Doctor Burnout from Computer Usage

Preventing Doctor Burnout From Computer Usage

It’s no secret that the majority of doctors choose their profession because of one ideal: they truly want to help people. Being a doctor means meeting with patients face-to-face, listening to them, and comforting them. Sadly, in our digital age, people are increasingly becoming more and more isolated as screens take the place of people. This phenomenon has unfortunately spread to doctors, who are spending as much as twice the amount of time looking at screens as they do looking at patients. This can help lead to doctors suffering from occupational burnout, in which doctors may feel powerless or too stressed to work at optimal levels.

 

The World Health Organization has recognized occupation burnout as an actual medical condition, and taking the condition as seriously as they do can drastically help your hospital.  A study by two Stanford researchers found that burnout costs the U.S. economy up to $190 billion dollars every year

Better Access

This phenomenon is not unprecedented, as our technology advances so too does it’s complexity. As decision making on how medical computers are deployed and what software is on them shifts from doctors to management, it is important that doctor’s concerns are taken seriously and their input taken into consideration.

Medix KW Series
Medix KW Series

As doctors have to interact with multiple medical computers throughout the day, saving them the hassle of having to remember a litany of passwords may help ease their stress. Attempting to keep track of multiple passwords for separate medical computers, and then having to contact IT for a password reset can be a time intensive process that turns doctors off from using their medical computers as often as they need to. Medical computers like the Medix KW come equipped with both smart card readers and RFID readers, meaning that doctors can log into these medical computers in the blink of an eye.

 

Better Involvement

While it may seem like the IT department in charge of keeping your medical grade computers have little in common with the doctors using them, a strong relationship between these departments can go a long way. Making sure that the maintainers and users of medical grade computer systems are in touch can help communication of computer problems go much faster. After all, medical grade computers have a large amount of specialty software, and the quickly evolving landscape of digital medical care requires constant learning. Organize meetings between your IT department and medical staff regularly to ensure that all staff are on the same page about medical grade computer usage.

 

Better Usability

Doctors aren’t medical scribes, and their work hours shouldn’t be taken up trying to type on a keyboard hooked up to a medical grade computer. Touchscreen based medical grade computers can save doctors vast amounts of time, as their intuitive interface can be interacted with in the same way doctors use their own smartphones. These medical grade computers should have a strong antimicrobial coating, to ensure that use by multiple medical staff does not cause bacteria build up. 

 

Don’t Give Up

Technology, and medical grade computers, aren’t going anywhere any time soon. While long periods of usage can cause medical grade computers to become a source of burnout, it doesn’t necessarily have to. Keeping your staff updated on how to use their medical grade computers can drastically help alleviate stress they may feel when using them. Updating your medical grade computers to ones with quality of life improvements such as smart card readers can also help. In the end, communication can make a huge difference in preventing occupational burnout.

Touchscreen Computers for Industrial Use

Touchscreen Computers For Industrial Use

It almost seems counterintuitive to imagine touchscreen computers in an industrial workplace. Grime covered gloves or hands touching a computer screen seems like it would lead to more problems than it solves. But then again, is it any better that the same gloves or hands are touching a mouse and keyboard? The shocking reality is that touchscreen computers are not only a great choice for industrial use, but can be used widely in situations where normal computers can’t perform.

 

Protection From The Elements

Commercial grade computers are designed to be used at the desk, and don’t typically feature any design elements that would help them in an industrial environment. Industrial environments can be extremely hot or cold, dusty, or even wet— and all of these things can quickly cripple a commercial grade computer.

Vita KW Touchscreen Computer

Industrial touchscreen computers are designed from the ground up to be used in an industrial setting. Touchscreen computers like the Vita KW from Tangent sport features such as passive cooling systems that enable them to not only work under high temperatures, but to do so without faltering over time. These touchscreen computers do not have a fan-based cooling system like those used in commercial grade computers. In an industrial setting, a fan-based cooling system would quickly cause a massive dust build up within the enclosure of the computer. This drastically decreases performance, and in some cases can lead to the computer failing altogether. A solid enclosure ensures that dust build up is mitigated, and requires less maintenance over time.

 

While dust is a primary concern, it’s not the only thing to be worried about affecting your computer on the job site. Extreme temperatures are common in the industrial setting, and can prevent one from having a computer based workstation at a certain location. That is, unless you are using the F15 Touchscreen Computer from Tangent. The F15 features a fanless cooling system like the Vita KW, and can withstand extreme temperatures from -4°F to 140°F. On top of all of this, the F15 is IP65 rated to be completely sealed & protected against water and dirt intrusion in harsh environments.

VITA 474 Touchscreen Computer

Used Anywhere, Anytime.

Not only can Tangent’s lineup of industrial touchscreen computers be used in any environment, they are sleek enough to fit in any location as well. There may be a portion of your facility where you would like to have a workstation, but the area is simply not large enough to fit a desk, tower, monitor, keyboard, and mouse. That’s where touchscreen computers like the Vita 474 from Tangent can make the difference, easily mounting to a wall at any location and turning it into a full functioning workstation. The Vita 474 is powerful enough to run industrial software, sporting Intel 6th Gen Core i5 processor while being able to be mounted in any location.

 

For workers who are on the move constantly, there’s touchscreen computer tablets like the R10 Tablet from Tangent. These tablets are able to run industrial software and hook up directly to your factory or warehouse network. They allow workers to perform their duties while on the go, regardless of of their vicinity to a desk.

 

Touchscreen Computers: Industry’s Best Friend

Whether it’s a hot place, a tight place, a spacious place, touchscreen computers can turn them into optimal workstations. At Tangent, we make a wide variety of touchscreen computers that combined, make the perfect IT solution to your industrial needs.

Industrial Computers for Desert Applications

Industrial PCs For Desert Use

There’s one environment that is seemingly designed to destroy computers from the inside out. Scorching heat that prevents CPUs from cooling down, kicked up sand that threatens to short circuit motherboards, and a cascading environment that can change in the blink of an eye. If you haven’t guessed it by now, I’m referring to the desert. Even though deserts constitute 33% of the entire world, our modern day computers struggle to operate for even a few hours in the conditions presented by them. This is unfortunate, as many industrial operations such as mining and oil extraction occur there. Luckily, Tangent’s Industrial PC Line features computers that can not only operate under the extreme conditions of the desert, but thrive in them.

Mini C3

Extreme Temperature Operation.

One of the main challenges of operating an industrial site in the desert is the wide range of temperatures one can expect. Freezing nights quickly turn into scorching days, and commercial computers simply cannot handle such variations on a daily basis. Industrial PCs like the Rugged Mini E3 from Tangent have extreme temperature operating ranges, being able to operate from -13°F to as hot as 158°F, easily meeting the demands of even the most perilous desert. 

Mini C1

Sand Proof Casing

Sand presents a unique problem in the industrial sector, as it can quickly wear down equipment or otherwise pollute it. Sand presents an even greater threat to computers, being able to destroy a computer’s delicate innards simply by touching them in the wrong location. Traditional computers have fan-based cooling systems that are prone to sucking up and storing dust on the inside of the case; in the desert these computers would instead suck up sand and destroy themselves. Tangent’s rugged industrial PCs like the Rugged Mini C1 have passive, fanless cooling systems that keep the PC cool without letting dust or sand in. This allows them to work in the harsh desert without worry that their components will be damaged.

Mini Tank

Extreme Shock And Vibration Resistance

Industrial equipment is loud, it’s heavy, and it vibrates. Industrial PCs from Tangent are built just for this sort of working environment, and can be placed anywhere on the job site regardless of the equipment surrounding it. The Rugged Mini Tank is the goto example of Tangent’s engineering here, living up to its name. The Rugged Mini Tank has Military Grade vibration resistance, being able to withstand the rigors of military use with ease. This allows it a special use on industrial job sites, being able to perform in any scenario.

Rugged Mini Li Industrial Computer

Adaptable To Your Needs

No two jobs are the same, and every situation needs a unique solution. Tangent’s industrial PC lineup features PCs like the Rugged Mini L1, with a sleek form factor that can fit in practically any space. This 2 pound industrial PC is lightweight enough to be placed anywhere on the job site, and sleek enough to fit into even the smallest of crevices. Our Mini Industrial PCs can turn any space, regardless of size, into a workstation.

 

medical computer safety

Keeping Your Hospital Safe From Hackers and Malware

Many of us seldom think about who—or what— is watching us as we browse the internet. Many websites make use of cookies, which are snippets of code that help keep track of data such as passwords or shopping cart items while you browse the site. While cookies are mostly harmless, similar technologies can be deployed to mine your personal data to gain access to your not only your personal, but work accounts. Keeping your and your staff’s personal data safe on hospital medical computers is crucial to preventing system-wide hacks that can lead to extortion, or worse.

How Do Hackers Infiltrate Medical Computer Networks?

While it’s fun to think of hackers as super-smart, leather trench coat wearing folks sitting behind multiple monitors smashing away at keyboards, the reality of hacking is that many hackers rely on their victim’s human errors. Phishing emails, short and easy-to-guess passwords, and outdated software can turn one medical computer on your network into a hacker’s playground.

 

  • Phishing emails are designed to appear as legitimate emails, often giving off the impression of being sent by a supervisor, IT, or even a friend. These emails typically give a long, contriving explanation as to why certain sensitive data needs to be sent to the phisher immediately. Users of medical computers who are not trained to detect such emails are lured into the false urgency of the email, and send off their personal information without thinking about who it is going to. 
  • There are many misconceptions about passwords, namely that having difficult, complex passwords is the best way to protect your data. While complexity is a factor of how hard a password is for hackers to guess, it often leads to personnel forgetting their passwords to their medical computers and having to constantly reset them.
  • Outdated software on your medical computers constitutes one of the easiest backdoors that hackers have into your network. Outdated software is susceptible due to hackers having more time to figure out how to hack into the software, and being able to use the same method across multiple medical computers.

 

What Damage Can Hackers Do To Medical Computer Networks?

Simply put: it’s a hacker’s world, we’re just living in it. Charles Henderson, global head of IBM’s hacking unit X-Force Red, took to the stage at this year’s Blackhat cybersecurity conference and hacked an ATM, turning it into a cash dispenser in just a few minutes. If a computer exists, it can be hacked and likewise, your medical computers can be hacked. But it’s not just medical computers either, even pacemakers or insulin pumps can be hacked by nefarious folk.

 

While the prospect of patient’s life saving apparatus suddenly being disabled by deviants is justifiably terrifying, most hackers aren’t out to cause such chaos. Instead, they are after one thing: money. Hackers have taken to infiltrating hospital’s medical computer networks, and locking down all files until a ransom is paid. This ransom takes form in the form of untraceable bitcoin, allowing for the hackers to make a clean getaway without ever having set foot in your hospital. Hancock Health was forced to pay hackers $55,000 in 2018 in order to re-access their files that hackers had encrypted and held for ransom. 

 

Preventing Medical Computer Hacking

It’s more than likely that your hospital would not like to pay hackers for access to your own medical computers. Preventing hackers from infiltrating your medical computer network is not as simple as we may like to think, but there are certain ways you can stay one step ahead of the dark web. 

  • Hold Trainings

The easiest way to prevent medical grade computer breaches is to train your medical staff to recognize the various ways that they are constantly under cyber-attack. Medical grade computers are hot-beds for attacks from all angles such as phishing. There are multiple courses, as well as DIY seminars that can teach your staff how to recognize phishing emails, and how to handle them properly. Never ask your staff for any personal information via email, and inform them that any such requests will take place in person. The urgency suggested by phishing emails may cause staff to panic and forget to check who is sending them such emails, but if they know that supervisors would never ask for such information via email they can handle the situation properly.

  • Better Passwords

Complex passwords are a good way of keeping your medical grade computers safe, but they lead to confusion and wasted time by staff trying to remember their logins. Try having your medical staff use passphrases to login to their medical grade computers instead. Passphrases are simply long, easy to remember sentences that staff can use as a password for their medical grade computer that would take a hacker literal centuries to crack. An example would be using “thisismygreatpasswordthaticanremember” instead of “password”.

  • Update Medical Grade Computer Software

If you haven’t updated your medical grade computer’s software in a while, the best time is yesterday. Medical grade computers have to run many different software packages, and while it may be a pain to keep every single one updated, it is crucial to your medical grade computer’s integrity.

 

There’s no one-size-fits-all solution to keeping your medical grade computer network safe. Only a trained and aware medical staff can help keep hacking risks to a minimum. Medical grade computers are only as capable as their users, and keeping your users informed is the best practice.

All-In-One PCs: Made To Last

All-In-One PCsIn the industrial setting, equipment needs to be built to last. At Tangent, we know that having reliable equipment is crucial to getting the job done. Our all-in-one PC lineup features PCs that are not only built with high speed components, but also built to last. Our all-in-one PCs have multiple features that make them resistant to temperature, environment, and contaminant exposure. Here are some of these features that make our all-in-one PCs last for years.

Tangent S Series 19"
Tangent S Series 19″

Water And Dust Protection

The industrial environment can be an unpredictable one, and making sure that your equipment can withstand the hiccups of production can prevent unnecessary production loss. Dust and moisture are common contaminants on the factory floor, and can cause serious damage to PC equipment. Commercial grade PCs have no protection against either, and are highly susceptible to overheating damage from dust buildup. All-in-one PCs like the S Series from Tangent are IP69K rated to be both dust and water resistant. Featuring a fully enclosed case, the S series inhibits dust build up, and can be run with minimal maintenance. 

Industrial Computer F15
F15 Industrial Computer

Extreme Operating Temperature Range

Whether they are in the extreme cold of a refrigerated food facility, or in hot warehouses in the summer, Tangent all-in-one PCs can perform at their maximum. Our all-in-one PCs, like the F15 all-in-one PC, have extreme operating temperature ranges. From as cold as -4°F to as hot as 140°F, the F15 can operate without impact on its performance. Tangent’s all-in-one PC lineup is perfect for settings where temperature extremes are the norm, and can be an integral part of your facility for years.

Vita 474
Vita 474

Fanless Passive Cooling Systems

One of the biggest differences between Tangent’s lineup of all-in-one PCs and others is our selection of fanless systems. All-in-one PCs, like the VITA 474, feature a passive cooling system that is absent of a fan. This allows the VITA 474 to operate in dusty, hot conditions without impacting the physical components of the computer. This also allows the VITA 474 to go much longer without maintenance.

 

Quality Technical Support

We know our all-in-one PCs are the most dependable industrial PCs, and that’s why we offer a 3.5 year warranty on our industrial PCs. In the event that something does occur, our 24/7 US-based technical support hotline is more than happy to assist you. Tangent’s lineup of all-in-one PCs are built to last, and our technical support team is here to ensure that they do. Whatever your industrial setting may be, there’s a Tangent all-in-one PC that can be a lasting part of it.

antimicrobial medical computers

Preventing Nosocomial Infections

What Is a Nosocomial Infection?

Infections occurring while a person is being treated in a hospital are considered nosocomial infections. Nosocomial infections are of great concern to hospitals, governments, and medical personnel alike as they can have a vast impact on the quality of healthcare provided. Infections such as Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Clostridium difficile are common Nosocomial infections which are bolstered by increasing antibiotic resistance. Curbing the spread of nosocomial infections is critical to not only providing safe patient care, but halting the growth of superbug bacteria.

 

What Can Be Done?

While the prospect of antibiotic resistant superbugs seems bleak, it is not too late to make changes in your hospital to better combat the growth of such bacteria. One such way is replacing surfaces in your hospital that are prone to bacteria growth with antimicrobial surfaces. An antimicrobial surface is a surface that either naturally or artificially inhibits the growth of bacteria on its surface. A study published by the United Kingdom government found, “Antimicrobial coatings represent innovation in response to an impending healthcare challenge that is unprecedented.”

 

Without a doubt, some of the surfaces most prone to bacteria build up are the ones you are interacting with right now to read this article. Medical tablets, PCs, and Monitors are incredibly susceptible to bacteria growth. Devices like medical tablets can be expected to be used by multiple medical staff throughout the day, each interacting with patients throughout the day. This can lead to multiple bacteria strains occupying the screen, mouse, and keyboard of your medical devices. 

 

Luckily, antimicrobial surfaces have found their way into the production of medical equipment, and today most medical tablets and PCs feature antimicrobial enclosures. These enclosures ensure that medical tablets can be exchanged by medical staff throughout the day without the worry of infection spread. The screens on both medical tablets and medical all-in-one PCs are also IP rated to be water resistant, allowing them to be regularly cleaned. 

 

Antimicrobial Surfaces: The Right Choice

Whether it’s a medical tablet being passed around from nurse to nurse, or a medical all-in-one PC being used by a single doctor: making sure that your hospitals devices have antimicrobial surfaces is crucial to reducing the spread of nosocomial infections.

Medical Grade Computers for 24/7 Use

Medical Grade Computers for 24/7 Use

In the hospital setting, emergencies can happen at any time. Not only should your medical personnel be ready to do their job at a moment’s notice, but so too should your equipment. Making sure that your medical PCs are able to operate on a 24/7 basis may be crucial to providing care to patients in critical condition.

 

Medical PCs come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but all have key features that set them apart from commercial models. Firstly, medical PCs must be UL/IEC60601-1 certified for their electromagnetic leakage, which must be within safe levels for use around patients and medical equipment. Second, they should exhibit some level of dust and water resistance, as denoted by their IP rating. IP ratings vary, but medical PCs should at least be rated IP64, which denotes them as fully dust proof and resistant to water exposure and regular cleanings. Lastly, medical PCs should have an antimicrobial agent on their enclosure, which inhibits the growth of bacteria on the medical PC’s surface.

 

You may have noticed that the three key features of medical PCs do not include any metric for reliability. Reliability is not a standard in medical PC manufacturing, but is critical to ensuring that your hospital is able to provide safe and dependable care. Tangent’s lineup of medical PCs and medical all-in-one computers features PCs that are up to the challenge of a 24/7 work environment.

 

Hot Swap Batteries

We’ve all been there, phone at 5% and miles away from an outlet to charge it. In the medical setting, having your medical PC run out of battery while in use is simply not an option. Medical PCs on medical carts have to be plugged in when not in use to ensure that they have a full battery when they are needed, but this charging process requires the whole medical cart be put out of commision during charging. Medical PCs like the Medix E22B feature hot-swap batteries that can be charged on a separate docking station and swapped out with minimal disruption of service. Hot-swap batteries make medical carts infinitely more productive, allowing them to be in use 24/7.

Medical Computers

Uninterrupted Power Supply

While it is not fun to think about worst-case scenarios, it is critical to create plans for emergency situations. A power outage can greatly affect your hospital’s ability to perform live support. While all hospitals today feature generators or battery banks as a contingency, not putting unnecessary stress on these emergency systems is critical to ensuring their longevity. Medical PCs like the Medix C22 can be equipped with an emergency battery supply that allows the computer to function during power outages. Having your medical PCs not strain your emergency power system allows for greater assurance that power is being used where it is most critically required. Medical all-in-one computers with emergency power supplies allow medical personnel to work without fear of draining your power system.

 

Medical PCs are built to keep your hospital a safe and healthy environment to work in, but not every medical PC is built to be a reliable tool for your hospital. Choosing medical PCs with reliability features built in is a key way to ensure that your hospital can meet any emergency at any time.

Mini PCs

Advantages and Uses of Mini PCs

We’ve come a long way since the days when computers would take up an entire warehouse sized room. Today’s computers are far more powerful than anything in the past, while also being small enough for use in nearly any setting. But sometimes even small tower based PCs can seem too big for an office space. 

 

According to real estate information provider CoStar, average square footage per office employee fell from 197.3 square feet in 2010 to 182 square feet in 2017. As offices get smaller, tower PCs become less of a convenience and more of a space taker. That’s where Mini PCs come in, providing the same power as traditional desktop PCs in a small case. Mini PCs do not take up floor or desk space at the rate tower PCs do, and can be mounted underneath desks, behind monitors, and in multiple other convenient locations.

Rugged Mini FX
Rugged Mini FX

Many Advantages

 

  • Small Size: Mini PCs aren’t just small⁠—they are extremely small. With enclosures as small as your uncle’s copy of Moby Dick and some weighing less than a gallon of milk, Mini PCs can fit into nearly any work environment. 
  • Flexible Mounting Options: As offices get smaller, so to do the number of ways to organize the office space, and designing an office space entirely around where a computer can fit can make the entire setup a hassle. Mini PCs can be mounted in numerous ways, from standard VESA mounting options to DIN RAIL and even behind-the-monitor solutions.
  • Durability: Mini PCs are built to be able to withstand harsh environments and drops with ease. Fanless Mini Pcs are not only built tough, but they are virtually silent and won’t be a workplace distraction.
  • Customizability: Mini PCs come in many different sizes and configurations, each designed to be an effective part of a computing ecosystem. Tangent offers Mini PCs for nearly every workstation, so whether they’re for behind the desk work or in digital signage apparatus, Mini PCs are up to the task.

 

 

Real estate prices are going up and office spaces are getting smaller everyday. Making sure that your employees can be as productive as possible in their given space is critical to an efficient work environment. Mini PCs can help alleviate office congestion, and make cramped offices feel less crowded, boosting employee morale. 

 

Medical Computers Redundancy

Preparing Your Hospital For Hurricanes And Other Natural Disasters

While we tend not to think of worst case scenarios, it is important that we are prepared for them. Natural disasters are inherently unpredictable, and it is up to individuals and organizations to be prepared when disaster strikes. Unfortunately, we may not be as prepared as we would like to think. According to the National Health Security Preparedness Index, which measures health protections from numerous sources, the United States is not as adequately prepared for wide scale health emergencies as we should be. The Index rates the United States at a 6.7 out of 10, and while this score has increased from previous years, the rate at which it is growing is slowing. Worse, healthcare delivery was rated at a mere 4.9 out of 10. 

 

What Can Be Done?

In emergency situations, hospitals must be fully prepared to render aid to any and all affected. After all, communities cannot rebuild and return to normalcy when the populace is isn’t healthy. Ensuring that your hospital is ready for natural disasters is crucial to your community’s peace of mind. It is vital that doctors, nurses, and medical staff are able to be relied on in times of crisis, as their services are crucial to preventing natural disasters from turning into health crises. A recent study by American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) surveyed a group of 247 doctors and found that 93 percent believed their hospitals were not fully prepared to deal with large patient influxes due to disasters. Making sure that your medical personnel have the right equipment to handle large patient influxes such as those occurring in natural disasters is just as important.

 

Choosing The Right Equipment.

Disaster can strike at any time, and while hurricanes can be tracked, they cannot be stopped. It’s a fact that America’s power infrastructure is decaying, and relying on traditional wall outlets in an emergency could lead to serious medical consequences. Making sure your medical equipment can operate for extended periods without relying on the power grid is crucial to making sure your hospital is prepared for disasters.

 

Traditional desktop computers rely on external uninterrupted power supplies (UPS) for emergency power. These are fine, but require floor space and IT monitoring and setup, and cannot be moved in an emergency. Medical all-in-one PCs are touchscreen enabled computers that can feature hot-swap battery technology, allowing them to act as their own UPS. Tangent’s lineup of medical all-in-one PCs features PCs that are capable of running off battery power without being plugged into walls. This allows them to be mobile computers, going wherever they are needed. Medical Tablets are also battery operated, and just as capable as traditional computers. Medical Tablets can serve as on-the-go medical PCs in disaster scenarios, allowing doctors to treat and track numerous patients at a time. In search and rescue operations, medical tablets are portable enough to serve first responders without inhibiting their mission. Having medical tablets on standby is just one way to prepare your hospital for natural disasters.

 

Serving The Community.

A hospitals priority should be to serve the public’s health everyday, including days when disaster is unfolding. Allocating Medical all-in-one PCs and medical tablets are just two of the ways that your hospital can better prepare itself for the inevitable. 

 

Waterproof Computers

Waterproof Computers and Waterproof PCs

Water, dust, bacteria: these three contaminants and many more can spell disaster if they come into contact with your work PCs. Anyone who’s worked in a factory, food or beverage processing plant, or pharmaceutical plant knows that these contaminants can easily find their way into any nook or cranny available. PCs in these settings are no exception, and over time can fail, or require intensive maintenance to repair, due to contaminant ingress. Some companies attempt to retrofit their existing commercial grade PCs in order to make them seemingly waterproof, but these well-intentioned jury rigs are not certified or guaranteed to work. 

 

Only properly Ingress Protection(IP) rated waterproof computers are certified to be water resistant and waterproof. These wide ranging standards help computer companies design PCs from the ground up to be contaminant protected, ensuring a PC in any work environment can operate as long and effectively as a commercial PC sitting in an office building. The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) has created the IP guidelines in order to help both computer companies and their customers find the right waterproof computer for their job site. 

 

These guidelines have varying levels of ingress protection that are applied to PCs based on how well they operate while withstanding the elements. Ranging from IP00 up to IP69k, the IP scale covers everything—from PCs that are completely susceptible to water damage to PCs that can withstand high pressure water jets. The two digit number represents the PCs resistance to solids and liquids: the first number indicates solid resistance on a scale of 1 to 6; the second number signifies the PC’s water resistance, on a scale from 1 to 9k (the additional k rating is unique to the 9 liquid rating).

 

Every work environment is unique and presents its own elemental challenges to be considered when deciding which IP rating you need for your job site. At Tangent, we design nearly all of our PCs and monitors to be at least IP65 certified water resistant and dust proof. At this rating, our PCs are completely dust ingress protected, and impervious to stray water jets. Two of the most common ratings for IP rated PCs are IP65 and IP69K: each of these ratings carries a list of advantages that make them well suited for work environments.

 

IP65 Rating For PCs and Monitors

When a PC or monitor meets IP65 standards, the device is completely insulated from dust and particle contamination. This means that the enclosure housing the PC or monitor has no openings save for I/O ports. This negates the possibility of dust coming into contact with vital computer components or building up and constituting a health hazard. Commercial PCs feature exhaust ports for their fan-based cooling systems to circulate air through. IP65 rated PCs feature fanless cooling systems, which in addition to being quieter do not require the openings that their fan-based counterparts do. With no fan or openings, IP65 rated PCs and monitors are able to work in dusty or dirty environments without worry.

Industrial PC
VITA KW Industrial PC

At the IP65 rating, PCs like those in the Vita KW Line from Tangent are able to withstand jets of water from any direction on their front panel. This makes IP65 rated PCs close to being waterproof computers, and capable of withstanding environments where liquid presence is a common risk. In food and beverage processing plants, IP65 rated PCs and monitors are perfect for workstations where workers may be moving from a wet assembly line to the PC throughout the day. These nearly waterproof computers also make for easy cleaning, and can be cleaned with traditional cleaning supplies, as though they were just another surface on the factory floor.

 

While commercial grade computers can be jury rigged into a seemingly waterproof enclosure, they do not carry the IP65 rating and are prone to failure. In addition, their fan-based cooling systems would be choked off from outside air, and computer components may suffer damage from overheating in the stale environment. The only way to ensure that your work PCs are safely effectively dust and waterproof/resistant is by acquiring IP rated PCs from the start. 

 

IP69k Rating For PCs and Monitors

The IP69K rating is the highest IP level available for waterproof computers to be rated. At this level, PCs are completely dust and particle proof and protected against high temperature and pressure water jets. IP69k rated computers are designed for the dirtiest work environments, and help keep your job site moving. Like IP65 rated PCs, IP69K PCs sport sealed casings and fanless cooling systems. This allows them to be operated in dust riddled environments without any damage to their interior components. However, unlike IP65 rated PCs, IP69K PCs are waterproof computers able to withstand high pressure water bursts with ease.

Tangent S Series 19"
Tangent S Series 19″

IP69K rated waterproof computers are also able to withstand high temperature water jets as well, making them perfect for food and beverage processing facilities where hot liquids are common. Computers like the Tangent S Series are able to withstand hot water blasts and the resultant shock and vibrations that accompany them. In a 24 hour work environment, these computers are to work continuously without needing excessive maintenance due to dust build up, and can easily be cleaned with traditional cleaning supplies or those used on machines. The S Series features a stainless steel enclosure that is corrosion and damage resistant. This is a critical part of the S Series meeting IP69K criteria to being a waterproof computer. There is no bulky enclosure surrounding the S Series that makes it a waterproof computer, instead the PC is one solid device designed around being waterproof.

 

Waterproof Computers and Monitors In The Workplace

Every work environment is unique, and requires specialized equipment to produce the most efficient workplace possible. IP rated waterproof computers can play a crucial role in helping make a variety of workplaces more productive.

 

  • Food And BeverageProcessing Plants

The food and beverage processing industry is seeing itself becoming increasingly computerized to meet demand. These computers help parts of the plant communicate with one another and ensures the plant on a whole is running smoothly. But these work environments are highly susceptible to both liquid and particle buildup on surfaces— computers and monitors being no exception. That’s why IP rated waterproof computers are so crucial to food and beverage processing plants, providing non-stop computing power to meet the needs of plants. Not only do IP rated waterproof computers run better in food and beverage processing facilities than their commercial counterparts, but they also help plants meet the rigorous safety guidelines set out by the Food and Drug Administration(FDA).   

Industrial Computer F15
F15 Industrial Computer

Tangent’s full lineup of Panel PCs features full-touchscreen monitors that are IP rated waterproof, allowing them to be used with dirty hands without damage. IP rated Panel PCs differ from traditional desktop PCs in that they do not require a mouse, keyboard, or external monitor to operate. They are all-in-one devices capable of performing at the level of desktop computers. The all-in-one design of PCs like the Tangent F15 negates the need for users to have a full desk with a mouse and keyboard. This saves crucial square footage, and allows workers to operate multiple workstations at once. 

 

These waterproof computers can be mounted virtually anywhere in a plant, as their high water and temperature resistance allows them a nearly universal usage. Their all-in-one design not only allows for mouse and keyboard-less use, but saves IT departments the hassle of trying to find certified waterproof peripherals. 

 

  • Hospitals and Medical Facilities

There’s no question about it: Waterproof computers are healthier and safer for use in the medical setting than their water susceptible counterparts. So much so, that nearly every medical PC on the market meets some IP rating. Medical computers are required to meet a litany of criteria to be called a medical computer, all centered around ensuring both medical staff and patient safety.

 

Every medical computer sold in the United States is required to meet UL-60601 guidelines, which ensures that these computers are safe for use around both patients and medical equipment. Medical computers also feature antimicrobial enclosures, which inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria on the PC’s surfaces. Antimicrobial additives are baked directly into the enclosures of these PCs, making them resistant to being wiped away during cleaning. The antimicrobial component of medical computers plays a critical role in reducing the likelihood of nosocomial infections, as multiple medical staff can be expected to use the same computer throughout the day. 

Medix T24B Medical Computer

By making our antimicrobial enclosures IP rated waterproof, our medical computers are able to be sanitized and cleaned regularly without fear of stripping the antimicrobial additive. Medical computers like the Medix T24B from Tangent are IP65 rated waterproof, and can withstand regular cleaning with disinfectants. Our medical computers, like our panel PCs, are all-in-one computers that do not require mouses and keyboards to operate. This means that doctors and nurses can interact exclusively with the antimicrobial touchscreen, and not have to worry about the germs they are spreading via keyboard and mouse. If a medical room needs more than one display, Tangent’s Medical Monitor is IP65 rated waterproof and features our antimicrobial additive. 

 

  • Military and Outdoors

There are no days off for soldiers on the battlefield, and their technology should be able to keep up with their rigorous schedule. IP rated waterproof computers are a crucial component of any successful operation, built specifically to endure the harshest environments the earth has to offer. Tangent’s lineup of rugged computers features PCs that are custom built for situations in which dust and water ingress can cripple an operation. 

Industrial Computer
Tangent’s R14 Industrial Computer

The R14 Tablet from Tangent meets IP65 specifications for water resistance, and is the perfect computer to accompany servicemen on missions. The R14 meets military standards for both shock and vibration, and its IP65 rating means that it can survive a drop into mud or wet dirt with ease. When on a mission, the last thing you want military personnel to be worrying about is whether their computers are working, and the R14 ensures that they won’t have to. In drier environments, the R14 is rated at the highest level for dust ingress, and can survive the dustiest and sandiest environments without damage to interior components.

 

  • Pharmaceutical 

In the pharmaceutical setting, ensuring that the environment is as safe and sterile as possible is critical to success. Pharmaceutical companies often utilize clean rooms to limit laboratories from being exposed to outside contaminants and bacteria. These clean rooms can only have a certain number of particles in the air, and must be able to be sprayed down for cleaning.

Rugged Mini O
Rugged Mini O

Traditional computers could not handle this environment, and would quickly jeopardize efforts by personnel to create a sterile work environment. Traditional computers utilizing fan-based cooling systems would kick up and collect dust, quickly defeating the purpose of the clean room. Only IP rated computers with a first digit of 6 should be used in these settings, as they do not allow dust to enter their enclosures at all. At Tangent, we have designed the Mini O rugged PC with an IP rating at the maximum of IP69K. This ensures that the Mini O is as safe as possible for clean room usage, and will not negatively impact the cleanliness of the room. The Mini O is a fully waterproof computer, capable of being sprayed down in the clean room without issue. 

 

  • Industry and Warehouses

It may seem that waterproof computers are highly specialized for specific niche sectors, but this is simply not the case. Every sector can benefit from having waterproof computers in house, even factories not specializing in liquid or medicine production. IP ratings measure both the water resistance and dust resistance of computers; even facilities that do not use liquid in the production process have dust. 

 

Tangent’s lineup of all-in-one Panel PCs are IP rated waterproof, and perfect for the factory floor. Where there is just not enough room for a full workstation, a Panel PC can operate as a full fledged computer. Most of our Panel PCs feature an IP6x rating, which means that they are fully dust proof. This allows Panel PCs from Tangent to operate on a 24 hour basis without needing excessive maintenance. Full dust protection can make the difference in any industrial setting, quickly turning areas of a factory that lacked automation into fully functioning computerized stations.

 

Waterproof Computers: Built to Last

At Tangent, we take IP ratings extremely seriously and have designed our lineup of waterproof computers to reflect that. Each model showcased today features some IP rating which makes it resistant to both dust and water, and therefore an ideal choice for work environments that are susceptible to these contaminants. Choosing the right computer for a specific task is crucial to ensuring an efficient workplace, and choosing a waterproof one is one way to produce such a workplace.