While it may be tempting to think that all computers are created equal, this simply is not the case. Every computer is built for a specific purpose whether or not it is labeled as such. Industrial grade computers are computers that are designed for industrial applications like manufacturing and oil processing. Industrial grade computers differ from commercial computers in a number of ways that make them more versatile and well suited for industrial use.
Industrial Computer Applications
The biggest difference between an industrial computer and a commercial computer is in their applications. A commercial computer is generally designed for use in an office setting. This allows for commercial computers to be built less ruggedly than industrial grade computers. Commercial computers also have the benefit of working in air conditioned spaces, meaning that they do not have to use advanced cooling systems. Commercial computers also do not have to operate on a 24/7 basis, meaning that they can be built to consume more power.
Each industrial computer is designed to handle situations that a commercial computer simply could not. Take the Rugged Mini E3 by Tangent for instance. With a rugged, shock and vibration rated chassis, the Rugged Mini E3 industrial computer is capable of being used in nearly every industrial setting. In manufacturing, this industrial grade computer’s extreme temperature operating range from -13°F to as hot as 158°F means that it can handle nearly every environment. With an advanced, fanless cooling system, the Rugged Mini E3 is able to operate on a 24/7 basis without needing to be dusted constantly.
Longer Lifetime In Harsher Environments
Because commercial computers are used in the same environments as people, they are able to be built with less stringent guidelines than industrial grade computers. While this may be fine for use in the office, this simply would not do on an oil drilling platform off the coast. Industrial grade computers are built rugged, smart, and to last. With industrial grade computers like the Rugged Mini O from Tangent, there is virtually no worrying about if your computer system will hold up.
The Rugged Mini O industrial computer is built to the toughest specifications possible. With an IP69K fully waterproof enclosure, this industrial grade computer can be used virtually anywhere. A solid state drive allows the Rugged Mini O to operate in areas where vibration and shock would render lesser computers worthless.
Versatile And Customizable
Tangent’s entire lineup of rugged industrial grade computers has the ability to help your industrial facility run longer and more productively. With industrial computers as small as a book to ones as powerful as industrial workstations, there’s an industrial grade computer that will fit your need perfectly.
Despite everything that is happening, many businesses are still open. Essential businesses are the backbone of our nation’s collective public health effort, and supplying them with the equipment they need is crucial to keeping the U.S. afloat. Critical manufacturing, chemical production, and food production have all been deemed essential, and Tangent remains committed to helping these industries that help us all.It is this commitment that drives Tangent to continue to produce high quality industrial grade computers for essential industries and essential businesses.
All-In-One PC: An Industrial Grade Computer For Essential Industries
There are a broad range of industries that fall under the label of critical infrastructure, but they all have something in common: they can benefit from the use of an All-In-One PC. Every All-In-One PC is built with industries like food processing, metal fabrication, and oil processing in mind.
Every All-In-One PC by Tangent is an Industrial Grade Computer. This means that each All-In-One PC can handle the rugged environment of an industrial facility. From dust, particle exposure, and liquid exposure, an All-In-One PC like the S Series Industrial Grade Computer from Tangent can handle it. Fully IP69K water resistant, the S Series All-In-One PC can handle extreme bouts of water pressure with ease. The S Series, like every All-In-One PC, also features a full touchscreen and can be mounted anywhere, no desk required.
The Different Types Of Industrial Grade Computers
While an All-In-One PC may be the right fit for your industrial facility, there are many kinds of industrial computers that fall under the label of industrial grade computer.Mini Rugged PCs from Tangent are also known as Mini PCs and are perfect for areas where space is crucial. This type of industrial grade computer is compact and can feature military grade components, giving them a near impenetrable housing. With extreme operating temperature ranges, multiple I/O ports, and flexible mounting, this type of industrial grade computer can be used anywhere
A Mini Rugged Industrial Grade Computer like the Rugged Mini E3 from Tangent has an extreme temperature operating range from -13°F to as hot as 158°F. This industrial grade computer is perfect for use in situations where the failure of an industrial grade computer cannot be tolerated.
Make The Difference With An Industrial Grade Computer From Tangent
Whether it’s an All-In-One PC or a Mini Rugged PC, each industrial grade computer from Tangent is designed to fulfill a purpose. Right now, that purpose is keeping vital industries supported, and Tangent is here for them.
There’s no doubt that Industrial PCs are a vital part of every industrial facility. But sometimes, for various reasons, a smaller approach may be preferred. That’s where Mini PCs from Tangent come in. Mini PCs are Industrial PCs that come in small yet powerful form. Rugged Mini PCs are perfect for situations where space is of the utmost concern, but powerful processing power is still required. At Tangent, our lineup of Mini PCs are built for the most demanding applications practiced—whether that’s inside or outside the factory.
High Performance Mini PCs
Embedded control systems don’t have to be tethered to large Industrial PCs. With high performance Rugged Mini PCs from Tangent, embedded control systems can run on a small yet powerful device directly adjacent to the system being controlled. Whether it’s suspension or fluid levels, there’s a Rugged Mini PC from Tangent that can control it. Rugged Mini PCs like the Rugged Mini O from Tangent are IP69K certified waterproof and can withstand temperatures from -4°F – 140°F, making it the perfect controller for nearly every application.
Fanless Mini PCs
Digital Signs are not an industrial endeavor, but nevertheless experience industrial grade conditions. Digital signs posted outside can be exposed to sun damage, dust, and blistering hot summer days. In order to keep these signs running, Tangent has designed Rugged Mini PCs like the Rugged Mini L2 to be fanless, thus making them perfect for digital signage. Without fans, there is no risk of dust buildup in the Rugged Mini PCs, allowing it to withstand all the rigors of outdoor life without constant maintenance.
Interactive Kiosks can face similar problems when exposed in the elements. Even more so when these Kiosks offer the user a touchscreen interface. In order to keep these Kiosks from quickly being worn out by daily use, employing Mini PCs from Tangent is crucial. Mini PCs like the Rugged Mini Tank ensures that your kiosk, quite literally, will be built like a tank. Meeting official military grade standards, the Rugged Mini Tank is the perfect Mini PC for interactive kiosks that see daily use.
Mini PCs: Perfect For Every Occasion
Whether it’s inside or outside the factory, Mini Industrial PCs can find applications in nearly any environment. These industrial PCs are custom built to be able to withstand any industrial application, making them perfect for situations that see just as many rugged conditions as factories see. With Mini Industrial PCs from tangent, there is nothing that can’t be done with industrial efficiency.
When it comes to the needs of industrial facilities, no two sets of needs are alike. Every type of facility— from factories, to oil processing plants, and even refrigerated facilities—has its own unique set of problems requiring unique solutions. Tangent is highly aware of this, and has designed multiple industrial computers to meet the needs of many facilities. Our feature packed industrial computers are custom designed for nearly every environment, guaranteeing there are multiple Tangent industrial computers to meet the demands of your facility.
Flexible Mounting Options
Not every facility has the square footage to accommodate multiple office spaces, but this shouldn’t mean that you have to sacrifice your workstations altogether. Industrial computers from Tangent like the F15 industrial grade computer are built for just such instances. With flexible VESA 75/100 and M8 Heavy-duty screws mounting options, the F15 industrial grade computer is capable of being placed nearly anywhere. The F15 industrial grade computer is an all-in-one PC that does not require a mouse or keyboard, meaning that it also does not require a large desk. Simply mount the F15 anywhere—even on a forklift—and “anywhere” can become an industrial workstation.
Military Grade Hardware
While other manufacturers claim to have “military grade” industrial computers, Tangent has actually gone through the accreditation process for its line of qualifying industrial grade computers. Industrial computers like the Rugged Mini Tank industrial computer meet MIL-STD-810F shock standards. This makes this industrial grade computer the perfect fit for industrial areas where vibrations and drops are a fact of life. The Rugged Mini Tank lives up to its name, and can withstand military levels of punishment while operating as though it was sitting in a coffee shop.
Advanced Cooling Systems
It is true that not every industrial facility’s needs are the same, but one thing holds true across the board: industrial facilities require industrial computers with specialized cooling systems. Traditional fan based cooling systems used by commercial computers assume that the location they are used in will have an air filter to remove dust and other contaminants. It goes without saying that this is not the case in industrial facilities. Tangent has created a passive cooling system for its lineup of industrial grade computers that not only cool them off, but allow them an extreme resistance to temperatures.
Industrial computers like the Rugged Mini C from Tangent can withstand temperatures from -40° – 185°F. This extreme range of operating temperatures makes the Rugged Mini C ideal for facilities where temperatures are either ice cold or beating hot.
Feature Packed And Factory Ready
Industrial grade computers from Tangent are custom designed to meet the needs of every industrial facility. Whether your facility lacks space, requires military grade hardware, or even has extreme temperatures, Tangent has created an industrial computer that will be the perfect fit.
When making a new network for your facility, there are many things to consider. Should you invest in smart factory infrastructure entirely? How many networks should your factory have? How many switches and routers do you need? While these are some of the most pressing questions, the question of the actual computers that will comprise the network should not be overlooked. While traditional computers rely on switches to create a network across multiple computers, there are other options that can be more effective. Industrial computers from Tangent can create networks via switches or simply by being connected to one another, allowing for more choices in your network building process.
Industrial Computers Are Perfect For Complex Systems
Complex networks require advanced infrastructure, and industrial computers from Tangent are more than advanced enough to be the building blocks for your factory’s network. Tangent’s lineup of rugged computers are built for the factory setting. These rugged computers can withstand temperatures from -40°F to 185°F with ease, making them perfect for nearly any facility.
In addition to this wide operating temperature range, rugged computers from Tangent are specially designed for every industrial need, including the creation of complex networks. Every rugged computer from tangent has, at minimum, two Ethernet ports. This allows Tangent’s rugged computers to connect to two networks at once, allowing for the daisy chaining of rugged computers.
More Ethernet Ports: More Networks
While it is common to see the use of centralized networks in most facilities, the use of decentralized networks is not to be ignored. Decentralized networks differ from centralized networks in that instead of every computer being connected to one network, computers are networked to each other directly. This has distinct advantages in certain situations, namely that a large bandwidth use by one computer does not slow the whole network down.
One way to accomplish a decentralized network is with industrial computers from Tangent. Rugged computers like the Rugged Mini FX come standard with four separate Ethernet ports. With four Ethernet pots, this rugged computer can connect to four separate networks. This means that it can potentially connect to four other industrial computers, which are all in turn connected to three other computers, and so on. Or, the Rugged Mini FX can connect to three industrial computers and a separate, centralized network. The possibilities with multiple Ethernet ports are endless.
If four Ethernet ports are not enough for your complex system needs, then the Rugged Mini C from Tangent is the way to go. This industrial computer has a whopping six Ethernet ports. This nearly absurd amount of Ethernet ports allows the Rugged Mini C to potentially connect to six separate networks. With an optional solid state drive, this industrial computer can make the most out of its six Ethernet ports.
Complex Systems Don’t Have To Be A Complex Headache
With industrial computers from Tangent, creating complex systems doesn’t have to be a chore. Industrial computers can help you create complex networks that are ready to help your facility transition into a smart factory.
While some industrial spaces restrict the amount of dust circulating throughout the facility, the matter of the fact is that most industrial facilities harbor dust and other pollutants. While workers can easily avoid this dust, their industrial computers may not be as lucky. Typical industrial computers require outside air be brought into the case in order to cool off the delicate central processing units (CPUs), normally via a fan based cooling system. Without proper cooling, CPUs can overheat, rendering the entire industrial computer useless.
However, the very same system that preserves the integrity of the CPU can actually cause long term harm as well. Fan based cooling systems excel in environments where air is filtered on a regular basis, such as in offices or at home, but falter when used in dusty environments. CPUs are cooled when their fans pass cool air through what is known as a heat sink, which appears as a metal comb elongated so that it’s teeth are inches wide. Typically, heat transfers from the CPU to the teeth of the heat sink, where cool air circulated by the fan removes the heat from the heat sink to the outside of the case.
In a dusty environment, the air brought in by the industrial computer’s fan slowly builds up along the channels between the heat sink’s teeth. Overtime, the heatsink’s channels begin to be impassable to fresh air, and the heatsink has no way of expelling heat. The heatsink continuously heats up, and eventually the excess heat begins damaging the CPU.
Fanless Computers: Working Where Others Can’t
Fanless computers are an elegant solution to this conundrum, circulating no air throughout the body of the industrial computer. Without a fan, no dust builds up in the industrial computer and it remains functional even in the dustiest of environments. Fanless computers function in the same way traditional industrial computers operate, except that they feature a passive cooling system.
This passive cooling system is just as, if not more, reliable than fan based cooling systems without opening up the industrial computer to the dusty environment it exists in. The industrial PC fanless solution solves one of the biggest problems for industrial computers, opening them up to a wider range of use.
Industrial PC Fanless Solution: Rugged Mini E3
Without a fan, the Rugged Mini E3 from Tangent makes full use of the industrial PC fanless solution. Capable of working environments where temperatures can reach up to a scorching 158°F, the Rugged Mini E3 is one fanless computer that proves fans are not necessary to maintain proper cooling. With up to 32 gigabytes of RAM and a 6th Intel processor, the Rugged Mini E3 fanless computer can easily handle any industrial program you throw at it.
Industrial PC Fanless Solution: Rugged Mini S
Proving that industrial computing power does not have to be limited to a desk, the Rugged Mini S from Tangent is built to be used on the go. As an in-vehicle computer, the Rugged Mini S is capable of utilizing a wide range of voltages starting as low as 9 VDC and up to 28 VDC. With this kind of versatility, the Rugged Mini S fanless computer is the perfect companion for nearly every worker in a vehicle. With built-in Wifi and Bluetooth, the Rugged Mini S is capable of being used anywhere in a facility, and especially while on the move.
Industrial PC Fanless Solution: Rugged Mini G
Whether it’s in a mill, foundry, or factory, the Rugged Mini G Fanless Computer from Tangent is ready to excel. With an operating temperature range of 14° to 131°F, the Rugged Mini G is capable of handling life in facilities with wide fluctuations in temperature with ease. This fanless computer comes with either Wall Mount, VESA 75/100, or DIN Rail mounting systems, making it a flexible addition to your industrial computer fleet.
Industrial PC Fanless Solutions: The Right Choice
While every facility has its own unique needs, there is not a single one that won’t benefit from the introduction of fanless computers. With fanless computers, your industrial computers can operate longer with less maintenance and perform in environments where their fan based peers simply cannot.
When it comes to the industrial sector, having the right industrial computer for the job is crucial to maintaining a productive facility. That’s why at Tangent, we thoroughly examine every possible role that our high performance industrial computers can play in a facility and design them accordingly. At Tangent, we examine industry trends and needs in order to maintain and improve the broadest possible lineup of industrial computers.
While all of Tangent’s industrial computers are designed to last for years in rugged environments, there are features and options that make each individual industrial PC unique. Here are some of Tangent’s top high performance industrial computers that are built for high performance and productivity in the most rugged environments.
VITA KW Line
The VITA KW line of high performance industrial computers from Tangent features three different sizes for every industrial need. These all-in-one industrial PCs come in 15, 19, and 22 inch wide models, ensuring that there is a VITA KW for every workstation regardless of available space. Featuring Intel 6th Generation processing units, the VITA KW line has enough power to handle bulky industrial software with ease. Not only can these industrial computers withstand the most intensive industrial software, but they can also handle some of the harshest industrial environments. With a fanless cooling system, the VITA KW can operate in environments where dust, metal shavings, and other pollutants are a fact of life without needing to be regularly cleaned. With an IP65 rated water resistant front panel, these industrial computers are built to withstand any and all environments.
If your facility handles liquids that have the potential to leak out at any time, then the S Series of high performance industrial computers from Tangent is the solution for you. The S Series was built for liquid handling facilities, allowing workers to operate their industrial computer in any part of the facility regardless of its proximity to liquids. The S Series is IP69K certified waterproof, able to withstand both dust and liquid intrusion to the highest degree possible. This allows workers to use these industrial computers anywhere in a liquid handling facility, or with wet hands without consequence. With flexible mounting options, the S Series of industrial computers is truly built to operate anywhere in a liquid handling facility.
When multitasking is more than just a buzzword, the V474 industrial computer from Tangent is the way to go. With 32 gigabytes of RAM, the V474 is capable of handling multiple industrial programs at once. Whether it’s solidworks, warehouse management software, or simply dozens of web browser tabs, the V474 is capable of handling them all simultaneously. With multiple I/O ports of various typing, this high performance industrial computer can also serve to monitor multiple lines of production at once. Not only is the V474 industrial computer a versatile multitasker, but it can withstand temperatures of up to 122ºF with ease.
Blending the flexibility of an industrial computer tablet with the robustness of a standard industrial PC, the F15 industrial computer from Tangent is the perfect in-vehicle computer. With both VESA and M8 heavy-duty screw mounting systems, the F15 high performance industrial computer is capable of being mounted on nearly every industrial vehicle. Featuring 10 programmable function keys, the F15 is capable of being operated by vehicle drivers with one hand without distracting them from driving. Built-in Wifi enables the F15 to stay connected to your facility’s network regardless of where the industrial PC is mounted. Workers need not worry about accidentally parking their forklift in an area with liquid exposure, as every panel of the F15 is IP65 rated water resistant and will not be damaged.
Powerful computing does not have to be limited to mounted industrial computers; the R14 industrial PC tablet from Tangent proves this with a powerful Intel 8th generation quad core processor. The R14 high performance industrial PC tablet makes no sacrifices in the power department in order to be portable, with some of the latest Kaby Lake R SoC integrated CPU architecture and a powerful nVidia Geforce GTX 1050 graphics card. The R14 is perfect for workers who are constantly on the move, but whose job requires constant access to powerful industrial programs. Blending power and portability, the R14 allows on-the-move workers the flexibility to multitask across a wide range of programs with its 32 gigabytes of RAM. With a lightweight and rugged Magnesium chassis, the R14 high performance industrial PC tablet is easily carried and can withstand the occasional accidental drop without damage.
When working with large files, it can be frustrating to wait long periods of time as the data transfers from one industrial PC to another. The P13 industrial PC tablet from Tangent elegantly solves this dilemma by being both a high performance industrial PC tablet and mounted computer. With standard VESA mounting, the P13 industrial PC tablet can be quickly and easily transformed into a workstation PC. On the move, the P13 has hot-swap battery technology allowing for nearly 24/7 use. Simply plug in a charged battery, use the P13 for up to six hours, then simply replace the exhausted battery with a freshly charged one for another six hours of industrial use.
High temperature resistance does not have to be limited to just mounted industrial PCs, the R10 industrial PC tablet from Tangent can withstand high temperatures while also being mobile. The R10 high performance industrial PC tablet is perfect for workers in environments where temperatures can vary widely. Being able to withstand temperatures of up to 104°F, the R10 is capable of being a worker’s goto industrial PC tablet for working on the move. With up to a 480 gigabyte solid state drive (SSD), the R10 promotes computing, being able to write and retrieve data in its storage far faster than traditional computers. When the speed of its SSD is combined with the functionality of its programmable function keys, the R10 industrial PC tablet is the fastest way for workers to respond to workplace emergencies.
While all of Tangent’s industrial PCs have a satisfactory amount of I/O ports, the P10 industrial PC tablet has a near excessive amount of them. With 12 I/O ports of various typing, the P10 is perfect for situations where multiple peripherals are in use at once. To complement this wide range of I/O ports, the P10 also has a VGA port for a second monitor. This allows the P10 high performance industrial PC tablet to take full advantage of its I/O ports by giving the P10 enough screen space for every input. With all these I/O ports, the P10 can quickly become a jungle of cables. Anticipating this, Tangent has designed the P10’s docking system with an advanced cable management system that turns the jungle of cables into a neat garden.
High Performance Industrial Computers: Every Occasion, Every Use
With such a wide variety of high performance industrial computers, there is sure to be one that solves a problem in your facility. High performance industrial PCs from Tangent are purpose built to serve workers in every field when traditional commercial grade computers simply will not do.
Industrial grade computers are the backbone of oil and gas market, being critical to the locating, acquiring, and selling of oil-based products. These computers differ from their commercial counterparts in key ways that affect their ability to perform in the harsh environments commonly found in the oil and gas sector. Oil rigs present a unique problem, being exposed constantly to water and sea air. This unique problem requires a unique solution, and Tangent has that solution in the form of their line of industrial grade computers. Tangent’s award winning industrial grade computer lineup is the perfect solution to digitizing oil rigs.
Our lineup features PCs that sport:
IP64, IP65, IP66, IP69K sealed water resistant/waterproof
Operating temperature ranges as wide as -4° to 140°F
Military grade shock resistance
Military grade vibration resistance
Fanless cooling technology
TPM high security modules
Rugged Mini PCs
Offshore Oil Rigs are designed with every square foot in mind, and making the most out of the limited space available is critical. When you need a fully functional workstation but don’t have the room for a bulky PC tower, Rugged Mini PCs from Tangent are ready to go. We have created a fully fledged industrial grade computer in a mini frame, but with the power one needs to run diagnostic software and pumps. With powerful Intel I7 processors and up to 32 gigabytes of ram, these industrial computers don’t sacrifice power for their size. Their fanless cooling systems prevent dust and particle build up common in commercial computers, and with military grade shock and drop resistance available these PCs are built to last.
Industrial Grade Computer Panels
For quick access to information, or mounted computing solutions that still require a human operator, there’s Tangent’s lineup of industrial grade computer panels. These panel PCs are a flexible approach to computing, and provide oil rigs with easy-to-access mounted PCs. These industrial computers feature full touch screens that IP64, IP65, or IP69K water resistant allowing for outdoor exposure on oil rigs without worry. Their wide operating temperature means that whether its a cold night or blistering hot day, these industrial grade computers will operate just as they are needed. Oil rigs can be a messy environment to work in, and industrial grade computer panels are designed to withstand the messiest hands without affecting performance.
Industrial Grade Computer Tablets
For workers who are constantly moving from one part of the platform to the next, industrial grade computer tablets are able to keep the pace. These touch screen tablets feature all of the benefits of an industrial computer in a mobile device. They are more than ready to experience an accidental drop without long term effects on performance, and their fanless design means that no dust or particles are getting in these guys. These tablets can be equipped with RFID modules, barcode readers, and more to perform vital functions on the go. For automated oil rigs, industrial grade computer tablets make the perfect diagnostic tool for the occasional checkup.
Perfect For Oil Rigs
While there’s no shortage of computer options available for oil rigs, Tangent’s lineup of industrial grade computers is a notch above the rest. Our three categories of industrial grade computers combine to make the perfect mix of solutions for the needs of oil rigs. These high powered, large capacity industrial computers can handle the toughest conditions oil rigs have available and operate as well as onshore models.
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.
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.
F15 Industrial PC Panel
Great for: forklifts | small workstations
Programmable function keys
Wide input voltage
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 Industrial PC Panel
Great for: forklifts | workstations | factory automation
Wide input voltage range
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.
S Series Industrial PC Panels
Great for: workstations | carwashes | factory automation
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 Series Industrial PC Panels
Great for: workstations | factory automation
LED backlit LCD screen
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 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 Industrial PC Tablet
Great for: mobile workers | manufacturing | refineries
Military shock and vibration resistance
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 Industrial PC Tablet
Great for: mobile workers | manufacturing | refineries
Wide input voltage range
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.
R10 Industrial PC Tablet
Great for: mobile workers | temporary workstations
LED backlit LCD touchscreen
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.
P10 Industrial PC Tablet
Great for: point of sale service | logistics control
Cash drawer port
Barcode, MSR, smart card reader
IP54 front panel
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.
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.
Rugged Mini E3 Industrial PC
Great for: in-vehicle computer | video surveillance
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 Industrial PC
Great for: in-vehicle computer
Powerful Intel Processor
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 Industrial PC
Great for: video display | signage | mobile carts
Triple monitor support
Powerful Intel processor
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 Industrial PC
Great for: in-vehicle computer | factory automation | networks
Wide operating temperature range
Wide input voltage range
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.
Rugged Mini Q1 Industrial PC
Great for: video display | signage |
Ultra mini PC
Wide input voltage range
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.