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Workstation with Industrial TC Enclosure and Dell Box PC 3000 Embedded Computer

12,960 Different Ways to Configure Your Industrial Operator Station

Workstation with Industrial TC Enclosure and Dell Box PC 3000 Embedded ComputerHope Industrial Systems Industrial Operator Stations are designed to provide a low-cost platform that can be configured in more than 12,960 ways. Our workstations consist of an industrial Universal Mount Monitor, cable exit plate option, and monitor mount. Other optional accessories, including PC/thin client enclosures, keyboards, and KVM extenders, are available depending on your requirements. Read More

Hope Industrial UM22 Touchscreen and Keyboard with Raspberry Pi internally integrated

Calibrating a Hope Industrial Touch Screen on a Raspberry Pi

Hope Industrial UM22 Touchscreen and Keyboard with Raspberry Pi internally integrated

We have many customers who use our Industrial Touch Screens and Workstations as a rugged, wash-down capable front-end for a simple Raspberry Pi computer.  Over the years we have written several articles about ways to both physically mount and install/calibrate the touch screen using the Raspbian OS.  We’ve also written some general Linux overview articles that review the various ways to use our displays with Linux.

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Workstation with Industrial TC Enclosure and Dell Box PC 3000 Embedded Computer

Thin Client Enclosures Now Pre-Configured for the Dell Box PC 3000

Workstation with Industrial TC Enclosure and Dell Box PC 3000 Embedded Computer
Thin Client / Small PC Workstation
with Dell Box PC 3000

Hope Industrial Systems is pleased to announce that our Thin Client / Small PC Enclosure models have been updated to include pre-drilled mounting points for the Dell Box PC 3000. The compact size, efficient thermal design and high temperature rating of the Box PC 3000 make it an ideal fit for our Industrial Small Form Factor PC Enclosures. The Dell Box PC 3000 is maintained by Dell’s industry-leading customer support and service.

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Intel NUC i5 installed in Hope Industrial Small PC/Thin Client Enclosure

Heat Testing Intel NUCs: i5-Based NUC6I5SYH and i3-Based NUC5i3MYHE

Intel NUC i5 installed in Hope Industrial Small PC/Thin Client Enclosure
Intel NUC i5 installed in Hope Industrial Small PC/Thin Client Enclosure

Many of our customers have found industrial applications for the Intel NUC (Next Unit of Computing) line of small form factor PCs. While these units do not have many of the features usually associated with industrial designs (no legacy I/O, no case heat sinks), the fact that they are very small, relatively low cost, and only sip power make them appealing in some situations.

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Intel NUC i7 in Test Enclosure

Heat Testing the new i7-Powered Intel NUC

Intel NUC i7 in Test Enclosure
Intel NUC i7 in Test Enclosure

Last year we reviewed and tested the Intel NUC (Next Unit of Computing) single-board computer to determine its suitability for use with our industrial touch screen and workstation products. The model we tested at that time was the D54250WYK, which was launched in late 2013 and featured an i5 processor.

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With the right settings, a touch screen can wake up Windows

Waking a Sleeping PC Using a Hope Industrial Touch Screen

With the right settings, a touch screen can wake up Windows
With the right settings, a touch screen can wake up Windows

In an industrial or manufacturing environment it is not uncommon to operate a computer with neither a keyboard or a mouse, using only a Hope Industrial touch screen to control the PC. For these situations we’ve discussed virtual keyboards to simplify data entry, and ways that a touch screen can better emulate a mouse.

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Intel NUC mounted inside a Hope Industrial Thin Client Enclosure

Using the Intel NUC for Industrial Applications

Intel NUC mounted inside a Hope Industrial Thin Client Enclosure
Intel NUC mounted inside a Hope Industrial Thin Client Enclosure

The NUC (Next Unit of Computing) from Intel is a small single board computer kit made by Intel and intended for use in any location where a small, cool, and energy efficient yet somewhat powerful computer is required. Intel intends for the device to be used in most any application ranging from digital signage to industrial/commercial kiosks to home entertainment. We’ve had a number of customers ask about suitability of the NUC for use with our industrial touch screen and workstation products, so we thought we’d get our hands on one and take a look.

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Hope Industrial UM22 Touchscreen and Keyboard with Raspberry Pi internally integrated

Using a Raspberry Pi with a Hope Industrial Systems Touch Screen Part II: Touch Screen Setup

Hope Industrial UM22 Touchscreen and Keyboard with Raspberry Pi internally integrated
Hope Industrial UM22 Touchscreen and Keyboard with Raspberry Pi internally integrated

In our last post we introduced our Raspberry Pi proof-of-concept project and outlined the physical components and setup required for using the Raspberry Pi as an industrial touch screen PC in a harsh environment. Please see our previous post for important information to consider before integrating a Raspberry Pi with our industrial touch screens.

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Hope Industrial UM22 Touchscreen and Keyboard with Raspberry Pi internally integrated

Using a Raspberry Pi with a Hope Industrial Touch Screen and Keyboard

Hope Industrial UM22 Touchscreen and Keyboard with Raspberry Pi internally integrated
Hope Industrial UM22 Touchscreen and Keyboard with Raspberry Pi internally integrated

The Raspberry Pi is a small single-board computer originally created by the Raspberry Pi Foundation as an affordable tool for teaching computer science. Due to its low cost, ease of use, and broad community support, the Raspberry Pi is now being used in a variety of diverse settings with users installing them in everything from home automation systems to autonomous aircraft.

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