spare parts, retrofit and upgrade of existing machinery, and project management consulting services.
Rockwell Automation, Inc. was founded in 1903 and is headquartered in Milwakee, WI. Rockwell Automation provides industrial automation and digital transformation solutions around the world. Rockwell Automation operates through their intelligent devices, software & control, and lifecycle services segments with both hardware and software products and services. The Intelligent Devices segment offers drives, motion, safety, sensing, industrial components, and configured-to-order products. The Software & Control segment provides control and visualization software and hardware, information software, and network and security infrastructure solutions. The Lifecycle Services segment provides consulting, professional services and solutions, and connected and maintenance services through independent distributors.
B&R Industrial Automation GmbH, founded in 1979 with headquarters in Austria, is a manufacturer of automation technology, including a complete portfolio of robotics, automation, and software. The company's standard and tailored products are used in the automotive, maritime, medical device assembly, packaging, and plastics markets, among many others. The product line includes industrial PCs, I/O systems, robotics, and software for industrial components. B&R joined the ABB Group in 2017 to specialize in the integration of technology and sophisticated engineering to provide industries with solutions for machine and factory automation, motion control, and integrated safety technology.
DFI America, LLC. was founded in 1987 as a manufacturer, supplier, and distributor of industrial automation products and is headquartered in California. The company's key product categories include Industrial Motherboards and computers for heavy-duty computing tasks used in Healthcare, Industrial Automation, and more. Industrial Panel PCs serve as human-machine interfaces for industrial applications, which also include touchscreen displays. There are also System On Modules, Software, and services, and Application-specific systems being provided. The solutions that these products offer cater to the Medical industry, ODM/OEM services, Transportation, 5G & Networking, and Energy Automation.
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Beckhoff Automation LLC is the American branch of Beckhoff Automation GmbH & Co. founded in Verl, Germany. The United States headquarters is based in Savage, Minnesota. The company serves industries such as automotive, marine, semiconductors, and alternative energy with hardware and software-based solutions. The company’s five hardware product segments are industrial PCs, fieldbus components for I/O, motion drive systems, MX systems, and system-integrated machine vision products. The company also produces software for automation-related tasks.
Axiomtek, founded in 1990, and located in Taipei, Taiwan, is a manufacturer of industrial computer boards, embedded systems, and panel PCs. Their diverse product range includes single board computers, embedded boards, and system-on-module (SoM) solutions for various industrial applications like automation and manufacturing. Additionally, they offer industrial computers, touch screen panel PCs, and rugged panel PCs catering to applications in machine control, medical, and retail sectors. Axiomtek provides green products compliant with WEEE and RoHS legislations and ensures its Environmental Management System (EMS) meets ISO 14001 standards.
Pixsys Electronics was established in the early 1990s and is headquartered in Pianiga near Padua, Italy. The company services industrial sectors such as railway, water treatment, plastics, and refrigeration to customers globally. The company’s hardware components include controllers, terminals, converters, sensors, and others. The company also provides software tools for monitoring hardware performance. The company also sells a multizone monitoring and recording system called iModView and a graphic datalogger called iTrendView.
Avalue Technology is a company that develops, produces, and sells embedded and commercial computers. They were established in Taipei, Taiwan, in 2000 and now have offices all over the world, including two in the United States, one in Shanghai, China, and one in Denmark to serve the European market. Their primary offerings are a range of embedded devices, which also include various industrial computers, embedded system platforms, embedded application systems, and embedded single-board computers (SBCs).
Reikotronic is a manufacturer of Industrial TFT/LCD monitors based in Germany. Their product portfolio includes Built-in monitors that have applications as displays for machines and control consoles, whereas the Large screens are used for information display in outdoor or indoor settings. Enclosure monitors have uses in production halls of various kinds, along with the Panels and Industrial Pcs being used for outdoor advertising at production facilities, and in other industrial settings.
Wincomm Corporation is a manufacturer of medical and industrial computers based in Taiwan where it was established in 1993. The company's product range includes all-in-one panel PCs, selected monitors, rugged box PCs, and embedded software, designed to cater to a wide range of applications in the medical and numerous other industries. There are Medical Panel Pcs, Box Pc Core, and medical grade monitors along with batteries, charging stations and etc. In the industrial series, the panel PCs range from entry-level to full grade providing Oil Gas Chemistry and Food Processing solutions and many others like Pharmaceutical & Hygienic and Industrial Automation.
pironex, founded in Germany, in 2007 is a manufacturer of industrial electronics such as computers, data loggers, control devices and sensors. The company's product portfolio includes Gateways & data loggers Sensors & interfaces, Bike & vehicle technology and Software & Portals. The company serves markets such as medicine, mobility, research, industry and smart homes. The company also provides services including national distribution, product selection, installation, preventative maintenance, troubleshooting, repair and customer service.
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Lucius & Baer is a manufacturer of Industrial IT System solutions based in Germany where it was established in 1976. The company's product line includes Industrial Computers like Industrial and Portable PCs, Rugged notebooks and tablets, and Industrial Monitors that have displays with enclosures to work in extreme conditions. The military and the medical field also rely on their products which include Rugged notebooks, tablets, and convertibles, along with TFT and CRT monitors and sensor systems which can operate in extreme temperatures, pressure conditions, and other environmental impacts.
Edvision is an Electronics manufacturing firm based in Seo- Gu Incheon, Korea, that specializes in monitor production. They were created in 2009, and their products include high brightness displays, panel computers, industrial monitors, and touch screen monitors, among others. Their portfolio includes over 300 basic monitor types, and also offer bespoke solutions to customers with specialized requirements. Incheon recognized them as a Top Venture Company and awarded them a Certificate of Promising Small and Medium Enterprise in 2012.
Poindus System Corp is a manufacturer and developer of computer platforms that was founded in 2009. They are headquartered in Taipei and have three subsidiaries located in Germany, London, and the United Kingdom. Among its offerings are industrial displays, box PCs, and panel PCs. They have experience in the development and manufacture of Touch screens and All-In-One POS terminals. They have worked with various industries, including retail, healthcare, industrial automation, and hospitality.
Vecow has been a manufacturer of industrial-grade computer products and supplier of integrated solutions since 2010, having its headquarters in New Taipei City, Taiwan. The company offers specific hardware and complete systems, including Industrial Motherboards, Multi-Touch displays and computers, Frame Grabbers, and Embedded Peripherals like cameras. Regarding the systems, there are AI Computing Systems, Expandable Fanless Systems, AI-ready Inference Systems, Robust Computing, and Vehicle Computing systems that are vastly used in Autonomous cars, Robotic Controlling, Public Surveillance, Traffic Monitoring, and any AIoT/Industry 4.0 applications.
LEX Computech was founded in 1990, in Taiwan as a manufacturer of industrial computers. The company designs and manufactures IoT-related and AI Edge computing solutions along with industrial motherboards, fanless embedded systems, rugged panel PCs, cards, and peripherals. These products offer a wide range of features to cater to diverse applications as they are designed with IP66/67 & IP69K rating waterproofing, equipped with anti-vibration capabilities and they come with rechargeable battery options. This makes them ideal for use in medical carts and healthcare facilities, military design, mobile communication, robotics, and numerous other application that require powerful computing and processing.
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Yaskawa Europe, founded in 1915 and headquartered in Hattersheim, Hesse, is a manufacturer of mechatronics and robotics solutions. The company is a subsidiary of Japan's Yaskawa Electric Corporation, and offers industrial robots for welding, painting, and handling, AC drives for motor speed and torque control, precise servo motors, motion controllers for coordinated movement, and inverters for DC to AC power conversion. Its products facilitate system and machine design in sectors like automotive, packaging, metalworking, and woodworking. Its noteworthy certifications encompass ISO 9001:2015, ISO 50001:2018 for energy management, and ISO 14001:2015 for environmental management.
Pro-face, established in 1969 in Tokyo, Japan, is a manufacturer and supplier of human-machine interface (HMI) and industrial automation solutions. The company's main product portfolio includes a wide range of touch panel displays, operator interfaces, industrial PCs, and software, designed to simplify and optimize machine and process control in various industries. Pro-face HMIs enable seamless communication between operators and machines, providing real-time data visualization, diagnostics, and control, enhancing productivity and efficiency. The company continues to develop advanced solutions that empower industrial automation, contributing to the digital transformation of manufacturing processes and driving Industrial 4.0 initiatives globally.
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ICOP Technology, founded in, California in 1998 is a manufacturer of industrial embedded computers, industrial motion controllers, and industrial touch panel computers. The company's product portfolio includes Single board computers, Touch panel computers, Embedded Computers, Industrial Computers, and Industrial control boards. Their products are used in markets such as Automotive and Transportation, Telecommunications, Industrial Automation, Healthcare and Medical Devices and Aerospace and Defense. The company has a national distribution network and a customer support center.
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