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Cruise Engine Sentinel: Cincoze’s Open Frame Panel PC Enhances Monitoring of Cruise Ship Engine Status

Introduction

According to statistics from the globally recognized data platform Statista by 2027, the number of cruise users is expected to reach 32.53 million. Given the critical role of cruise ships in passenger transportation, onboard systems, such as engine monitoring, power management, and safety systems, are essential for closely overseeing their operation.

Cincoze’s customer, a renowned Central European systems integrator selected Cincoze’s open frame panel PC (CO-W121C/P2102E) to monitor cruise ship engines. This panel PC connects multiple sensors, collecting data for analysis and enabling preventive maintenance, thereby avoiding engine overheating, shutdowns, or component damage due to bearing wear or excessive oil mist. The Cincoze CO-W121C/P2102E helps improve cruise ship engine safety and minimizes engine maintenance costs.

Customer Requirements

Open Frame Design

The customer requires a high performance industrial panel PC to serve as the core of cruise ship engine monitoring. This panel PC receives real-time data from sensors, visualizes it, and enables operators to immediately understand the engine’s status for adjustments and predictive maintenance. The customers also wanted the industrial panel PC to align with the other equipment in the control room, so they needed an open frame industrial panel PC.

At Least Six COM Ports

As cruise ship engine oil mist and bearing monitoring rely on data captured by sensors, a computer that supports at least 6 COM ports is required to connect to multiple sensors for real-time data acquisition.

Withstand the Harsh Maritime Environment

Cruise ships potentially experience significant temperature and humidity variations, requiring the computer to endure harsh weather conditions, impacts from waves, ship vibrations, and electromagnetic interference. A rugged and highly reliable industrial panel PC is needed to prevent monitoring interruptions and difficult maintenance situations at sea due to malfunctions.

Why Cincoze?

Cincoze Open Frame Panel PC

The Cincoze open frame panel PCs (CO-100/P series) offer a choice among Intel® Core™ U, Pentium®, or Atom® processors to meet diverse computer performance needs. Beyond providing high-performance data processing and graphics capabilities, their easy installation is a significant highlight. The exclusive adjustable mounting bracket (Patent No.: D224544, D224545, I802427) features thickness adjustment settings and two locking methods (panel or boss type), enhancing convenience for integration into ship control cabinets.

Cincoze open frame panel PCs (CO-100/P series) offer a wide range of options, with sizes from 19” to 21”, 5:4 and 16:9 display ratios, and multi-point capacitive touch.

Flexible Expansion

The monitoring system for mist and bearing in cruise ship engines relies on multiple sensors to capture data. The CO-W121C/P2102E is equipped with 4 built-in COM ports, and with Cincoze’s unique MEC module, it can expand up to 8 COM ports, effectively fulfilling the requirements. Additionally, two Mini-PCIe slots and one PCI/PCIe x4 slot cater to the needs of data acquisition cards or I/O expansion.

Easy to Maintain and Upgrade

Cruise ships may face challenges in equipment upgrades or maintenance. With Cincoze’s CDS patented technology (Patent No. M482908), the CO-W121C/P2102E makes replacing screens, upgrading systems, or troubleshooting easy. Only a single component needs to be quickly replaced to get the machine online and reduce downtime.

Rugged and Reliable

The CO-W121C/P2102E has industrial-grade protections, such as a fanless design, wide operating temperature (0°C to 60°C), wide voltage (9 to 48 VDC), and an IP65 waterproof and dustproof front panel. These features make it suitable for long-term operation in the harsh maritime environment.


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Double the Excellence: Cincoze Wins Two 2023 Product of the Year Awards from Control Engineering!

Cincoze is honored to announce that it has been selected by Control Engineering’s print and digital readers with two esteemed Control Engineering 2023 Product of the Year Awards: 

  • The DV-1000 | 9/8th Gen Intel Core Series High-performance & Basic I/O Rugged Embedded Computer

            –    the Gold Award in the Control Systems category

  • The CO-W121C / P2102 | 21.5″ TFT-LCD Open Frame Panel PC with 8th Gen Intel Core U Series Processor

            –    the Gold Award in the HMI, Operator Interface category

Control Engineering is a leading US magazine in connecting the global industrial engineering audience through coverage of education about automation, control, and instrumentation technologies for over 69 years. This year, the Product of the Year Awards were split into 14 categories of control, instrumentation, and automation products. The readers have chosen the 42 final winning products they believed were the most exceptional based on technological advancement, service to the industry, and market impact.


 Read more about Control Engineering 2023 Product of the Year Award here.

Winning Products

DV-1000

The DV-1000, with 9/8th Gen Intel Core processor, is a fanless and rugged embedded computer optimized for edge computing applications. The high-performance DV-1000 processes data and makes real-time decisions at the edge, enabling enterprises to take immediate action on real-time data. The computer brings high-performance computing and industrial durability together in a compact footprint embedded computer, providing reliable long-time operation for mission-critical and space-limited applications in machine vision, manufacturing, railway infotainment, and smart city applications.

  • 9/8th Gen Intel Core i7/i5/i3 or Pentium/Celeron CPUs (up to 65W)
  • Compact size (224 x 162 x 64 mm)
  • 1 x M.2 2280 key M socket, auto-detection for NVMe/SATA SSD
  • 1 x M.2 2230 key E for Intel CNVi/wireless module
  • Optional CMI/MEC modules for I/O expansion
  • Wide operating temperature: -40°C to 70°C
  • MIL-STD-810G shock and vibration proof
  • Railway EMC EN50155 (EN 50121-3-2 only) certified

CO-W121C / P2102

Cincoze’s high-performance open-frame modular panel PCs (CO-W121C/P2102 Series) use Intel Core U series processors that provide high-performance data processing and graphics computing capabilities with only 15W low power consumption. The CO-100/P2102 series supports CFM technology that extends system functions according to requirements, with options such as Power Ignition Sensing (IGN) and Power over Ethernet (PoE). The series has multiple sizes, display ratios (4:3 and 16:9), and touchscreen options. Its integrated structure, exclusive adjustable mounting bracket, and support for multiple mounting methods to perfectly fit cabinets of different materials and thicknesses. The robust design also meets the application needs of harsh industrial environments.

  • 21.5″ TFT-LCD with projected capacitive touch
  • Onboard 8th Generation Intel Core U Series CPU
  • Designed with adjustable mounting bracket
  • Support flat / standard / VESA / rack mount
  • Front panel IP65 compliant
  • Wide operating temperature
  • Cincoze patent CDS technology support
  • PCI/PCIe expandable model available

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Cincoze Announces New Thin Embedded Dual-purpose Computer – P1201 Series, Combining Performance and Flexibility

Rugged embedded computer brand—Cincoze, recently launched its latest addition to the Display Computing – CRYSTAL product line, the P1201 embedded computer series. The P1201 packs the improved computing performance of the Intel Elkhart Lake platform into a thin and light body (204.5 x 149 x 41.5 mm) with flexible expansion options. The highlight is the dual-purpose design sets the P1201 apart from other embedded computers. As standard, its ultra-thin design makes it  well-suited for data collection and analysis in space-limited applications in machine equipment and control cabinets. Attach one of a range of display modules to the P1201 using Cincoze’s exclusive CDS (Convertible Display System, Patent No. M482908) technology, and it becomes a panel PC suitable for HMI applications.

New Platform Double Performance

The P1201 uses the Elkhart Lake platform Intel® Atom® x6425E quad-core processor, delivering 1.7x the single-core performance and 1.5x the multi-core performance of the previous generation Apollo Lake processors. It also supports DDR4 memory up to 32 GB and 3200 MHz. The Intel® UHD graphics chip ensures smooth graphics by doubling the processing performance of previous generations. Greatly improved computing performance shortens processing times, thereby increasing work efficiency.

One Computer Two Purposes

The ingenuity of the P1201 lies in the “one computer, two purposes” design. On its own, it is an ultra-thin embedded computer suitable for installation in narrow spaces to perform long-term, uninterrupted computing tasks. By adding a display module through Cincoze’s exclusive CDS technology, the P1201 becomes a panel PC. According to the environment and application needs, three types of panel PC are available, including industrial panel PCs (CV-100/P1201), high brightness panel PCs (CS-100/P1201), and open frame panel PCs (CO-100/P1201), with each series offering a variety of sizes, display ratios, and touchscreen options.

Suitable for HMI and Mobile Robots

The native I/O ports (GbE LAN, USB 3.2, COM, and DIO) meet the requirements of most HMI applications. For the requirement of wireless transmission in mobile robots, the P1201 supports a Wi-Fi 6/Intel CNVi/Bluetooth module through the M.2 Key E slot for faster transfers, and it supports a GNSS/4G module through the Mini PCIe slot, covering the full spectrum of wireless transmission needs.

Vibration Resistance and Industrial EMC Protection

The P1201 is typically installed in equipment, control cabinets, and mobile robots, where vibration resistance and EMC are the main challenges. The P1201 passes a range of vibration and shock tests, including random vibration (5G), sinusoidal vibration (1.5G), and shock resistance (50G), meeting the EMC testing standards for harsh industrial environments (EN 61000-6-2 and EN 61000-6-4). The P1201’s high-standard, industrial-grade protections further ensure product safety by passing the UL certification for contact leakage, flammable materials, and rugged exterior.

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A Practical Guide to Selecting an Industrial Panel PC

Industrial panel PCs are industrial computers designed for harsh industrial environments that integrate high-resolution touch display and computing power. The most common application at industrial sites is for human-machine interface (HMI), the communications bridge between the operator and the automation machine. In recent years, improvements in industrial panel PC performance and technology have extended their use to new applications in data collection and analysis, visualization of production processes, machine monitoring and predictive maintenance, and more. These additional use cases fuel growth in the global HMI market, with the global market survey by Allied Market Research estimating the global HMI market will reach 10.8 billion US dollars by 2031, with a CAGR of 10.8% from 2022 to 2031.

Apart from industrial HMI applications, the interactive kiosks we see in our everyday lives, such as the automated multimedia platforms in unmanned stores and self-service kiosks, also use industrial panel PCs. Industrial panel PCs provide computing capabilities and connect to peripheral devices for ticketing, cash handling, check-in, and self-service ordering. According to a report from another market research agency, Grand View Research, the global market size for kiosks will reach 28.45 billion US dollars in 2021, of which more than 45% is for hardware parts such as scanners, card readers, printers, cameras, and panel PCs. Industrial panel PCs have found their place in applications in both industrial environments and daily life.

Nine Critical Considerations in An Industrial Panel PC

With the rising demand for industrial panel PCs, here are the nine key factors to consider when selecting an industrial panel PC:

  • Screen Size

The first consideration is screen size and resolution, which depend on display content and complexity. Display content could be simple information such as messages, system messages, or graphics; complex multimedia content; or software-specific display requirements. All these factors determine the necessary display size, screen resolution, and display ratio.

  • Touch Type

Industrial panel PCs typically use resistive or capacitive touchscreens depending on the application and situation. Resistive panels use fingertip pressure to control input and can be used with gloves on, so they are an excellent choice for single-point touch in automation equipment HMI. Capacitive panels sense input through human finger current and support multi-touch, so they can perform zooming, dragging, and other actions, making them well-suited for kiosks and infotainment systems.

  • Display Brightness

The installation location, indoors or outdoors, determines the ideal brightness of the industrial panel PC’s display. Generally speaking, the brightness of an LCD backlight used indoors is about 200-300 nits, while outdoors is much higher, about 500-1500 nits. Selecting a high-brightness sunlight-readable display for use under direct sunlight will ensure the operator or audience can see content clearly.

  • Processor Efficiency

With the rise of smart factories, HMIs are being used to support more functions and smart applications that require high-performance computing. These new applications include machine vision, data collection, voice recognition, browsing CAD files, sensing, and even creating a virtual presence in AR and VR. Still, some panel PCs will continue to serve as simple information display terminals, such as for displaying production information and warehouse management, so they only need processors with general performance, low power consumption, and reasonable cost.

  • Fans or Fanless

Many factors determine the necessity of fans in factory applications. A dusty environment, for example, can easily hinder a fan’s performance, impacting overall system stability, so choosing a sealed fanless panel PC avoids this problem. For high-performance computing applications, a wide temperature and fanless industrial panel PC with a special heat dissipation structure is a better solution that removes the need for holes in the system casing or installing fans, thereby eliminating dust contamination. In short, multiple factors, including the application environment, computing requirements, and heat dissipation, must be considered when deciding whether a fan is needed.

  • IP Rating

In an industrial environment, machines and equipment face different operational and safety threats, including dust, vibration, high and low temperatures, moisture, chemicals, water, and more. Ensuring reliable operation in these harsh environments necessitates varying levels of protection. The ingress protection (IP) rating is a general international standard used to test and evaluate a product’s dustproof and waterproof abilities and determine its protection level. The IP rating consists of two numbers. The first number, with the highest level of 6, indicates the system’s level of protection against dust and solid foreign matter ingress. The second number shows the level of protection against water or liquid, and the highest level of 8 indicates it can withstand high-temperature and high-pressure water at close range. The appropriate IP rating of the industrial panel PC depends on the requirements of the application environment.

  • Rugged Design

Using an industrial panel PC in a harsh industrial environment requires a rugged design, including a high-hardness, scratch-resistant glass display (surface hardness > 7H), a wide operating temperature range, and the ability to withstand high vibration and shock. In addition, it is also necessary to design the hardware with excellent protection to ensure electromagnetic compatibility with other devices in the system.

  • Expandability

In the face of diverse applications and innovative future smart applications, flexible expansion can futureproof the industrial panel PC for multiple roles. To face multiple application environments, a general industrial panel PC offers various expansion options such as Mini PCIe, PCI/PCIe, and more. These flexible expansion options enable the addition of wireless transmission, extra I/O, and additional functions to transmit data and control various peripheral devices.

  • Mounting Options

The machine design and environment determine the best installation method for an industrial panel PC. The most common installation methods include panel mount, open frame, VESA mount, and rack mount. A panel mount or open frame is the best choice to install the panel PC on the door of a control cabinet or integrate the panel PC as part of a machine before it leaves the factory. A standard 75/100mm VESA mount supports the installation of the panel PC on a cantilever or wall. For a panel PC in a server rack, rack mounts are the sensible choice and can be mounted using accessories with rack mount baffles or metal frames.

Cincoze Industrial Panel PCs

The Cincoze Display Computing – CRYSTAL product line consists of three industrial panel PC series. Each series features Cincoze’s Convertible Display System patented modular design, a rich selection of specifications, industrial ruggedness, and international certifications, making them the preferred choice for our customers.

  • Full Selection of Sizes

Cincoze industrial panel PC product line includes three series: industrial panel PCs (CV-100/P series) for general industrial environments, sunlight-readable panel PCs (CS-100/P series) for outdoor high-brightness applications, and open frame panel PCs (CO-100/P series) for seamless integration with other equipment. The industrial panel PC series has sizes from 8.4” to 24” and display ratios from 4:3 to 16:9. Customers can choose Intel® Atom®, Pentium®, or Core™ processors of different grades according to the required computing performance. Touchscreen options include multi-point capacitive (P-CAP) and single-point resistive touch. The sunlight-readable panel PC series is known for its high-brightness backlight display with a maximum of 1,600 nits. The display is clear and readable outdoors, even under sunlight. The open frame panel PC uses an integrated structure and patented adjustable mounting bracket, making it the favorite for its simplified on-site installation steps and customizability.

  • CDS Patented Technology

Cincoze industrial panel PCs use Cincoze’s exclusive patented Convertible Display System (CDS, Patent No. M482908) technology. From the user’s perspective, it is flexible enough to meet future upgrade needs because they can change the display and the system separately. Convertible display modules come with a variety of different features (CV-100, CS-100, or CO-100 series) and can be freely matched with a computer module (P2000 or P1000 series) or monitor module (M1100 series) to form a panel PC or industrial touch monitor. CDS provides a flexible modular design for easy maintenance on-site and future upgrades.

  • Industrial Rugged Design

Cincoze industrial panel PCs use industrial-grade components to provide high reliability. The panel has a die-cast aluminum frame, the display surface hardness is up to 7H (P-CAP models), the front panel is IP65 waterproof and dustproof, the chassis is fanless, and the panel PC can sustain continuous operation in extreme temperatures from -20°C to 70°C. The power supply supports 9-48VDC wide-range voltage input and provides multiple protection mechanisms such as overvoltage, overcurrent, electrostatic discharge, and surge protection. These designs make Cincoze industrial panel PCs suitable for harsh working environments and can effectively avoid damage caused by power instability.

  • Modular Expandability

Cincoze industrial panel PCs include rich native I/O and functions. For additional needs or functions, M.2, Mini PCIe, and PCI/PCIe expansion slots enable the installation of 4G/LTE wireless communication modules, I/O cards, data acquisition cards, motion control cards, and other expansion applications. Cincoze’s exclusive Control Function Module (CFM) enables the optional addition of PoE and IGN functions to save the time and cost of additional configuration, thereby reducing the construction cost of the whole system.

  • International Certifications

Cincoze industrial panel PCs pass the mandatory product safety certifications, voluntary safety certifications* such as UL, waterproof and dustproof IP65, and anti-vibration/-shock (IEC 60068-2-27, IEC 60068-2-64), and EMC testing standards for industrial environments (EN61000-6-2, EN61000-6-4).

Cincoze Industrial Panel PC Use Cases

Cincoze industrial panel PCs can be used for, but are not limited to, the following applications:

  • Factory Automation
    Industrial panel PCs are mostly used in factories to assist in factory automation, providing functions such as production process visualization, data collection, equipment monitoring, and dashboards. Examples include a production line HMI in a car factory, and for the manufacture of rubber air springs.
  • Machine Automation
    Industrial panel PCs are integrated with or installed nearby the machine and are mostly used as smart terminals, OEM equipment control interfaces, or HMI. Examples include stone processing machines and label printing.
  • Energy Monitoring
    Industrial panel PCs can be used as an HMI for data monitoring and remote device management operations. Examples include water treatment plants, distributed energy, and oil fields.
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Cincoze CS-115/P2102E Serves as HMI for Offshore Drilling Rig Control

Introduction

Energy companies can now—through industrial IoT, sensors, and wireless network technologies—gather the accurate real-time data they need to implement automatic equipment monitoring and remote management at remote oil and natural gas operations at sea or on land.

Cincoze’s customer in Eastern Europe is a system integrator providing offshore oil platform services, and they chose the Cincoze CS-115/P2102E sunlight-readable industrial panel PC as the HMI for its automated oil rig equipment. The industrial panel PC not only provides the HMI but must also control the operation of the oil rig, analyze sensor data and upload it to the cloud so that the management team can remotely monitor the status of each oil well and ensure optimal production efficiency and perform predictive diagnostics and maintenance. With the harsh environment at sea, there are stringent requirements for ruggedness and reliability, including IP65, high-brightness touchscreen display, multiple I/O, wide operating temperature range, and more.

Customer Requirement

Sunlight-readable Touchscreen Display

The HMI for marine automation control must be an industrial panel PC with a super bright screen that is clear and easy to read in bright sunlight. It must also be IP65 waterproof and dustproof and have a 15-inch projective capacitive touch panel. Capacitive touchscreen is necessary for this application because it has a high transmittance, sensitive response, high durability, and, most importantly, it supports multitouch to provide a convenient and easy-to-use user experience for field operators.

Multiple Sensor Control

The automated drilling machine is equipped with temperature, hydraulic pressure, storage capacity, and other sensors to obtain real-time machine and environment data. Through detailed analysis and real-time monitoring, operators can effectively monitor machine operation and improve drilling productivity. All these sensors must be connected to the industrial panel PC and on top of that it is also necessary to install a gas detector card in the PCIe expansion slot.

Suitable for Harsh Working Environment

Automation equipment at sea needs to stay in operation for a long time, and both temperature and humidity severely test hardware longevity. In addition to extreme temperatures, the industrial panel PC must also continue long-term operation in a high-humidity environment at sea.

Why Cincoze?

Complete Selection of Sizes

Cincoze sunlight-readable panel PC (CS-100/P series) has a wealth of options, with sizes from 8.4” to 24”, 4:3 and 16:9 display ratios, multi-point capacitive touch, and a selection of Intel® Core™ U, Pentium®, or Atom® processor to suit computer performance needs. The highest brightness can reach 1,600 nits so it is readable under sunlight and the series is specially designed for outdoor applications. The front panel is IP65 waterproof and dustproof, 7H hardness scratch-resistant, and the rugged frame is made of die-cast aluminum, making it suitable for long-term operation in industrial environments.

Rich I/O and Modular Expansion

The CS-115/P2102E has all the essential I/O connections needed for industrial IoT peripheral devices to achieve seamless connection to the cloud. I/O includes 1x VGA, 1x DisplayPort, 2x GbE LAN, 3x USB 3.2, 4x COM, 16x isolated DIO, and more. The P2102E also provides a PCI/PCIe x4 slot to support data acquisition, motion control, or I/O cards. One M.2 2230 key E and two Mini-PCIe slots meet the needs of wireless transmissions such as Wi-Fi and 4G LTE. Cincoze’s exclusive CFM module allows the addition of IGN and PoE functions.

Rugged Design

The CS-115/P2102E has strict industrial-grade protections, including fanless and cableless design, wide operating temperature (-20 to 70°C), wide range DC input (9 to 48V), industrial-grade power protection (OVP, OCP, ESD), Reverse Power Input protection, and surge protection. It can maintain reliable operation at 40°C and 80% relative humidity.

Easy Maintenance and High Flexibility for Upgrades

Cincoze sunlight-readable panel PCs (CS-100/P series) use Cincoze’s patented Convertible Display System (Patent No. M482908) modular technology to enable the individual replacement of the industrial panel PC’s computer module and display module, reducing on-site maintenance costs and retaining the possibility of future upgrades.

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