HMI: Family of uptime-maximized industrial PCs
Pro-face America’s APL3000 Series industrial PCs feature high speed Intel Core Duo CPU, hot swappable drives, integrated factory alert system, RAID-enabled backup, and easy-to-use HMI software.
Saline, MI — HMI solutions and industrial computing products supplier Pro-face America introduced a line of high performance industrial PCs that it says deliver enhanced data protection for demanding factory floor applications. The APL3000 industrial PCs feature a 2 GHz Intel Core Duo CPU and expanded memory, up to 4 GB of RAM. The company says a unique, built-in factory alert system monitors PC health and generates instant notifications about excessive heat exposure, impending hard drive or fan failure, or CPU or power troubles. An advanced data protection system uses hot swappable hard drives and RAID-enabled redundancy to protect critical plant data.
Pro-face America APL3000 industrial PCs
The company says its WinGP software enhances application flexibility, allowing the PCs to operate as an open HMI or as a PC running third-party Microsoft Windows applications. The PCs are said to be UL Certified Class I Div 2 and CE rated. The product line includes an extensive range of operator interfaces with screens measuring from 12.1 to 19 in.
RAID redundancy, according to the company, increases data integrity. Reliability-availability-serviceability (RAS) functionality provides early warning fault detection. All models are available in an industrial PC platform that can be customized to a wide range of application needs.
Units are available at prices starting at $2,995.
— C.G. Masi , senior editor
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