The goal of almost every business is to maximize profits through smart product acquisition and to sell merchandise for a higher cost. An intelligently run company will always look for practical ways to reduce costs at every stage. The industrial computing world has many of the same economic concerns, as well as some of its own unique problems.
There are very few times when an OEM will order a single part, unless they are building a prototype or repairing a single broken machine. Most issues within this sector are dealt with in bulk, meaning large orders that need to provide for a company’s customer base.
Understandably, the process of knocking down the prices from computer distributors can be a difficult. There are precautions that can be taken at each of the multiple steps of a single deal, but let’s look at one that is usually overlooked. Shipping product from a component seller seems straightforward, but a company can potentially lose money by not specifying certain shipping standards. There are two simple factors to remember when dealing with bulk shipping that can save an OEM a significant amount of money when Continue Reading…
The technological world always tends to face toward the future. New components, systems and software are released yearly, and there is always a skunkworks team working on the “next big thing.” Much like the automotive industry, support for consumer electronics seems to last just long enough for the newest model to come out. The manufactures’ expectations are that the product will be used and abused, then eventually traded out for the newest model. This kind of process definitely exists within the consumer electronics world, where innovation and tech lust may rule over economic viability.
In the industrial world, especially OEMs, technology is meant to last a long time. OEM suppliers are also looking toward the future, but instead of trying to figure out the next upgrade, are mapping out a product’s or system’s lifecycle to better serve their clients.
At the beginning of a design cycle, suppliers and OEMs then have to come up with a detailed description for the end of life services that can be provided. This involves Continue Reading…
When managing a electronics OEM project, many different factors come into play. It’s like watching a master juggler handling a group of different objects that each present their own unique difficulties, but it doesn’t matter because they all seem to stay up in the air.
There is always something that can cause problems, however, no matter how minor they may seem when compared to everything else. For example, OEM computer assembly, albeit a major part of the computing world, can become an issue for these companies. There are so many other parts of the business to be accounted for that sometimes this step seems to add undue pressure, especially when filling a large order.
Benefits of Distributor Computer Assembly
Some distributors have in-house assembly and are willing to build the product, do a 24 hour burn in and otherwise ensure that it is fully ready for the client. Here are four good reasons why this is beneficial. Continue Reading…
There is a quotation about warfare that says “War never changes.” The philosophical idea behind that statement may be correct, but in the realm of technology, it couldn’t be farther from the truth. Military computing is constantly undergoing change. Technological breakthroughs and research into innovative solutions are always on the verge of becoming a reality. In pushing toward new ideas, a nation’s military must utilize the latest advancements in embedded computer modules. The “golden rules “of this type of technology are to create:
- a technically proficient machine, in both processing and graphical power
- a device with low power consumption
It is a difficult set of boxes to tick, but the Computer on Module Express, or COM Express, standard fills and advances this need.
The application for COM Express boards is not meant to replace standard full size industrial PCs. That form factor must still be relied upon for heavy computing necessary at major operations bases. However, the usual size of a full motherboard prohibits Continue Reading…
If there is one industry that deserves the most powerful, accurate, and efficient computer systems available, it is the medical field. The systems used by hospitals and specialist clinics vary from imaging products all the way to handheld blood analyzers. These kinds of products are essential in running medical facilities, and need to be built and maintained properly. Furthermore, the machines must keep up with the rigors of the medical field, needing to be faster and, most importantly, mobile. Form factor plays a major role in technology usage, regardless of field or discipline. Modern equipment has been chasing the “smaller is better” mentality for years, demanding a change in component manufacturing.
Pico-ITX Finds its Perfect Place
Enter the Pico-ITX: a new breed of embedded motherboards that could meet the necessary tasks of modern medical systems. Of course, this size of motherboard could not replace larger boards that run major imaging equipment or servers. But Pico-ITX systems have nevertheless carved out a sizable niche by combining powerful processing and graphical prowess in a diminutive form. Since their unveiling in 2007, these boards have only become faster and more feature rich, allowing the medical field to implement more complex and sophisticated software in the workplace.
Advantages of Pico-ITX Boards
Basically, decreasing the size of an embedded system’s motherboard means two things: Continue Reading…
Undeniably, more and more devices are now requiring the use of touch screen technology. Bear in mind, however, that not all computer touch screens are created equal, as they say.
From tablets to panel PCs and beyond, there are currently a variety of uses for touch screens in the industry. Read on to learn about some of the particular pros and cons of several of the main touch screen types.
Computer Touch Screens: From Viewing to Contact
Touch screens use signals that enable a device to locate exactly which part of the surface the user is accessing via the screen, thus allowing the software to determine what kind of action or step to undertake in relation to the command.
Users and developers look for a functional touch screen that fits their needs in terms of both ease of usage and durability. Here’s a look at four of the primary types of computer touch screens in the industry today. Continue Reading…