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Corrosion Resistance of Stainless Steel

Surface corrosion on stainless steel
Surface corrosion on stainless steel

One of the first things customers usually say when entering our trade show stall is “Wow, the stainless steel looks great!” We do go to great lengths to make sure things look good, but most of our effort is spent ensuring that our Stainless Steel NEMA 4X products meet the functional anti-corrosive needs of our customers. Equipment used in the food/beverage, pharmaceutical, and chemical industries must be highly resistant to water, cleaning/sterilization, and other industrial chemicals.

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Environmental Ratings: Third-Party Certification vs. Self-Certification

Did you know that NEMA does not require independent testing of monitor enclosures to assure compliance? Because of this, many industrial monitor manufacturers actually “self-certify” their products as being NEMA-rated or IP-sealed, leaving the customer at the mercy of whatever testing methods the manufacturer has decided to use.

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Shielded CAT5 Cable with Shielded RJ45 Connector

Using Shielded CAT5 Cable for Industrial KVM Extenders

Shielded CAT5 Cable with Shielded RJ45 Connector
Shielded CAT5 Cable with Shielded RJ45 Connector

Most KVM Extenders transmit keyboard, video and mouse data over CAT5 cable, which is of course generally used for digital network applications. KVM Extender manufacturers choose this cable because it is cheap, readily available, and most industrial users are used to working with it. CAT5 cable is great stuff for all these reasons but has one significant shortcoming: it can be susceptible to EMI (ElectroMagnetic Interference) in electrically noisy environments.

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Internal Components of Industrial Thin Client Enclosure with Wyse computer

New Version of Our Thin Client/PC Enclosure

Industrial Thin Client Enclosure with 5/12 or 5/24 VDC
Industrial Thin Client Enclosure with 5/12 or 5/24 VDC

Based on feedback from our customers, we have released a new version of our Industrial Thin Client/Small PC Enclosure with an integrated power supply that outputs 24 volts in addition to the existing 5 volt output.  This new power option allows the enclosure to be used with a wide variety of industrial PC’s and thin clients that were previously not supported.  The existing model supporting 5/12 VDC is still available.

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Figuring out what can we do better

Customer satisfaction has always been one of our top priorities at Hope Industrial Systems. We strive to provide excellent service and support because we know that strong customer relationships are just as important as manufacturing high quality products.

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DisplayPort Connector

DisplayPort…the End of an Era, but Beginning of a New Age

DisplayPort Connector
DisplayPort Connector

In 1987, IBM introduced the VGA connector, which has become the universal standard for analog video connections to monitors and touch screens. In 1999, DVI was introduced and has likewise become the standard for digital video connections to monitors and touch screens, even though it was never fully adopted and almost all displays can still support analog VGA.  But times are changing and by 2015 both VGA and DVI are planned to be replaced by DisplayPort by many tech manufacturers.

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Product Enhancement Round-up

Industrial Thin Client Enclosure

Our products aren’t finished until our customers say they are. We don’t introduce new products to our line of industrial monitors and touch screens until we feel they are as good as they can get but there’s always room for improvement.  We listen closely and continuously review our products to see how we can make them even better. 

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