End users want the low cost, reliability and supplier support offered by off-the-shelf industrial PCs-but they also often need customization. To meet these requirements, Advantech recently introduced iDoor, a program where a wide variety of standardized hardware platforms and technologies can be pre-configured by users to meet their specific needs.
With iDoor, users can select while ordering from several physical footprints, various communication connectivity types and protocols, standard memory and storage formats, as well as digital and analog input and output capabilities.
As a means of providing highly customized solutions without modifying the guts of an industrial PC, iDoor presages a trend in IPC implementation. Using standardized components and interfaces allows the automation platform and therefore the end user to leverage current state-of-the-art technologies, as well as up and coming industrial PC trends.