Industrial computer: elementary for logistics and production
An industrial computer, also called an industrial computer or IPC, is specifically designed to meet requirements in commercial and industrial environments. They differ greatly in terms of their range of functions, depending on the area of application. Compared to classic computers, they are designed for special stress situations (heat, cold, humidity, virbrations, etc.).
Typical applications of an industrial computer
- Data acquisition and processing
- Visualization of production and logistics processes
- Plant and machine control
- Control station tasks
- Forklift terminals (in connection with a warehouse management system)
The special feature: An industrial computer is protected against the effects of weather as well as mechanical impacts. Depending on the intended use, different standards, norms and limit values are implemented with regard to moisture, dust, temperatures or physical aspects.
Application example: The industrial computer in quality management
The hardware and software equipment as well as the design and interfaces of an industrial computer are specifically tailored to its area of application. In automation technology, for example, this takes over real-time monitoring incl. Simulation. Physical values (temperature, pressure conditions, etc.) are measured and communicated to the user via the user interface (e.g. touch panel). This creates a decision-making basis for further steps.