Long Term Availability: What is it and Why is it Important?

Long Term Availability: What is it and Why is it Important?

What is Long Term Availability?

When designing and/or purchasing an industrial computer or embedded system, long-term availability is an important consideration.

It refers to the length of time that the computer and its components will be available for purchase from the manufacturer. This is important for industrial users, as it allows them to plan for the long-term use and maintenance of their equipment.

Why is Long Term Availability Important?

  • Product lifetime availability : Industrial computers, like all electronic products, have a limited product lifetime availability. This means that they will eventually be phased out and replaced by newer models. The length of the product lifetime availability can vary and it’s important to consider when purchasing an industrial computer to ensure that it will be available for the intended period of use.
  • Component availability: Industrial computers are made up of a variety of components, such as processors, memory and storage. The long-term availability of these components can affect the long-term availability of the industrial computer. If a component becomes discontinued or is no longer available, it may be difficult or impossible to repair or replace the computer if it fails.
  • Manufacturer support: The level of support offered by the manufacturer can also affect the long-term availability of an industrial computer. If the manufacturer is able to offer long-term support, including repairs, upgrades and technical assistance, it can improve the long-term availability of the computer.

What is the Long Term Availability of an Industrial Computer?

The availability of industrial computers can vary depending on a number of factors, including the manufacturer, the specific model and the internal components used. In general, industrial computers tend to have longer availability than consumer-grade computers, as they’re often used in ‘mission-critical’ applications where long-term support is important.

On average, industrial computers and components may be available for 5-10 years or more. However, it’s worth noting that the availability of specific models and components can vary and it’s important to consider the long-term availability when purchasing an industrial computer. Some manufacturers may offer extended support for certain models or components, which can extend the availability of the computer.

It’s also worth considering the potential for upgrades or repairs, as these can help extend the life of the computer. It’s always a good idea to consult directly with the manufacturer or a trusted supplier to get a sense of the long-term availability of a particular industrial computer model.

Industrial and Embedded Products with Long Term Availability

BVM design and distribute Embedded Computer Solutions for Industrial Applications concerning System Integrators and OEM’s. Our speciality areas include Industrial Panel PC’s, Fanless Box PCs, Industrial Rack PCs, Industrial PC Components and Specialist Systems for a range of industries including Medical, Transport, Rail and Factory Automation.

We offer a range of industrial and embedded solutions for OEM’s and System Integrators; we hold large stocks for immediate sampling, further volume ordering and our in-house design engineers have close working relationships with our suppliers ensuring we provide the best solutions, fully configurable at competitive prices.

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