Industrial PCs For Dusty Environments

Industrial Computers For Dusty Environments

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

The Rugged Mini E3 Is One Industrial PC Fanless Solution
The Rugged Mini E3 Is One Industrial PC Fanless Solution

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

The Rugged Mini S Is One Industrial PC Fanless Solution
The Rugged Mini S Is One Industrial PC Fanless Solution

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

The Rugged Mini G Is One Industrial PC Fanless Solution
The Rugged Mini G Is One Industrial PC Fanless Solution

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. 

 

High Performance Industrial PCs by Tangent

Panel Computer- Industrial Panel Computer

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

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

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.

 

S Series 

S Series Of Industrial Compuers
S Series Of Industrial Computers

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.

 

V474

VITA 474 Industrial PC
VITA 474 Industrial Computer

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.

 

F15

F15 Industrial PC From Tangent
F15 Industrial Computer

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. 

 

R14

R14 Industrial Computer Tablet From Tangent
R14 Industrial PC Tablet

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.

 

P13

P13 Industrial Computer Tablet From Tangent
P13 Industrial Computer Tablet

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.

 

R10

R10 Industrial PC Tablet From Tangent
R10 Industrial Computer Tablet

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.

 

P10

P10 Industrial Computer Tablet From Tangent
P10 Industrial PC Tablet

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. 

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Waterproof Computers – Tangent Waterproof Computers

Not every computer is created equal, and not every computer is able to handle the harsh environments present in the industrial setting. With oil production on the rise in the United States, keeping your refineries and drilling platforms operating is crucial to staying competitive. At Tangent, we have created a full line of waterproof computers, waterproof tablets, and waterproof monitors that are not only perfect for industrial use, but can withstand the wet environments found in oil production.

Tangent S Series 19"
Tangent S Series 19″

The IP rating scale is used to determine the ability of an enclosure to mitigate both dust and liquid intrusion. Dust and particle contamination resistance is listed on a scale of one to six, while liquid resistance is rated on a scale from one to nine. A typical IP rating combines the two numbers, with dust resistance first and water resistance following. Tangent waterproof computers like those found in the S Series sport an impressive IP69k rating, and are resistant to water bursts as well as dust intrusion. This allows the S Series waterproof computers to work in facilities where water or liquid messes are a fact of life. What’s more, the S Series can operate outdoors, and with standard VESA mounting can be fitted to nearly any wall surface. The all-in-one nature of the S Series means that no keyboard or mouse is required to use it, simply mount it and it is ready to go.

R14
Tangent R14

Mechanics and Engineers can’t be expected to sit in an airconditioned office all day, and neither should their computers. Waterproof tablets like the Tangent R14 offer workers the capabilities of their workstation on the move. With an IP65 rated enclosure and extreme operating temperature range, the R14 can accompany workers in nearly any environment whether that be on a floating platform or in the desert.

Medix KW Series
Medix KW Series

Every single one of Tangent’s waterproof computers features a touchscreen waterproof monitor that can be used by workers whether their hands are clean or dirty. Workers can have ease of mind knowing that their workflow does not have to be interrupted due to their hands being a little dirty. Tangent’s waterproof computers, like the VITA KW can be cleaned long after the job is done simply by wiping the screen. Their IP rated waterproof monitors allow them to be cleaned with traditional cleaning supplies, unlike finicky commercial monitors.

 

There are many ways to use waterproof computers, and not a single one of them is wrong. If you think that waterproof computers could benefit your workplace in ways that traditional computers cannot, you are more than welcome to contact our sales team at sales@tangent.com. We can help you determine how waterproof computers, waterproof tablets, and waterproof monitors can fit into your worksite in ways traditional computers simply cannot.

Touchscreen Computers for Industrial Use

Touchscreen Computers For Industrial Use

It almost seems counterintuitive to imagine touchscreen computers in an industrial workplace. Grime covered gloves or hands touching a computer screen seems like it would lead to more problems than it solves. But then again, is it any better that the same gloves or hands are touching a mouse and keyboard? The shocking reality is that touchscreen computers are not only a great choice for industrial use, but can be used widely in situations where normal computers can’t perform.

 

Protection From The Elements

Commercial grade computers are designed to be used at the desk, and don’t typically feature any design elements that would help them in an industrial environment. Industrial environments can be extremely hot or cold, dusty, or even wet— and all of these things can quickly cripple a commercial grade computer.

Vita KW Touchscreen Computer

Industrial touchscreen computers are designed from the ground up to be used in an industrial setting. Touchscreen computers like the Vita KW from Tangent sport features such as passive cooling systems that enable them to not only work under high temperatures, but to do so without faltering over time. These touchscreen computers do not have a fan-based cooling system like those used in commercial grade computers. In an industrial setting, a fan-based cooling system would quickly cause a massive dust build up within the enclosure of the computer. This drastically decreases performance, and in some cases can lead to the computer failing altogether. A solid enclosure ensures that dust build up is mitigated, and requires less maintenance over time.

 

While dust is a primary concern, it’s not the only thing to be worried about affecting your computer on the job site. Extreme temperatures are common in the industrial setting, and can prevent one from having a computer based workstation at a certain location. That is, unless you are using the F15 Touchscreen Computer from Tangent. The F15 features a fanless cooling system like the Vita KW, and can withstand extreme temperatures from -4°F to 140°F. On top of all of this, the F15 is IP65 rated to be completely sealed & protected against water and dirt intrusion in harsh environments.

VITA 474 Touchscreen Computer

Used Anywhere, Anytime.

Not only can Tangent’s lineup of industrial touchscreen computers be used in any environment, they are sleek enough to fit in any location as well. There may be a portion of your facility where you would like to have a workstation, but the area is simply not large enough to fit a desk, tower, monitor, keyboard, and mouse. That’s where touchscreen computers like the Vita 474 from Tangent can make the difference, easily mounting to a wall at any location and turning it into a full functioning workstation. The Vita 474 is powerful enough to run industrial software, sporting Intel 6th Gen Core i5 processor while being able to be mounted in any location.

 

For workers who are on the move constantly, there’s touchscreen computer tablets like the R10 Tablet from Tangent. These tablets are able to run industrial software and hook up directly to your factory or warehouse network. They allow workers to perform their duties while on the go, regardless of of their vicinity to a desk.

 

Touchscreen Computers: Industry’s Best Friend

Whether it’s a hot place, a tight place, a spacious place, touchscreen computers can turn them into optimal workstations. At Tangent, we make a wide variety of touchscreen computers that combined, make the perfect IT solution to your industrial needs.

Industrial Computers for Desert Applications

Industrial PCs For Desert Use

There’s one environment that is seemingly designed to destroy computers from the inside out. Scorching heat that prevents CPUs from cooling down, kicked up sand that threatens to short circuit motherboards, and a cascading environment that can change in the blink of an eye. If you haven’t guessed it by now, I’m referring to the desert. Even though deserts constitute 33% of the entire world, our modern day computers struggle to operate for even a few hours in the conditions presented by them. This is unfortunate, as many industrial operations such as mining and oil extraction occur there. Luckily, Tangent’s Industrial PC Line features computers that can not only operate under the extreme conditions of the desert, but thrive in them.

Mini C3

Extreme Temperature Operation.

One of the main challenges of operating an industrial site in the desert is the wide range of temperatures one can expect. Freezing nights quickly turn into scorching days, and commercial computers simply cannot handle such variations on a daily basis. Industrial PCs like the Rugged Mini E3 from Tangent have extreme temperature operating ranges, being able to operate from -13°F to as hot as 158°F, easily meeting the demands of even the most perilous desert. 

Mini C1

Sand Proof Casing

Sand presents a unique problem in the industrial sector, as it can quickly wear down equipment or otherwise pollute it. Sand presents an even greater threat to computers, being able to destroy a computer’s delicate innards simply by touching them in the wrong location. Traditional computers have fan-based cooling systems that are prone to sucking up and storing dust on the inside of the case; in the desert these computers would instead suck up sand and destroy themselves. Tangent’s rugged industrial PCs like the Rugged Mini C1 have passive, fanless cooling systems that keep the PC cool without letting dust or sand in. This allows them to work in the harsh desert without worry that their components will be damaged.

Mini Tank

Extreme Shock And Vibration Resistance

Industrial equipment is loud, it’s heavy, and it vibrates. Industrial PCs from Tangent are built just for this sort of working environment, and can be placed anywhere on the job site regardless of the equipment surrounding it. The Rugged Mini Tank is the goto example of Tangent’s engineering here, living up to its name. The Rugged Mini Tank has Military Grade vibration resistance, being able to withstand the rigors of military use with ease. This allows it a special use on industrial job sites, being able to perform in any scenario.

Rugged Mini Li Industrial Computer

Adaptable To Your Needs

No two jobs are the same, and every situation needs a unique solution. Tangent’s industrial PC lineup features PCs like the Rugged Mini L1, with a sleek form factor that can fit in practically any space. This 2 pound industrial PC is lightweight enough to be placed anywhere on the job site, and sleek enough to fit into even the smallest of crevices. Our Mini Industrial PCs can turn any space, regardless of size, into a workstation.

 

Industrial Computers for Car Wash

Industrial Computers for Car Wash Tunnel Systems

When it comes to car wash tunnel control systems, most car washes are stuck in the past. Bulky, ancient control systems dominate the market, requiring an extensive and specific knowledge to operate and maintain. Computer power has risen exponentially over the past decade, and these archaic systems not only lag behind in usability, but in power and speed as well. So what’s preventing the switch from control systems to actual computers?

 

Simple: durability.

 

The S-Series line of industrial computers from Tangent solves this issue, providing the durability car wash owners come to expect from their tunnel control system and the user-friendliness of a home computer. The S-series models comes equipped with impressive 20G peak shock resistance, a solid anti-corrosion stainless steel chassis, and a solid state hard drive(SSD) with up to 2,000 gigabytes of storage. The large shock resistance ensures peace of mind that anywhere you put this industrial computer will be a good place. The anti-corrosion chassis is IP69K certified water proof, meaning that this computer could be hit with a stray water jet from the tunnel and be completely fine. Not only will this industrial computer survive the toughest conditions car washes have to offer, the up to 2,000 gigabyte SSD means that it will remain lightning-quick the whole time. The best part? The S-Series line comes with Windows 10 preloaded, meaning that this industrial computer will be as easy for car wash managers to interface with as their own office computer. 

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Tangent’s VITA KW Industrial Computer

 

Like the S-Series, the VITA KW line of industrial computers from Tangent offers durability expected of an industrial computer coupled with the ease of access that Windows 10 offers. The VITA KW line features a 2.0 mpixel camera, allowing one to check up on things in the car wash without being there physically. The system also features a failsafe watchdog timer, that allows the VITA KW to detect and recover from computer malfunctions. In addition, the VITA KW features a Trusted Platform Module which safely and securely stores personal information used to authenticate the computer’s integrity, making unwanted or unexpected changes to the industrial computer’s hardware from outside entities far less likely.

 

While mounted systems are the industry standard, they comprise by being fixed to one location, usually in an out-of-the-way back room. The S-Series line is compact enough to be placed directly in the tunnel, but for even prompter access there is the R14 All-In-One Industrial Tablet PC from Tangent. This industrial tablet PC has more maximum CPU power than the 2018 IPad, meets military shock resistance standards, and of course—is IP65 water resistant. The R14 sports twin Li-Ion 11.4VDC batteries capable of lasting up to 18 hours under constant use, ensuring that this industrial tablet PC will last an entire work day. With wifi and bluetooth capabilities built in, tunnel guides will have immediate access to the tunnel control system wherever they are in the tunnel—not just the front. 

 

Tunnel control systems don’t have to be room-filling gargantuans, they can be small enough to fit in your hands. With the S-Series and VITA KW line of industrial computers, and the R14 industrial tablet PC, controlling the tunnel can be as easy as sending an email.

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. 

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A Tablet to Fit Industrial Tasks

The job requirements for an industrial refinery’s quality control inspector are understandably  hefty. They are required to monitor mechanical works in progress and evaluate completed work to ensure compliance with applicable codes and safety standards. In their work day, they are often on-site reviewing and comparing mechanical drawings for code compliance and for requirements on piping, pressure valves or other hardware repairs. This is a challenging enough job from behind a desk, but quality control inspectors are expected to work outdoors and in inclement weather conditions, as well as to wear fire-retardant clothing and personal protective equipment such as steel-toe shoes, ear and eye protection. The hazardous environment of a refinery requires heavy precautions and experienced workers using the right tools to complete their job. As they need proper attire, inspectors also need similarly protected industrial grade computer equipment in their role.

With a hand-held industrial grade tablet computer, an inspector can actively pull up blueprints and requirements while looking at plant infrastructure, fabricated and welded parts, worker processes, take pictures of questionable or old pipe fittings, red flag components,  complete QA reports and sign off on work. The industrial grade quality of the tablet is important to ensure that it can hold up to the harsh environment, constant movement, and perform to the degree needed.

The Tangent R10 10” industrial tablet has a rugged exterior design that is tested to handily withstand drops of up to four feet. It has PCAP multi-touch, an IP65 rating to prevent water, dust, ash or other contaminant ingress into the computer, and is fanless to also prevent harmful internal buildup. The R10 goes above and beyond other tablets with an optional combo data input accessory that offers smart card, MSR, and fingerprint reader that can be extremely useful for quick and secure access. It also has F1 & F2 programmable keys for fast, and repeatable actions which is useful for an inspector to mark items as pass or not pass on a checklist, or switch between forms, applications or drawings.industrial tablet

This industrial grade tablet’s internal components can be customized to suit the performance and storage needs of its purpose, and it has an optional desk charging stand so the tablet can be used with a full size monitor in the office and immediate be on the go again. Utility, durability, and flexibility can make all the difference in the effectiveness of a quality control inspector, and that has a huge impact on the safety and compliance record of an industrial operation.

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Dressing the Part for Modern Industry

Dressing the Part for Modern Industry

Interior design legend, Elise de Wolfe, once said that dressing well is largely a question of detail and accessories. As much as this philosophy applies to fashion and design, it can also be said that a great computer system is largely contingent on the details built into it, versatility of use, and available accessories for expansion of capabilities. For example, say that you need an industrial tablet to be a workhorse computer at a construction job site, but also need something to entertain your children in the evening. Many people would cite that these two scenarios are equally hazardous to the health of the tablet PC. Let’s consider that this same system also needs to be able to read smart cards (including credit cards) and barcodes. This sounds like a lot for a tablet to do but Tangent offers products that are not only fully featured themselves, but come built to survive harsh conditions and falls, and are also accessorized to suit many types of business needs.

 

Tangent’s industrial tablet PC, the R10, is encased with a durable and highly protective enclosure with rubber on the corners that also keeps the back of the case from getting scratched when the tablet is laid down flat. The industrial PC is tested to withstand drops from a distance of four feet up. Being jostled around a bit will not damage the internals as there are no moving parts; the PC is built with a fanless design to ensure extreme reliability and a noise-free operation. These details certainly come in handy when working outdoors, or when less-than-careful hands are swinging it around. The casing of the industrial PC is rated IP65 on the back panel and IP64 on the front panel against dust ingress and water spray. The USB ports are also covered to protect against contamination from dirt and liquids.

 

The processing unit of the industrial PC is no wimp, either. The tablet comes equipped with an Intel 3rd Gen Core i7 processor and up to 480 GB of solid state storage. This harks back to the point about there being no moving parts in the industrial PC. Up to 8GB of memory is also offered for the industrial tablet PC. Wireless and bluetooth capabilities come standard on the unit, as well as integrated audio and speakers. Another great feature for customization is F1 & F2 programmable keys for quick access to common commands.

 

And let’s talk about the accessories! The optional combo data input accessory offers a smart card, MSR, and fingerprint reader, along with capabilities for RFID and a barcode reader. This means one could scan an item and then accept payment for it. Of course, this is easier done when the tablet is stationary, so the industrial PC also has an optional desktop charging stand. If you find that a stand is unnecessary and want a smaller charging option, the included standard power module provides a non-intrusive power input for the unit and an added USB port. The many add-ons to the R10 industrial PC make it a beautifully versatile tool for a great range of computing needs.

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Industrial Computers – Conducting Business in Extreme Conditions

Industrial Computers – Conducting Business in Extreme Conditions

It’s no surprise that extreme weather can have a significant impact on industrial operations, which often times take place while on the move or exposed to the elements. For military personnel working in Afghanistan, summers are blistering hot and winters can be bitterly cold, and a 2007 Air Force Weather Agency report on Iraq’s summer weather marked a record temperature of 124 degrees fahrenheit. Temperatures of that nature are nearly intolerable to human beings, much less to sensitive computer equipment that emit heat on their own. For that and many other reasons, sturdy industrial computers are a necessity to ground forces and any other industry working in harsh conditions.

 

With thermal and shock management in mind, Tangent created a line of rugged industrial PCs to suit a variety of environments, be it frigid or sweltering. Both the Rugged E3 and Rugged E2 have operating temperatures ranging from -13° to 158°F (-25° to 70° C) and storage temperatures ranging from an amazing -22° to 185°F (-30° – 85° C). Another excellent feature is that they have no moving parts to wear out. Being fanless and sealed ensures that dust, humidity, and other contaminants cannot get into the industrial computer and wreak havoc as it often does with standard PCs.

 

How do they manage to regulate extreme temperatures without fans? By using conduction cooling! Tangent’s military-grade industrial computer cases have fin-like design that acts as a heat conduit to draw thermal energy away from the processor and dissipates the heat. Conduction cooling literally conducts the heat away from the source to the cooler outer wall of the enclosure. This makes the enclosure of the industrial computer itself a heat radiator. Although forced air cooling is cheaper and easier to implement, conduction-cooled designs provide greater flexibility than forced-air, particularly for extreme conditions. An added bonus to this cooling method is that it provides a completely noise-free operation for the industrial PC.

 

Besides the excellent cooling components, the sturdy construction of the mini PCs protects them from vibration, sudden movements or drops, which make them prime candidates for use as a vehicle mounted industrial computer. The Rugged Tank is especially suited to in-car applications. In addition to being rated for extreme temperature, the conductive case is MIL-STD-810F military standard tested for shock and vibration. The Rugged Tank industrial computer also has an optional iRIS-2400 remote management module that provides IPMI 2.0 compliant support that monitors hardware operation, can be used to autonomously to reset the machine from a remote location and also provides a reliable remote access tool. A very handy thing to have for a PC that is installed in hard to reach places!

 

In the unfortunate event of a crash, the Rugged series industrial computers come equipped with RAID support and the E series even has removable drive bays to quickly swap out bad hard drives. This also helps to meet offsite data retention and storage requirements organizations often have for auditing purposes. Both form and function play heavily into the construction of the Rugged industrial computer series to ensure reliable and consistent performance in any work capacity or environmental situation and aims to be as flexible as possible to meet the demands of ever changing industries and the climates they do business in.