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Will Automation Take Over Manufacturing?

It’s a both awe-inspiring, and terrifying prospect: a fully automated factory. While there are debates surrounding the use of such facilities, a fully automated facility is still some time away. Scott Anderson, director of Amazon Robotics Fulfillment recently said in an interview with Reuters that the technology needed to automate an entire Amazon facility was still at least a decade away. Until then, the prospect of automating every aspect of a manufacturing facility remains just as unlikely as occurring. However, this does not mean that there aren’t ways of upgrading your facility with automation technology, and increasing efficiency and reducing cost in the process.

Industrial grade computers are the backbone of any modern-day manufacturing facility, and rightly so. Industrial grade computers serve as a bridge between automation and good old fashioned labor, allowing for workers to finish jobs that used to take hours in just minutes. Just like how Email reduced the waiting time for correspondence from days to seconds, industrial-grade computers have exponentially increased worker productivity. Their use in quickening tasks extends beyond operating as workstations; industrial grade computers can help turn your facility into a smart facility.

 

Creating Networks

One of the rising uses of industrial grade computers is the creation of facility wide networks. These networks can be used to monitor sensors, change up the production line, and even provide real time reports on errors and issues. Industrial grade computers, like the Rugged Mini C from Tangent, feature up to eight ethernet ports for connectivity. These ethernet ports can each handle up to 2.5 GT/s of data transfer, allowing the Mini C to easily communicate information from one end of the facility to the other with lightning speed. The Mini C’s small form factor, less than that of a cereal box, combined with flexible mounting options allows this industrial grade computer to be placed anywhere and everywhere.

 

Going Where Workers Can’t

While it would be nice to have a worker perform real time analysis of site that’s underwater, freezing cold, or freezing hot 24/7, this simply just is not possible. That’s where industrial grade computers like the Rugged Mini O from Tangent come in. The Rugged Mini O is IP69K certified water and dust proof, allowing for it to be used in situations where workers simply cannot be. This IP69K rating is complemented by an extreme operating temperature range of -40°F to 185°F. This industrial grade computer can be mounted in locations where other computers simply could not, and become a vital part of your industrial grade computer network.

 

Staying Safe And Secure

With every new leap in automation technology, there is an equal leap in the ability of phishers and hackers to hijack your facility. These hackers may be benign malevolent, but either way keeping them out of your facility is a top priority. As more components of your facility become automated, it is important to keep the software of each individual device up to date. This can help reduce the likelihood of hackers being able to find backdoors into your systems. Industrial grade computers like the Rugged Mini E3 from Tangent come equipped with a trusted platform module from Infineon. This security module can help beef up the security protocols of your network by employing cryptography and encryption algorithms to protect the integrity and authenticity of embedded devices and systems.

 

Automation: It’s On The Way

While automation is nowhere near ready for full deployment, it is on the horizon. Keeping your facility up to date with the latest industrial grade computers can help bridge the gap between modern-day labor and the future of automation.

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Maintain Your Legacy Equipment Longer With Industrial Grade Computers

It’s a big world out there, full of not only people — but competition. Each and every day, technology is advancing in all fields, with industrial fields being no exception. While it may be nice to think that one can always stay at the forefront of industrial technology, doing so would be extremely cost-prohibitive. That’s one of the main reasons why legacy equipment is so common in the industrial sector: new equipment can cost a small fortune while your legacy equipment hums away without issue. While using legacy equipment is common practice, there are cost-effective ways of “upgrading” this equipment and gaining the upper hand over competition in the process.

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Tangent S Series 19″

Optimize Readouts

Whether your legacy equipment is ten or twenty years old, industrial grade computers can serve as well overdue upgrade without breaking the bank. Older legacy equipment may not seem as though it can benefit from co-mingling with industrial grade computers, but this could not be further from the truth. Industrial grade computers, like the Tangent S Series can become a natural extension of legacy equipment. When hooked up to a video camera, the S Series industrial grade computer panel can serve as a remote access interface to perform readouts on equipment. If hooked up to sensors and other equipment, the S Series can be used to remotely control features of the legacy equipment from the comfort of an office. With sixteen gigabytes of RAM, the S Series can handle multiple video camera inputs at once, becoming a hub for viewing your legacy equipment.

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Rugged Mini C

Network Sensors

Speaking of hubs, creating a sensor network around your facility can help mitigate rising problems before they have a chance to affect production. Many forms of legacy equipment produced in the last twenty years have input/output ports in the form of ethernet ports. With an industrial grade computer like the Rugged Mini C from Tangent, these ethernet ports can be hijacked to turn the equipment into a makeshift sensor network. The Rugged Mini C can be customized to have up to eight ethernet ports compared to most commercial grade computer’s singular port. This allows the Mini C to read information from multiple legacy equipment at once, and with the proper IT magic, spoof a program to act as a brain for the equipment.

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Rugged Mini E3

Customization Options

There’s no one size fits all solution to updating your legacy equipment. Many forms of updating legacy equipment amount to jury-rigging a customized solution for every situation. That’s why having a large selection of customization options for your industrial grade computers is so important, as these choices allow you to create custom solutions that are the best for each problem. Take the Rugged Mini E3 for instance, which is an industrial-grade computer that can be customized to have up to thirty two gigabytes of RAM, allowing it to run a plethora of programs simultaneously. Or the R14 Industrial Grade Computer tablet, which can serve as a mobile industrial-grade computer for workers who are constantly on the move. For every situation, there’s an industrial-grade computer that can be customized to thrive in.

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All-In-One-PCs On The Automotive Assembly Line

The automobile industry famously pioneered the assembly line, and since then has constantly innovated the manufacturing process of automobiles. In the information age, this innovation can be seen in the increasingly-computerized factory floor’s ability to produce cars with maximum efficiency. However, outdated or mismatched industrial computers can have the reverse effect on a factory, slowing down the assembly line and robbing the floor of productivity.

 

That’s where All-In-One PCs from Tangent can make the difference, providing factories with a standardized approach to computing. With All-In-One PCs, every computer in a factory can be the same model, from logistics control systems to RFID scanners. Having standardized industrial computers on the factory floor means that workers operating multiple stations throughout the day won’t have to readjust every time they encounter a new computer. Instead, workers can move confidently from station to station without any hiccups, improving efficiency dramatically.

 

The factory floor can be a harsh environment, and it may seem as though All-In-One PCs can’t take the punishment required of an industrial computer. But the All-In-One PCs from Tangent not only meet the standards set by industrial computers, they exceed them. For instance, the R14 All-In-One PC from Tangent not only features military grade shock resistance, but IP65 water resistance. The R14 All-In-One PC also comes with a magnesium alloy casing, making it 33% lighter than traditional aluminum housed industrial computers, but just as durable. The R14 clocks in at a mere 4.3 pounds, this lightweightness coupled with an up-to 18 hour battery life means that workers can rely on the R15 to be both an ergonomic and lasting tool for their entire work day.

 

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                      Tangent’s R14 All-In-One PC 

 

For areas with minimal worker movement, the VITA KW All-In-One PC line from Tangent provides a mounted industrial computer solution. The VITA KW line sports four different sized computers, ensuring that no matter the size of a work area, there will be room for a Tangent All-In-One PC. When equipped with the RFID reading module, the VITA KW line can process automotive parts moving around the factory without needing outside peripherals to do so. The VITA KW line also sports impressively durable touch screens that are rated for IP65 water resistance, ensuring that the ease of access workers come to expect with the R14 line of tablets will be met by the VITA KW line.

 

Both the R14 and VITA KW line All-In-One PCs come with one year warranties and 24/7 United States based technical support. No matter the time of day, if there is ever a problem on the factory floor, it  can be immediately resolved with the least impact on productivity. When it comes to creating or updating an assembly line, Tangent All-In-One PCs provide the computing power and durability necessary to make it an efficient one.