What Is the Best Approach to Installing Operator Interfaces?

April 28, 2010

Maybe you can help one of our readers with the following question they presented us.

We sometimes install our equipment, often in multiples, in tough environments that include corrosives, humidity and intermittent vibration. The normal approach to operator interface is ruggedized industrial PCs where we store programs, some operating data, recipes, operating manuals and schematics. Now there's revived interest in doing this via thin client. In some cases, we even would have use of the customer's server.  What do we really need to know to make a good decision about staying with what we know or switching?

Maybe you can help one of our readers with the following question they presented us.

We sometimes install our equipment, often in multiples, in tough environments that include corrosives, humidity and intermittent vibration. The normal approach to operator interface is ruggedized industrial PCs where we store programs, some operating data, recipes, operating manuals and schematics. Now there's revived interest in doing this via thin client. In some cases, we even would have use of the customer's server.  What do we really need to know to make a good decision about staying with what we know or switching?