SOURCE: American Industrial Systems, Inc.

June 20, 2016 03:00 ET

AIS's Open Platform Industrial PCs Offer Rugged, Reliable and Scalable Architecture for PC Based Control and Automation Applications

AIS's HMI Panel IPCs Provide COM, DCOM, and OPC Data Networks and Open System Communications for Control and Monitoring Systems Solutions

IRVINE, CA--(Marketwired - June 20, 2016) - American Industrial Systems, Inc. (AIS), an innovator, designer and manufacturer of Human Machine Interface (HMI) Touch Panels, PC-based HMIs, Touchscreens, Operator Interface Terminals, Industrial Box PCs, Web Thin Clients and Industrial Monitors, offers their Premium, Standard and Compact Series of PC-Based HMI Touch Panels and Industrials PCs (IPCs) for the most rugged and challenging environments in PC-Based, Control, Monitoring and Automation applications.

AIS's Premium, Standard and Compact Series of Smart Touch Panels incorporate state-of-art PC technologies and a scalable platform available for cloud-ready computing. In addition, these Industrial Touch Panel PCs from AIS support OPC, MQTT and REST IoT protocols and web-based software for Industry 4.0, M2M, SCADA, MES, IIoT, ICT and Smart manufacturing. Available in displays sizes ranging from 7.0" to 24.0", AIS Premium, Standard and Compact PC-Based Industrial Touch Panels deliver flexibility, modularity and expandability that rivals and outperforms the powerful proprietary systems. AIS's Touch Panel HMIs and IPCs are tested to be a reliable computing platform with operating specifications to withstand plant environmental factors such as temperature, vibration and shock.

AIS's HMI Panels Leverage Open Hardware and Software Computing Technology for Simpler Control and Monitoring Systems Architecture

Ever since the advent and use of PC technology and open platforms in industrial control applications, there have been concerns or questions of ruggedness, performance and reliability of using PC-based HMIs for control, monitoring and automation due to their association with standard office PCs. AIS's powerful and rugged IPCs dispel outdated misconceptions with the capabilities of PC-based control with their powerful family of intelligent, industrial touch panel PCs. Components used are qualified, standardized and available in the long-term with product lifecycles that exceed proprietary components due to the sheer volume PCs produced and tested.

Though based on off-the-shelf PC technology, AIS's PC-Based IPCs are designed to be endure some of the harshest and most grueling applications known including: Oil and Gas, Chemical Processing, Mining and Food & Beverage. Built with a robust design utilizing stainless housing, AIS's Touch Panel IPCs provide superior corrosion resistance, improved mechanical properties, high thermal and electrical conductivity under high temperatures.

AIS's Panel IPCs Feature Multi-core, 64-bit Architectures, Ethernet-based network, Mass Storage, and Gigabytes RAM for Powerful Automation Applications

Unlike the traditional PLC designed for a single task with limited computing power for just that task, AIS's Premium, Standard and Compact IPC touch panels feature a full range of the latest Intel® multi-core, 64-bit architectures and an externally accessible PCIe slot and two removable SSD storage drives (Premium units only), providing a tremendously capable computing platform ready to serve almost any industrial application simple or complex. The Compact Series of PC-based HMIs feature a SD card storage for additional file storage. For connectivity and communication options, the Premium and Standard Series come standard with a high-speed Gigabit Ethernet port, USB 3.0 ports and RS232/422/485 serial ports. Using a familiar Windows interface, available with Windows 7 Ultimate MUI/Windows Embedded 7 32/64-bt/Windows Embedded 8 (optional), AIS Industrial PCs can be utilized in multiple applications for non-real time and real time control tasks. Their PC-Based Touch Panels can perform as a real-time control platform and HMI platform simultaneously and provide connection to the enterprise network using standard Ethernet (NIC) connectivity and other non-Microsoft operating systems such as Linux. The power of AIS's IPC combined with a high speed, real-time control network, such as EtherCAT, allows the control architecture to be compressed into a single layer, eliminating the need for gateways, switches, protocol converters or data links because all control devices are on one Ethernet-based CAT5e network.

AIS's Embedded IPCs Provide Powerful, Flexible, Maintainable and Cost-Effective Solutions for Maximum HMI Systems' Openness, and Performance

Using familiar PC technologies known to the masses such Windows Operating Environments, is a key reason why AIS's IPC control and monitoring touchscreen solutions serve such a wide range of industrial markets and applications. Their robust, open platform design eliminates all moving parts by combining a SSD and fan-less operation, completely flush aluminum front with NEMA 4 IP65 ratings in a lightweight aluminum die-cast system, makes AIS's Industrial Touch Panels easy to operate, maintain and service.

Finally, AIS's Premium, Standard and Compact PC-based HMIs and IPCs are future proof, unlike traditional PLCs whose product life cycles are on average only 3-5 years before they are obsoleted. Combining Windows operating systems and IEC 61131-3 programming software makes the PC the most common, available and supported platform virtually with no end in sight. As a PC-based solution, AIS's IPCs touch panels are a highly reliable computing platform for OEMs and end-users looking to safeguard their investments with PC-based control, monitoring and automation.

About AIS

Headquartered in Irvine, California, USA, American Industrial Systems, Inc. (AIS) offers in-house electronic and mechanical design, software development, manufacturing, production and quality control services. Offering one of the widest ranges of industrial computing solutions, AIS open platform control and monitoring solutions are available in a multitude of configurations for industrial, building automation, food & beverage, oil & gas, military and marine applications. The company's HMI solutions are key enabling technologies for the Internet of Things (IoT), Industrial Internet of Things, (IIoT), Machine-to-Machine Communications (M2M) and Industry 4.0 applications. AIS is fully committed to empowering, improving and delivering turnkey HMI, control, monitoring and display solutions for OEM, ODM and end-user customers. AIS is an ISO 9001:2008 certified supplier and manufacturer of rugged computers and displays, and received completion of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) registration from the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC). For more information, visit: www.aispro.com, email: sales@aispro.com or contact: 1-888-485-6688.

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Contact Information

  • Media Relations Contact:

    American Industrial Systems, Inc.
    David G. Martorana
    Director Marketing and Communications
    1.847.630.6487
    david.martorana@aispro.com