Micro Industries

Micro Industries is a computer hardware manufacturer founded in 1978.

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History

Michael A. Curran founded Micro Industries, a privately held company, in 1978 to provide engineering services to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Electronic Contract Manufacturing services soon followed. In 1982, Micro Industries entered the Single board computer market through a second-source agreement with Intel, followed by similar agreements with National Semiconductor, Motorola, Philips, and Siemens. The following year, the company began a comprehensive engineering and manufacturing automation program to accelerate product development and reduce overall product costs. In 1984 [1] and 1985 [2], Micro was named to Inc 500 list. This helped make Micro Industries one of the first complete turnkey Surface mount technology assembly facilities in the U.S. and one of the founding members of the Surface Mount Technology Association [3]. The Touch&Go and Touch&Care all-in-one Quiet PC computer lines were deployed in 2002 for retail and healthcare markets. By 2004, Micro Industries invented first-of-their kind interactive client systems: a silent, shelf-mountable 17-inch unit and a 30-inch portrait style unit. That same year, Micro Industries founded mCosm, a subsidiary service company. mCosm provided retailers with content development, network infrastructure, remote-system management, and hosted services. Micro Industries built the Center for Interactive Retailing, a unique demonstration environment in 2004 at the corporate headquarters located in Westerville, Ohio. In 2008, Micro was awarded an Energy Star rating on its Paige17 computer [4]. Micro Industries has designed and engineering and manufactured its products in Ohio and continues to partner with content and software developers to provide premium interactive kiosk and digital signage systems to retailers. Micro Industries is also an Affiliate Member of the Intel® Embedded & Communications Alliance.

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The Touch&Go Series computers

Micro Industries introduced the Touch&Go series of unusually styled and retail-hardened computers in 2002. The initial models were Touch&Go Paige and Paigezilla small format fanless computers with configurable ears and peripherals in 10 and 17”, followed by the Touch&Go Messenger large format series in the 32 and 46-inch sizes. In 2009, the Messenger 65-inch landscape and portrait computer was introduced. In 2010, the Multi-touch Messenger 82-inch landscape and portrait computers were launched.

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Micro Industries Paige 10 Computer

Touch&Go Software

In 2003, mCosm began deploying and monitoring Digital signage and kiosk solutions to major retailers using its Touch&Go Enterprise software. In 2005, mCosm developed and launched, mCast digital signage templating system.

Manufacturing Process

Micro Industries monitored and controlled its manufacturing process since it began manufacturing in 1978. All of the products it produced have been manufactured in the United States. General Motors certified it in 1984 for its SPEAR program, which allowed shipment of products to GM facilities for on-vehicle applications without incoming test and inspection. Micro Industries registered its quality program to the International Organization for Standardization’s ISO 9000 standards in 1993, and has been registered each year since to meet the diverse elements of the ISO 9001 Quality Management Standard.[citation needed] In 1989, Micro Industries developed a unique process to comply with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requirements for a zero-discharge manufacturing facility, which became operational in 1991. These processes were later registered to ISO 14001 Environmental Management standards.[citation needed]

Products

Hardware

  • Board level computers
  • PCs (Touch&Go Paige, Paigezilla and Messenger, Touch&Care)
  • Self-service hardware and kiosks
  • Custom single board computers
  • Customer computers

Software

  • Digital signage software
  • Kiosk management software

Services

  • Contract Manufacturing Services
  • Hardware Design Engineering Services
  • Retail Solutions
  • Managed Services
  • Digital Signage solutions
  • Self-service kiosk solutions
  • Rapid application development
  • Interactive content development
  • Program Management
  • Training

References

External links

  • Micro Industries [5]

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