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The Need for Small Form Factor PCs in Industrial Plants and Factories

While large scale PCs may be the perfect choice for a number of industries, this is not always the case. In certain industrial plants, factories, and warehouses, the standard desktop and in many cases a standard laptop computer is simply too big to be functional. These systems are not designed to be used in such harsh conditions.

In many situations, a small form factor PC such as a tablet or all-in-one PC such as those offered by Cybernet make a better choice. These PCs can be designed to work in areas where dirt, vibration, and rough use are commonplace because they offer fewer service interruptions, longer lifespans, and improved productivity.

What Is a Small Form Factor PC?

There are several types of small form factor PC, including the netbook, small laptops, all-in-one PCs, and tablets. Each of these has their uses and can be put into action in a variety of environments. Small form factor PCs are lightweight and thanks to a built in battery pack are completely portable and self-sufficient.  This makes them ideal for carrying around the office, the production floor, and from one area to another. Each of our units is designed to be waterproof and shock resistant to ensure maximum lifespan and usability.  Depending on the application, we can supply you with a tablet or PC with a barcode and/or smart card reader, a RFID scanner, and a BioMed scanner.

Advantages of a Small Form Factor PC

Of all the advantages of integrating small form factor PCs into your system, size and portability are probably among the most important. Your employees need a PC that can be moved around the job site, not one that they have to keep running back to every time they need to enter data or check the logs. A tablet can be carried around like a clipboard and used freestanding, while sitting down, or at a desk or workstation with equal success.

The tradition desktop PC requires a desk or workstation along with a power source to be functional. Most are not designed to be used in a manufacturing environment as they have not been sealed to protect them from the environment. Thus, if your factory or industrial facility creates an excess amount of dust and dirt or there is the risk of exposure to water or any other type of liquid, a standard PC is not a viable option. The small form factor PC is designed to meet standards to those used by the military with regard to how rugged they are.

Military Grade Materials

Cybernet’s Fanless Rugged Mini PCs are made of military-grade materials, which makes them shock and vibration proof. They are sealed to lock out water and moisture and are rated to withstand heat up to 70 degrees Celsius or 158 degrees Fahrenheit. Cybernet offers a range of fully customizable small form factor PCs. This makes it much easier for you to find the perfect unit to match the right unit with your company’s needs and the environment in which they will be working in.

The net result of purchasing ruggedized small form factor PCs from Cybernet for your business is increased production, less downtime, and most importantly, a major reduction in the amount of capital that is typically spent each year maintaining your IT infrastructure and in production losses.

Our systems are designed to perform flawlessly in a number of industries, including petrochemical, gas, oil, and many others. They are designed to integrate flawlessly into your current IT infrastructure where they will go to work immediately reducing your overhead costs and helping to increase productivity.