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Modular panel PCs: empowering flexibility and performance


John Stone – Sales director – Relec

Enter the game-changing solution of modular panel PCs, which offer a unique blend of adaptability, performance and reliability. By combining cutting-edge hardware components with a modular approach, these devices provide unparalleled flexibility to suit various applications.

Benefits of modular panel PCs 

  1. a) Enhanced customisation: One of the primary advantages of modular panel PCs is their ability to be tailored precisely to the specific needs of the user or application. The modular design allows for easy integration and swapping of components, enabling customisation without compromising performance or functionality.
  2. b) Scalability and futureproofing: With rapidly evolving technology, scalability is a critical factor in any computing solution. Modular panel PCs provide the flexibility to upgrade or expand individual modules as required, extending the lifespan of the system and reducing the need for full-scale replacements. This future-proofing capability ensures that organisations can adapt to changing demands while minimising costs.
  3. c) Streamlined maintenance and repair: Traditional panel PCs often require significant effort for maintenance and repairs, often leading to prolonged downtime. The modular panel PCs simplify this process by allowing for quick and efficient replacement of faulty components. This feature significantly reduces system downtime, optimising productivity and minimising operational disruptions.
  4. d) Versatility across industries: Modular panel PCs find applications in a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, retail, hospitality, healthcare, transportation and more. Their adaptability enables seamless integration into diverse environments, catering to specific industry requirements and enhancing operational efficiency.

Components for modular panel PCs

Modular panel PCs offer a comprehensive selection of components that can be customised to create tailored computing solutions. The available components include:

  1. a) Processor modules: These modules form the core processing unit and determine the system’s performance capabilities. Relec Electronics offers a range of processor options, including Intel Core i-series processors, Intel Celeron, and Intel Atom processors, allowing users to select the optimal balance between power and energy efficiency.
  2. b) Display modules: The display modules form the interface through which users interact with the panel PC. Relec Electronics provides various display options, such as TFT LCDs, touchscreens, and high-resolution displays, ensuring excellent visual clarity and responsiveness.
  3. c) Cameras: Integration enhances visual monitoring, enables video conferencing, supports machine vision applications, facilitates remote diagnostics, and provides surveillance capabilities for enhanced security and situational awareness
  4. d) Barcode and RFID scanners: Streamlines data entry and enhances asset tracking, improves supply chain efficiency through automated data capture, and simplifies identification processes in various industries.
  5. e) Thermal printers: Ideal for receipts, ticketing and reports, depending on the application and industry.
  6. f) Expansion modules: Expansion modules facilitate the addition of specialised functionalities to the panel PC. Users can choose from a wide array of expansion options, including additional I/O ports, serial ports, USB connections, Ethernet ports, wireless connectivity and more. This versatility ensures compatibility with specific industry protocols and requirements.
  7. g) Storage modules: Storage modules offer ample space for data storage and retrieval. Users can opt for solid-state drives (SSDs) or hard disk drives (HDDs) depending on their storage capacity needs, data access speed requirements, and durability considerations.
  8. h) Mounting options: versatile options including, wall mount, floor mount, and desktop stands, as well as panel mount, and VESA mounts allowing seamless integration into diverse environments and user preferences for optimal convenience and flexibility.

Modular panel PCs provide a paradigm shift in the world of computing solutions, offering unparalleled flexibility, customisation and performance. 

With the ability to seamlessly integrate and swap components, these devices empower users to create tailored solutions that adapt to evolving requirements. The modular approach enhances scalability, simplifies maintenance and repairs, and ensures compatibility with various industry standards. By harnessing the benefits of modular panel PCs, organisations can optimise their operations, streamline processes, and stay ahead in today’s dynamic business landscape.


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