I’m often asked why companies should spend more money on professional, customised PCs with industrial-grade components when there are far more budget-friendly options on the consumer market with comparable configurations. It’s a fair question because, depending on project size, considerable savings can be made when using a consumer version in place of an industrial one, but in this blog, I’m going to lay out the reasons why investing in a customised industrial PC really can pay off.
To tailor a PC system to your individual requirements, an in-depth consultation and an analysis of which components are best suited to your needs are essential. In this way, the most important aspects can be taken into consideration right from the start so that your system can be put together exactly as you want it. It doesn’t matter if your system is a desktop PC, workstation, 19" PC, IoT gateway or a panel PC, we at PSB GmbH are completely vendor neutral meaning we can select the best components to suit your wishes.
The most important rule is to only buy what you really need. We we configure a PC to suit individual needs, we only use the components we really need to cut down on unnecessary extras. If an off-the-peg PC (industrial or consumer) should not be a perfect fit, we analyse your requirements with you and make sure the chassis, BIOS, etc. are exactly what you need. Depending on the level of configuration needed, this is even possible for small quantities.
7 reasons for an industrial PC.
It can be assumed that PC components produced for industrial use will have significantly longer availability than those for consumer PCs. We’re talking here about availability of 5+ years including a suitable discontinuation process for better planning as well as the possibility to take advantage of a Last Time Buy that will enable a PC to carry on being produced for a certain time period even after it has been discontinued. Consumer PCs tend to have a shorter shelf life and become unavailable for purchase after around 12-18 months as they are replaced by newer models.
Does your system need to be up and running around the clock? Then look no further than an industrial PC that has been designed precisely with this in mind. They are built with high-quality components and undergo strict function testing After production, we put each PC through function and stress tests and only when both of these have been passed can they be delivered to the customer. In most cases, the stress test is based on a higher load than the application actually requires.
Thanks to the longer availability of components mentioned before, the possibility to repair a PC or get hold of replacement parts is much greater and, in some cases, can even go on for years.
Bloatware—aka fatware—is software that is overloaded with features or which bundles applications from very different areas even though they are not beneficial to everybody. This featuritis makes programs hard to use and are very difficult for developers to maintain making bloatware prone to errors as well as tricky to use and unsophisticated. When a system is individually configured, we only install the software you need, keeping the bloat to an absolute minimum.
If a system goes down, prompt support can minimise costs and shorten downtimes. Warranty extensions of up to five years or an on-site service tailored to your needs are anything but pie in the sky for industrial PC systems.
Industrial-grade hardware has been optimised for use in tough environments. All mainboard components are very high quality so that these systems—depending on the choice of components—can be used in very warm or dusty environments. The high price of these components pays off thanks to having a reliable, long-life system.
If your system is in an area where noise, temperature, radiation and dust are features, we can individually analyse the noise and/or radiation development as well as the IP class for dust protection. Such analyses are not normally carried out on consumer PCs and if they are, they don’t tend to pass with flying colours as the components used have not been designed for these conditions.
In conclusion, it can be said that when it comes to investing in a system that needs to meet high standards in quality and reliability and that is intended for continuous use and higher loads, an industrial PC will always win the day against a consumer model as the larger initial investment will pay off later on in a whole range of ways. Plus, we can customise your PC exactly to your needs—right down to the smallest detail.