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Blue Screen and Crash in Industrial Control Computers

Apr. 22, 2024

In the field of industrial control systems, industrial computers serve as the core computing and control units, and their stability and reliability are crucial for the operation of the entire system. 

However, many enterprises often encounter problems such as frequent blue screens and computer crashes in practical applications, which not only seriously affect production efficiency but also increase maintenance costs. Among the many factors that lead to the instability of industrial computers, "industrial computer fever" is an important factor that cannot be ignored due to the use of low-end factory computers and the use of cheap or even unqualified electronic materials.


Wide temperature industrial computer, suitable for working environment -40 to 60 degrees


Analysis of the Causes of Frequent Blue Screen and Crash in Industrial Control Computers


The reasons for frequent blue screens and crashes of industrial computers are multifaceted, including hardware failures, improper system configuration, software conflicts, virus attacks, power supply issues, small heat dissipation area, and environmental factors. Among these many factors, hardware failures, especially hardware overheating caused by low-quality electronic materials (commonly known as "fever"), are a major cause of frequent blue screens and crashes in industrial control computers.


Blue Screen and Crash in Industrial Control Computers


Hardware malfunctions and fever

Low end industrial computer manufacturers often use low-cost electronic components and materials in pursuit of higher profits. These low-quality materials not only have unstable performance, but are also prone to overheating during long-term operation. Overheating not only directly leads to a decrease in the performance of electronic components, but in severe cases can even damage critical components such as CPU and memory, resulting in blue screens or crashes of industrial control computers.


Improper system configuration and software conflicts

In addition to hardware issues, improper system configuration or software conflicts are also common causes of frequent blue screens and crashes in industrial computers. Incorrect system settings may result in improper resource allocation, leading to system instability. Meanwhile, conflicts between incompatible software or drivers can also lead to system crashes.


Power and environmental issues

The stability of the power supply is crucial for the stable operation of industrial computers. Unstable power supply or voltage fluctuations can cause industrial computers to unexpectedly restart or crash. In addition, harsh working environments such as high temperature, high humidity, and dusty environments can seriously affect the stability and lifespan of industrial control computers.


Recommended high-quality industrial computer products


ZPC156-122 is a low-power fanless industrial computer that uses Intel technology ®  Celeron J1900 embedded CPU, TDP 10W, carrying rich I/O interfaces, HDMI+VGA, 

supporting -20-60 ℃, modular design, the product is mainly used in industrial automation, machine vision, rail transit and other industrial Internet of Things industries.


Blue Screen and Crash in Industrial Control Computers


Main features of the product

Equipped with Intel ®  Celeron ®  Processor J1900 quad core quad threaded

IDoor technology, fanless, modular design

Supports HDMI+VGA dual display

2LAN (Intel I211), 1USB 3.0, 5USB 2.0, 3COM

Capacitive Touch:10-point capacitive touch screen, 5 ms response;


HD display:original panel with A type. Resolution 1920*1080P,brightness 300cd/m2,pure color and natural;


System compatible:touchscreen monitor/android/Windows touchscreen AIO pc optinal;


Stable performance: each unit undergoes multiple tests such as whole machine aging, temperature and humidity testing, 


static electricity detection, vibration, high voltage, touch click and display to ensure stable quality and support 7*24H work;


Structure crafts:private mould design, pure flat and slim style, new backlight integrated structure, good sealing, surface IP65 waterproof;
Durable materials:Aluminum alloy frame & Metal back cover,Corrosion and oxidation resistance


OEM services:Flexible to add serial and USB ports;
(color、logo、camera、4G module、card reader、fingerprints module、POE power supply., etc);


Simple Installation:wall mounted/desktop stand/embedded etc installations, plug and play. No need to debug;


Strict quality control: the monitors have undergone multiple tests such as 48hour ageing, electrostatic testing, vibration,

 voltage/electronic load test, voltage withstand test, touch/calibration test, controlled high temperature test, constant temperature and humidity test, controlled drop test.


Solutions and suggestions


To solve the problem of frequent blue screens and crashes in industrial computers, it is necessary to start by selecting high-quality industrial computer equipment. 


*  Choose well-known and reputable industrial computer brands, and prioritize manufacturers with strict requirements for electronic component quality. 

*  Meanwhile, reasonable system configuration and timely software updates are also key to ensuring the stable operation of industrial control computers.

 * In addition, improving the working environment, maintaining good ventilation and appropriate temperature and humidity, 

as well as using a stable and reliable power supply, are effective measures to avoid frequent blue screens and crashes of industrial control computers.


As the core of industrial automation, the stability of industrial control computers is directly related to the normal operation of production lines.

 Faced with frequent blue screens and crashes, enterprises should not only focus on solving surface problems, 

but also fundamentally improve the quality of industrial control computers and system stability. 

By selecting high-quality industrial computer products, optimizing system configuration, and ensuring a good working environment, 

the failure rate can be significantly reduced, ensuring smooth production.


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