A panel PC, also known as a panel-mounted computer, touch panel PC, or industrial panel PC, is a combined industrial PC and Computer monitor so that the entire computer can be mounted in any manner available for mounting a display alone. It eliminates the need for a separate space for the computer. A panel PC is typically ruggedized for use in industrial or high-traffic settings. Also, Industrial Panel PCs have higher dependability applications.


Panel PCs can have a variety of mounting options including panel mounting, VESA Mount (Flat Display Mounting Interface), rackmount or DIN rail Mount.

Panel PCs often come with mounting brackets or flanges for direct installation onto a panel, or a cutout in an enclosure such as an electrical enclosure. The enclosure can be electrical cabinets, control panels, and machinery cabinets.

Cooling is a consideration when mounting a panel PC into electrical enclosure or rackmount.[1][2]


Panel PCs are commonly used in industrial automation, manufacturing, process control, and machinery control applications.

Construction and features

It may include a range of computer ports and connectivity options such as serial port, EtherNet/IP, CAN bus, Modbus.

A panel PC typically has a touchscreen (Touch Panel PC) which enables users to interact with the computer directly on the display. This eliminates the need for separate input devices such as a keyboard or a computer mouse.

Panel PCs come in various display sizes, ranging as small as 6 inches up to 24 inches.

Heavy-duty Panel PC models have front panels sealed to be waterproof according to IP67 standards, and includes models which are explosion proof for installation in hazardous environments.[3]


  1. ^ 'Thinking inside the box: Boosting the effectiveness of air cooling' - Military Embedded Systems May 2008
  2. ^ "'Heat Kills: Designing Rack mount Chassis for Optimal Cooling' COTS Journal September 2006". Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2009-03-15.
  3. ^ 'ip ratings' - Water Resistance Explained

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