noax S19 Steel Series|
Stainless steel industrial PC with 19-inch touch panel
(by Kirk Linsky)
noax Technologies is a Germany-based developer and manufacturer of industrial touch panel PCs with offices in Europe and the United States. The company, which makes its own proprietary all-in-one motherboards, has many years of experience in the development and production of completely sealed industrial touch panel PCs without external fans. The panels are designed to be resistant to heat, cold, moisture, dust, vibration, shock, acids and detergents.
The noax "Steel Series" Industrial PCs use polished V2A stainless steel enclosures with absolutely smooth surfaces. They are primarily designed as space-saving stand-alone solutions in environments where hygiene is important, such as food processing, clinical areas, and the chemical and pharmaceutical industry.
The S19 Industrial PC is a large and very substantial (19.6 x 17.1 x 5.4 inches) completely smooth panel computer with a rustproof stainless steel enclosure. It's heavy, too, weighing almost 50 pounds. It is a completely sealed, fanless system with a large, high resolution SXGA (1280 x 1024) 19.0" TFT display with integrated resistive analog touch panel and automatic brightness control. The touch screen allows for simple operation via custom software applications and virtual keyboards. There are also 20 programmable function keys on the front of the PC, in combination with four function keys (on/off; brightness; contrast; special function).
The S19 industrial computer is built to withstand mechanical stresses and environmental factors and it can easily be cleaned and disinfected even with harsh cleaning agents or corrosive solutions. Sealing is either IP65 or IP67, depending on the connection cover used. The S19 also fulfills electro-magnetic interference specifications.
The S19 can be ordered with a choice of Intel Celeron or Pentium processors, has a wealth of on-board interfaces including two serial RS232, four USB 2.0 ports, two Firewire ports, digital video, optional WiFi, and easy expandability through free standard Mini PCI and PCI slots that permit integration of various peripheral devices.
A special Micro-Controller is standard in all noax industrial PCs. It performs a variety of monitoring, controlling, and statistical tasks such as temperature control, backlight control, or counting operating hours, and it can be adapted to customer requirements. noax also uses a proprietary touch controller for automatic panel control and readjustment.