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AIS Industrial Operator Panel PC

A line of rugged Intel Atom-based industrial panels with displys ranging from 8.4 to 19 inches
(by Kirk Linsky)

American Industrial Systems Inc. (AIS) is a designer and manufacturer of specialty industrial panel PCs, industrial displays, digital signages systems, and rugged tablet PC solutions for customers in the industrial automation, military/aerospace, medical, transportation and power, and energy markets.

In April 2010, AIS introduced a full line of Intel Atom N270-based Industrial Operator Panel PCs designed specifically for industrial automation and PLC control. The idea here is to offer all-in-one PLC terminals with HMI functionality so operators can monitor, control, and program data into the system. Thanks to the low-power Intel Atom processor and accompanying chipset, these panels PCs provide fanless, reliable performance with minimal power consumption.

AIS offers the panel in various sizes, with LCD displays ranging from 8.4 inches all the way up to 19 inches. This is made possible by a modular approach that consists of a SBC (Single Board Computer), back cover, metal frame housing, LCD panel, optional glass or touchscreen cover, and optional custom bezels. The housing is a rugged steel construction, and the aluminum front bezel offers optional IP65 protection against dust and water intrusion. This means that these terminals can be used in harsh enviornments.

The panels can run either off CF Card-based Flash (usually the best solution for systems with an embedded OS) or off a 2.5-inch hard drive (AIS offers XP Professional and also Windows 7). Most systems can accommodate an optional optical drive, and there is ample internal expansion via a mini PCI slot as well as a full PCI and a full PCIe slot (some configurations require custom housings in the smaller sizes).

The overall goal for industrial terminals such as these is to provide complete reliability, long lifetime support and availability, targeted performance, easy programming through non-proprietary COTS hardware. AIS also offers options such as sunlight readable transflective films, privacy films, touch screens, wide voltage range boards, Power over Ethernet (PoE), wide temperature range modules, and shock/vibration enhancements.

Added/changed Added 04/2010
Type Industrial touch screen panel
OS Windows XP Professional/Windows Embedded/Windows 7/Linux
Processor Intel Atom N270
CPU Speed 1.6GHz
System chipset IntelR 945GSE/ICH7M
Standard/Max RAM 512-2048MB 400/533MHz DDR2 DIMM
Disk/drive 2.5-inch 80GB or Flash
Card slots 1 CF card Type II, 1 mini-PCI, 1 PCI, 1 PCIe
Display type TFT various sizes, with outdoor-viewable versions
Display size/res 8.4" 800x600 (220 nits)
10.4" 800 x 600 (220/350 nits)
10.4" 1024 x 768 (350 nits)
12.1" 800 x 600 (400 nits)
15.0" 1024 x 768 (250 nits)
15.0" 1024 x 768 (550 nits)
17.0" 1280 x 1024 (300 nits)
19.0" 1280 x 1024 (300 nits)
Graphics Intel 945GSE integrated, max 224MB shared memory
Digitizer/pens Optional resistive analog touchscreen
Keyboard/scale optional external and virtual keyboard
Housing Steel frame/housing
Operating Temp 32 to 113 Fahrenheit
Sealing IP65 (front bezel)
Shock Operating: 15G, 11ms duration
Vibration Operating: 5 Hz ~ 500 Hz/ 1 Grms/ 3 Axis Packing:: 5 Hz ~ 500 Hz/ 2.16 Grms/ 3 Axis
Size (WxHxD) varies with display size
Weight varies with display size
Power 12V DC IN (Lockable Power Jack)
Interface 4 x USB, 2 Gigabit RJ45, 2 x RS232, 1 x RS232/422/485, 2 x PS/2, 1 x VGA, 1 x audio in/out
Wireless optional WiFi
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