Fanless Computers: Still Running Cool!

Fanless Computers: Still running cool!

 

Making a computer with a single fan is good engineering, making them fanless is an art. TANGENT offers fanless computers which are reliable and robust to meet your demanding requirements of ruggedness and performance.

What are major problems with the fans that require us to build fanless computers?

  • Noise: Fans produce noise during normal operation. As the installed system becomes older, the fan becomes nosier. In some applications, noise above a certain level is unacceptable.
  • Maintenance: Fans suck in dirt and clog the filters. This requires frequent cleaning of filters. In certain embedded systems, access to the computer for maintenance is not feasible. Problem of choking of filters exacerbates if the computer in installed in a dusty environment.
  • Failure: A fan is a moving part, with an electric motor. This can fail, resulting in overheating of the computer and eventual system shutdown or even total system failure.

Fanless computer eliminates these problems completely. The computer becomes quieter, becomes more robust and requires less maintenance.

Why are fans required in computers anyway? Well, computers need a lot of processing power that requires high-performance components, especially the CPU. These components generate a lot of heat. If this heat is not removed rapidly and continuously, the system will over-heat and will eventually fail. Fans provide an easy and cheap way to remove this generated heat by blowing air across the hot components and out of the computer casing, keeping the temperature inside the computer within the acceptable limits.

However, the limitations of fans in a dusty environment are significant and in certain application, noise is a major issue. To minimize noise generated by fans and reduce heat generation, various techniques such as; variable and low-speed fans with efficient CPU heat sinks, logic to slow down or shutdown the CPU when not in active use are incorporated. However, the best way to remove the fan-related problems is to remove the fan altogether, replacing it with an alternate heat removal system.

A computer with a good performance is simple to build, but a fanless computer requires a good design. Heat load is carefully calculated and the heat removal system is designed to match the heat load in worst case operating conditions. A system of heatpipes is used to remove the unwanted heat out of the system.

Heatpipes are made of copper or copper alloy, capable of transferring a large amount of heat. Inside the heatpipe there is liquid under low pressure that boils into vapor when it absorbs heat. This vapor then condenses back into liquid at the cooler surfaces of the heatpipe and releases the heat. Heat is taken from the CPU by one end of the heatpipe, and transferred to the other end of the heatpipe in contact with a larger heat sink, which is the Aluminum casing of the computer system. This casing comes in contact with the ambient air and thus dissipates the heat in the air, thereby cooling the system.

TANGENT’s Fanless Rugged Mini PC line is designed with industrial and military grade components and specifications for reliable operation under a demanding environment which require reliable and noiseless operation.

Model Rugged S is specially designed for use in industrial and medical applications. It can be used in mobile medical carts, anesthesia module and display systems. It provides optional ISO ports to meet the needs of Critical Care environments.

Model Rugged S meets rugged design specifications and medical UL60601-1 certification. It comes with built-in watchdog timer for automatic re-start on a non-fatal system fault, optional 4k V Isolation card for patient protection, and an optional TPM for added security.

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TANGENTS’s newest model Rugged G is also a fanless computer, designed to handle 12, 19, or 24V DC system power input, a wide range of operating temperatures, and can be installed in a variety of industrial environments.

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Rugged G’s fanless design is ideal for dusty factory floors and offers a lot of installations options for wall or DIN rail mounting. 4 COM ports, 6 USB ports, and a Digital I/O port, provide maximum connectivity from this rugged industrial Mini PC. Rugged G can operate in extreme operating temperature range of 14° to 131°F (-10° to – 55°C).

Industrial Computers: Solutions for Modern Factories and Workplaces

Industrial Computers

Every part of our lives has started revolving around the need for computers and automation. The shift from an analogue way of life to an automated way of life has been quite sudden. Computing has become an integral part of industries, but the needs for the right hardware is most certainly different. It is due to the changing requirements and needs at the industrial level that escalated the need for industrial computers.

What are Industrial Computers?

Industrial Computers may have the same specifications of the PC that normal consumers use at home. The difference however is in the materials that are used in making these computers. For an industrial computer, the materials that go into making chips is made to be tougher, for it to withstand rough conditions like dust, high temperate, humidity, power surges, vibration, burglary, long operation hours and the list goes on.

How can Industrial Computers be useful today?

Computers are everywhere, the reason behind this is because our lives have started depending on computing to a much larger extent as compared to our dependency on them 10 or even 5 years ago. Imagine a situation where the main server of a bank goes down due to elevated temperature, the damage could be huge, not only to the organization but to that of the consumers as well. Industrial computers are designed to withstand hot temperatures with the help of heatsinks and ventilation.

Factories and heavy industries tend to use computers in conditions that a normal computer cannot withstand, therefore, having computers that can work flawlessly in tough situations would be the right pick for them. Industrial computers use stainless steel and conform with IP66 protection that keeps them safe against dust and water damage.

Industrial Computers are being used for operating and managing outdoor tasks, take a car parking booth, for instance. The parking booth is programmed to allow only members and people who pay for the parking ticket, therefore, the computer operating this should be secure enough to keep an unauthorized person from having access to the system. Similarly, outdoor conditions may also apply which includes rain, dust, dirt of all kind etc. Moreover, the booth must be connected to a ticketing machine and multiple sensors to ensure that only the authorized cars can pass.

A modern industrial computer, can cater for all the applications mentioned above. These computers come with protection against rough natural conditions. Adding on, these computers have multiple ports for them to be interfaced with multiple sub-systems. Moreover, the connectors, for instance, USB ports are covered with physical locks that help with keeping the security and integrity of the system intact.

SmartShield: A Smart Buy for Illness Protection

Over 200,000 Americans are hospitalized annually from it, and 36,000 people die from it. Believe it or not, the cause is the common cold and flu virus.

With a whopping $10 billion spent annually on hospital visits, the common cold and flu are responsible for lost productivity, lost wages, and ultimately, lost business revenue. The reality is that viruses are not just a problem in medical industries. In fact, anywhere people congregate, the spread of bacteria and virus is a viable risk.

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Tangent can help with the prevention of virus contamination with SmartShield. SmartShield is a water-based spray developed with cutting-edge technology, that creates an antimicrobial barrier on any surface it is sprayed on for a year or longer. Just one coat of SmartShield sprayed on porous or hard surfaces seals out mold, mildew, algae, and bacteria. SmartShield is odorless, colorless, and approved by the EPA.

Available in three sizes, SmartShield is a smart buy for personal or industrial use. Application is quick and easy involving a two-step process. Step one, spray on desired surface. Two, wait for three minutes for it to set. Smart-Shield, antimicrobial spray is safe on tools, carpets, fabric, and anywhere you may be exposed to unwanted microbes. There are no corrosive or toxic chemicals in SmartShield. The usage is endless, and you’ll have peace of mind with added health protection.

It pays to be extra cautious with your health, especially during cold and flu season. SmartShield is a smart addition to your arsenal against the cold and flu viruses. SmartShield’s technology is advanced, the application is simple, and one coat lasts 90 days. Try yours today by clicking here: http://smartshield.tangent.com/

 

 

The Surgical Environment and Noise-free Computers: A Complimentary Pair

 

Tangent’s fanless medical computers contain advanced cooling technology and SSD storage providing noise-free operation. While a silent computer is convenient and desirable, there are specific environments where the noise-free feature is not just a nice commodity, but also a requisite. This article covers the applications of noise-free computers in surgical environments.

 

Operating Rooms: Medical industries are highly dynamic environments filled with technological devices and people. Reducing noise pollution is a continuous common goal that improves the flow of the medical workplace. While silent devices are needed throughout health facilities, none is more important than the operating room, which carries with it the reputation of irrefutable respect- with reason.

Operation outcomes can be the determining factor of life or death. Open-heart surgery, liver transplants, and intestine transplants are just a few high-stake procedures that occur in the OR. Surgeon concentration is of utmost importance as is that of the entire OR team, often comprised of nurses, surgical technicians and anesthesiologists.

While music has proven to increase workflow by setting a nice pace and easing the tension of the surgical environment, distractions must be kept to a minimum. Unnecessary, obtrusive noise has no place in surgical environments and thus is why silent computers make the list of must-haves in them.

Post-Operative Patient Care: While the act of performing surgery is the high-pressured climax of a surgical environment, proper post-operative care is vital to ensure the hard work performed during surgery is successful. Sleep and rest assist to ensure proper post-operative healing. Among the concerns of post-operative patients, sensitivity to light, sound and smells top the list. So while proper functioning computers hold insurmountable value to patient care both in and out of surgery, the ability to do so silently shares equal merit.

Tangent noise-free computers are the perfect pair for the surgical environment delivering silent operation and optimizing sterility. Fanless in design, noise-free computers maintain a sterile environment because the elimination of a fan prevents the circulation of dust particles and airborne debris. The ventless enclosure of our noise-free, fanless computers means zero maintenance ensuring the surgical team can focus on what matters most: patient care.

 

 

The Significance of Anti-Microbial Keyboards and Mice

The Significance of Antimicrobial         Keyboards and Mice

Medical grade keyboards and mice are the gateway to secure, sterile, high-quality healthcare.

Healthcare computers, carts and tablets receive significant credit in the way they have improved healthcare environments producing more efficiency, sterility and better quality service. Nevertheless, as the adage states: a castle can only stand as strong as its foundation. Medical grade keyboards and mice are imperative foundational supporting accessories that must be on par with the other foreground components in order to sustain a superior work environment.

Hands: The gateway to healthcare professionals and their patients. Study after study demonstrates that hands are one of the leading causes in the spread of germs. We teach the importance of clean hands since childhood because if there is anything we have learned from historical plagues to modern day epidemics, sterile hands are paramount to the prevention of spreading disease. Proper hand hygiene is crucial in any healthcare department, let alone workplace. Therefore, the technological tools that hands most come into contact hold insurmountable importance.

While the healthcare industry improves with the incorporation of technological products, in order to maintain the most hygienic and exemplary health environment, medical grade keyboards and mice, the accessories, must meet high quality standards as well.

GATEWAY ACCESSORIES

 Medical grade keyboards and mice are referred to as gateway accessories as they are the channels through which germs and viruses are spread or NOT. At Tangent, all our medical grade keyboards and accompanying mice are SilverShield™ antimicrobial and SealShield ™ waterproof. This translates to fully washable medical grade keyboards and mice. Protect your healthcare workplace to the highest caliber by selecting premium grade healthcare accessories.

To view our medical grade keyboard and mice inventory, follow this link:

https://www.tangent.com/healthcare/antimicrobial-keyboards or click HERE

Tangent’s Exemplary In-Vehicle Computers: Rugged Mini PCs.

Tangent’s Exemplary In-Vehicle Computers: Rugged Mini PCs

Tangent Industrial PCs have a well-deserved reputation for dependability and performance that exceed market standards. Now imagine that high quality performance taken to its maximum ability. The result is Tangent’s line of Mini Rugged PCs: extremely reliable In-Vehicle Computers.

Tangent Mini Rugged PCs were created for the most extreme in-vehicle usage. Powerfully made and calibrated to withstand the hottest of temperatures, extreme water pressures, the most aggressive shocks and vibrations, and harshest air quality and submersion environments.

Tangent Mini Rugged PCs are used in extreme air, land and water vehicles. Tangent Mini Rugged PCs are found in deep sea exploration, oil refineries, and military situations. For reliability, unmatched durability and quality, there is no competition.

 

 

 

Industrial VS Rugged Mini PCs

Industrial vs Rugged Mini PCs:

What’s the difference?

Tangent Industrial PCs can be found in air, water and land vehicles such as trains, tanks, submarines, boats and emergency vehicles.

Tangent Rugged Mini PCs can also be found in the above-mentioned vehicles but are designed to go one step further in ensuring consistent performance and reliability in the most extreme conditions. Our Mini Rugged PCs can withstand extreme temperatures ranging from -25°C and as hot as 70°C.

Where Tangent Industrial computers can be found with fans and vents, Tangent Rugged Mini PCs are entirely fanless and ventless ensuring performance in the harshest air quality scenarios with high dust concentrations, no movement parts ensure vibration and shock resistance and noise-free operation.

Top Features of Tangent Rugged Mini PCs

Top Features of Tangent Rugged Mini PCs

With our line of over 10 Rugged Mini PCs and adjustable specifications, it’s no wonder why Tangent is the go-to provider for Rugged Mini PCs.

At Tangent, you can find the right Mini PC for your needs.

Below are some key features you can find in our lineup of Rugged Mini PCs.

Industrial Grade,
Medical Grade UL60601-1

Rugged Mini S meets rugged design specifications and medical grade, UL60601-1, requirements. Ideal for Healthcare or Industrial applications.

Multiple USB Ports

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4 USB Ports

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RUGGED E2

8 USB PORTS

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Extreme Temperature Range Operation

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Environmental
Operating temp: -13° – 158°F (-25° – 70° C)
Storage temp: -22° – 185°F (-30° – 85° C)

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Temp Range
Operating temp: -4° – 140°F (-20° – 60° C)
Storage temp: -40° – 185°F (-40° – 85° C)

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Swappable Drive

RUGGED E3

Use the two removable drive bays to meet offsite
data retention and storage needs.

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Wide Input Voltage Range

RUGGED E2

9 to 48V DC Power input range allows for integration into various environments.

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Multiple Connectivity

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Plenty of ports to enhance use and functionality.

Input/Output Ports
2x USB 2.0
2x USB 3.0
6x Serial (Full PCIe model: 4x Serial)
1x DVI
2x RJ45
Audio Ports

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IP67 / IP69K

RUGGED O

Protected against ingress of dust and high-temperature, high-pressure water.

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For the full list of Tangent Rugged PCs, side-by-side comparisons of features and performance visit us at: https://www.tangent.com/industrial-computer/rugged-mini-pc/ or click HERE.

 

 

RUGGED MINI PCs: A BUYER’S GUIDE

SELECTING THE RIGHT TANGENT RUGGED MINI PC: A BUYER’S GUIDE

Selecting the right Rugged Mini PC is an important task, but it should not be a daunting one.

With our wide variety of expertly crafted Tangent Rugged Mini PCs, choosing the right model to suit your needs could not be easier. We have carefully designed our website so that key product specifications are easy to identify (to view our Rugged Mini PC product line visit: https://www.tangent.com/industrial-computer/rugged-mini-pc/ or press HERE).

Tangent offers Industrial, Commercial and Rugged PCs. So let’s first make sure you have come to the right buyer’s guide by defining the Rugged Mini PC line.

Rugged Mini PCs are built strong to withstand harsh conditions and rough handling. A Rugged Mini PC is substantially less susceptible to damage than non-rugged devices. Tangent rugged devices meet military standard specifications for dust, shock, vibration, rain, humidity, solar radiation, altitude, and temperature extremes.

RUGGED MINI PC BUYER’S CRITERIA:

OPERATING TEMPERATURES: One highly desirable feature of Rugged Mini PCs is their ability to withstand extreme temperatures. Tangent Rugged Mini PCs are functional in temperatures spanning from -40° to 158°F (-40° to 70° C). Identify the temperature conditions pertaining to your needs to find the appropriate model.

SIZE: As the name implies, all our Rugged Mini PCs are compact and small. Nevertheless, depending on the application, size can absolutely be the single most determining criteria in your selection process. For your smallest computer needs, turn to the Qbit 2 with the following dimension and weight specifications: 4.57″ W x 4.33″ D x 1.93″ 1.53 lbs.

ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS: Waterproof anyone? For a waterproof Rugged Mini PC, the Rugged O meets your needs. With its fully waterproof stainless steel enclosure and wide temperature operation range, it’s the go-to model for waterproof functionality.

MOBILE APPLICATIONS: Tangent offers two In-Vehicle Mini Rugged PCs: the FX and Mini Tank. Both Rugged Mini PCs are designed specifically for use in the most demanding mobile applications.

INDUSTRY SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS: Tangent’s Rugged Mini S meets healthcare industry standards with its 60601-1 Medical Certification.

TECHNICAL COMPONENTS: Tangent Mini Rugged PCs all come with powerful state-of-the-art Intel Processors and any one of our models ensures performance reliability that is unsurpassed. Nevertheless, variable technical features can help select the best model for your needs. RS232 OR USB PORTS: Our Rugged Mini C, for example, has up to five RS232 and up to eight USB Ports. VOLTAGE INPUT: Our Rugged E1 has a voltage input capacity of 48V DC, while our Rugged Mini VA is designed with an input of 25V DC. Gbit LANs: The Rugged Mini i has one Gbit LAN while the Rugged Mini C can be configured with up to six Gbit LANs.

For more information about our products or for further assistance in selecting the right computer, please contact: 650-342-9388.

At Tangent, we are committed to providing you with the highest quality products and unparalleled service and support.

 

 

 

 

 

MEDICAL TABLETS: GAME CHANGERS IN EFFICIENCY AND SECURITY

TANGENT MEDICAL TABLETS: GAME CHANGERS IN EFFICIENCY AND          SECURITY

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Tangent medical tablets are user-friendly, convenient and practical electronic tools that merge multiple devices into one. Tangent Medical tablets consolidate the expenditure of several expensive gadgets which means they enable healthcare establishments to fit tight budgets without compromising medical capabilities. By cutting out the need of using several devices and relying on a single medical tablet to execute tasks, higher efficiency and productivity is attained while patient satisfaction is ensured.

Tangent medical tablets allow various tasks to be executed simply and efficiently. All Tangent medical tablets contain barcode scanners that can be utilized for inventory management, drug administration and dosage, and patient identification. One feature, multiple uses.

2. RFID-Enabled

Tangent medical tablets, such as the T13, and M10i are RFID-enabled medical tablets that grow with you as you deploy more RFID badges. RFID-enabled medical tablets are the modern day modalities in which to authenticate users, track equipment and inventory.

Medical tablets embedded with RFID enable the identification and tracking of patients without requiring additional upgrades, again curtailing unnecessary expenditure and increasing efficiency.

Tangent RFID-enabled medical tablets keep you well suited for present and future health industry technological standards as RFID-enabled technology will see an increase in the years to come.

3. Powerful Intel Processors for EHR

Let’s face it, EHR documentation has become an uncompensated end of the day task requiring upwards of 2-3 extra hours pushing our hard working medical professionals to burnout and exhaustion. It’s no wonder EHR leaves feelings of resentment and disdain. If those extra documenting hours are compensated, that, yet again, raises the issue of higher expenditure. To add to this industry-wide issue of longer workdays are the substantial errors and inaccuracies reported due to the time spent between episodes of care and the documentation.

Tangent medical tablets with Intel 5th Gen/4th Gen/Quad Core Processors have ample memory and storage capacities that allow doctors to immediately update EHR records during each episode of care. That means no more after-shift work hours, shorter days and the elimination of erroneous documentation.

Additional features such as live chat, email, reference checking, secure telehealth solutions, and prescription signing – create for an all-encompassing, convenient workplace toolbox at your fingertips.

4. Smart Card Readers

Embedded Smart Card Readers safeguard sensitive patient health information as they ensure user authentication making medical tablets secure devices. They are practical and easy-to-use devices that can be used in conjunction with the authentication features built into the operating system to create the MFA (Multi Factor Authentication).

Summary

Tangent medical tablets are must-haves for medical organizations and facilities. Our line of medical tablets will undoubtedly change the productivity and satisfaction of patients and healthcare professionals alike with most up-to-date features modern technology has to offer.

As a whole, medical tablets are essential to run highly effective healthcare facilities. Tangent medical tablets allow organizations and establishments to curtail the need of multiple devices by replacing them with one antimicrobial, robust solution that matches the health industry’s highest standard in safety and security.

Key advantages to using Tangent Medical Tablets:

• Better information accessibility for caregivers and clinicians.

• Optimized data flow and synchronization.

• Easier deployment and management of new applications.

• Less duplication everywhere from tests to notifications and messages hence decreased tech fatigue.

• Less uncompensated time spent on EHR documentation.

• Lower Total Cost of Ownership of your HIT solutions, and operational and administrative costs.

TANGENT MEDICAL TABLETS HAVE ALL-IN-ONE CAPABILITIES THAT STREAMLINE BUDGETS AND EFFICIENCY