NI has announced the IC-3173 Industrial Controller, the first IP67-rated controller. The new controller is ideally suited to act as an Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) edge node in extremely harsh locations including spray down manufacturing environments, test cells and outdoor locations without the need for a protective enclosure.
Industrial Controllers are high-performance, fanless devices that deliver high levels of processing power and connectivity. The IP67 rating helps ensure reliable operation in the presence of dust and water, in accordance to IEC standard 60529.
These controllers feature up to a 2.2 GHz Intel Core i7 dual-core processor, 8 GB DDR3 RAM, 64 GB storage, four Power over Ethernet (PoE) GigE ports, two USB 3.0 ports and two DisplayPorts in a rugged design with no moving parts, and now with an IP rating up to IP67. Industrial Controllers also include a user-programmable Xilinx Kintex-7 FPGA, which improves system performance by providing custom I/O timing, synchronization, control and image coprocessing capabilities.