Panel PCs for harsh environments

Louise Smyth

WinSystems releases its advanced IP65-rated panel PC delivering high reliability and an extended operating temperature range in a thin, fanless design.

The PPC65B series offers a rugged design for extreme environments and industrial IoT applications ranging from -20ºC to +70ºC.

“Our third-generation PPC65B series leverages the improved performance, security and longevity of Intel E3800 processors to maximise productivity at an attractive price,” said Technical Sales Director George Hilliard. “These panel PCs are specifically designed with fanless cooling and an IP65 rating against ingress from dust and moisture, which equips them to operate in harsh environments.”

WinSystems’ latest industrial PCs accommodate panel and VESA mounting configurations.

When mounted properly, the sealed front bezel can be washed down with a pressure hose, making this series ideal for industrial control applications such as food processing and fleet management.

The PPC65B series provides a low-profile solution for Human Machine Interface (HMI) and display applications in harsh environments that might otherwise require extensive packaging to protect the embedded computer.

These IP65-rated panel PCs, which support Linux and Windows 10 operating systems, use the 1.9 GHz Quad-Core Intel Atom™ processor and include up to 8 GB of RAM. They deliver fast graphics at high resolutions – 1024 X 768 and 1280 x 1024 – accessed via a five-wire resistive touchscreen.

The rugged design also incorporates a SATA controller with 2.5-inch HDD/SSD and wide input power: 12-24V DC.

Optimal connectivity and I/O for embedded systems is achieved through 2x Gigabit Ethernet ports, a 1x USB 2.0 port (accommodating up to 3x with expansion) and 1x USB 3.0 port. A watchdog timer is included. The PPC65B series also includes options for expansion with 2x RS-232/422/485 plus 2x USB (default).