China’s Economy Grew Last Year, How Will This Affect U.S. Manufacturing?

While the pandemic sent most major economies reeling, China’s economy managed to do the unthinkable — rise. The Chinese economy rose 2.3% last year. The stock market in Shanghai rose on the news by 1%, after having already made considerable gains throughout the year. The Chinese response to the pandemic has proven successful on both a human and economic side, but what does this mean for U.S. Manufacturing?

U.S. Manufacturing, How Can It Recover?

While the Chinese economy overall rose during 2020, certain areas felt the pandemic-inflicted economic woes worse than others. The New York Times reports that blue collar workers are finding themselves hard pressed for work, as well as recent college graduates. So while China’s recovery has been successful, there are pockets of doubt.

But there are lessons to be learned from China. Chief among them is that protecting workers works. With stay-at-home orders imposed throughout numerous areas in the country, including large swaths of California, commerce is down. In order for the economy to safely reopen, places of business must do everything they can to protect both workers and patrons.

Keeping workers safe ensures that their families remain safe, and helps reduce the spread of the pandemic overall. Make sure that your employees have access to the best possible PPE that your facility can provide. More than this, make sure that your employees are actually wearing their PPE when around others.

Rugged Mini E3 Industrial Computer From Tangent
Rugged Mini E3 Industrial Computer From Tangent

Social distancing, as always, remains one of the most important ways for workers to remain healthy at work. Consider having some employees use industrial grade computers rather than be exposed to each other on the floor. With industrial grade computers, certain aspects of your facility can be automated or done remotely, instead of having employees close together.

This can be especially useful in industrial areas such as meat processing. Meat processing plants have been a site for mass infections since the beginning of the pandemic, largely in part to poor PPE usage and lackluster social distancing efforts. By doubling down on these important points, workers can feel confident and comfortable at work, and at their homes.

The pandemic has caused strain across U.S. manufacturing and industry, but China’s swift recovery shows that there is light at the end of this tunnel. Tangent is here to help facilities of all kinds in their recovery efforts, contact a Tangent Specialist today for more information.

 

 

 

Fully Customizable Industrial Computers

This pandemic has hit the industrial sector hard. But signs of recovery are present, and factories such as car manufacturing plants are roaring back to life. This is in no small part due to these factories ability to customize and alter their chains of production, meeting demand head on. Tangent’s lineup of industrial grade computers can help your factory turn into a fully customizable and scalable facility, and accomplish a turnaround.

Customizable Mini Industrial PCs

When your facility needs to make use of every square inch available, look no further than Tangent’s lineup of mini industrial PCs. Mini industrial PCs like the Rugged Mini E3 from Tangent are designed to fit nearly anywhere, and take up exponentially less space than traditional industrial computers. With rugged mini PCs, your factory can harness the computing power of industrial computers without sacrificing square footage.

Rugged Mini E3 Industrial Computer
Rugged Mini E3 Industrial Computer

Regardless of where they are needed, mini industrial PCs from Tangent can make a huge difference in your factory’s productivity. Mini industrial PCs like the Rugged Mini O are fully IP69K waterproof and can be used in areas where traditional industrial PCs cannot.

Rugged Mini O Industrial Computer
Rugged Mini O Industrial Computer

At the same time, these mini PCs can be customized to include varying amounts of storage, RAM, and processing power. With Tangent mini PCs, customization is everything.

Customizable Industrial Grade Computers

For spaces with a little more room, Tangent’s all-in-one industrial PCs are the right solution. These Industrial PCs pack enough punch to take on multiple industrial programs at once, all while having a convenient touch screen interface. Workers can use these industrial computers anywhere with their standard VESA mounting, no desk required. Like the rugged mini PCs, these all-in-one PCs are powerful and customizable.

Customize Your Factory With Tangent

When faced with the struggles this pandemic has brought on, factories need every edge they can get. Industrial grade computers from Tangent can offer this edge. With Tangent’s industrial computers, factories can customize their factory to suit ever changing demands. Contact Tangent Sales today for more information on our full lineup of industrial grade computers.

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Automation With Industrial Computers On The Rise

Automation is on the rise both nationally and globally, in part because of the ongoing pandemic.85 million jobs are set to be upended by automation by 2025 — that’s according to a report by the World Economic Forum. However, this same automation is also slated to bring 95 million new jobs to the economy, and may help usher in a boom of manufacturing. In the short term, automation with tools such as industrial computers can help factories operate in effective, socially distanced ways. In the long term, automation can help manufacturing facilities survive the pandemic and prosper while doing so.

Industrial Automation With Industrial Grade Computers

It’s no coincidence that automation is on the rise currently. Automation in factories has seen a recent boom even before the pandemic thanks to the introduction of smart factories. Smart factories leverage the latest technology to create cutting edge facilities that often employ more robots than people. These facilities can serve as a blueprint for other factories, including your own.

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By using the latest industrial grade computers, your factory can run the latest industrial software with ease. Tangent’s lineup of industrial computers has been designed from the ground up to be ready for automation, and can help your facility cut down on labor costs and manufacturing time.

Social Distancing In The Factory

During this pandemic, every factory’s top priority should be the safety of its employees. By automating key steps in the manufacturing process, less workers can be stationed on assembly lines and on the factory floor at once. This can help guide social distancing efforts, and allow employees to work in smaller crews that limit their contact with other personnel.

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Creating More Productive And Efficient Factories

Above all, the biggest advantage to including Tangent industrial grade computers in your facility is the boost in productivity they bring. Tangent industrial computers can house up to 32 gigabytes of ram — more than enough to run multiple automation applications at once. Smaller, mini industrial computers can fit into your facility while taking up the lowest possible amount of space, no rearranging required. With Tangent, a boost in productivity is both possible and seamless.

Automate With Tangent

Tangent industrial computers are designed to help your facility make the jump into automation. With Tangent industrial grade computers in your factory, your facility can operate in a safe and efficient manner. Contact Tangent Sales today for more information.

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Industrial Computers Built For Car Manufacturing Plants

Consumer spending is up, and it is looking like demand for consumer goods is once again on the rise. We are nearing pre-pandemic levels of consumer spending on all sorts of goods. But one shining example is the automotive industry, which has seen a drastic increase in demand. To meet this demand, car manufacturers may need to increase the production capacity of their factories. One of the easiest ways to accomplish this is with Industrial computers.

Industrial Computers For Car Manufacturing

Many of the challenges of car manufacturing have been overcome through the use of automation. Industrial computers have helped companies transform their archaic assembly lines into futuristic beltways. These industrial computers have helped organize and program robotic arms, keep track of auto parts as they move around the plant, and keep workers operating efficiently.

Rugged Mini O Industrial Computer
Rugged Mini O Industrial Computer

Industrial computers like the Rugged Mini O from Tangent can help take assembly lines to the next level. The Rugged Mini O is Tangent’s most durable industrial computer, with an IP69K rating for being water and dust proof. This industrial grade computer can operate in nearly every environment, staying fast and efficient all the while. With extreme temperature resistance, this industrial grade computer is perfect for situations where other computers simply couldn’t operate.

Small Form Industrial Computers

One of the main downsides with traditional industrial computers is their size. Often, industrial computers are large, bulky machines needing entire desks to be functional.

This isn’t the case with industrial grade computers from Tangent.

P13 Industrial Grade Tablet From Tangent
P13 Industrial Grade Tablet From Tangent

With tools like the P13 industrial grade computer, workers can harness the power of full scale industrial computers on the go. The P13 is an industrial computer built into a tablet, and operates similarly to your worker’s cell phones for ease of use. With the P13, workers can take inventory, manage tasks, and more from anywhere within your facility.

Customizable Industrial Computers

One of the best solutions offered by Tangent’s line of industrial computers is their customization options. Industrial grade computers by Tangent can sport up to 32 gigabytes of RAM each. With this amount of RAM, they can easily run numerous industrial applications without delays or lag. Intel processors are also standard with Tangent’s industrial computers. Customers can choose between Intel’s three chip options, I3, I5, and I7 depending on their facility’s unique needs.

Tangent: The Best Industrial Computers

Tangent has gone to extreme lengths to ensure that each of their industrial computers is both tailored to manufacturing and adaptable to new situations. With Tangent, you get the best of both worlds. Contact Tangent Sales today for more information.

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Top 3 Reasons To Incorporate New Industrial Computers Into Your Factory

Stocks are once again on the rise, approaching a new record. Signs seem to indicate that a quick recovery is in the works, and demand may soon rise. With this in mind, now is the time to plan for how your industrial facility will rescale its production to meet increased demand. One of the best ways to accomplish this is with Tangent industrial computers. here are three reasons why your industrial facility should recover better with Tangent.

Industrial Computers Are More Versatile Than Ever

Gone are the days where one-size-fits-all computers dominated the industrial landscape. Now, all-in-one computers have emerged. All-in-one industrial computers that have the full functionality of an industrial computer without the bulk. With an all-in-one industrial computer like the KW24, no keyboard, mouse, or even desk is necessary to have a full workstation. Simply mount the industrial computer and workers have access to every piece of industrial software they need.

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VITA KW Line Of Industrial Computers

For the production line, Tangent offers a line of small, mini rugged pcs that are perfect for small spaces. Mini industrial computers like the Rugged Mini O are purpose built for industrial facilities with harsh environments. With full IP69K water resistance, the Rugged Mini O is perfect for meat packing facilities, factories, and oil rigs.

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Rugged Mini O Industrial Computer

Create Better Smart Factories

We are in the midst of a fourth industrial revolution. By harnessing the power of industrial computers, the internet of things, and new manufacturing processes, many factories have adopted the mantle of being dubbed “smart factories.” These factories go above and beyond traditional manufacturing methods with their inclusion of technology. The common factor for all smart factories is a solid base of industrial computers.

With Tangent industrial computers, you can build up your factory into a smart one. Tangent industrial computers make use of some of the latest Intel processors, and sport massive amounts of RAM — up to 32 gigabytes. With this much RAM, Tangent industrial computers can run multiple industrial applications at once, both in the present and in the future.

Rescale Production

Most importantly, Tangent industrial computers can help your factory rescale production to levels seen before the pandemic. The economy has rebounded significantly in the last few months, and consumers are gearing up for the holiday season. The time to prepare for an increase in demand has passed, and factories must now play catch-up.

Accelerate Your Recovery With Tangent

Turning back production to pre-pandemic levels doesn’t have to be a capital intensive process. With Tangent, industrial facilities can recover in a timely and affordable manner. Contact Tangent Sales today for more information.

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Building Autonomous Factories For The Future

The big question on everyone’s mind is if and when AI and robots will be able to take over human workers in factories. While this question doesn’t have an easy answer, there are inklings that such a transformation is just beyond the horizon. Hotcars.com recently looked at the Changan car manufacturing facility in China, which features a 90% autonomous production line. Yes, you read that right. With 90% of the work being done to produce cars automated, the Changan factory is capable of producing 600 finished cars per day.

With the smart factory revolution well underway, facilities like the Changan car manufacturing plant are becoming less of outliers each day. Keeping up with the competition is key to staying afloat during these times. Luckily, following in the footsteps of other factories is an easy way to catch up. Here are just some of the ways that your facility can increase its autonomous production.

Building Autonomous Factories For Higher Efficiency

The more you increase your factory’s automation capacity, the higher you can expect your yields. While automation isn’t synonymous with efficiency, it can help drastically reduce labor costs across the board. This in turn, can create a profit buffer for your business.

The question then becomes, how can factories increase their automations efforts? The simplest solution is to look at what other factories are doing in their own efforts. Many facilities are taking advantage of sensor networks and the Internet of Things to increase efficiency. By tagging parts in production with RFID chips, workers can easily monitor production in real time and see if things are going wrong. This removes the worker from the factory floor, and allows them to monitor multiple systems simultaneously.

Preparing For The Future Of Automation

One way to help your facility enter the smart factory revolution is to incorporate more industrial computers into your facility. Industrial computers are computers that are custom tailored for industrial use. From small, rugged mini industrial computers that can withstand temperatures of -40° to 158°F to ones that are completely IP69K certified waterproof, there’s an industrial computer that can make your factory more efficient.

Rugged Mini O From Tangent
Rugged Mini O From Tangent

Tangent Industrial Computers: The Future

The future is just around the corner, and Tangent is here to help you prepare. We are constantly thinking about how manufacturing will change in the coming years, and create our line of industrial grade computers to reflect this. Our fully customizable industrial computers are adaptable and versatile, making them perfect for futureproofing your facility. Learn more by contacting Tangent Sales today.

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The Best In-Vehicle Industrial Computers

There is a lot going on these days, and it can be difficult to focus on the little things. But the little things can quickly build up and turn into larger, overarching challenges for your business to overcome. Keeping your facility up to date with the latest industrial computer technology is one of the best ways to keep little problems from growing into system-wide issues. One area which may be overlooked currently in your facility is the industrial computers serving as in-vehicle computers for your facility. Industrial, refrigerated, and oil facilities can find increases in productivity through the use of new industrial computers for their industrial vehicles.

Best Industrial Computers For Vehicle Use

Industrial vehicles come in many different shapes and sizes. From the lowly but powerful forklift, to the earth-shattering enormity of Earth movers, there’s an immense variety of sizes when it comes to industrial vehicles. But one thing remains certain across the industrial vehicle spectrum: a design for efficiency. These vehicles are just as big as they need to be, with every possible space filled and used for maximum efficiency. It’s the same theory applied to factories: that wasted space is wasted productivity.

Because of this, even the massive Earth movers need to be conscious of what equipment they use. To that end, Tangent is offering a unique lineup of in-vehicle industrial computers. These industrial computers are not only built to be used inside vehicles, but they are built extremely small.

How small?

Go ahead and grab the nearest magazine next to you. Get a good feel for the size of it. Not imagine an industrial computer that’s even smaller than that. The Rugged Mini L1 isn’t just small, it’s sleek and slim and barely noticeable. Just look at it when it is attached to the back of a monitor, impossible to notice.

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This is the level of discreteness that Tangent brings to the table with their lineup of rugged mini industrial computers. Other industrial computers like the Rugged Mini E3 from Tangent are built to be in-vehicle computers. With a fanless design, high shock resistance, and extreme operating temperature range, the Rugged Mini E3 is perfect for industrial vehicles in harsh environments. This includes mining equipment, equipment in forges, and equipment in refrigerated facilities.

Rugged Mini E3 Industrial Computer
Rugged Mini E3 Industrial Computer

Other industrial computers like the Rugged Mini O take this harsh environment resistance one step further. The Rugged Mini O is completely IP69K water and dust proof, making it the optimal industrial computer for in-vehicle use. There is simply no environment that is too taxing for the Rugged Mini O, as it can take poundings from any situation with ease.

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Rugged Mini O Industrial Computer

Upgrade Your Efficiency With Tangent

Tangent takes efficiency seriously, and this is reflected in their lineup of industrial grade computers. Learn more about our in-vehicle solutions by contacting Tangent Sales today.

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“Lighthouse Factories” And How They Use Industrial Computers

This year has been hitting the industrial sector hard, but with demand surging for items such as automobiles there is still hope for the sector to bounce back. But some factories have still seen growth in their productivity during these trying times, making use of the latest technology like industrial grade computers to stay on track. These factories are helping usher in the fourth industrial revolution, but amongst these factories are another subset entirely. Lighthouse factories are factories that are making full use of fourth industrial revolution technologies and concepts to drastically improve their efficiency and productivity.

What Are Lighthouse Factories?

The World Economic Forum created the Lighthouse Factory classification system in 2018 to keep track of which factories are on the bleeding edge of productivity. These factories can help serve as a blueprint for other factories to also increase their productivity. By utilizing the latest industrial computers, the Internet of Things (IoT), and Artificial Intelligence (AI), these factories leverage technology in entirely new ways to reduce labor costs and drive up productivity. It’s these factories that have helped push the fourth industrial revolution to new heights. Factories like Schneider Electric saw customer satisfaction up 20%, demand forecasts up 20%, and reduced energy costs of 26%

Bringing The Fourth Industrial Revolution To Your Factory

While it may be difficult to bring your factory up to Lighthouse status, there are ways that your factory can begin the transition into the fourth industrial revolution. The savings of your initial reduction of energy and labor costs can be translated directly into profits for further factory overhauling. Investing in the latest industrial computers from Tangent is one way to help bring your factory into the modern age. Industrial computers like the Rugged Mini E3 are small in both size and power consumption, but big in processing power. With up to 32 GB of lightning speed RAM, the Rugged Mini E3 industrial computer can run a multitude of industrial applications simultaneously.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution Of Tomorrow, Today

With constant advancements in technology, maintaining the upper hand on your competitors is becoming increasingly challenging. The fourth industrial revolution offers a way for factories to get ahead of the curve by implementing the technology of tomorrow, today. Tangent is here to help your factory make the transition, Contact Tangent Sales today for more information.

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Keeping Autoworkers Safe At Auto Plants

Automakers have made an impressive recovery from the start of this pandemic. Whereas April saw automakers shed some 90% of their workforce, August saw them at nearly full capacity. Automakers aren’t just making new cars, they are working through a backlog trying to catch up with previous demand. While these plants were down, auto sales were up. As your auto plant roars back to life and even expands its operation, it may be time to look at new industrial equipment that can both boost productivity and help keep your autoworkers safe.

Industrial Computers For Safe Auto Plants

With workers returning to auto plants, keeping them safe should be every automaker’s top priority. With Tangent industrial computers, this is an achievable and realistic goal. Tangents full lineup for industrial computers lend themselves to both the ever present needs of auto plants and the current pandemic induced ones.

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S Series Of Industrial Computers

Industrial grade computers like the S Series are IP69K waterproof, meaning that they can be fully sanitized on a regular basis. Workers can safely sanitize their industrial computer at the end of the shift, mitigating the risk of contamination for the next shift. These computers are also versatile and fully customizable to the many needs of auto plants. With tactile touchscreens, workers can use industrial computers like the S Series from Tangent with needing a full desk and keyboard setup.

Antimicrobial Computers For Safe Auto Plants

While it may seem odd, medical grade antimicrobial computers can offer auto plants an even safer method for their workers to return. Antimicrobial computers like the M24T from Tangent feature antimicrobial enclosures which mitigate the growth of pathogens on their surfaces. This adds an extra, constant layer of sanitation to every computer in your auto plant.

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These computers are also built to run intense medical software, and can easily run industrial grade computer software with ease.

Industrial Computers For Social Distancing

Social distancing requires space, but auto plants require nearly every square foot of space to be used and optimized. These dueling interests don’t have to collide. Space saving mini industrial computers from Tangent can create social distanced workstations without taking up large spaces. With mini industrial computers, workstations can be mounted in areas of your auto plant that don’t typically see workers. These small industrial computers pack the same punch as larger industrial computers, and can run multiple industrial applications simultaneously.

Reopen Safely With Tangent

There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to reopening your auto plant safely, but Tangent is here to help. With a full lineup of customizable industrial computers, Tangent can help keep your auto workers safe and productive. Contact Tangent Sales today for more information.

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Industrial Grade Computers: Types And Uses

Industrial grade computers are the building blocks of today’s modern factories. Industrial grade computers have helped usher in the next industrial revolution, the smart factory revolution. With the smart factory revolution has come the need for specialized industrial grade computers to fulfill specific niches in the manufacturing process. Tangent has filled these niches with three types of industrial grade computers, each ready to help increase the productivity of your industrial facility, whether it be a factory, oil rig, or any type of facility.

Mini Industrial Grade Computers

Industrial needs come in many different shapes and sizes, and so does Tangent’s lineup of industrial grade computers. Mini rugged industrial grade computers from Tangent are versatile computers that can fill many different roles in the factory. Mini industrial grade computers like the Rugged Mini E3 from Tangent are highly adaptable and customizable. This fanless mini industrial grade computer is smaller than a dictionary, making it perfect for use in tight areas of your factory.

Rugged Mini E3 Industrial Computer From Tangent
Rugged Mini E3 Industrial Computer From Tangent

Need an in-vehicle computer that can withstand an industrial grade beating? Industrial grade computers from Tangent are up to the task. With a rugged mini industrial computer as your in-vehicle computer, you don’t have to worry about shock or vibration damage. Simply plug in a rugged mini computer and you’re ready to go. With solid bodies and no internal moving parts, Tangent’s mini industrial computers are perfect for vehicle use.

Industrial Grade Touchscreen Computers

Sometimes there simply isn’t enough room on the factory floor for a whole computer setup. This is where industrial grade touchscreen computers from Tangent come in. With these slim all-in-one industrial computers, you never have to worry about space. Simply mount an all-in-one industrial grade computer like the S22 and you are ready to go. These powerful industrial computers can run any industrial software needed, without needing a keyboard or mouse to operate.

S22 Industrial Grade Computer From Tangent
S22 Industrial Grade Computer From Tangent

These touchscreen industrial grade computers are also perfect for system monitoring and other auxiliary needs in the factory.

Industrial Grade Computer Tablets

There’s no reason to not have your workers plugged into the factory from wherever they are. With industrial grade Tablets from Tangent, this is entirely possible. Industrial grade computer tablets like the P13 allow workers to check in on systems, manage production, and more from anywhere in the factory. Equipping your industrial workforce with industrial grade computer tablets is a surefire way to keep everyone productive.

P13 Industrial Grade Tablet From Tangent
P13 Industrial Grade Tablet From Tangent

Industrial Grade Computers: A Fit For Every Situation

The many situations that your workers may find themselves in on the industrial job site demands many solutions. To that end, Tangent has created industrial grade computers for every occasion as the perfect solution to this dilemma. Contact Tangent sales today for more information.