NI industrial controllers are purpose-built for applications that require rugged data processing and control solutions. These controllers are passively cooled, which means there are no noisy fans that generate dust and fail or require maintenance. With ruggedness in mind, NI also designed these controllers with industrial-grade solid-state drives to provide reliable internal data storage, which is crucial in edge computing and industrial control applications. Additionally, NI industrial controllers can operate in 0 to 55 degrees Celsius ambient air temperature. This temperature specification has been verified in a temperature chamber to simulate a circumstance with full resource utilization. This testing is performed with all of the ports running at full bandwidth and power, the CPU fully utilized, the FPGA clocked at 200 MHz, and full memory utilization, which means NI industrial controllers are tested and guaranteed to withstand the demands of industrial environments.
NI industrial controllers were also designed with life cycle in mind. NI understands that after these solutions are designed and deployed, they must be supported until the next design cycle. For this reason, industrial controllers have the following life cycle:
- 3 years active
- 3 years mature
- 3 years maintenance
To learn more about NI hardware product life cycle policies, see the Additional Resources section of this paper.