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.

 

 

 

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Preparing For Oil Prices To Stabilize With Industrial Grade Computers

Demand for oil has significantly increased since the early days of this pandemic, but the question of when prices will truly stabilize is worth looking at. The price per barrel of crude oil was at a high of over $70 at the beginning of the year, and has since fallen and leveled off between $40 and $50 per barrel. When can oil producers expect these prices to rise, and how can they best prepare?

According to a new article by the Wall Street Journal, it may take some time. The good news, however, is that the recent approval of multiple vaccines has made the price of oil rise, and we may see prices well into the $60 range. By late 2021, the Wall Street Journal expects prices to restabilize, and the oil market to have completely recovered. In some places such as China, demand has already returned to nearly pre-pandemic levels.

While late 2021 may seem like a long ways away, the reality of the matter is that this timeframe is right around the corner, and prices will rise gradually rather than all at once. Oil producers can prepare for this rise now, and be ready for when prices increase by having their supply chains modernized. With Tangent industrial grade computers, oil production facilities can prepare for an increase in demand in a flexible and efficient manner.

Tangent Industrial Grade Computers For Oil Production

If these last few months have taught us anything, it’s that oil production needs to be flexible. In the early days of this pandemic, oil producers were forced to turn off wells, and were uncertain of the long term damage this could cause said wells. Preparing for situations like these is now in the playbook for oil producers, and flexibility is the name of the game.

With Tangent industrial computers, oil producers can customize their oil rigs, processing plants, and supply chains to maximize their flexibility. With multiple customization options, Tangent Industrial computers can be a part of numerous operations in your oil production chain, regardless of their levels of production.

Tangent’s mini industrial computers like the Rugged Mini E3 are fully customizable, with options for RAM up to 32 gigabytes. This means that they can run as few or as many industrial programs as needed. Their small form factor also allows them to be situated in nearly any part of an oil production facility, or even inside an industrial vehicle as in-vehicle industrial computer.

Rugged Mini E3 Industrial Computer
Rugged Mini E3 Industrial Computer

Other industrial computers like the Rugged Mini O from Tangent are IP69K rated to be water and dust proof. This allows them to be used in harsh conditions like on oil rigs without worry about their long term performance.

Rugged Mini O Industrial Computer
Rugged Mini O Industrial Computer

With all of Tangent’s industrial computers, your facility is utilizing computational power that can be shifted and altered at your discretion. In-vehicle computers can become oil rig monitors, oil rig monitors can make their way into oil production plants — the list goes on.

Prepare For Rising Oil Demand With Tangent

Tangent knows that it’s hard to imagine what the future will look like. But with widespread vaccinations on the horizon, a new normal is also appearing. Prepare for this new normal with Tangent by contacting Tangent Sales today.

 

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Protecting Workers In Meat Processing Facilities

While many employees are essential during this pandemic, few fit the label as well as meat processing plant workers. These workers are vital to keeping the nation, and world, fed during these trying times. But more often than they should, these essential workers are falling to the virus at work. This cannot only upend their lives and livelihoods, but hinder the supply of one of the world’s most vital resources: food. Keeping meat processing plant workers safe is synonymous with keeping the global food chain safe, and Tangent is here to help.

Keeping Workers Safe With Social Distancing

The easiest way to keep workers safe in your meat processing plant is to ensure they keep their social distance from one another. While it may be difficult to achieve this when multiple workers are needed in one area, there are some workarounds. Creating “pods” of workers can ensure that if an infection does occur, it only affects a small portion of your facility’s labor force.

Outside of social distancing, replacing workers on the line with industrial computer solutions can help isolate potential outbreaks. With industrial computers, meat processing plants can space out workers while still maintaining the same — or even an increased — level of productivity.

Rugged Mini O Industrial Computer
Rugged Mini O Industrial Computer

Industrial grade computers by Tangent are built for food processing facilities. Industrial computers like the Rugged Mini O from Tangent are fully IP69K rated water and dust proof. This means that they can withstand the messy environment of meat processing plants, while still maintaining their computing edge.

Other industrial computers like the Rugged Mini E2 can withstand temperatures as low as -40°F — making them perfect for use in refrigerators and freezers. These industrial grade computers are perfect for keeping your facility running smoothly and safely.

Rugged Mini E2
Rugged Mini E2

Tangent: Here To Help

Tangent is committed to providing industrial facilities of all kinds with the tools they need to produce goods safely and efficiently. Tangent industrial computers are one way we do this. With Tangent’s lineup of industrial grade computers, your facility can promote social distancing and keep employees safe. Contact Tangent Sales Today for more information.

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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.

VITA KW Line of Industrial PCs
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.

Rugged Mini O Industrial Computer
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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Creating Smart Factories With Industrial Computers

It may seem like everyday, a news outlet discusses the impending smart factory revolution. While this phrase may seem like a buzzword, the smart factory revolution has been underway for some time. Most recently, Alibaba has gotten in on the trend and has begun looking at how they can revolutionize chinese facilities.

It’s no secret that chinese manufacturers have, for some time now, outpaced and outnumbered American manufacturers. But now, with smart factories becoming the norm this outpacing could accelerate. In order to stay competitive, U.S. manufacturers will need to join in on the smart factory revolution. Luckily, Tangent and their lineup of industrial grade computers are here to help.

Tangent: Designed For The Future

Unlike other industrial computer companies, Tangent doesn’t design their industrial computers for today. They design them for tomorrow. Take, for instance, the Rugged Mini O from Tangent. The Tangent Mini O is the perfect industrial computer for situations where other computers couldn’t last a day. With a rugged IP69K dust and waterproof rating, the Mini O is capable of being placed in nearly every industrial environment. Not only can it survive in grueling conditions, but it can thrive while doing so. With 24/7 U.S. based support included, the Rugged Mini O is one industrial computer that won’t quit today, tomorrow, or any time soon.

Tangent: Prepared For What’s Next

Of course, it wouldn’t matter that Tangent’s industrial computers can last multiple years unless they had components that are futureproofed for that long. Tangent has, of course, designed their industrial computers with futureproofing in mind. Each industrial computer comes with some of the latest Intel processors, a hefty amount of RAM, and customization options like optional SSD storage. With these computer components, Tangent industrial computers can stay relevant on your production line far longer than other industrial computers could.

Tangent: Many Options For Your Needs

Tangent knows that there’s no one-size-fits-all solution to your computing needs. But, there are all-in-one industrial computers that can help. Tangent’s all-in-one industrial computers are fully fledged industrial computers that can run industrial applications, have touchscreens, and can be mobile.

Rugged Mini O Industrial Computer
Rugged Mini O Industrial Computer

Don’t have enough room for an industrial computer?Look no further than Tangent’s mini rugged industrial computer lineup. Like the Rugged Mini O, all of Tangent’s mini rugged computers are designed to save space without compromising power.

With Tangent, there’s always a solution to fit your computing needs.

Smart Factories Of Tomorrow, Today

Turning your facility into a smart factory is no longer an option, but a competitive necessity. With Tangent industrial computers, this transition can be both painless and productive. Contact Tangent Sales today to learn more about our lineup of industrial computers.

Industrial Computers For Safe Manufacturing

Infection cases are once again on the rise not just in the U.S. but across the world. With countries like France imposing lockdown restrictions once again, the question of if the U.S. will follow suit has been posed. If the U.S. does reenter a lockdown scenario, is your industrial facility prepared to have workers come in? Making sure your facility meets the highest level of safety precautions will be crucial to making workers feel at ease in their work. One of the best and easiest ways to create a safe workplace is with Tangent industrial computers.

Creating A Safe Working Environment

It’s a fact that workers perform more productively when they are less stressed. But how can industrial factories make their workers feel more comfortable in the midst of a pandemic? The answer is more simple than you might think. Ensuring that your factory has the best safety precautions available and telling your workers about this fact can help them.

Rugged Mini O Industrial Computer
Rugged Mini O Industrial Computer

Industrial computers like the Rugged Mini O from Tangent are just the solution they need. Unlike other industrial computers, the Rugged Mini O is IP69 certified waterproof. This means that the whole outside of this computer can be safely sanitized on a regular basis. With a small form factor as well, the Rugged Mini O can be placed in numerous locations that traditional and bulky industrial computers cannot. This allows you to create more workstations across your facility and promote social distancing.

Deploying The Best Technology

When you deploy the best technology in your facility, the amount of workers needed to perform at the same — or even a higher — level of productivity can be reduced. This is true with Tangent’s full lineup of industrial computers. Each workstation that features a Tangent industrial computer is equipped with up to 32 GBs of RAM, some of the latest in Intel processors, and lightning fast storage.

VITA KW Line of Industrial PCs
VITA KW Line Of Industrial Computers

Industrial computers like the VITA KW are the perfect all-in-one solutions for your factory. With a full and dynamic touchscreen, the VITA KW is the best tool for any industrial job. Industrial software, from design software to monitoring systems, run flawlessly on this industrial computer. When it comes to being the best, Tangent industrial computers can’t be beat.

Socially Distant And Safely Efficient With Tangent

Preparing for the worst doesn’t have to mean preparing for a drop in productivity. With Tangent, workers can feel safe and confident working in your factory, even as the pandemic continues. Contact Tangent Sales today to learn more.

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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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“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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