PC/104 and Small Form Factors Case Study

November 2008

PC-based HMI has become increasingly common in the Industrial Automation market. We at Hope Industrial Systems believe that in most cases, it is not necessary to place a fully-ruggedized PC directly on the factory floor. These systems are generally vastly more expensive and more difficult to maintain than comparable office-grade computers and servers.

Using Hope Industrial Systems industrial monitors and workstations, combined with either long cables or a KVM (keyboard, video, mouse) extender, it is possible to leverage the lower cost and higher performance of office and server-grade hardware. Rugged Hope Industrial Systems touch screen workstations can be located up to 300 m (1000 ft.) from the PC, which can be placed in a clean, climate-controlled closet or server room. The ability to locate several PCs in the same room for easy maintenance is an added benefit.

Since 2002, Hope Industrial Systems has been partnering with Adder Corp. to deliver their best-in-class extender technology housed in our rugged enclosures, which meet the industrial specifications our customers expect.

Recognizing the success of this partnership, PC/104 and Small Form Factors Magazine featured Hope Industrial Systems and Adder Corp. in the Winter 2008 edition article, "Rugged Display Here, Computer Somewhere Over There."

For more information about our industrial HMI solutions, please contact our sales department at sales@HopeIndustrial.com