Industrial PC Basics

As in real estate, it's all about location, location, location when it comes to basic specifications for industrial PCs. Other important requirement drivers involve things that all automation solutions have to deal with: failure and the future. A final set of basic PC selection criteria arises because computers are general-purpose tools that interact with other machines and people.

With regard to location, one of the most important factors to consider when choosing a PC for a factory floor is the factory floor itself. Is it a non-hazardous area? Or is it a Class I, Division 2 area where there's a risk of a fire or explosion in abnormal conditions? The answers impact PC choices profoundly.