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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It may seem like everyday, a news outlet discusses the impending smart factory revolution. While this phrase may seem like a buzzword, the smart factory revolution has been underway for some time. Most recently, Alibaba has gotten in on the trend and has begun looking at how they can revolutionize chinese facilities.
It’s no secret that chinese manufacturers have, for some time now, outpaced and outnumbered American manufacturers. But now, with smart factories becoming the norm this outpacing could accelerate. In order to stay competitive, U.S. manufacturers will need to join in on the smart factory revolution. Luckily, Tangent and their lineup of industrial grade computers are here to help.
Tangent: Designed For The Future
Unlike other industrial computer companies, Tangent doesn’t design their industrial computers for today. They design them for tomorrow. Take, for instance, the Rugged Mini O from Tangent. The Tangent Mini O is the perfect industrial computer for situations where other computers couldn’t last a day. With a rugged IP69K dust and waterproof rating, the Mini O is capable of being placed in nearly every industrial environment. Not only can it survive in grueling conditions, but it can thrive while doing so. With 24/7 U.S. based support included, the Rugged Mini O is one industrial computer that won’t quit today, tomorrow, or any time soon.
Tangent: Prepared For What’s Next
Of course, it wouldn’t matter that Tangent’s industrial computers can last multiple years unless they had components that are futureproofed for that long. Tangent has, of course, designed their industrial computers with futureproofing in mind. Each industrial computer comes with some of the latest Intel processors, a hefty amount of RAM, and customization options like optional SSD storage. With these computer components, Tangent industrial computers can stay relevant on your production line far longer than other industrial computers could.
Tangent: Many Options For Your Needs
Tangent knows that there’s no one-size-fits-all solution to your computing needs. But, there are all-in-one industrial computers that can help. Tangent’s all-in-one industrial computers are fully fledged industrial computers that can run industrial applications, have touchscreens, and can be mobile.
With Tangent, there’s always a solution to fit your computing needs.
Smart Factories Of Tomorrow, Today
Turning your facility into a smart factory is no longer an option, but a competitive necessity. With Tangent industrial computers, this transition can be both painless and productive. Contact Tangent Sales today to learn more about our lineup of industrial computers.
Industrial grade computers are the building blocks of today’s modern factories. Industrial grade computers have helped usher in the next industrial revolution, the smart factory revolution. With the smart factory revolution has come the need for specialized industrial grade computers to fulfill specific niches in the manufacturing process. Tangent has filled these niches with three types of industrial grade computers, each ready to help increase the productivity of your industrial facility, whether it be a factory, oil rig, or any type of facility.
Mini Industrial Grade Computers
Industrial needs come in many different shapes and sizes, and so does Tangent’s lineup of industrial grade computers. Mini rugged industrial grade computers from Tangent are versatile computers that can fill many different roles in the factory. Mini industrial grade computers like the Rugged Mini E3 from Tangent are highly adaptable and customizable. This fanless mini industrial grade computer is smaller than a dictionary, making it perfect for use in tight areas of your factory.
Need an in-vehicle computer that can withstand an industrial grade beating? Industrial grade computers from Tangent are up to the task. With a rugged mini industrial computer as your in-vehicle computer, you don’t have to worry about shock or vibration damage. Simply plug in a rugged mini computer and you’re ready to go. With solid bodies and no internal moving parts, Tangent’s mini industrial computers are perfect for vehicle use.
Industrial Grade Touchscreen Computers
Sometimes there simply isn’t enough room on the factory floor for a whole computer setup. This is where industrial grade touchscreen computers from Tangent come in. With these slim all-in-one industrial computers, you never have to worry about space. Simply mount an all-in-one industrial grade computer like the S22 and you are ready to go. These powerful industrial computers can run any industrial software needed, without needing a keyboard or mouse to operate.
These touchscreen industrial grade computers are also perfect for system monitoring and other auxiliary needs in the factory.
Industrial Grade Computer Tablets
There’s no reason to not have your workers plugged into the factory from wherever they are. With industrial grade Tablets from Tangent, this is entirely possible. Industrial grade computer tablets like the P13 allow workers to check in on systems, manage production, and more from anywhere in the factory. Equipping your industrial workforce with industrial grade computer tablets is a surefire way to keep everyone productive.
Industrial Grade Computers: A Fit For Every Situation
The many situations that your workers may find themselves in on the industrial job site demands many solutions. To that end, Tangent has created industrial grade computers for every occasion as the perfect solution to this dilemma. Contact Tangent sales today for more information.
Chemical processing and refining plants are some of the most technologically advanced and complex industrial facilities known to man. The changing of one group of compounds into another is a process that requires time, energy, and money. But there is a way to save all three of these during the course of production. With industrial grade computers from Tangent, your chemical processing plant can achieve a level of production unseen.
Industrial Computers For Chemical Processing
We are in the midst of a new industrial revolution. Utilizing the power of industrial grade computers, factories are transforming into smart factories. That’s not just some label either, sensors, cameras, and tracking systems are working in tandem with industrial grade computers to produce levels of productivity only before dreamed of. Chemical processing plants don’t have to miss out on this revolution either.
With industrial grade computers from Tangent, smart chemical plants are possible. Industrial grade computers like the Rugged Mini O from Tangent are perfect for chemical processing plants. With a rugged exterior and IP69K certification, the Rugged Mini O can take any beating that your chemical processing plant throws at it. With full water resistance and dust resistance, this industrial grade computer can work in nearly any environment in your facility and maintain your computational needs.
Industrial Grade Computers For Monitoring
With the transition to a smart facility comes the need to parse and understand vasts swaths of data. Luckily, with an industrial grade computer by your chemical engineers’ side this is completely manageable. Industrial grade computers like the Vita KW are perfectly suited for monitoring data. With a large touchscreen, workers can easily take a peek into what is happening during production without halting it.
With a system of sensors and production modules such as RFID trackers, your workers can manage the supply and output of your industrial equipment with ease.
Do More With Tangent
It’s no secret that with better technology, productivity increases. With Tangent industrial computers by your side, your productivity can increase and help your facility enter into the future as a smart facility. Chemical processing plants are poised for a revolution in productivity, contact Tangent Sales to learn more about how our lineup of industrial grade computers can aid your facility.
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.
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.