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1D Barcode

a barcode made up of white and black lines that are spaced differently to convey a digit, letter or symbol. The data coded within the 1D barcode has limitations on length and type depending on the type of 1D barcode that is created (i.e. – Code 3 of 9, Code 128, UPC). The scanner decodes the digit, letter or symbol by reading the white spaces between the black spaces. The scanner light shines on the white, and the light is reflected back into the scanner allowing the scanner to read and decode the 1D barcode.

2D Barcode

a barcode made up of a series of black and white stackable shapes representing more than a single line of data. A 2D barcode can hold a large amount of data. For instance, a 2D barcode can hold the Gettysburg address. The scanner reads the white spaces between the black stackable shapes to form the data.

All in One (Computer)

a computer that has the monitor and computer in one enclosure rather than two separate components like an LCD monitor and a computer tied together with external cables to allow them to communicate and function. The All in One Computer is generally used for applications that need to be wall or pole mounted or applications that require a computer to be placed in a small space.


a computer program that is developed to automate a process or to gather data. Application examples are accounting, manufacturing, logistics, credit card payments, etc.

Barcode (1D & 2D)

See 1D Barcode See 2D Barcode


a term used by computer manufacturers to describe the process used to electrically test a computer that has been completely assembled and is ready for a final test before shipping. The computer is run and all electrical components are powered for a period of time to assure no component will fail during final test.

Capacitive Touch Screen

a capacitive touch screen uses electrical capacitive charge to pinpoint the origin of the touch. The human finger has an electrical charge that is transferred to the surface of the touch screen. This charge becomes the pinpoint that the touch screen controller can use to determine where on the screen is being touched. Capacitive screens are durable because there is nothing on the surface of the touch screen glass to wear out.


a computer box that houses computer components

CNC Machining

a computer controlled machine that is used for milling materials

Compact Flash

a solid state (contains no moving parts) computer storage device that meets the Compact Flash size standard. A compact flash is a removable storage device.

Data Collection Computer or Terminal

a computer that is specifically used to collect data that is needed in a process such as time and attendance, work in progress, etc. A Data Collection Terminal typically has a small screen and limited functionality to complete the task of the application unlike a PC computer that is used for general full-screen applications.

Drop Resistance

a standard that is used to measure the amount of force that a computer can resist before breaking

HMI (Human Machine Interface)

the part of the computer system that handles the human/machine interaction and allows the user to tell the computer what to do (i.e. input via keypad, touchscreen, mouse, etc.) and the machine to update or inform the user (i.e. output via on-screen display, status light, ect.)

Infra Red Touch Screen

a touch screen that has four infrared borders that are located on each side of the touch screen forming an infrared grid that travels over the surface of the face of the touch screen. When a finger breaks the beam of infrared light, it conveys its XY coordinates and therefore creates the location of the finger on the touch screen. This is conveyed to the touch screen controller which is conveyed to the computer.

IP Standard (i.e. IP65)

The Ingress Protection (IP) rating (developed by the CENELEC) specifies the environmental protection provided by electrical equipment enclosures. The IP rating typically has two numbers: the first number indicates the level of protection against solid objects, and the second indicates protection against liquids.

  1. Protection against access to hazardous parts by solid objects:

    Level Protection Against:
    0 No protection
    1 Objects > 50mm; Accidental touch by hands
    2 Objects > 12mm; fingers or similar objects
    3 Objects > 2.5mm; tools and thick wires
    4 Objects > 1mm; tools, screws, small wires
    5 Protection against dust limited ingress, complete protection against contact
    6 Totally protected against dust and contact
  2. Protection against ingress of liquids

    Level Protection against:
    0 No protection
    1 Dripping water (condensation)
    2 Sprays of water when enclosure is tilted vertically up to 15°
    3 Sprays of water when enclosure is tilted vertically up to 60°
    4 Sprays and splashes against enclosure from all directions
    5 Low-pressure jet spray from all directions
    6 High-pressure jet spray from all directions; temporary flooding
    7 Immersion up to 1m
    8 Long periods of immersion under pressure
    9 Close range, high-pressure jet spray
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NEMA Rating (i.e. NEMA 4, NEMA 4X)

a standard by the National Electrical Manufacturer Association (NEMA) that signifies an enclosures protection against different types of environmental conditions. Most of our products adhere to NEMA 4 or NEMA 4X specifications. Products with a NEMA 4 rating are intended for indoor or outdoor use and provide protection against rain, sleet, snow, windblown dust, hose-directed or splashing water, and damage from external ice formation. NEMA 4X specifies the same protection as NEMA 4 but also protects against corrosion. View all NEMA ratings.


Original Equipment Manufacturer that produces products under its own name or for another company who wants to private label the product for sale.

Optical Bonding

the process of using a transparent adhesive to bond two optical components together (such as an LCD and touch screen) as a protective layer. Optical bonding eliminates air gaps between the display and cover glass to increase ruggedness and durability, improve display performance and enhance outdoor use and readability. Learn more about optical bonding services.

Panel Mount Monitor

a LCD monitor that is constructed so it can be flush mounted in an enclosure or on a wall or surface.

PLC (Program Logic Controller)

a computer controller that is used to control electrical and mechanical relay switches used in machinery.

Rack Mount Monitor

a LCD monitor that is used in a standard 19” rack. The monitor is fastened to the two rails within a 19” rack. The 19” rack is a standard rack that allows computer components to be stacked in a vertical format. The 19” rack mount monitor is used to control one or more computers within the rack.

Resistive Touch Screen

a touch screen that receives its XY coordinates by the pressure from a finger touch. When the pressure is applied to the touch screen, the film on the outside of the glass collapses the small pillowing area between the film and the glass making an electrical connection, locating the finger and sending the XY coordinates to the touch screen controller that in turn sends information to the computer.


a small, dedicated storage device that is used to transmit data wirelessly to a computer or reader. RFID is used to store serial numbers and other data needed for tracking items or a process.

Rugged Computer

a computer that is sealed from outside contaminates. The computer can withstand shock and vibration, and in some cases, heat and water.

Solid-State Drive

a storage device that stores data in flash memory in a solid state silicone chip.


thin Film Transistor. A type of LCD Screen in which each pixel is controlled by a separate transistor to deliver the best quality resolution.

Thin Client

a computer that has a small operating system and limited local storage. Most functions are complete through a connection to a computer server.

Vehicle Computer

a computer that is mounted in a moving vehicle and wired to the power source of the vehicle.


a mounting standard used on electronic devices so a mounting arm or plate can be fastened to the electronic device.

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