With advanced computer systems becoming harder to get hold of, perhaps you’re looking to downsize or find a more affordable program for your own product line.
Look no further: the Raspberry Pi could help.
Firstly, what is it?
The Raspberry Pi is a low-cost, credit-card-sized computer developed in the UK. It can plug into a computer monitor or TV and use any standard keyboard or mouse.
The release of the Raspberry Pi Compute Module was the tipping point for the industrial market. With 44% of Raspberry Pi sales now going directly to industrial customers, we’ve laid out exactly how this small but mighty piece of tech could serve your business.
Initially designed with education in mind, the Raspberry Pi has taken off globally as a hobby and a means for young people to take their first steps into the world of coding.
However, these open-source, modular gadgets are so compatible that the Raspberry Pi family could complement or replace the systems already being used in your industry.
If you’re familiar with industrial electronic devices and finding ways to connect them, you’ll be no stranger to Modbus. With an RS485 shield interface, it’s possible to use a Raspberry Pi as Master or Slave in Modbus applications.
The Strato-Pi is part of the Raspberry family and is an industrial server most often used to provide a specific amount of reliability and compliance to applications.
It accepts a wide power supply range and it’s worth noting that – thanks to resettable fuses – its power supply is also protected from reverse polarity.
The Kunbus Revolution Pi
Another Raspberry Pi-based industrial solution, the Kunbus Revolution Pi offers an open platform concept for maximum freedom.
Dedicated to creating open-source solutions, Kunbus – along with the help of Germany-based Kunbus GmbH – can help businesses build their own tools and develop custom solutions.
With its sleek and industrial aluminum design, the IoT-Gate is not only visually attractive but can handle temperatures ranging from -40 to 80 degrees.
It boasts not only extensive wireless and wired connectivity but is also resistant to shock, vibration, humidity, and dust – making it best suited to industrial environments.
In fact, the hardiness of the IoT-Gate draws attention to perhaps the only limitation of other Raspberry Pi products in the industry. Due to their small size, even subtle increases in room temperature could cause performance losses.