CUBES Release Notes

03.01.01 Alerts Management

Application:

  • New alerts management page
    • Easily manage all alerts in one location
    • Administrators can view all alerts while users can focus on alerts that pertain to them
    • Search using filters to drill down into specific details
  • Improved functionality of the licenses page
    • Select multiple licenses and set group alerts
    • Action icons change color based on status.
    • Toggle to show deactivated licenses
    • Track what filters are active in your current view
  • Updated alerts side panel slide-out
    • Pick when secondary alerts will be sent
    • Add notes to further customize alerts

Emails/Text alerts

  • Renew from email or text will bring you straight to the CUBES site
  • Snooze alerts
    • Snooze an alert for 1-3 days or one week.
    • Option to forward alert to another person
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5 Ways Email Archiving Protects Your Business

For many organizations, large and small, having a system in place to preserve emails is critical. How would you know if important emails are being deleted at this very moment? Do you have a method in place for quickly retrieving messages or attachments?

Email archiving solutions store a read-only searchable backup of the data either onsite or offsite using a combination of hardware or secure cloud storage methods. An automated system extracts each message along with any attachments from designated accounts. The information is then indexed and stored for access later. Anyone with access can then use search filters to track down received or sent messages.

Additional Protection for Your Business

Archiving solutions are different from simple storage solutions because they store the data in an unmodified format that offers search capabilities. A typical backup solution does not store this information in an organized, read-only format, which is required for compliance and legal discovery. Here are 5 ways email archiving benefits your business:

  1. Data Preservation & Recovery – Natural disasters are inevitable and often times unavoidable. In these situations, data on drives can be destroyed by storms, making data recovery even more essential. Email archiving supports this need as well as any other data preservation objectives.
  2. Legal Discovery & Compliance – Email archiving makes it easy to retrieve one or more messages in an unaltered format. Having this capability is beneficial in litigation cases where message information must be retrieved as part of the discovery process. It also helps your company remain compliant with federal regulations.
  3. Quick Message Retrieval – If you’ve ever accidentally deleted an important message, email archiving maintains the original format and provides an organized solution for quickly retrieving the message. It takes just a few seconds to find and retrieve the contents of that email.
  4. Centralized Storage & Administration – Email archiving solutions provide a centralized solution that is easy to manage. Employees do not have to spend countless hours maintaining message data, which allows for easier data management and improved productivity.
  5. Cost Management Benefits – Archiving delivers cost-savings opportunities by reducing the amount of required resources for backing up this data and reducing the number of hours needed to maintain them.

Additionally, the process frees up space on email servers, thus reducing the amount of stress put on them. It also eliminates the potential side effects of accidental deletion or lost messages. Most importantly, the introduction of an email archiving solution ensures your business is protected regardless of unexpected situations. By using a dependable solution, it is easy to remain compliant with federal regulations, protect this data, and retain critical company knowledge.

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Tangent’s archiving solution simplifies compliance and litigation by automatically archiving email and social media posts – all at a cost that meets your budget. Learn more about DataCove.

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How DMARC Helps Prevent Email Spoofing and Phishing

When you think of spoofing or phishing emails, you probably associate them with an email attack. But what does this all mean, exactly, and how can your organization avoid them?

A Brief History

As early as the 1970s, spammers were able to get around email filters and eventually grew into a global cybersecurity issue in the 2000s.

To help combat this, email security protocols were introduced to help stop email spoofing and phishing. As a result, many spoofed emails get sent directly to spam or junk folders.

Spoofing and Phishing

If you’ve ever received an email from an unknown sender with a rather suspicious-looking link, chances are it was a phishing email. Phishing emails aim to extract sensitive, personal information. It can be easy to spot a phishing email if it’s from a sender you’re not familiar with, an unrecognizable company or domain, or you’ve noticed a misspelling.

Email spoofing, on the other hand, is used to trick recipients into thinking the email came from a trusted person or entity, such as your employer or bank. A recognizable sender email address is more likely to lead the recipient to click malicious links, open malware attachments, and even send sensitive data. Spoofed email sending addresses that were not sent from your organization can tarnish your brand’s reputation. So how can your organization prevent this?

Email Authentication Protocols

If your domain was being used in an email spoofing attack, would you even know? Organizations can protect their brand and domain by putting email authentication protocols in place.

DKIM, SPF, and DMARC are email authentication technologies that help improve your email deliverability and email security. Without these in place, your organization’s domain is vulnerable to email hackers who are able to send spoofed emails to your customers or employees using your domain.

DKIM, or DomainKeys Identified Mail, works by attaching an encrypted DKIM signature to the email, which is then verified by the receiver or receiving system. Implementing DKIM is a great way to protect your organization, employees, and customers from targeted email attacks

SPF stands for Sender Policy Framework and is another type of email authentication technology. Domain owners use SPF to specify the emails they send are coming from their verified list of email servers. An SPF record verifies the IP address of the sender and compares it to the domain owner.

Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting and Conformance (DMARC) is a relatively new email authentication policy and reporting policy compared to SPF and DKIM. DMARC works by building upon SPF and DKIM mechanisms to validate the sender of an email. With a DMARC record, senders indicate that their email messages are protected by SPF and/or DKIM. It also instructs the receiver of what to do in the event that SPF or DKIM do not pass, such as sending the email to a junk folder or rejecting the email entirely. Furthermore, DMARC allows the receiver to automatically report a pass and/or fail DMARC evaluation and other details to the email address owner.

Protect Your Brand Reputation

Together, these three protocols will help protect your organization from spoofed and phishing emails sent from your domain. To learn more about DMARC, or to get started with a DMARC Record Configuration, visit dmarc.tangent.com.

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Why License Management Tools Are Essential

Having a fully effective Software Asset Management (SAM) program is essential for all organizations, whether big or small. However, one of the biggest challenges is making SAM a priority, placing license management at the bottom of an organization’s “to-do” list.

To help you better understand why your organization needs a license management tool, we’ve outlined the reasons why having one is essential.

Centralized License Management

The foundation of a good SAM program is keeping your software license information up-to-date. Doing so in a comprehensive license management platform allows you to manage, keep track of, and report on your licenses easily and efficiently.

Without a comprehensive license management tool, managing licenses can easily become a tedious, manual process that’s prone to error. Most organizations use a number of spreadsheets across different departments to manage or track their licenses. These can often be lead to inaccuracies and make it difficult to summarize into a report.

With Tangent’s License Manager, CUBES, gone are the days of stitching together multiple spreadsheets across different departments. You can upload all of your spreadsheets into CUBES in less than a minute and be on your way to start organizing, managing, and reporting on all licenses.

Budget-Friendly

An important aspect of every organization is managing its budget. Surprisingly, many do not keep track of software license spend. It can be easy to purchase too many licenses and ending up with some that are unused, and expiration penalties can add up and be costly.

License management tools can help eliminate overspend, purchasing the wrong licenses, or not purchasing enough. Knowing the exact cost and amount of licenses purchased can help organizations adhere to software budgets.

With CUBES, organizations can effectively and automatically manage their software licenses and subscriptions from purchase to renewal and beyond. Its easy-to-use interface enables users to easily manage license records on a frequent basis. CUBES is an essential tool for organizations looking to hone their license management process.

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Medical Grade Computers For VESA Mounting Systems

This pandemic has taught hospitals a number of lessons. They have had to be resourceful with PPE, adapt to ever-changing guidelines, and always be ready to accept change. Above all, your hospital has learned to be efficient with its resources. Standardization exists to aid in efficiency. Needles sizes come in certain standards, as do surgeon scalpels. One area that you may not associate with standardization is your computer monitor’s mount. Nearly all mounting systems are VESA mounts, but not every computer is compatible with these systems. Medical grade computers should be VESA compliant to avoid unneeded adapters, maintenance, and cut down on inefficiencies.   

What Is Vesa Mounting?

The VESA Mounting Interface Standard, which is also referred to as the Flat Display Mounting Interface, is a collection of standards that applies to wall mounts. Specifically, VESA standards encompass the mounting of panel monitors, televisions, and other digital displays on walls or mounts of any variety. The standard was created in 1997 and has seen widespread adoption for its ease of use and rigid design. VESA mounting is used in nearly every industry, as well as in homes everywhere. It is one of the most common mounting standards. Even for mounts that are not VESA compliant, many adapters exist to ensure that they are always compatible.

The benefit of using medical grade computers that are VESA compliant is their ability to function right out of the box. Therefore your IT team will not have to worry about finding adapters to mount the computers onto your existing desk and wall mounts. Being VESA compliant also ensures that spare parts are always readily available from a variety of sources, and cuts down on the amount of inventory your IT needs in spare parts. Having all of your medical grade computers use VESA mounting keeps things organized and easily understood by all staff.

Tangent medical grade computers are VESA compliant, and can be mounted on a variety of different systems. They all feature four threaded holes in the correct rectangular pattern to be mounted on movable arms, desks, walls, and medical carts.

Medical Grade Computers That Are VESA Compliant

E22B and E24B from Tangent: built for emergency room use Medical PC
E24B from Tangent

Medical Grade Computers like the E22B from Tangent feature VESA mounting systems. The E22B also has a full touchscreen. Therefore doctors and nurses can use the E22B while it is mounted to a wall, without needing a mouse or keyboard. It can be used in small offices or spaces where a full desk is not practical. It can also serve on mounted arms, allowing doctors to place the computer wherever they need.

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Standardization has been used throughout the industrial and digital era to make systems and processes more efficient. Keep your hospital running smoothly and maintenance issues down by using VESA compliant medical grade computers. For more information, contact Tangent Sales today.

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Medical PC With Removable Batteries

Hospitals are dynamic workplaces. As this pandemic has shown, hospital administrators need to be willing to change up their strategies constantly. This may mean bringing on more staff at some times, or completely shifting around a hospital’s layout in others. Many hospitals have had to set up popup clinics in their parking lot during this pandemic. These clinics provide testing, vaccinations, and more. While some hospitals were prepared to create such popups, others were not. They had to use their office medical computers attached to external power generators in these outdoor clinics. This sort of situation and others can be streamlined with the use of a medical PC with removable batteries.

Why Removable Batteries Are Important In A Medical PC

Hospitals have adapted to the digital era at a breakneck pace. Over the course of the pandemic, they have transformed primary care with Telehealth, and created new methods of treatment. Nurse medical carats have seen an immense evolution. Each one is now equipped with a medical PC in order to run various programs. The medical PC has become a vital platform for these carts, allowing nurses to use a variety of tools that are plugged into it.

But one major downside to these carts using medical computers now is their reliance on battery power. A cart typically has a battery, or their medical PC does, that requires time out of service to recharge. This can effectively cut your fleet’s usable time by a third or more. But with Removable batteries that can be swapped out, your fleet of carts can enjoy 100% battery uptime. If a medical PC can store multiple batteries, a nurse can simply swap out a low one for a fresh one, and then place the low one on an external charge. 

Tangent employs this hot-swap battery technology in their lineup of medical computers. A Tangent medical PC is careful to drain one battery at a time, instead of drawing from two or more simultaneously. This helps make charging simply and easy for staff.

Medical PC With Hot-Swap Batteries

Medix T24B

The Medix T24B is one such medical PC from Tangent. The T24B comes with three Hot-Swap Batteries. These batteries can be routinely swapped out to keep the T24B running for hours. This makes it perfect for popup clinics, where it can run entirely on battery power for the entire work day.

Other medical computers like the E22B can run on a 24/7 basis thanks to its hot-swap batteries. The E22B is perfect for medical carts, and features standard VESA mounting to fit anywhere your hospital requires.

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E24B from Tangent

Tangent: Built To Run 24/7

Not every medical PC is built equal. Many are unable to run on a 24/7 basis without being plugged into an outlet. Tangent has designed medical computers that are up to the task of operating whenever and wherever they are needed. For more information, contact Tangent Sales today.

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Industrial PC: Why Shock Resistance Matters

The office environment is a controlled one. An office has air conditioning, is constantly cleaned, and would never have large industrial equipment in it. Commercial computers fit well into these sorts of environments. But just like you would never see industrial equipment inside an office, you ideally would never see commercial computers in an industrial workplace. The dynamic and ever-changing landscape of a factory, meat processing plant, or other industrial facility demands equipment that is suited for rougher environments. One of these demands is for shock resistance. A good industrial PC needs to be shock resistant so that it can perform in any situation.

Why An Industrial PC Needs To Be Shock Resistance

There are many situations that call for a shock resistant Industrial PC. Think about all the vehicles your facility employs, whether they be cranes or forklifts or even tractors: they all face situations that typical commercial vehicles could not handle. This may be a bumpy road — or no road at all. In any case, the computer you use in these vehicles also has to be able to withstand these conditions.

In areas like foundries where metals are cast, there are many routine operations that cause a great deal of shockwaves to be emitted. Over time, these shockwaves can cause damage to the delicate components used in traditional computers. By using an industrial PC with shock resistance, this damage can be avoided and your computers can last longer.

Vibration Resistance Is Also Crucial

Of course, shocks are only one part of the equation. Shock resistance refers to an object’s ability to take on a sudden force of acceleration. But what about constant, small forces? That’s where Vibration resistance comes in. Your industrial vehicles, even when being pelted by debris, may experience vibrations that could cause harm to standard commercial computers.

By using an industrial PC built with vibration resistance, these threats can be eliminated. An industrial PC built with an SSD amplifies this protection. SSDs, unlike disk-based HDDs, have no moving parts in them. They can withstand far more punishing environments than HDDs, and make their computer far more resilient. 

Industrial PCs That Are Shock And Vibration Resistant

Rugged Mini E3 Industrial Computer
Rugged Mini E3 Industrial Computer

Of course, not every industrial PC has high shock resistance and vibration. However, many from Tangent’s lineup of industrial computers do. An industrial PC like the Rugged E3 from Tangent has both forms of resistance. The E3 is perfect for use in industrial vehicles of all varieties. Its small form factor allows it to fit in any small nook that your vehicles may have, and its extensive power options ensure there’s always an outlet for it. Outside of vehicles, Tangent’s S series is the perfect all-in-one Industrial PC with shock and vibration resistance. It can be mounted on any VESA 100 mount, and has a touchscreen for easy use.

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Worry Less About Damaging Your Computers With Tangent

Your facility has no doubt gone through changes since the beginning of the pandemic. Now is the time to consider what other changes can help keep your facility running smoothly. An industrial PC from Tangent will help it do just that. For more information, contact Tangent Sales today.

Benefits of Software License Management Across Different Departments

With so many new technologies emerging on an almost daily basis, it’s important for organizations large and small, to understand exactly what software is being used. Managing software licenses has always been a challenge, and in today’s technologically advanced world, it has become increasingly difficult. However, saving money by avoiding duplicate software licenses, over-licensing, and over- or under-spending should be at the top of every organization’s list.

For those in information technology (IT), the necessity of a software asset management (SAM) program is obvious, but for other departments, it might not be as clear as to how they benefit from license management. Understanding what is and isn’t being used across all departments helps an organization make informed decisions, especially when it comes to rolling out new technologies to drive the business and increase productivity.

IT Department: Smoother Software Deployments

When we think of software installations and deployments, we automatically think of IT. However, not all IT teams actually manage the organization’s licenses. Keeping track of license count, expiration and renewal dates, license spend, etc. usually falls on the lap of a License Manager or SAM team. When working together, IT can better understand exactly what software is being used, allowing them to plan and execute software rollouts or uninstall unused software – thereby optimizing software license budgets.

Many license management tools, like Tangent’s CUBES License Manager, also have reporting capabilities that give deeper insight into an organization’s licenses, such as:

  • Number of licenses that are coming due or expired
  • Amount broken down by company, product, department, and type of license
  • Length of license or subscription agreement
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Furthermore, CUBES has a document repository that allows users to upload documents related to each license record, so important files such as quotes, contracts, and license details can all be digitized and easily accessibly within the record.

Finance Department: Better Opportunity to Manage Departmental Budgets

When it’s not clear where or on what money is being spent, overseeing and managing an organization’s budgets can become overwhelming, especially if that leads to over-spending. Understanding what software is being used gives the finance team the opportunity to cut necessary costs on unused or duplicate software.

Additionally, having the visibility that comes with a license manager prepares the finance department for renewals, so they’ll know exactly when to expect large payments. Ultimately, this instills confidence into the team when going into budget discussions with the administration team.

Administration Department: Greater Visibility into Software License Budgets

Engaging and persuading administration departments to invest in any software product has always been a difficult task across multiple industries. Once on board, though, stakeholders will find that the benefits of a license manager greatly outweigh the cost.

Having a license manager will show directors, administrators, managers, etc. exactly how much is being spent on software and help them identify areas for cost savings. The goal is to generate savings for the entire organization year over year.

Additionally, a license manager allows the admin team to see all of the organization’s software at a glance, which can be helpful in identifying outdated technologies. Ensuring that employees have the latest software enables them to be more productive, work efficiently, and communicate and collaborate effectively across the entire organization.

Whether your organization is large or small, a license manager brings peace of mind. Being able to gain full visibility of software deployments, licenses, and cost is essential in managing budgets while enabling your organization with the latest technologies. CUBES can take you there. Sign up for a free trial to just how easy it is to start managing your licenses.

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Medical Grade Computers With New And Legacy Ports

The medical grade computers of today look a lot different from their predecessors. They are smaller, faster, and more hygienic than earlier computers. While you have probably noticed most of these changes, there is one subtle area that is easy to forget: input and output ports. Input and output ports, shortened as IO ports, have changed dramatically in the last 20 years. USB ports and cables have taken over as the dominant method to transfer data. However, many devices still use legacy ports, such as serial ports. These serial ports support many medical devices that hospitals continue to rely on.

What Are Serial Ports?

Serial ports work in much the same way that standard USB ports do today from a functional perspective. Serial ports can be used to connect printers, PC peripherals, and legacy medical devices to medical grade computers. From a technical perspective however, they differ drastically.

The term “serial ports” actually refers to a collection of different standard ports, much like how there are different versions of USB in use today. These ports are also referred to as COM ports, however this term actually refers to the software mark for reading the hardware port itself.  Three COM port standards were widely used, with the most common being the RS-232 version. This version is sometimes also referred to as RS-485/422. 

Do Medical Grade Computers Still Need RS-232 Ports?

RS-232 ports were once widely used for data transfer between devices. As USB took over serial communication ports, RS-232 ports were removed from motherboards to make room for them. Likewise, devices switched over to USB cables to better connect to new medical grade computers. 

While the transition to faster USB largely made sense, in some niche areas it did not. Medical devices that were meant to last for years were built with COM ports in mind. These devices are still compatible with modern medical grade computers in every other regard, but required adapters. 

While adapters are certainly fine for most applications, they can become a hassle when they inevitably become lost. As adapters require USB ports, there’s a good chance that doctors will have to unplug them when not using their legacy devices. Before long, doctors lose these adapters, giving IT more headaches.

Medical Grade Computers With Serial Ports

Not every medical grade computer company stopped including these ports, however. Many Tangent medical computers still come with legacy ports like RS-232. The Medix T-24B comes equipped with 4 DB9 serial ports standard. Doctors can make use of up to four legacy medical devices at once, without needing to keep track of a variety of dongles to do so. 

The KW Series from Tangent also features 2 RJ48 Serial ports for legacy devices as well. With a wide range of IO ports to choose from, Tangent’s lineup of medical grade computers has something for every medical device.

Keeping Legacy Equipment Online

Tangent medical grade computers are built with the reality of hospitals in mind. Sometimes your doctors and nurses will use older equipment that functions fine on a routine basis. Tangent’s computers are designed to keep this legacy equipment functional, and your hospital moving. For more information, contact Tangent Sales today.

Industrial PCs Why Tangent Has Your Best Options

Industrial PCs: Why Tangent Has Your Best Options

Bottlenecks in shipping have affected consumers and producers alike. With current trends, the supply chain crisis is unlikely to resolve in the near term. Everything from cars to computers is facing delays in production in one form or another. During times like these, companies across all sectors need reliable tools that they can depend on. With a supply chain crisis, there is simply no sense in risking further delays in production with fault equipment. Industrial PCs have become a common fixture in many industries. But when was the last time your company audited and upgraded its equipment? As demand once again surges to pre-pandemic levels, now is the time to sort out upgrading your facility with the latest industrial PCs to ensure it emerges from this crisis in fighting shape.

But not every brand of industrial PCs is building equipment that will last your facility for years. Many computers are designed with either low-impact resistant materials, small operating temperature ranges, or lacking in ports. Tangent industrial PCs are built for a wide range of applications, all while performing in nearly any environment.

Industrial PCs: Variety Of Form Factors

One of the most valuable resources any industrial facility has is its square footage. Factories can only produce as much as they have room for. Oil rigs are notoriously cramped spaces as well. Making the most out of every square foot is crucial to increasing productivity. Tangent understands this and has designed their lineup of industrial PCs to fit in nearly every space.

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VITA KW Line Of Industrial Computers

Not every location is suitable for a full desk setup. Yet, a computer may be extremely necessary in an area with limited space. Small form factor industrial PCs like the VITA K22 from Tangent are perfect for these situations. The Vita K22 does not require a mouse or keyboard to operate with its touchscreen. With standard VESA mounting, the K22 can be placed in nearly any environment.

Instead of having to rely on a far away control center, workers can check up on an area’s equipment by using a wall mounted industrial PC like the Vita K22. This computer can also run Android, meaning it is compatible with Android specific applications.

Other industrial PCs offer even smaller form factors. The Mini E3 V2 from Tangent offers all the power of a desktop computer in a tiny package. The E3 is a mere 3.15 inches tall, and around the width of a small laptop. This industrial PC can be placed in nearly any situation, and makes a great in-vehicle computer.

Industrial PCs: Built Tough 

While job sites take safety seriously as priority these days, safety for industrial PCs is a whole different matter. Standard PCs that are used in offices and homes do not have to be built to withstand industrial conditions. On an oil rig, there is the constant threat of water seeping into a computer. In factories, shaking and drops are a routine occurrence. 

A good industrial PC needs to be able to survive in a variety of environments with damage to the unit. Tangent’s industrial grade PCs are built with all working environments in min. The Mini E3 is designed with an extruded aluminum enclosure complete with heavy duty metal. This casing, combined with its advanced design, allows it to withstand 50 G, half sine, 11 ms of shock and 5 Grms, 5- 500 Hz, 0.5 hr/axis worth of vibration. The E3 can be used in a variety of situations where moving parts routinely cause damage to PCs.

Many of Tangent’s industrial PCs feature shock and vibration resistance. These features also make them perfect for use in large industrial vehicles, as their constant movement won’t be a problem for the PCs.

Industrial PCs: Fanless and fanned chassis design.

Many industrial sites make use of materials that produce dust, or exist in areas where dust is routinely kicked up. While your workers have masks and other PPE to protect them from dust, what about your industrial PCs? Many computers utilize a fan-based cooling system. This cooling system circulates air throughout the body of the computer in order to keep its delicate components cool enough to function properly. However, in order to feed air into these fans, these computers require ventilation.

In an area where dust is common, this simply won’t do. PCs would be breaking down constantly as they filled up with debris. That’s why Tangent’s industrial PCs make use of a fanless cooling system. This system utilizes passive cooling technology to keep the computer running at a cool temperature. Because there is no fan, these units do not need ventilation and are protected from dust at all times.

This not only prevents the industrial PCs from overheating, but also saves maintenance costs and time as well. Your IT department will not have to routinely dust these computers nearly as often, and can instead focus their efforts elsewhere.

Maximum Water And Dust Resistance

Dust of course is not the only environmental enemy that your industrial PCs face. Water exposure is a constant threat to any form of electronics. Just a few drops can take out an entire computer, and halt a facility’s operations. In an industrial environment, liquids can appear from any number of sources entirely by accident. Industrial PCs need to be built with this in mind.

Rugged Mini O Industrial Computer
Rugged Mini O Industrial Computer

That’s where the Rugged Mini O comes in. The Rugged Mini O features an entirely closed off enclosure that keeps water out, and your computer operating. The Rugged Mini O features all the IO ports that your facility requires, but with plugs to keep them safe from water. This industrial PC meets the highest IP standard possible for water and dust protection. This IP69K rating means that this industrial PC provides protection against ingress of dust and high temperature and high pressure water.

The Rugged Mini O is perfect for applications like in food processing plants. There, it can be hit with high pressure hoses without worry of damage. This industrial PC can also find a home on oil rigs where water routinely splashes up to the platform. It features a mounting system to fit it in multiple locations as well.

Extreme Temperature Operation Comes Standard

Extreme weather events are becoming more common with each passing day. One rarely talked about weather event is heat waves. Heat waves have become more common, but are seldom tracked in the same way that other weather occurrences are. Still, as temperatures rise, the industrial sector will need to adapt. Their equipment will need to also.

Most industrial PCs cannot handle high temperatures, and for good reason. Computers in general fail to operate at high temperatures. Too long at these temperatures, and the PC’s CPU can sustain serious long term damage. They need advanced cooling systems in order to fend off extreme heat.

The Rugged Mini O features such a cooling system. It can operate in areas up to 140°F. Most industrial facilities rarely get this hot, but can quickly become far too overheated for standard computers. Other facilities can routinely reach these temperatures. In either case, the Rugged Mini O provides ease of mind in knowing that your facility can function even in extreme heat.

Sometimes however, just the opposite is needed. In refrigerated facilities, extreme cold resistance is needed for computers. Just a dash of humidity in a refrigerated facility can cause ice crystals to form inside a computer. When the computer thaws out, the ice can turn into water and damage the unit.

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Industrial PCs like the Rugged Mini C1 from Tangent can be used in temperatures as low as -40°F without damage to the unit. This makes it perfect for use in freezing areas in meat or food processing plants. It can be used directly inside these areas and connect directly to in use machinery.

Reduce Down Time

One area that industrial facilities need to be mindful of when purchasing new industrial PCs is their support services. While it may seem trivial, the last thing you want is for your industrial PCs to stop working, and your IT department to be on hold with the supplier for hours. These sorts of delays are only exacerbated by the supply chain crises, and can cost your company in both time and money.

Tangent offers extensive warranties for all of their industrial PCs. This warranty ensures that your computers work as intended and meet our rigorous standards. We also back these industrial PCs up with an extensive support network.

Any time there is an issue with a Tangent industrial PC, your IT department can call Tangent’s support hotline for assistance. Tangent agents are based in California, and are intimately acquainted with all of Tangent’s industrial PCs. They understand the importance of reducing a facility’s downtime, and will work tirelessly with your team to get your system operational.

When there are no crises, this hotline is still available for routine maintenance and care advice, as well as general technical inquiries your IT team may have. The best part? Tangent’s crackshot team of support professionals are available on a 24/7 basis. Tangent knows that an emergency can strike in a moment’s notice, any time of the day. We want to ensure that whenever — and we mean whenever —  there is an issue with one of our industrial PCs, that we take care of it immediately. 

Extensive IO Port Options

Just because Tangent’s lineup of Industrial PCs feature small form factors, doesn’t mean they sacrifice in their usability. Tangent’s industrial computers are designed to be used in a variety of applications. This means that they need to be adaptable and compatible with a range of different peripherals and applications.

Industrial PCs like the Rugged Mini C1 feature a plethora of IO ports for all of your peripheral needs. It features 4 DB9 serial ports that are perfect for all of your legacy equipment needs. Many industrial facilities are making use of technology that is still highly efficient, but features outdated cables. Instead of having to work through a mountain of adapters, the C1 can connect directly to these devices.

The C1 also features 8 USB ports. 4 of these ports are USB 3.0, and can handle high-data transfer cables to provide lightning fast responses. 4 are USB 2.0 and fully compatible with USB 2.0 devices. The C1 also has 2 HDMI ports, making it perfect for situations where dual displays are not just desired, but needed.

Tangent: Here Today And Tomorrow

The challenges facing the global economy are expected to be around a bit longer. As your production lines try to keep up with demand, now is the time to ensure that when the supply chain gets back into shape, you are ready. Tangent’s industrial PCs are perfect for upgrading your oil processing facility, refrigerated warehouse, or general industrial space. For more information, contact Tangent Sales today.