Industrial computer

Industrial computer: Elementary for logistics and production

An industrial computer, also known as an industrial computer or IPC, is specially designed for requirements in a commercial and industrial environment. They differ greatly in terms of their range of functions, depending on the area of application. Compared to conventional computers, they are designed for special stress situations (heat, cold, humidity, vibrations, etc.).

Typical areas of application for an industrial computer

  • Data acquisition and processing
  • Visualization of production and logistics processes
  • System and machine control
  • Control center tasks
  • Forklift terminals (in conjunction with a warehouse management system)

The special feature: an industrial computer is protected against the effects of weather and mechanical influences. 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 their area of application. In automation technology, for example, it performs real-time monitoring, including Simulation. Physical values (temperature, pressure ratios, 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.


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