Technology evolves at an increasing speed. Every day brings a new change. Old concepts are redefined. Capabilities never seen before emerge. The fanless PC design and technology under its hood has changed so much since the first fanless computer appeared. Fanless all-in-one computers – even more. It is exactly the fanless all-in-one that populates industrial settings and sterile operating rooms in hospitals. There are many benefits the fanless build grants an all-in-one computer and makes it a reliable, efficient and cost-effective working horse.
Improved Shock and Vibration Resistance
Fanless all-in-one computer design eliminates one major moving component – the fan, obviously. When coupled with a Solid State Drive, the fanless all-in-one computer receives a distinct advantage – improved shock and vibration resistance. Such fanless AIO is fit for industrial settings, provided the rest of the discreet components are military-grade (MIL-STD).
Power Consumption – Low, Computing Temperatures – Cool, Processor Performance – High
Energy efficiency is another key advantage of fanless all-in-one computers. The processor in the fanless build generates significantly less heat than in conventional fan-based computers. It also boasts of an ultra-low power consumption. Yet, such processors are powerful to handle resource-hungry industrial or medical applications and guarantee high performance. These powerful chips also allow manufacturers to pre-configure systems for specific industrial or medical applications to help customers cut the deployment time and costs.
AIOs in healthcare and industrial settings run 24/7. So there is a greater chance for the fan-based builds to experience a mechanical failure in their moving parts. Fans accumulate dust and get seized up. In industrial settings, fans can get damaged from a sudden vibration. Over time, the maintenance and repairs costs accumulate. In other cases, the downtime due to maintenance increases production and operation costs.
With the fanless all-in-one computer, there are no moving part associated failures. The system dissipates heat from processors and other discreet components passively. Fanless all-in-one computers offer zero maintenance cooling – cost-effective, durable and reliable.
Safety in Sterile Environments
Some applications call for sterile equipment – think pharmaceutical production, food processing, and most obvious, hospital operating rooms, intensive care units, acute and post-acute patient rooms.
The fanless all-in-one computer coupled with antimicrobial casing is ideal for such environments. The fanless build eliminates the otherwise unavoidable circulation of dust and pathogens into the sterile room.
When enforced with an IP65 ingress protection and sealed bezels, the fanless all-in-one computer can be cleaned and disinfected with liquid chemical solutions, as CDC mandates.
A dust-free design is also ideal for many industrial applications. In areas with high density of dust, grease or humidity in the air, fans get clogged up very fast. It is amazing how invisible, lightweight dust can cause major problems to the computer operation. When dust gets sucked up through the holes, it accumulates on the processors and other components, too. It can catch fire when the amount of dust reaches a critical mass. Likewise, the accumulation of excessive humidity can cause a short circuit and bring the system down.
Only fanless designs keep dust, grease, humidity and other debris large and small out of the system. No fan seizures, failures, overheating or fan maintenance.
The fanless all-in-one computers run silently, which proves valuable for noise-sensitive environments such as operating rooms, intensive care units (or sound recording studios). In certain cases, acute and post-acute treatment requires noise-free environments, so that the patients are not disturbed by the humming of fans in medical computers.
Compact Form Factor, Ergonomic Design
There is one catch with fans in computers – they require a lot of “dead” space in the system to function properly. A fanless all-in-one computer does not have this problem and uses the minimum space to accommodate the discreet parts, external casing, and display parts alongside numerous ports and VESA mounting brackets, or a desktop stand. Its components fit tightly and neatly in its enclosed chassis, saving space.
Fanless all-in-one computers are compact, occupy a modest space, and can be mounted on virtually any surface or moving arm. There is no need to account for airflow through the system when mounting a fanless all-in-one computer.
Fanless AIOs can be mounted in locations unsuitable for computers with fans. In certain applications, there is a need to mount a computer in an outdoor setting exposed to humidity, rain, or snow. A regular, fan-based computer can not function in such environments, but a fanless all-in-one computer handles exposure to these elements easily.
Moreover, Cybernet has a line of medical grade fanless all-in-ones that sport a unique power output technology and hot-swap batteries. This means you can run your computer 24/7 in virtually any location, although it is ideal for non-powered medical carts. Their unique feature, though, is the power output technology that lets them power connected peripherals. It is a completely autonomous fanless all-in-one build that powers itself and its peripherals – barcode reader, printer, keyboard, and others. No more dependence on electrical outlets, UPS or bulky battery-powered carts. So fanless AIOs are also mobile, and easy to handle
Cybernet Fanless All-in-One Computers
We have a line of medical grade fanless all-in-one computers with antimicrobial coating and ingress protection perfect for disinfection with liquids. We also offer industrial fanless all-in-one PCs designed for the factory floor, warehouse, oil, and gas or mining industry.
There is no one-size-fits-all solution, so our computers are highly customizable and upgradeable. Contact our representatives today to get more information about our fanless all-in-one computers or request a free demo unit!