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4 Reasons Your Business Should Use Industrial Computers

October 25, 2019

An industrial computer is one that is designed for use in industry, which is to say the production of goods, manufacture of machinery, or processing of raw materials. As such, they have many unique benefits over the average consumer desktop. When designing for these applications, it is important to build the computers to be able […]

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Is It Cheaper to Build or Buy a Computer? Part 2

September 27, 2019

  Last week, we went over the pros and cons of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) computers and barebones computers. This week, I am going to go over a Custom Build from Parts computer and a Custom Designed Computer, and the reasons why someone would prefer these systems for their business.   Why Do a Custom Computer […]

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Is It Cheaper to Build or Buy a Computer? Part 1

September 20, 2019

  As an engineer or project manager in charge of crafting a product to bring to market, there are multitudes of considerations to juggle. But in the process of New Product Introduction, and even when revamping an old product to bring it up to date, you are likely to come to one perennial fork in […]

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Computer Assembly for Concierge Medical Practices

September 13, 2019

  Physicians who decide to break away from traditional hospital-based relationships and establish concierge medical practices will need to outsource the products and services for their computer-based systems and devices. Setting up such a physician operated and patient-centered practice will require inventory and logistics, computer assembly, testing and burn-in and of course, extended service. Physicians […]

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4 Reasons Your Business Should Use Industrial Computers

October 25, 2019

An industrial computer is one that is designed for use in industry, which is to say the production of goods, manufacture of machinery, or processing of raw materials. As such, they have many unique benefits over the average consumer desktop. When designing for these applications, it is important to build the computers to be able […]

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Is It Cheaper to Build or Buy a Computer? Part 2

September 27, 2019

  Last week, we went over the pros and cons of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) computers and barebones computers. This week, I am going to go over a Custom Build from Parts computer and a Custom Designed Computer, and the reasons why someone would prefer these systems for their business.   Why Do a Custom Computer […]

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Is It Cheaper to Build or Buy a Computer? Part 1

September 20, 2019

  As an engineer or project manager in charge of crafting a product to bring to market, there are multitudes of considerations to juggle. But in the process of New Product Introduction, and even when revamping an old product to bring it up to date, you are likely to come to one perennial fork in […]

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Computer Assembly for Concierge Medical Practices

September 13, 2019

  Physicians who decide to break away from traditional hospital-based relationships and establish concierge medical practices will need to outsource the products and services for their computer-based systems and devices. Setting up such a physician operated and patient-centered practice will require inventory and logistics, computer assembly, testing and burn-in and of course, extended service. Physicians […]

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The Importance of SSD’s for Your Business

September 4, 2019

Hard drives may be more common, but solid-state drives are far more superior for business and commercial usage. In addition to providing much more computing power for new computers and web servers, solid-state drives can also improve the performance of existing computers and servers for only a fraction of the amount you would pay if […]

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How OEM Branding Could Improve Your Business

August 29, 2019

How OEM branding could improve your business As an OEM company, you want to provide your customers with the best products and service possible. While purchasing generic or white box solutions may be a convenient way to bring your products to market quickly, you are limiting the potential of your company by not using branded […]

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What Is a 3.5 inch Motherboard?

August 22, 2019

Most tech consumers are familiar with the ATX, Micro ATX and even Mini ITX form factors that proliferate the computer market. But once you step off the cozy platform of consumer computers and into the world of Industrial and OEM computers, you are bound to be hit by form factors and pieces of tech that […]

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Does Your OEM Business Require Supply Chain Management Services?

August 15, 2019

For an OEM business, supply chain management, and logistics can be a hard matrix to navigate. From safely storing products to ensuring products reach your end-customers as quickly and efficiently as possible, effective supply chain management can be a time-consuming process that takes time away from developing and advancing your company. So, let’s look at […]

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The Importance of OEM Computer Assembly

August 8, 2019

For a computer system to work to maximum efficiency and reliability, quality computer assembly is required. For instance, even if a computer is configured using the latest computer components, if they are not assembled in a proper ESD environment by experienced professionals, the MTBF can be decreased and the probability for failure in the field […]

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Everything You Need To Know About Burn-In Computer Testing

August 1, 2019

The burn-in testing of a computer system can be a relatively simple or complex task depending on the nature of the computer. It is essential the burn-in of a computer is not avoided as it is an important step in determining the efficiency, reliability, and repeatability of a product. Below we look at the process […]

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Benefits of Industrial Built Computers in Rugged Environments

August 14, 2014

Rugged Environments Need Rugged Computers Did you ever wonder how electronic devices you see in use everyday are made to work in Industrial settings?  Unlike the environment in which you use your devices, the Industrial environment is harsh and damaging to these consumer devices.  Investing in the ‘ruggedization’ of devices for use in an Industrial […]

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Got the Shakes: Causes and Effects of Vibration in Embedded Computing

March 26, 2014

Picture this: a military company is trying to create a new system to put into the field. It will be used in a mobile communication platform operating in Afghanistan. Within these parameters, naturally there are a number of aspects that the designers need to take into account. Two of the highest ones on the list […]

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Necessary Features in an In-Vehicle PC

August 22, 2013

You have a vehicle application that requires an embedded computer and no computer to fill it. Where do you start? Well, looking in the embedded computing sector for a rugged PC is a step in the right direction but, as you know, there is a specific set of required features, such as unique I/O (input-output) […]

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On Track: Industrial Pico-ITX Board and Locomotive Embedded Systems

June 22, 2013

Whether for functionality or entertainment, outfitting a space with embedded systems capable of video output necessitates a major investment. This is especially pertinent when considering the role of interactive displays, such as human machine interfaces. In the locomotive realm, for example, displays are in constant use, both inside and outside of the train. Embedded systems […]

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Wide Temperature Motherboards: A Solution to Heating Issues

June 8, 2013

So you’ve built a system and placed it into your finished product. It looks good, it runs well, and is generally everything that you wanted in a system. Except now it’s acting really strange. It randomly reboots, or maybe it just shuts off completely. You shake your head because you and I both know what […]

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Go Your Own Way: Rugged Embedded Systems and GPS Software

April 19, 2013

Good electronics need two things: great hardware that fully complements the user’s needs and a top notch piece of software that utilizes that hardware to the complete specifications. Both are vital in creating a great industrial device; one can’t function without the other. Most designers will look to their hardware specifications to know exactly how […]

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How AI Voice Technology Can Impact Industrial Computing – Part 2

January 26, 2017

Industrial Applications for AI While research into artificial intelligence (AI) has been going on for a few decades and there have been several breakthroughs, now is the time that it will explode into industrial workplaces. Google’s and Amazon’s research facilities are humming along making great strides in the application of AI technology for lifestyle management […]

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How AI Voice Technology Can Impact Industrial Computing – Part 1

January 22, 2017

AI in Lifestyle Management Apple introduced artificial intelligence (AI) voice technology in the form of its personal assistant, Siri, over five years ago. Apple has since incorporated Siri in all its devices including iPhones, smart watches and Mac devices. Since then competition has got hotter, with other providers upping their game to provide serious rivalry […]

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Four Industries That Will Be Changed by Virtual Reality

December 20, 2016

Potential is no longer limited to the reality we live in. Virtual reality is the way ahead for so many industries and businesses. What started as a concept that many thought was clunky and gimmicky, or was limited to the realm of sci-fi, now stands side-by-side with the IoT as the most exciting modern advancement […]

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VR Has Arrived and It’s Here to Stay

October 28, 2016

VR (Virtual Reality) has arrived and it’s here to stay… or rather it’s been here for a while. Over the decades it’s tried to break out of the realm of mere concept and “sci-fi” several times, usually by a single company using the term “virtual reality” as a gimmick to sell some product. But that […]

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The Mini-PC: So Small, Yet So Many Uses

November 5, 2015

Over the past year, we’ve seen the rise of the mini-PC, a device with the processing power of a regular PC but far smaller in size. Many mini-PCs on the market can fit into the palm of your hand. And recent Quark processors from Intel are as small as an SD card. Remarkable. Revolutionary. The […]

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The Coming Revolution of the Ultra-Compact Form Factor Computer

October 1, 2015

Ultra-compact form factor technology is starting a revolution. Humans have always loved technology that becomes more compact, yet smarter, more powerful and more flexible. This super-small technology is promising to make regular desktop computers, and even some laptops and portable devices, obsolete. For starters, ultra-compact form factor computers are drastically decreasing the space businesses and […]

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Common Mistakes DIY PC Builders Should Avoid

June 22, 2015

Building your own PC can be an exhilarating challenge. Putting together a machine that performs exactly the way you design is a process that takes time and perseverance, but should ultimately be rewarding. The journey of learning and innovating may even lead to a career in the specialist electronics field. However, many DIY PC builders […]

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Five Software Development Considerations for Embedded Systems

May 8, 2015

Embedded systems are always unique and customized for the functions and services they perform. When designing and programming software for embedded systems, development teams must carefully consider all options to ensure the product meets exacting specifications. They need to comprehensively review development options and determine how best to optimize their embedded systems to meet functionality […]

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A Custom Build Computer Hobby Could Kickstart Your Electronics Career

March 26, 2015

Some of the greatest innovations of our time have occurred because of people studying and customizing computers. The late Apple CEO Steve Jobs built his first personal computer from spare parts sent by William Hewlett of Hewlett & Packard. Or when creating the first Star Wars movie, the team at Industrial Light & Magic had […]

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Features to Consider for Customized Embedded Boards

March 21, 2015

Industrial processes and applications continue to become more specialized and sophisticated. Furthermore, future technologies are rendering many off-the-shelf, stand-alone single board computers (SBC) expensive and/or unable to adapt. This is where customized embedded boards can be the simpler and more cost effective solution for large-scale operations. Embedded boards are widely in use in a wide […]

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Military mSATA: Ruggedization and Security Benefits

June 18, 2013

The mSATA SSD inherently is a shoe-in for military and any other rugged industrial applications. It is a small footprint computer storage device that uses NAND flash memory. So, in addition to being small enough to fit on a fully populated motherboard, it can deal with more stress than an HDD and still have that […]

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The Camera Eye: Video Capture Card as Peripheral Device

June 15, 2013

Closed circuit television has spread throughout the business world. Any company that oversees a significant piece of property will likely need to install some sort of video surveillance system to ensure the security of their premises. This entails a multiple camera system, either all hard-wired or wirelessly connected to a main computer that outputs the […]

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How Cognitive Computing is Shaking Up the Healthcare Industry

March 18, 2017

The core concept of cognitive computing is to use computer modeling to process and simulate human thought, conversation and reasoning. That alone is exciting enough. But the growing combination of interactive computing, artificial intelligence, and cloud computing’s big data processing and storage capacity means several industries are set to be completely revolutionized by cognitive computing. […]

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Bedside Manner: The Industrial Panel PC in the Medical Sector

March 8, 2013

Technology has a tendency to propagate across different user bases. Ten or even fifteen years ago, the idea of a touch-based interface was strictly in the realm of industrial or high end enterprise. Now, most modern consumer devices have a tactile sensitive screen and users have become accustomed to the future of touch screen gadgets. […]

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Size Matters When Saving Lives: Pico-ITX Motherboards and Medical Usage

December 14, 2012

If there is one industry that deserves the most powerful, accurate, and efficient computer systems available, it is the medical field. The systems used by hospitals and specialist clinics vary from imaging products all the way to handheld blood analyzers. These kinds of products are essential in running medical facilities, and need to be built […]

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Benefits of Obsolete Product Sourcing

October 24, 2012

There is an extremely fast-paced turnover with the innovation of electronic products. With consumer parts, it’s hard to ensure that the latest device you are currently operating will still have available replacement computer parts after a few months, let alone an entire year or more. For the industrial OEM, obsolete products pose many problems. One […]

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The Power of Touch: Ins and Outs of Flat Panel PC Kiosks

March 4, 2013

The way we interact with technology has changed drastically in the last decade. The idea of having tactile buttons means that a special keyboard or input device needs to be connected to a PC, which increases the cost of manufacturing. Furthermore, adding a bulky input device increases the size of the kiosk that houses the […]

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Edge Analytics and Fast Data: The Core of IOT

June 11, 2018

IOT is a buzzword that has been thrown around for the past couple of years. Perhaps some people assumed it would be just that, a buzzword, and have dedicated no further attention to the subject. But much like the term “cloud computing” evolved from an interesting concept to a data infrastructure that we all rely […]

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What to Expect in 2017 for IoT Gateways

January 4, 2017

The Internet of Things (IoT) is experiencing exponential growth, a trend that will continue in 2017. The main stars of the show will undoubtedly be IoT gateways. They act as traffic controllers, directing the data flowing from connected automated devices to computing facilities. A fundamental requirement for IoT growth therefore is the necessity for reliable […]

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Intelligent Video Analytics and IoT

December 3, 2016

Intelligent Video Analytics (IVA) is the use of specialized computer hardware and software to automatically analyze video for many purposes, including motion tracking, facial recognition, object recognition, even flame and smoke detection. While this technology has been present for several years, it has come to prominence recently due to several technological factors, including higher resolutions, […]

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IoT Gateways – Your Simple Guide to the Internet of Things

February 24, 2016

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a simple concept: literally everything that can accept and transmit data automatically. The IoT is the next evolutionary step toward fully integrated business operations and indeed daily living. We already see it growing all around us  – online and mobile communications connect everyone and almost everything. Put even more […]

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5 Ways Cloud Computing is Improving Industrial Business

March 20, 2017

With the emergence of new players in most industrial sectors of the market, many companies need to find ways to remain competitive. One of the logical ways to maintain an edge over the competition is to harness new technology. The cloud is seen as a cost effective way to manage data and run workflows that […]

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2017 New Trends in Industrial Computing

February 23, 2017

The predicted 2017 trends in industrial computing will see the emergence of amazing technology designed to improve efficiency across many market sectors. Get on board with this wave now. Cloud Computing Taking Off in New Ways Cloud computing is set to have a greater influence on how data is managed and distributed in 2017. There […]

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What’s in the Future for Facial Recognition in Industrial Computing?

December 13, 2016

It wasn’t that long ago that the idea of a cellphone was hard to grasp; and then it wasn’t. The notion of video conferencing seemed like something out of Star Trek, and then it became how many of us operate our business and personal life. So what about facial recognition? Well, it’s already here and […]

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Top Five Uses for IoT Gateways in Industrial Computing

November 11, 2016

Application of the Internet of Things (IoT) is growing rapidly throughout industry and interacting with aspects of our daily lives. Gartner, one of the world’s leading IT research and advisory companies, predicts that the IoT will include 26 billion connected units by 2020. The spread of IoT technology has been made possible by cloud computing. […]

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Dell to Boost Its Status in Industrial Computing With New Embedded PCs

August 11, 2016

Dell has launched the Embedded Box PC 3000 and 5000 Series of industrial computers. There is no question this will enhance Dell’s position as a leading player and partner in the embedded PC market. As a bonus, Dell is offering these computers as unbranded PCs, allowing you to apply your own label. What’s the Big […]

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Seven Reasons Why Your Industrial Computers Need to Be Fanless

May 11, 2016

If you work in heavy industry, mining, manufacturing, the military, transportation, even healthcare, you know that conventional computers are not robust enough to withstand harsh industrial environments and can sometimes spread debris and contaminants. Conventional computers have fans to cool parts and components. These fans bothdraw in hot and dusty air and blow air out […]

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The Future of Flash Memory Storage in Industrial Computing

April 7, 2016

The future of flash memory storage looks phenomenal. So get the image of a flash thumb drive out of your mind because it’s gone way beyond that. Flash memory storage, in industrial computing as well as in the corporate world and the IoT, will be adopted by more and more enterprises.In the consumer market, currently […]

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The Role of IoT in Industrial Computing

March 23, 2016

Great strides have been made in integrating the Internet of Things (IoT) into industrial automation over recent years. The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is also referred to as Industry 4.0 because application of these technologies is seen as the fourth revolution in industry. The Fourth Industrial Revolution The three previous industrial revolutions were about […]

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5 Industry Uses for a Mini-PC

January 11, 2016

The mini-PC continues to surge in popularity. Just watch and see the many mini-PC industry uses that will come about, as well as the ones already happening. Better Than Hard Disk Drives Whereas most traditional PCs use a hard disk drive (HDD), modern mini-PCs almost always use a solid state drive (SSD), MSATA or M.2 […]

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Is There a Market for Wearable Technology in Industry?

July 29, 2015

The consumer market is where wearable technology has had the most exposure so far. By now most of us have heard about the wearable technology available for personal use. Sports enthusiasts and fitness fanatics are using strap-on devices to measure blood pressure, heart rate, the number of steps taken and lap times, all while syncing […]

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How Adopting Digital Signage Can Boost Your Small Business

December 12, 2015

Do you feel like the big boys of business have the advantage in advertising and signage? Not any more. Digital signage is the way to go in promotional innovation and budget is no longer the dominating factor. Digital signage is all about consumer engagement. It levels the playing field, promotes the uniqueness of your business, […]

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Optical Bonding of Touch Screens on Displays

January 25, 2015

Optical Bonding: ‘Preventing a Poke in the Eye with a Sharp Stick’ Optical Bonding of Touch Screens is the process used to attach a protective layer to the outer surface of a display. Touch screens are finding new uses in consumer, commercial and industrial settings and due to the capability of adding protection to the […]

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The Planar Solution for Digital Signage Computers

February 26, 2014

Advertising, as a business and culture, has changed drastically, especially over the last decade. New avenues to create different kinds of signage are being explored. This, along with a shift away from print, has altered the way companies spend their ad revenue. The digital age puts innovative technology at the forefront and creates new ad […]

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Digital Signage and Benefits of Off-The-Shelf Embedded Systems

December 20, 2012

An important question to ask when dealing with computer components is “How much control do I want when building embedded systems?” Regardless of the computer’s determined sector, assemblers have to weigh the option of putting together individual components of the greater whole, or purchasing a finished machine. Both have their uses, depending on the type […]

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Understanding Various Computer Touch Screens

November 27, 2012

Undeniably, more and more devices are now requiring the use of touch screen technology. Bear in mind, however, that not all computer touch screens are created equal, as they say. From tablets to panel PCs and beyond, there are currently a variety of uses for touch screens in the industry. Read on to learn about […]

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CCFL vs. LED: Which is the Better Choice?

November 5, 2012

There has been a lot of debate regarding the movement to newer technology with regards to electronics. One of the most talked about topics is the shift from the age-old cold cathode fluorescent lamp (CCFL) to the newer light-emitting diode (LED) type of display. Essentially, LCD monitors need a backlight to illuminate the images onscreen. […]

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