Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Three touch panel PCs from AIS target industrial IoT and M2M markets

Steve Rogerson
January 14, 2015
 
American Industrial Systems (AIS) has developed three series of HMIs to meet the demands of the industrial IoT market. The touch panel PCs are for control and monitoring in industrial IoT, Industry 4.0 and M2M applications.
 
The three devices from the California-based company serve applications from simple, low-cost, OEM discrete machine control to big data processing for the enterprise.
 
The Premium series is the flagship model for advanced control and monitoring in demanding scada applications. It has a fully modular construction with detachable box PC and display panel and no moving parts.
 
The Standard series has many similar features and the same HMI functionality as the Premium, but with a more affordable CPU. Being modular, it can serve a broad range of applications, starting at mid-level, all the way to high-end control and scada.
 
At the other end of the spectrum is the Value line. Boasting lower power consumption and simplicity, it also has the same HMI functionality as the Premium and Standard series. Featuring an all-aluminium construction, it is in a compact, rugged package for OEM and ODM machinery and equipment. This line is suitable for M2M communications and use in process and discrete industries.
 
All three have an open platform architecture for fostering the use of enabling technologies within an industrial IoT scheme.
 
Some of the features in the Premium and Standard series include a fully modular design with upgradeable components such as box PC, power supply and touchscreens. System modularity increases flexibility, scalability and future-proofing as users can swap, upgrade or replace box PCs, use single or multi-touchscreens and various screen sizes even if their needs or application requirements change in the future.
 
User replaceable units on the Premium series include CMOS battery, mass storage, random-access memory, power fuses and PCI add-on card,
 
The PC-based automation uses standard Ethernet and TCP/IP communications. They have web-enabled HMI with HTML5-compliant web browsers.