Industrial PC Variety

Industrial PC: Many to Choose From

Though extremely important to any industrial setting, PCs are rarely built with these sorts of environments in mind. Commercial and consumer grade PCs simply do not meet the requirements of 24/7 operations in the industrial setting. Industrial PCs are the only PCs built specifically for industrial use, equipped with multiple durability features to ensure stable performance consistently. These feature-packed Industrial PCs are as easy to use as they are powerful, featuring the Windows operating system built in. At Tangent, we have built industrial PCs for every possible situation to ensure that every workstation has the right tool for the job. Our Industrial PCs fall into three categories, each with their own set of features and uses.

 

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Industrial PC Panels

In the industrial setting, every square foot of space needs to be used as effectively as possible to ensure maximum efficiency. Relying on bulky computer towers to meet your industrial PC needs means that you have to sacrifice an entire desk’s worth of space for a single workstation. That’s where Industrial PC Panels from Tangent come in, providing all the power and features one comes to expect from a computer tower without the bulkiness. Industrial PC Panels from Tangent are all-in-one computers, meaning that they function as the tower, mouse, keyboard, and monitor of a traditional computer in one package. 

 

These Industrial PC Panels are fanless and IP64, IP65, or IP69K certified sealed to be waterproof and dustproof. Coupled with their high operating temperature range, shock resistance, and vibration resistance, these Industrial PCs are able to withstand any industrial environment without damage to internal components.

 

 

Fanless Industrial Computer
F15 Industrial PC

F15 Industrial PC Panel

Great for: forklifts | small workstations

 

  • Programmable function keys
  • Fanless
  • IP65 sealed
  • Wide input voltage
  • VESA mounting
  • Wide operating temperature range

 

The F15 Industrial PC Panel from Tangent is the perfect all-in-one PC for forklift use, being built with multiple forklift-friendly features. The F15’s programmable functions keys give drivers the ability to assign custom commands for regularly used functions directly to easy to remember buttons  This allows drivers to use the Industrial PC with one hand while operating the lift with the other. With a wide input voltage range and standard VESA mounting, the F15 is capable of being fit to nearly every forklift without hassle. The F15 can be customized to feature an RFID reader, allowing the Industrial PC to act as part of your factory’s logistics network without the need of complicated third party accessories. 

 

Vita 474
Vita 474

 

VITA 474 Industrial PC Panel

Great for: forklifts | workstations | factory automation

 

  • Wide input voltage range
  • Fanless
  • Extreme operating temperature range
  • LCD non-glare touchscreen
  • Up to 32 gigabytes of RAM

 

The VITA 474 Industrial PC is a heavy duty PC that is capable of taking on multiple programs at once. The VITA 474 is customizable to have up to 32 gigabytes of RAM, which enables to the industrial PC to run multiple programs simultaneously without loading lag. This extensive amount of RAM in conjunction with a solid state drive means that loading times are kept to an absolute minimum. The 18.5 inch touchscreen display is backlit by an LED light, making the display easy to read in any lighting situation. A wide input voltage range allows this Industrial PC to be placed in any work environment, and to switch stations easily without converters.

 

Tangent S Series 19"
Tangent S Series 19″

 

S Series Industrial PC Panels

Great for: workstations | carwashes | factory automation

 

  • IP69K waterproof
  • Vibration resistant
  • Shock resistant
  • Watchdog timer
  • Wide input voltage range

 

For areas where water exposure is an increased risk, the S Series of Industrial PC Panels from Tangent is the best solution. The S Series of Industrial PCs is customizable to be up to IP69K waterproof, allowing for the Series to be placed in water prone areas without worry. In addition to being waterproof, the S Series is built to be both shock and vibration resistant, allowing for these Industrial PCs to be placed in wet, rumbling environments where other PCs wouldn’t last a second. With built in watchdog timers, the S Series is capable of rebooting itself after experiencing errors without worker intervention. This allows these Industrial PCs to be placed in hard to maintain situations without fear of requiring excessive worker interaction.

 

Vita KW 19
Vita KW 19

 

Vita KW Series Industrial PC Panels

Great for: workstations | factory automation

 

  • Widescreen display
  • LED backlit LCD screen
  • IP65 sealed
  • Wide input voltage
  • Multiple sizing options
  • TPM high security module

 

The VITA KW Series of Industrial PC Panels  is a line of highly customizable Industrial PCs that make versatile additions to the factory floor. With four different sizing options ranging from 15 inches to 24 inches, there’s a KW Industrial PC for every size workstation. Their wide input voltage range adds to their versatility, and standard VESA mounting makes this line highly adaptable. The VITA KW Series can be customized to sport a barcode reader, RFID module, and smart card reader to better connect to your logistics network. Whichever method of part tracking your factory uses, the VITA KW will be able to integrate into it. Built with TPM modules, the VITA KW Series is a high security Industrial PC that makes sure only authorized personnel are accessing sensitive data. 

 

Industrial Tablet
Industrial Tablet

 

Industrial PC Tablets

When the job requires workers to be on their feet, moving from one station to the next, Industrial PC Tablets can make all the difference. Instead of requiring workers to spend time logging in and out of workstation PCs, Industrial PC Tablets allow workers to have constant access to the files and programs they need to complete the job. Tangent’s line of Industrial PC Tablets is built to provide instant network access to workers, wherever they may be in the factory. 

 

These fanless tablets are designed to be as low maintenance as possible, requiring little to no maintenance even in the dustiest of factories. Their mobility allows for workers to be as efficient as possible, completing tasks while on the move. When integrated into the factory network, managers can easily send out notifications to workers on updates to schedules, proposed meetings, and other useful information. At their core, Industrial PC Tablets are designed to allow workers an easier and more efficient way to work on the move.

 

R14
Tangent R14

 

R14 Industrial PC Tablet

Great for: mobile workers | manufacturing | refineries

 

  • Military shock and vibration resistance
  • Discrete GPU
  • Magnesium chassis
  • Powerful Intel Processor
  • 32 gigabytes RAM
  • Wide operating temperature range

 

Just because a worker is on the move doesn’t mean they shouldn’t have all the power of an industrial PC at their fingertips. The R14 Industrial PC Tablet from Tangent sacrifices nowhere in bringing mobile computing to your workers, featuring a powerful Kaby Lake Intel processor and up to 32 gigabytes of DDR4 RAM. The R14 can even be customized to feature the nVidia Geforce GTX 1050 graphics card for optimal visual performance These powerful components make the R14 the perfect all-in-one Industrial PC for workers who do not have a set workstation PC. The R14 is capable of replacing a workstation PC as the primary PC for a worker, and its lightweight magnesium chassis makes it an easy carry for them. WIth military grade shock and vibration resistance, the R14 can withstand accidental drops as well as rapid movements with ease. 

 

P13
Tangent P13

 

P13 Industrial PC Tablet

Great for: mobile workers | manufacturing | refineries

 

  • Removable batteries
  • Fanless
  • Wide input voltage range
  • VESA mounting
  • Linux ready
  • TPM high security module

 

The P13 Industrial PC Tablet from Tangent is ideal for workers who may be on the move one day, but at their desk the next. The P13 is capable of being mounted to a standard VESA  mount, allowing this Industrial PC Tablet to quickly and easily transform into an Industrial PC Panel. Being an all-in-one PC, the P13 can be a worker’s primary tablet and workstation PC at the same time, saving them from having to constantly refresh logins and resync their data. The P13 comes equipped with a removable battery that can be charged on a separate charger, meaning less downtime waiting for the tablet to charge and more time performing. The P13 can be customized to feature the Ubuntu Linux operating system, saving IT departments the hassle of installing the operating system from scratch. 

 

Tangent R10
Tangent R10

 

R10 Industrial PC Tablet

Great for: mobile workers | temporary workstations

 

  • Programmable keys
  • Fanless
  • LED backlit LCD touchscreen
  • VESA mounting
  • IP65 sealed
  • Drop rated for 4ft.

 

The R10 Industrial PC Tablet from Tangent is a lightweight solution to mobile computing, coming in at 4.1 pounds. The R10 is versatile, and perfect for situations where temporary computing power is necessary. With standard VESA mounting, the R10 can transform into an Industrial PC Panel without hassle and provide the same services as an all-in-one PC. With a LED backlit LCD screen, the R10 is easy to read off of in any lighting situation. On the go, the R10 is rated for a 4 foot drop and can easily brush off an accidental drop. With dust and water resistance, the R10 can be mounted or carried through dusty or damp environments without worry. 

 

Tangent P10
Tangent P10

 

P10 Industrial PC Tablet

Great for: point of sale service | logistics control

 

  • Cash drawer port
  • Docking station
  • Barcode, MSR, smart card reader
  • IP54 front panel
  • POS ready

 

The P10 Industrial PC Tablet from Tangent is a unique outlier in our industrial PC Tablet line, being built with point of sale(POS) services in mind. The P10 is the perfect all-in-one cash register solution, featuring a barcode scanner, magnetic stripe reader, and smart card reader for sale services. The docking station features a convenient port for fitting a cash drawer as well as multiple I/O ports for extra peripheral use. To declutter the register area, the docking station comes with a cable management system that keeps the sales area from looking messy. With Wifi built in, the P10 does not need to be plugged into a wall in order to access the internet, and can be placed freely. In the industrial setting, the P10 is perfect for completing small vendor purchases.

 

Rugged Mini E3
Rugged Mini PC

 

Mini Rugged Industrial PCs

We have already gone over how Industrial PC Panels can save precious square footage in the factory, but sometimes small isn’t small enough. That’s why Tangent built their line of Mini Rugged Industrial PCs, each equipped with the power of a full tower PC in a mini enclosure. These Mini Industrial PCs are small enough to fit in any work environment, whether it be on the factory floor or at the desk. Their sealed enclosures prevent dust buildup, allowing these Industrial PCs to operate with little maintenance. These Mini PCs are fanless, and feature passive cooling systems that are noiseless and efficient. 

 

Tangent’s lineup of Mini Industrial PCs are built for situations where computing power is a must, but space is limited. As in-vehicle computers, Tangent’s Mini Industrial PCs can withstand the shocks and vibrations of driving without affecting performance. On the supply-chain, these Industrial PCs can be mounted in tight spaces to perform diagnostics, checkups, or other procedures. At the desk, Mini Industrial PCs are small enough to fit behind a monitor and save desk and floor space.

 

Tangent Rugged Mini E3
Tangent Rugged Mini E3

 

Rugged Mini E3 Industrial PC

Great for: in-vehicle computer | video surveillance

 

  • Fanless
  • Powerful Intel Processor
  • TPM high security module
  • Wide input voltage range
  • Extreme operating temperature range

 

In-vehicle computers are increasingly a necessity across many industrial sectors, from mining operations to warehouse logistics. The Rugged Mini E3 Industrial PC from Tangent is a powerful mini PC ready to perform as an in-vehicle computer. Its fanless design negates the buildup of dust and other contaminants, allowing the E3 to work in environments where dust and other debris are common. A wide input voltage range allows the E3 to be mounted in nearly every vehicle without extra converters, and an operating temperature range of -13°F to 158°F means that even on the hottest days the E3 will be performing optimally.

 

Rugged Mini Tank
Rugged Mini Tank

 

Rugged Mini Tank Industrial PC

Great for: in-vehicle computer 

 

  • Fanless
  • Powerful Intel Processor
  • Shock resistant
  • Vibration resistant
  • Wide input voltage range
  • Extreme operating temperature range

 

All of Tangent’s Rugged Mini Industrial PCs are built to be as durable as possible, but sometimes you just need a tank. The Rugged Mini Tank from Tangent is as durable as it is powerful, featuring military grade vibration resistance that makes this Industrial PC the perfect in-vehicle computer for mining equipment. The Rugged Mini Tank features a heavy duty steel enclosure with extruded aluminum that keeps the Tank’s components as secure as possible. The fanless design ensures that dust stays outside of the Tank, and not inside building up. With a wide input voltage range and operating temperature range, this Industrial PC can be equipped to nearly every industrial vehicle in any environment. 

 

Rugged Mini I
Rugged Mini I

 

Rugged Mini I Industrial PC

Great for: video display | signage | mobile carts

 

  • Triple monitor support
  • vPro
  • Powerful Intel processor
  • Lightweight
  • Up to 32 gigabytes RAM

 

The Rugged Mini I Industrial PC from Tangent is a unique PC, being able to support up to 3 monitors at once. The Mini I accomplishes this by having three display ports, and enough processing power to support them all. With up to 32 gigabytes of RAM, the Mini I can reliably display programs on 3 seperate monitors with no lag from loading. This makes the Mini I ideal for situations where multiple display readouts must be shown at the same location. At a workstation, the Mini I is the ultimate tool for multitaskers, and allows for workers to work without having to scavenge around multiple tabs.

 

Rugged Mini FX
Rugged Mini FX

 

Rugged Mini FX Industrial PC

Great for: in-vehicle computer | factory automation | networks

 

  • Fanless
  • Wide operating temperature range
  • Wide input voltage range
  • VESA mounting
  • 4x LAN ports
  • Military vibration resistance

 

The Rugged Mini FX Industrial PC from Tangent features a massive amount of I/O ports,  making it an ideal Industrial PC for situations where multiple peripherals are necessary. The Mini FX features 4 LAN ports, allowing this Mini PC to be connected to multiple networks without unruly dongles.  With wall mounting or standard VESA mounting options, the Mini FX can be placed in vehicles or on the factory floor. A wide input voltage range allows this Industrial PC to be moved from a workstation to a vehicle without the need for adapters.

 

Tangent Rugged Mini Q1
Tangent Rugged Mini Q1

 

Rugged Mini Q1 Industrial PC

Great for: video display | signage | 

 

  • Ultra mini PC
  • Flexible mounting
  • Wide input voltage range
  • vPro
  • Wide operating temperature range

We’ve seen today that Industrial PCs can come in all shapes and sizes, from 24 inch all-in-ones to mini PCs that fit under a car seat. But to really see the range of Industrial PCs offered by Tangent, we have to talk about the Rugged Mini Q1. At a mere 1.29 pounds, the Mini Q1 weighs less than 2 bottles of water, and is smaller volume wise as well. The Q1 is the ultimate Industrial PC for when size constraints are a top priority, and can be mounted directly behind a monitor. With options for DIN rail mounting, VESA mounting, and wall mounting, the Q1 can fit into any environment with minimal impact.

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Mini PC, Tangent’s Top 9 Best Mini PCs to Buy

Sometimes there is simply just not enough room at a workstation or desk to fit a bulky computer tower, and that’s where Mini PCs from Tangent come in. A mini PC contains all the power one comes to expect from a work computer, but in a compact enclosure usually no bigger than a lunch box. These mini PCs are capable of handling every situation, so whether you are looking for a new system to strap onto your work vehicle or medical cart, install into a tight workstation, or even help automate part of a factory floor, there’s a mini PC built for the task. Here are Tangent’s top ten best mini PCs to buy for any job.

 

Rugged Mini E3

Great for: In-Vehicle Computer | Video Surveillance

 

  • No moving parts
  • Solid State Drive (SSD)
  • Powerful Intel processor
  • Expandable Mini PCI Express sockets
  • Up to 32 gigabytes DDR4 RAM
  • Windows operating system
  • Multiple I/O ports

 

Rugged Mini E3
Rugged Mini E3

The Rugged Mini E3 is the flagship model of the Tangent mini PC lineup, encompassing all aspects of what it means to be a mini PC. The Rugged Mini E3 features no moving parts, using a passive noiseless cooling system in lieu of a fan, and sporting a lightning fast SSD. The Rugged Mini E3 can be customized to feature one of the latest Intel I7 processors for maximum performance. It also comes equipped with two mini PCI Express sockets, ready for virtually any module attachment. With up to 32 gigabytes of RAM, the Rugged Mini E3 can take on multiple tasks at once without lag or errors. Best of all, like all Tangent mini PCs it comes with Windows 7 o 10 built in, making this mini PC a breeze to use.

 

Rugged Mini I

Great for:Video Display | Signage | Mobile Carts | Multi-Screen Work

 

  • Triple monitor support
  • Wide power input
  • Multiple I/O ports
  • 2x Ethernet ports and Wifi
  • Windows operating system
  • Up to 32 gigabytes DDR4 RAM

 

Rugged Mini I
Rugged Mini I

The Rugged Mini I is unique not only for a mini PC, but for PCs at large in that it can support up to 3 monitors at once. This makes the Rugged Mini I an ideal mini PC for situations where multitasking is a regular occurence. On a medical cart, The Rugged Mini I not only has the ability to display three separate readouts, but enough processing power to keep the programs displaying the readouts running in real time. When used at the desk, the Mini I allows workers to run three programs simultaneously without having to switch tabs repeatedly. For digital signage with multiple displays, the Mini I is the mini PC.

 

Rugged Mini S

Great for: Mobile Carts | Anesthesia Module  

 

  • TPM high level security
  • Noise free
  • Powerful Intel Processor
  • 2 Ethernet ports and Wifi
  • Windows operating system
  • Watchdog Timer

 

Rugged Mini S
Rugged Mini S

Storing patient data in a secure, HIPAA compliant manner is critical to preventing potentially bankrupting data breaches from occurring. That’s why mini PCs like the Rugged Mini S come integrated with Intel’s TPM security module. TPM security modules help keep your data safe by encrypting it for in network use, drastically reducing the odds of information being skimmed from your network. Not only will this mini PC secure your data, but it can secure itself in the event of a program malfunction utilizing its built in watchdog timer. This module ensures that this mini PC can reboot itself if a glitch occurs, saving workers unnecessary time trying to diagnose a computer problem.

 

Rugged Mini X

Great for: Mobile Carts | Factory Automation 

 

  • Ultra mini PC
  • Extreme temperature resistance
  • Fanless cooling system
  • TPM high level security
  • Windows operating system

 

Rugged Mini X
Rugged Mini X

At Tangent, the label of mini PC isn’t just some marketing term we throw around casually— it is a challenge we constantly work towards. Challenging as it may be to fit an entire computer into a mini PC frame, it’s worth it when we create models like the Rugged Mini X. The Rugged Mini X is an ultra mini PC, weighing a mere 2 pounds, it’s one of our lightest mini PCs available. This lightweight design allows the Rugged Mini X an operating temperature range of  14° to 122° F. A wide operating temperature range coupled with a fanless design makes this mini pc perfect for environments where other computers would be prone to environmental damage. Whether you are working in a frigid lab, or a hot and dusty factory, the Rugged Mini X is capable of performing as if it were in an office.

Rugged Mini L2

Great for: Video Display | Signage| Mobile Carts

 

  • Extreme temperature resistance
  • 2 Ethernet ports
  • Ultra mini PC
  • Easy mounting
  • TPM high level security
  • Watchdog timer
  • Windows operating system

 

Rugged Mini L2
Rugged Mini L2

The Rugged Mini L2 is the perfect mini PC for digital signage, having a sleek profile that is a mere 1.3 inches tall. This mini PC can easily fit in the narrowest of digital signages, from bus stops to billboards. The Rugged Mini L2 requires little maintenance once it is setup, featuring a wide operating temperature range and fanless design. It also comes equipped with a watchdog timer, meaning that in the event of an error, the Rugged Mini L2 can reset itself without you having to send out a maintenance crew to reboot it. A TPM module ensures that the Mini L2 remains secure from breaches while on the job, adding to the mini PC’s ability to lack oversight.

 

Rugged Mini FX

Great for: In Vehicle Computer

 

  • Military grade shock resistance
  • Military grade vibration resistance
  • 4x GbE RJ45 LAN ports
  • Extreme temperature resistance
  • Fanless cooling system
  • Windows operating system

 

Rugged Mini FX
Rugged Mini FX

When you need a mini PC for your vehicle, look no further than the Mini FX from Tangent. This mini PC is built to be used in vehicles, whether that be a forklift in a refrigerated warehouse or a military personnel transport making its way across a scorching desert. The Mini FX meets military standards for shock and vibration, and features an excessive operating temperature range of -4°F – 140°F. This mini PC’s fanless cooling system allows it to maintain an ideal operating temperature for its processor regardless of the outside environment. With four LAN ports built in, the Mini FX is ready to connect to whatever is needed of it.

 

Rugged Mini G

Great for: Video Display | Signage | Mobile Carts

 

  • Flexible mounting
  • Versatility
  • Fanless cooling system
  • Wide power input range
  • Extreme temperature resistance
  • Windows operating system

 

Rugged Mini G
Rugged Mini G

The Rugged Mini G is a versatile mini PC built to be a multipurpose computer. The Mini G is customizable to your needs, and can be fitted with a wall mount, VESA 75/100 mounting, or DIN rail. This allows the Mini G to easily mesh into your current computing system without the hassle of trying to figure out how to mount it. To go along with this, the Mini G can handle a wide range of power input options, allowing for it to operate in a variety of powering situations. This versatility makes it a great choice for when you need a mini PC that handles digital displays today, but may need to be behind the desk tomorrow.

 

Rugged Mini Tank

Great for: In Vehicle Computer

 

  • Extreme temperature range
  • Military standard shock resistance
  • Fanless cooling system
  • Solid State Drive (SSD)
  • Powerful Intel Processor
  • Built like a tank

 

Rugged Mini Tank
Rugged Mini Tank

For when the job takes place in the scorching desert, on uneven terrain, in a dustorm, there’s the Rugged Mini Tank. We’ve already gone over how seriously Tangent takes the labeling of computers, and make no mistake here: The Rugged Mini Tank is exactly what it sounds like. Able to withstand temperatures from -4° to 158°F, meeting military standards for shock resistance, fanless cooling, the Rugged Mini tank is the mini PC that has it all. This mini PC is ready to be mounted in vehicles that take a regular beating, sporting a SSD that won’t lose data because of a bump in the road. Featuring a powerful Intel I7 processor, the Rugged Mini Tank is as powerful as it is durable.

 

Rugged Mini Q1

Great for: Video Display | Signage | Mobile Carts

 

  • Ultra mini PC
  • Flexible mounting
  • TPM high level security
  • 4K support
  • Extreme temperature range
  • Windows operating system

 

Rugged Mini Q1
Rugged Mini Q1

At Tangent, we’re not fans of the practice of saving the best for last, all of our mini PCs have features that make them stand out. So instead, we’ve saved the smallest for last. Meet the smallest mini PC in the lineup: The Rugged Mini Q1. At only 1.29 pounds, the Rugged Mini Q1 weighs less than 2 cans of soda, and is just about the size of them too. The Mini Q1 comes in at 4.33 inches  4.56 inches by 1.93 inches, making it small enough to fit behind your computer monitor. With a range of customizable mounting options, you can mount this mini PC behind your monitor and completely forget it’s even there. But don’t let this mini PC’s extremely small size fool you, the Q1 is powerful and able to support 4K imaging. 

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Rugged Computers, Tangent’s Five Favorites

At Tangent, we strive to make all of our computers as durable and dependable as possible. This vision is most accomplished in our line of rugged computers, each one custom designed to work in the harshest work environments possible. Every rugged computer from Tangent has a unique design and set of features that makes it stand out; this ensures that whatever the task, a Tangent rugged computer will be up to it. While every rugged computer from Tangent is worth a look, we’ve picked five of our favorites for their own spotlight.

 

Tangent Rugged Mini Tank
Tangent Rugged Mini Tank

 

Rugged Mini Tank

The Rugged Mini Tank from Tangent is named aptly, being one of Tangent’s most durable rugged computers. The Rugged Mini Tank meet military standard specifications for dust, shock, vibration, rain, humidity, solar radiation, and more. The fanless design coupled with a solid state drive means that this rugged computer has no moving parts whatsoever, and can withstand shocks and drops commercial PCs couldn’t fathom. In addition, the Rugged Mini Tank can operate in extreme temperatures from -4° to 158°F without any damage to the rugged computer. These features combine to make the Rugged Mini Tank the perfect in-vehicle computer for any vehicle. Whether it’s equipped to a tractor going through a bumpy construction site or a forklift in a warehouse on a hot summer’s day, the Rugged Mini tank will be able to perform as if it was sitting in an air conditioned office.

 

Tangent Rugged Mini E3
Tangent Rugged Mini E3

 

Rugged Mini E3

The Rugged Mini E3 is the latest in the E line of rugged computers from Tangent. The Rugged Mini E3 is one of the most powerful rugged computers out there, sporting one of the latest Intel Core I7 processors and a built in graphics controller. This small rugged computer packs a massive punch, and with Windows 7 and 10 available it can put this power to good use on any computer program. The Rugged Mini E3 also comes equipped with extra drive bays, meaning that you can expand its memory capacity whenever needed—by terabytes. The Rugged Mini E3 is perfect for situations where human error can lead to a rugged computer being needlessly left on, as it features an auto-shutoff timer. This makes the Rugged Mini E3 ideal for vehicle mounting, ensuring that a left-on computer will not drain the battery.

 

Tangent Rugged Mini S
Tangent Rugged Mini S

 

Rugged Mini S

The Rugged Mini S from Tangent is a sleeker rugged computer, being 33% lighter than the Rugged Mini Tank. No compromises were made to achieve this smaller size however, the Rugged Mini S also sports one of the latest Intel Core I7 processors and can be equipped with a massive 32 gigabytes of DDR4 RAM. RAM stands for random access memory, and serves as a temporary storage area for programs that are in use. Having more RAM built into a computer means that the computer can multitask on numerous programs without lag. The large capacity of RAM on the Rugged Mini S makes it perfect for situations where numerous programs must be run at the same time, such as on a medical cart. When equipped to a medical cart, the Rugged Mini S can operate all the various sensors and programs required of it simultaneously, without delay. The Rugged Mini S also features a TPM security module that protects the rugged computer from any unauthorized requests for sensitive information, saving your hospital from costly data breaches.

 

Tangent Rugged Mini I
Tangent Rugged Mini I

 

Rugged Mini I

The Rugged Mini I from Tangent ups the ante when it comes to rugged computers, being able to support not one, not two, but three monitors simultaneously. When you need to work on a complex job that requires multiple programs or web pages operating at the same time, the Rugged Mini I is your solution. Triple monitor support also makes this rugged computer perfect for digital signage, as its wide operating temperature range and solid chassis allows it to display advertisements or information consistently. Clocking in a mere 2.42 pounds, this rugged computer can be placed in any situation while providing the power needed to display extremely large images. 

 

Tangent Rugged Mini Q1
Tangent Rugged Mini Q1

 

Rugged Mini Q1

We’ve explored four of our top rugged computers on this list, with features ranging from triple monitor support to extreme temperature operation. But by far my favorite rugged computer in the Tangent line up is the Rugged Mini Q1 for one simple reason: it’s the smallest one yet. To call the Rugged Mini Q1 a “mini PC” is an understatement, the Q1 weighs 1.29 pounds, that’s almost half the weight of the already incredibly small Rugged Mini I. The extreme lightweightedness of this rugged computer is matched by its tiny dimensions, coming in at 4.33 inches by 4.56 inches by 1.93inces—less than 2 inches tall! This insanely small size allows for the Rugged Mini Q1 to fit between a monitor and it’s mount, making this rugged computer ideal for situations where room is scarce. The Rugged Mini Q1 comes with Windows 7 or 10 preinstalled, and has the CPU and RAM  power needed to run medical, industrial, or advertisement software.

 

Rugged PC

Rugged PCs Made for the Military

Whether it’s a months long deployment, or a routine test, having the right rugged PC for your military operation is critical to the success of the mission. Rugged PCs work in situations that commercial PCs simply can not operate in, being designed to endure harsh, ever changing environments. Here are some critical features of Rugged PCs that make them perfect for military use:

 

Built Tough

When there’s no telling what the next environment you’ll be in is, having personnel worry if their PC can survive is the last thing you want them to be doing. Rugged PCs like the Rugged Mini E3 from Tangent are built with this in mind, meeting military standards for dust, shock, vibration, rain, humidity, solar radiation, altitude, and temperature extremes. Tangent’s custom fanless designs on their rugged PCs ensures that no matter how dusty or dirty a situation gets, there is no chance that anything will get inside your rugged PC. Military grade shock resistance means that rugged PCs from Tangent can take a beating and keep operating as though they were in a civilian office.

Rugged Mini E3
Rugged Mini E3

Built Smart

Just because you’re in a remote location doesn’t mean you don’t need top of the line computing power. Tangent knows that having durable equipment is important, but ultimately the power of the equipment is what makes the difference in operations. Rugged PCs like the Rugged Mini Tank from Tangent are not just built tough, they’re built smart. With powerful i7 quadcore processors built in, rugged PCs from Tangent can run any programs required of them. Even better, having the latest i7 chips ensures that these rugged PCs will be able to run any new software that is developed without needing upgrades.

Rugged Mini Tank
Rugged Mini Tank

Built Versatile

What good is having top of the line durability and power if you can’t use it? Rugged PCs from Tangent are built to be extremely versatile, and fit for every situation required of them. Rugged PCs like the Rugged Mini E2 from Tangent are ready to perform in any environment they are needed in. With a wide-ranging power input going form 9 VDC to 48 VDC, this Rugged PC can be fitted into a jeep, tank, or troop transport all the same. WIth VESA/DIN-Rail mounting, Rugged PCs from Tangent can be securely mounted in any location. With Windows 10 preloaded onto the system, military personnel will be able to use these military grade computers in intense situations as easily as they use their own personal laptops.

Rugged Mini E2
Rugged Mini E2

Rugged PCs aren’t just built with the military in mind, they’re built for the military. Rugged PCs from Tangent meet and exceed the standards set forth by the military, all while providing the power and comfort of civilian computers.

Industrial Computers

Rugged Mini PC Created for Factory Floors

Calling a device “rugged” has lost most of its meaning in an age where supposedly rugged phones shatter from a small fall. But at Tangent, rugged isn’t just a simple marketing term, it’s a limit being constantly pushed against. Rugged mini PCs from Tangent are built from military grade components and tested in the harshest environments factories have to offer to produce computers capable of a long and productive life. 

 

No Moving Parts

 

Rugged Mini E3
Rugged Mini E3

Rugged mini PCs from Tangent have no moving parts whatsoever, meaning that a fatal drop for a commercial PC is nothing more than a small jolt for a rugged mini PC. Rugged mini PCs like the Rugged Mini E3 are equipped with solid state drives(SSD) that unlike normal hard drives, do not contain any fragile spinning disks. In addition, an advanced fanless cooling apparatus ensures that rugged pcs from Tangent remain at optimal temperatures without drawing in dust or other fatal contaminants from the factory floor.

 

Customizability

Don’t let their small size fool you, rugged mini PCs are just as capable as their macro counterparts, and far more versatile. Rugged mini pcs from Tangent are small enough to be placed on a forklift or other vehicle, and their wide range of power input options means that they can be powered by the vehicle they are attached to. Lightning fast intel processors combined with watchdog timers work to make your factory floor as efficient as possible, without errors commonly found in commercial computers. But like commercial computers, rugged pcs from Tangent run Windows operating system, meaning that they are just as easy to use and customizable as your own desktop computer.

 

Connectivity

Rugged mini pcs are the epitome of portability, and can be placed nearly anywhere on the factory floor. But some rugged pc companies subtract from their products’ capabilities by not building wi-fi capabilities into them.

 

Not at Tangent.

Rugged Mini O
Rugged Mini O

Every Rugged mini PC sold by Tangent, such as the Rugged Mini O, can utilize WLAN technology to connect to your existing Wi-fi network. Other rugged pc companies put 3G/4G/LTE chips into their rugged mini pcs, which require separate internet plans and cause you to in effect pay twice for the same thing. Rugged mini pcs from tangent save you this hassle, and ensure that all of your factory’s data can sit on one safe network.

 

Rugged mini PCs from Tangent are at the forefront of factory floor innovation, being able to work under the harshest conditions the floor has to offer without sacrificing in any department. 

 

Medical Computers

Tangent Covers All Bases in PC Needs

The average company doesn’t typically replace their computers all at once in a mass hardware refresh. Over years of use, certain models are phased out for newer ones or replaced because of age. And as business processes change and newer software suites require specific system configurations, a wide assortment of computer systems tend to be introduced to the organization. A single type of PC or laptop doesn’t usually suit the needs for all workflows and users, especially in larger enterprises. With such a variety of hardware needs, the lives of the folks in an IT purchasing department are made incredibly easier when they have a single trusted supplier of computer solutions and services.

 

Medical PC
Medical Grade 24″ Computer

Tangent offers dozens of types of computers in a variety of sizes ranging from large 24” medical grade all-in-one PCs to powerful tablets to the most minuscule of rugged industrial mini PCs. They are designed to excel in durability, longevity, and performance in most any working environment. Because business doesn’t just happen in corporate offices, Tangent pours its attention into all types of potential work settings and use cases, whether it be a video editing system in a news van or a data entry computer in a clean room. Tangent’s medical all-in-one PCs are largely designed for use in the healthcare industry but are excellent for any organization that needs protection from environmental infection control and isolation precautions. Their line of business all-in-one PCs are perfect as clean, efficient workstations in places like call centers, home offices, internet cafes, libraries, and more. And if space is a concern, a mini PC is a good consideration.

Rugged Mini Computer
Rugged Mini O

A mini PC is perfect for small spaces like in vehicles, tractors, and airplanes, or for use as a timeclock or as an outdoor computer. All of the computers in Tangent’s product line are easy to sanitize and boast a long useful life due largely to a fanless operation and IP rated protection against contamination and water ingress into the system. The mini PCs have the added benefits of being shock and vibration proof and being able to withstand operating temperatures of up to 158 degrees Fahrenheit. They are excellent for video monitoring systems, factory automation systems, or as network controllers. As different as the purposes for Tangent’s all-in-one and mini computer systems can be, they are both built to provide the best in performance, reliability, and flexibility. 

There’s Small, and Then There’s Mini

Picture a small desktop computer in your mind. Even today, they are fair sized rectangular boxes that take up a considerable amount of space on the desk or underneath it. Now picture a mini PC… Is it just a tad smaller than the desktop? With Tangent’s line of industrial rugged mini PCs, you’d have to imagine quite a bit to approach the reality of their diminutive size and the fact that they are still full featured PCs.

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Tangent’s Rugged Mini O PC is a fascinating little computer with a fully stainless steel and waterproof housing that is rated at an IP69K.  Because of its threaded sealed ports, external devices plugged into the ports will not introduce water or dust into the unit. The mini PC also has plugs for the ports when they are not being utilized to ensure protection from water and contaminants. A solid state drive and passive fanless cooling technology make the mini PC a perfect candidate for work areas that require extremely sanitary conditions, areas where dirt or high moisture is common, or any industrial environment where space or contamination is a concern. It’s a great PC for places like the Los Amigos Biological Station in the jungles of the Amazon in Peru, or even at an outdoor venue in Hilo, Hawaii where rain is a near daily occurrence.

RUGGED MINI

For those needing a computer in the most compact of spaces, the Rugged  Mini L2 PC is one of the slimmest of them all. This super mini PC weighs a paltry amount at just over five pounds, with a thickness of just 1.3 inches. It can easily be mounted underneath a desk, in a luxury car, on industrial vehicles, in AV closets for conferences rooms, and anywhere that has limited room but still requires a reliable and durable computer.  Even with it’s tiny size, the L2 mini PC still manages to provide 12 I/O ports including 3 display ports and 4 USB ports. The PC can accommodate wireless internet access, 16GB of memory, 2TB of storage and has shock and vibration resistance. It’s hard to believe all of these features fits in such a small computer.

Rugged Mini E3

So the Mini O is great for those needing a water tight system, and the L2 is a perfect fit in tight spaces, but what about extreme temperature environments like the cold of the frozen north or the heat of the desert?  The Rugged Mini E2 PC was constructed to easily withstand extreme temperatures from -40°F to 158°F. Protection for -40°F may seem like overkill, but just this year, those temperatures were recorded in the high north of Minnesota and Wisconsin, and that’s a normal winter temperature in very remote places like Grise Fjord, Nunavut, Canada. The temperature rating makes sense in a place like that, but what benefits would a mini PC have there? The housing in Grise Fjord is quite sparse and small; even the airport is considered more of a shelter than a terminal, so aviation and computer equipment all have to be as compact as possible. In our world and in business, there are a great variety of environments that require specialized equipment to survive and succeed.

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Virtual Machine Hardware: Mini PC

When it comes to virtual machines a hot topic is “power.” Power usage VS CPU Power to be exact. Whether you are running 100 VMs at 128 MB RAM each or 5 VMs at 5GB RAM each, the critical issue comes down to power consumption and CPU availability.

It’s no surprise the Rugged E3 Mini PC is designed with a passive CPU heatsink that connects to the thermal transfer housing, helping move heat away from the CPU with the presence of cooler ambient air. It’s a Mini PC with a big mission.

This Mini PC enables your virtual environment to be ran on a dedicated physical host that’s engineered to be reliable under industrial applications and harsh conditions, (perhaps Tesla can use this on their new bumpy tunnel in LA).

 

Linux, Windows Hyper-V, XSi, VMware, choose your weapon, configure your platform and load your VMs. Step into the digital arena with up to 32GB of ECC ram -this ant of computer can carry much more than its own weight. Don’t forget to pair it with a solid state drive and multiple power inputs, your computational powers will be unstoppable.  

A bridge between virtual and reality: The built-in 4 USB 3.0 ports can communicate directly with your virtual machines. This gives them access to external resources. Now things start to get interesting. Imagine loading DDWRT (open source router software) to a VM, then forward some USB WiFi devices VIA the USB 3.0 ports and Hyper-v, you just created hardware that can support a cloud router with a physical antenna array.

Live Monitoring, Remote or Physical with 3 monitor ports (2 HDMI, 1 DVI) you can view as many VMs that can be cascaded across your displays, with as many as 10 per screen on a 1080p monitor. No monitor? No problem. The Rugged E3 Mini PC is equipped with two 1000Mbps (1GBe). Remoting into windows or linux is an almost real-time experience when combined with the built-in i7CPU and DDR4 RAM, expect no delays.

RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 equal availability and power, It’s Monday at 10am and 5 of your VMs just got hit with 400 users, your hard drives deliver data without a glitch  or a single 404 page because you have 2 hard drives working on the same job for you, if one fails, the other picks up the slack. Read more on RAID at PCWORLD.com

 

Read full specs for the Tangent Mini PC: Rugged E3

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SPECIFICATIONS

System

Processor

Intel 6th Gen. Core i7/i5/i3, Pentium or Celeron Processors

System Chipset

Intel Q170 Express Chipset

Graphics Controller

Intel HD Graphics 530 (Core CPU)

Intel HD Graphics 510 (Pentium & Celeron)

LAN Chipset

1x GbE: Intel I210-AT

1x GbE: Intel I219-LM

Audio

Realtek ALC888S

System Memory

Up to 32GB DDR4 2133 (2x SO_DIMM)

BIOS

AMI 128Mbit

TPM

TPM 1.2 (Infineon)

vPro

Yes (Processor Dependent)

Watchdog

Software Programmable Supports 1~255 sec. System Reset

Storage

SSD/HDD

2x 2.5” SATA Bay (Internal)

2x 2.5” SATA Bay (Removable)

mSATA

2x mSATA (shared with 2x Mini PCIe)

RAID Support

RAID 0, 1, 5, 10

Expansion

Mini PCI Express

2x MiniPCIe (Full Size)

SIM Socket

2x External SIM Sockets

2x Internal SIM Sockets

Other

Cooling Method

Fanless

I/O

Video

1x DVI-I

2x DP (Display Port)

COM

2x DB9 Serial RS232/422/485, COM1 & COM2

2x Internal headers RS232/422/485, COM3 & COM4

USB

6x USB 3.0 (4x Rear, 2x Front)

2x USB 2.0 (Front)

LAN

2x GbE RJ45

WLAN

Intel Wireless AC-7260 + BT (Optional)

Audio

1x Mic-in, 1x Line-out

DIO

8 IN / 8 OUT (Isolated)

Other

1 x Power Switch

1x AT/ATX Switch

1x Remote Power Switch (2 pin Phoenix Connector)

Operating System

Windows

Windows 7 Pro 32/64bit

Windows 10 Pro 64bit

Power

Power Mode

AT/ATX

Power Input Voltage

9-48 VDC

Power Ignition Sensing

Yes

Power Connector

3-pin Phoenix Connector

Power Protection

OVP (Over Voltage Protection)

OCP (Over Current Protection)

RPP (Reverse Polarity Protection)

Power Adapter

External Power Adapter, 12V @ 5A

Environment

Operating Temp.

-13°F – 158°F (-25°C – 70°C)

Storage Temp.

-22°F – 185°F (-30°C – 85°C)

Relative Humidity

10% – 95% non-condensing

Shock

With SSD: 50 G, half sine, 11 ms

Vibration

With SSD: 5 Grms, 5 – 500 Hz, 0.5 hr/axis

With HDD: 1 Grms, 5 – 500 Hz, 0.5 hr/axis

Certification

CE, FCC Class A

Physical

Enclosure Materials

Extruded Aluminum with Heavy Duty Metal

Dimension (WxHxD)

9.45″ x 10.27″ x 3.11″ (240 x 261 x 79 mm)

Weight

9.61 lb (4.37 kg)

Mounting

Wall Mount Only

Warranty

Warranty

1-Year Standard

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A Solid Standard for Cleanliness

A Solid Standard for Cleanliness

 

We’ve mentioned ISO standards in the past regarding safety metrics  for electrical components like PCs, but did you know that the International Organization for Standards has published well over twenty thousand standards? Their work covers almost every industry, and every aspect of technology and manufacturing, providing guidance and rating descriptions for each product, service or system they assess. That sounds both amazing and like overkill at the same time, but it certainly makes sense to have a stringent rating system available when trying to determine the quality, cleanliness, or safety of something before utilizing it. This is especially highlighted in highly sensitive areas that require strictly controlled work environments.

Controlling contamination is essential in many manufacturing and research activities, and so effective clean rooms are of paramount importance to those companies. As you may have guessed, the ISO has a series of standards dedicated to clean rooms, defining practices and procedures required to manage the risk of contamination. The ISO rating of a clean room can determine a great deal about how trustworthy and accurate the work being done inside is. But a clean room contains much more than just a secured enclosure. Specialized equipment, including computers, must also be secured to ensure they don’t diminish the quality of contaminate control and affect it’s rating.

Specialized mini PCs like the Tangent Rugged O were especially designed with these requirements in mind. The Rugged O mini PC’s innovative design allows for a fanless operation which means there are no moving parts or ventilation slots to circulate or collect dust contaminants. This  passive cooling technology allows heat from the CPU to transfer directly to the mini PC’s stainless steel housing, and ensures a reliable and noiseless function. The mini PC’s diminutive size and mounting bracket give it the flexibility to be affixed to most any surface. All the ports on the case are threaded and sealed to keep the internals protected and the outside environment clean. The mini PC’s stainless steel case in minimal in appearance for a good reason. The fewer grooves and edges on a PC, the fewer places for dirt and dust to collect. That’s not the end of the case’s features either. The Rugged O mini PC is IP65 certified and IP67 compliant. This IP rating ensures total protection from dust and provides waterproof reliability of up to a thirty-minute submersion. This means it’s also capable of withstanding industrial-grade cleaning solutions and thorough cleaning which is a common occurrence within clean rooms.

So how does an industrial mini PC of this caliber help bolster the ISO rating of a clean room? The ISO 14644 standard specifies air cleanliness in terms of the concentration of airborne particles in the clean rooms. The use and maintenance of a Tangent mini PC that has no fan, is sealed, is waterproof and can withstand corrosion is solid evidence of a concerted effort to conform to the ISO standards since it greatly reduces the potential presence of airborne particles. The standard for clean rooms has 16 different detailed parts to it, so it is of the utmost importance that the equipment deployed to a clean zone can meet the requirements to achieve a good rating and demonstrate the room’s efficacy.

Mini PCs for Industrial Use

f15Mini PCs for Industrial Use

When deciding whether to buy a Mini PC, you may feel some hesitancy comparing it to a full size PC. Although the size may be attractive, there may be some questions in your mind about what their capabilities are.  You may be surprised to learn about their versatility and wide range of power and capacities Tangent’s Mini PCs have.

With fifteen Mini Pcs (and more to come) to choose from, our Mini PCs can be utilized in a wide variety of industries and applications. Our Rugged E3 Mini PC is able to withstand temperatures of -13 degrees up to 185 degrees. This Mini PC is fanless and provides noise-free operation. Rated for shock & vibration,, designed with removable drive bays and RAID support, the Rugged E3 is an ideal Mini PC for video surveillance and video capture POE. The TPM and watchdog timer enhance functionality.

RUGGED E3Rugged E3

 

Our Rugged S is slightly larger than a standard pencil. It meets medical grade UL60601-1 requirements and is ideal for healthcare or industrial applications. With optional multiple ISO ports, the Rugged S can be configured to meet the needs of critical care environments. The Rugged S is fanless and provides noise-free operation. It also comes with an Available Full PCIe Slot which can be configured with optional 4KV isolated card for high voltage insulation, making this model ideal for healthcare environments.

rugged-mini-s Rugged S

At 1.53 pounds and dimensions of 4.57″ x 4.33″ x 1.93″, our Rugged Q is lightweight and has an ultra mini form factor. This desirable computer is easy to mount and install in a variety of environments. With a wide input power of 9 to 24V DC and VESA 75/100 Mounting, wall mounting brackets and DIN rail mounting this Mini PC offers versatile connectivity and mounting options. Standard with two LANs, one RS232, four USB ports, and two HDMI connectivity is not an issue for this Mini PC.

rugged-qRugged Q

Our complete line of Rugged Mini PC’s can be used for in-vehicle, defense, factories, mills and healthcare applications. They can also be mounted on mobile carts, used for surveillance  and for digital signage. Tangent’s Mini PCs are capable of performing similar to their larger counterparts, at times even surpassing larger PCs. Our available Mini PCs our designed to meet your industry needs. The question is not if they have have the power to perform. The question is which Mini PC best suits your specific needs.