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?
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.
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.