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Use of Industrial Computers in the Aerospace Sector

Few industries are more exciting or hold more potential for the future than aerospace: a merging of science, business and engineering to literally reach the skies. When most people think of the term, they think of planes, satellites and space shuttles, but the aerospace industry is actually quite diverse, with applications in the military, heavy industry and commercial endeavors.

Computers play a vital role in the field of course, and considering both the complexity of aerospace endeavors and the need for powerful systems that can withstand all manner of punishment, a standard out-of-the-box commercial system is simply not going to do the job. Industrial PCs, with the right features to handle both the computing necessities of the job and the physical demands that the aerospace field often places on it, makes a far better solution. How, exactly? Here are a few examples of the ways aerospace companies make use of the unique features of rugged computers.

Industrial Tablets Make Aircraft Maintenance a Snap

Maintenance is an ongoing process when it comes to aircraft: constant, ever-present and exceedingly important for obvious reasons. Maintenance personnel must often rely on mobile computers to do their work, since aircraft can’t exactly be parked at an office workstation. Furthermore, rugged PCs are an absolute necessity owing to the bumps, shocks and vibrations that can often occur around airports and aircraft.

For example, a crew may need to call up a 3D image to assess any potential issues, as well as schematics and technical documents, which the tablet needs to provide swiftly and without error. They may also require flight-related data to determine when and where a given piece of damage took place. In some cases, they may even need the tablet to help search for signs of damage with the aid of an ultrasonic detector. All of that requires a lot of processing power, and the tablet used needs to be up for the job.

An industrial tablet is usually lightweight and has an ergonomic grip, allowing maintenance teams to carry them around easily and use in one hand. Furthermore, a rugged chassis that meets MIL-STD-810G standards will keep it running even if it takes a tumble, and that you don’t need to worry about unexpected jolts while performing your work.

 

Jettisoning Paper Manuals Saves More than Just Trees

Tablets in the cockpit can be applied to simpler problems as well. Consider, for example, the case of technical manuals required to be carried on all flights. That includes pre-flight checklists, the aircraft’s operating manual, logbooks, navigation charts, and even maps of airports. (Pilots used duffel bags to carry them all.) Paper flight manuals can add up to 40 pounds of weight. It may seem like a trivial amount of weight (about the equivalent of a single carry-on item), but every pound uses more fuel. When you multiply that by hundreds of aircraft making several thousand flights per day, that fuel cost adds up. 

Industrial grade tablets within the cockpit are being used to replace those manuals instantly while ensuring that the information is always present and accessible. Tablet PCs and rugged PCs weigh considerably less than all those manuals. These are known as electronic flight bags, or EFBs. For example, American Airlines estimated that their electronic flight bags conserves over 400,000 gallons of fuel per year, which translates to over one million dollars in saved revenue per year (depending on the price of fuel). Now imagine all of the other areas of the plane where a mini rugged computer or industrial tablet can replace older, heavier equipment. The savings doesn’t just have to be enjoyed by large commercial airliners either. Any size aircraft can gain efficiencies by making the switch. 

Rugged PCs  for Aeronautic Vehicles

When it comes to planes, helicopters and other aerospace vehicles, the information at the pilot’s fingertips is vital. Space is at a premium in any cockpit, and yet pilots depend on a staggering array of instruments and gauges to give them the data they need. Ideally, that data should be updated with real-time information on issues such as incoming turbulence, news of airport closures and similar concerns that can drastically affect flight operations.

A rugged industrial PC provides some streamlined answers to cockpit issues. Rugged PCs are usually very small, requiring minimal space to function. Yet they can provide significant processing power, and can stand up to the bumps of take-off, landing, and turbulence as well as the temperature extremes that come with most types of flight. Industrial computers can also be customized to include legacy ports like an RS-484 port allowing multiple devices to be hooked up to and controlled by a single computer. This means reduced weight, less maintenance, and fewer computers that need to be connected and synced, all in a rugged design that is built to survive when the friendly skies aren’t so friendly.

The Future and “The Airborne Internet”

The concept of the Airborne Internet first arose in 1999, as part of a NASA planning conference. It envisions aircraft in flight creating a digital data network that allows them to exchange information not only with other aircraft, but with flight control on the ground. As of this writing, several companies have completed proof-of-concept tests and are engaged in further trial runs.

The interconnected planes form a “mesh” network, which means there is no single point of failure the way there is with towers or satellite systems. If the computer in one plane suffers a disruption, the signal simply shifts to the next plane in the link. With redundant data paths, the network becomes more reliable and provides real-time performance for aircraft making use of the system: eliminating the time delay present in satellite-based Internet access. Such a system would cost less than launching satellites into orbit as well.

The Airborne Internet is still more concept than reality at this point, but as the aerospace industry moves forward, it could become the norm in just a few years. Industrial tablets and rugged computers will play a key role in this process. Powerful processing capacity and the ability to handle airborne conditions such as low temperatures and unexpected turbulence makes them ideal for providing in-flight broadband services. Through such PCs, onboard passengers can be given Internet access via tablets in their seats, while pilots can receive vital data concerning weather and ground-to-air communication without suffering any time delay.

 

Cybernet Manufacturing offers rugged computer systems that can stand up to the tough conditions demanded by the aerospace industry. If you work in the field – or even if you just require a system that can handle similar rigors – contact us today.

 

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3 Ways Safety Standards in Food Manufacturing Dictate Hardware Choices

Sanitation concerns in food manufacturing plants are at high levels; every step in the process from farm to table must have the best cleanliness standards for our protection. Production lines are meant to uphold speed and cleanliness standards, and so naturally, the operating level of a food manufacturing plant needs a careful eye to ensure all of its systems are performing in top shape. Since the use of computers to automate processes and increase production speeds became the new standard, there have been newer challenges to overcome to protect the process, the food worker, and, well, all of us. Here are some ways that the proper computers in the food manufacturing industry can improve sanitation methods.

Battling Bacteria Growth

In any food manufacturing environment, whether it be meat packing to beverage bottling, there is an abundance of scrap materials and waste. This bio-waste is a perfect breeding ground for bacteria and other types of harmful microorganisms. Food manufacturers who don’t meet required sanitation standards run the very real risk of distributing contaminated food, which could result in costly recalls. To avoid this, sanitation protocols must be enforced for all equipment involved in the manufacturing process. Equipment must be sprayed down, disinfected and wiped dry to ensure food safety. This includes any computers on the shop floor.

It’s best to use an industrial touch screen PC with an IP65 rating for higher cleanliness standards. Industrial-strength disinfectants and cleaners can be sprayed liberally on the surface of these computers to reduce the spread of germs and ensure top cleanliness standards. The IP65 rating protects against ingress of moisture, condensation, and direct sprays, so even with constant use this kind of computer can be cleaned thoroughly and constantly. Plus, touch screen PCs are pretty low-profile and typically operate with minimal heat output. So not only do you protect from food illness breakouts from superior cleaning methods, you save on power and space, and extend the life of the computer.

 

Climate Change is Real

Slow down. We’re not talking about politics here. When it comes to food manufacturing, extreme cold or extreme heat are simply part of the process. Cold storage facilities are a necessity for seafood and meat processors. Vegetable packaging companies might steam cook their product before flash freezing it, going from extreme heat and humidity in one part of the plant to extreme cold in another. Commercial ovens for baked goods are another source of extreme heat that food manufacturers face. Extreme temperatures and humid conditions are a reality in this industry and are an absolute nightmare for consumer grade computers. Parts will fail, components with warp, and IT departments will be spending all of their budget on repairs and replacement units.

Industrial grade computers are built with higher quality components that are rated for operation in greater temperature variances. They are IP65 rated, meaning they protect against water and dust from getting inside the unit and damaging internal components. To put it bluntly, industrial computers are designed to withstand the most harsh of environments. They hold up against extreme cold, heat, condensation, and an environment where there’s a temperature change. Refrigerators, ovens, and other heat-based equipment won’t affect these computers in the long run.

Must Clean Combustible Dust

Online surveys show that about 20 percent of food manufacturing plants admit dust is an issue but aren’t properly equipped to address the problem. Believe it or not, dust within a food plant has the capability of exploding—combine sugar, flour, and spices together, and somewhere in the mix, a possible explosion can occur if a dust cloud is ignited. Now imagine a device that is crucial to running your manufacturing plant that has uses a lot of electrical power, has multiple components capable of sparking if the fail, and nasty habit of sucking in all of the dust in the air around them. Of course we’re talking about computers again. While the fan on a computer is vital for cooling components that can get extremely hot, they also suck in dust. In fact, the fan is one of the most common failure points for computers. When you combine potentially dangerous dust with heat and electrical components that could short circuit, there is an expensive problem there just waiting to happen.

Along with implementing dust inspections, proper collection systems, worker hygiene, and common sense, a fanless industrial PC is a prime piece of equipment to use when controlling machinery within a food manufacturing plant. Plus, with a fanless design, the computer generally lasts longer since there aren’t any fans or ingress to get caked with dust. We promise any computer with fans over time will gather a thick layer of dust that can spell an immediate computer shutdown and a production halt.

Every day the hard work you put into ensuring the highest standards and best decisions is cherished because we can go about our daily lives, well-fed and free from food-borne illnesses. It starts with fine-tuning your automated processes and having sharper sanitation standards.  Take advantage of the best industrial grade computer models for your purposes. Contact us to learn more.

 

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Military Grade Computers and Their Role in the Automotive Industry

The automotive industry constantly adapts with new methods of manufacturing as technology improves. Using this new technology requires the use of hazardous equipment, such as furnaces and welding robots, in order to successfully manufacture an automotive body frame. The intent is to drive cost down and automate all processes possible, but that isn’t always the easiest task. It requires the right kind of computer—an industrial computer—to automate a process while remaining sturdy enough to last a long time. Here are a few ways the industrial computer plays a role in how automotive factories have altered methods of construction for the better.

Heating Processes and their Affect on Military Grade Computers

One of the more common practices in automotive build is a process called “hot stamping.” It’s a technology developed in the 1970s requiring a shaft of steel to be heated at its austenitization (hardening) point. That temperature is generally around 900 degrees Celsius. No doubt the furnace that generates this heat is somehow insulated, but a temperature like that will undoubtedly affect all metals and tolerances in an automotive factory—including metals inside of a computer. The continual heating/cooling process over time can easily take a toll on any device (especially when it relates to an automotive setting), and so naturally you’ll want something resilient against temperature changes.

The best way to avoid this constant temperature warping is to trust in a military grade computer able to withstand temperature changes. Controlled furnaces are just one device able to affect the heat dispersion in an automotive warehouse, so a computer that can function around welding, heating metals, and extremely hot temperatures is ideal.

Automotive Industry Painting Procedures

Military grade computers aren’t just built to withstand high temperatures. Typical factories have time-intensive painting processes for an entire auto body that can easily take 14 hours to complete for a single body. The painting process runs through several sub-processes that wash, bake, sand, treat, clean, coat, dry, and wax the auto body. A computer with open air vents nearby wouldn’t last a week in any of those environments!

That’s why military grade computers are sealed and fanless. Ingress of any kind—whether dust, paint, soot, tiny metal shards, whatever the foreign item—can sentence the shelf-life of a computer to much shorter than it’s typical life expectancy. It’s important to get the proper computer with the proper enclosure to work around these environments, or else the automated assembly line won’t be automated until a new computer is in place.

Military Grade Computers and the Terminal Block Feature

Seeing how a car is made is the best way to learn how a car operates. Fortunately for us, a lot of dangerous processes and heat-intensive mechanics are behind glass walls where automated assembly is completed by robots. However, in order to control these metal behemoths a computer must be in close proximity—away from the people operating them. That’s why some of the industrial computer models feature terminal blocks for remote power and access. Standing behind a protective barrier, a factory worker could flip a switch and start up a military grade computer with the terminal block feature, engaging the automated assembly line without needing to risk life or limb around several robots.

DIN Mountable Computers

With the presence of potentially hundreds of electrical devices manipulating car parts, welding, spraying, cutting, heating metal, and maneuvering independently, electrical configuration must be incredibly complex. One loose ground can spell a power disaster, so it’s important all components—including the industrial computer—are grounded properly in addition to all electronic components running the factory. Installing an industrial computer on a DIN rail is a proper method to ensure the computer is grounded properly. It saves space too. A military grade computer isn’t designed to just sit on a shelf—ensure that it’s in the right place for safety and longevity.

 

Extreme heat resilience, enclosed environments, operation close to manufacturing, and proper electrical handling are important requirements for a military grade computer.  Choosing less expensive computers that can’t stand up to harsh environments like what you’d find in an automotive factory bring on hidden costs like repairs and replacement computers. Make sure your automated processes stay automated by selecting a military grade computer able to operate an automotive factory. Contact us for more information.

 

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Real-Life Applications for Rack Mounted Computers and DIN Rail Computers

Mounting a computer isn’t just screwing in a few bolts into a strip of metal and calling it a day; there are stronger reasons for rack mounted computers and DIN rail computers than just looking professional. Rack mounts are best employed to keep hot and cold air moving at efficient rates. DIN rail computers follow a worldwide standard so professionals can easily mount them and other devices to a DIN strip. Let’s take a look at reasons some industrial companies utilize rack and DIN mounting for computers and possible problems when they’re not used in place of a consumer-grade PC.

Rack Mounted Computers Alleviate Heat and Manage Cabling

Rack mounted computers aren’t just installed in racks because it’s convenient; heat plays a major factor in the design for mounts. Imagine gathering several tower computers together in a room, connecting them haphazardly, flicking the power switch, and letting the computers sit without ventilation. That’s the equivalent of putting a computer in the oven for several hours—that infrastructure won’t last. Without a proper structure with the right industrial computers in place to route heat and wires, the server room in question will cook every component within it. In a server rack mount computer configuration, there are layout designs called hot/cold aisle configurations. They’re in place to ensure hot and cold air don’t mix. That’s why rack mounted computers have a superior design over consumer-grade PCs—since they will be functioning as “always on,” it’s important to design their cases in a matter so that they’re easily removable if need be and cold/hot air can flow liberally throughout their vents.

DIN Rail Computers Are Uniform

Without a mounting standard for computers, how can an individual know what they’re getting and how to mount it? If there’s no standard met with mounting an industrial computer, one can easily get lost in translation trying to match a random mounting bracket with a DIN strip. One of the greatest benefits to DIN mounting is that there’s no guesswork. DIN is a German national organization that sets measurement standards for a range of applications such as electrical connections, paper sizes, film speeds, and other standards. If a company decides to make it’s own mounting standard, industry professionals would be forced to stick with their proprietary industrial computers and terminal blocks. What if a company needs to purchase a range of products from different manufacturers, each with their own standards? That would lead to a potential pathway of unnecessary clutter, especially if a company requires four or five different standardized mounts. Standardizing the mounts through DIN make it easy to organize and mount DIN rail computers so there’s a neater possible configuration of components that retail off-the-shelf computers can’t provide.

DIN Rail Computers are Protected

If there’s a loose ground on an industrial computer for whatever reason, there’s an obvious risk of losing data, facing a short-circuit fiasco, or an entire system failure happening. Plus, heat has a tendency to rise upwards—if a series of computers are mounted together on a vertical rail, what kind of heat is each industrial computer receiving? How will cabling be handled with an entire coupling of computers? Gathering heat-producing electrical devices together can be a heat and electrical risk. That’s one reason why DIN mounts are standardized—they function as grounds for each computer. A DIN mount’s metal composition is important to the series of DIN rail computers installed on it. Aluminum is a common metal to use for ground transfer in the case of galvanic corrosion or electrical problems—it’s lightweight, too. Copper mounts can act as heat conductors, drawing away heat from the military grade computers. Plus, DINs function as proper cabling pathways. Setting up a bunch of retail computers to reside on a warehouse floor with cables strung everywhere is not an ideal solution for safety—either for the computer or for who might be using them. Protect your investments and your employees by mounting your DIN rail computers whenever possible to keep electrical hazards down and maintain a professional look.

Cable management, protection from heat, power distribution, and grounding all come to mind when handling rack and DIN mounted computers—that functionality isn’t just a matter of having convenient access to the computer in question when it’s needed. It’s a matter of optimizing your server installation layout to protect your data and ensure your network installation has zero problems in its design. That’s why choosing an industrial computer is a better option than consumer-grade.

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The Role Of Rugged Technology In Protecting Information When Disaster Strikes

Natural and manmade disasters and other catastrophic events pose a serious threat to the human lives and livelihood of organizations around the world. The challenge for organizations and emergency responders today is to make themselves more resilient in the face of the unknown, and become more agile, flexible and functional when disaster strikes. Not if, but when. In the light of the recent hurricanes, floods, and tornadoes, organizations are seeking proactive strategies to protect their information technology assets.

Many organizations turn to rugged technology for a reliable and affordable solution to the challenge. Rugged computers and tablets are increasingly popular across a variety of industries, and disaster preparedness is one of the reasons the adoption of rugged technology is booming.

Rugged technology comes with several features critical during and after a disaster:

  • MIL-STD-810G certified
  • Designed for harsh, rugged environments with extreme temperatures
  • Ingress protection IP65 – water-, dust- and debris- proof
  • Optionally fanless (more efficient cooling system and power consumption, but also superior ingress protection)
  • Easy-to-deploy and integrate, advanced compatibility options, i.e. legacy ports, PoE
  • Drop, vibration and shock protection
  • High performance, superior cooling, and Electromagnetic Interference/Electromagnetic Compatibility certifications
  • Internal backup batteries or hot-swappable batteries for uninterrupted uptime
  • Advanced authentication and encryption for data security
  • Advanced connectivity options

Healthcare, military, government, education, oil, and gas, retail and logistics companies and organizations across the globe now count on rugged technology to keep their critical business data safe, accessible and functional in the event of a disaster. First responders have long been enjoying the advantages of rugged tablets in disaster response.

Disaster Preparedness

Rugged technology is cost-effective. Due to its durability and uptime reliability, long lifespan, MTBF and low fail rate, its cost of ownership is significantly lower than that of a consumer-grade PC or tablet when used in rugged environments. Accounting for military-grade, shock, vibration and waterproof rugged computers and mobile tablets during disaster preparedness planning enables companies to save more resources for disaster response, and rely on technology that will stay functional during and after a disaster.

Personnel Safety

Rugged technology on-site and in the field helps organizations maintain their personnel connected in the event of a disaster. Should WiFi or LAN connection fail, 3G, 4G or Power-over-Ethernet will keep the headquarters in the know of their personnel location, allow to maintain data sync or wrap up the operations and save data securely.

When powered by internal batteries or hot-swappable batteries, rugged devices can run uninterrupted for as long as the swappable batteries are getting charged, or up to several hours otherwise. Having an up-to-date map of personnel location and needs, as well as their special skills, certifications and experience helps decision-makers coordinate rescue or response efforts efficiently.

At the same time, the affected personnel in the field have significantly improved chances of not only survival but timely shut down of operations with all data saved. As is the case with first responders, coordinated actions, teleconferencing, ongoing data sync is critical for the successful rescue of victims.

Data Protection

Securing the integrity and protection of confidential data in the event of a disaster is paramount. Financial data, health records, human resource database, inventory, proprietary information, pending patents, mergers – your employees carry and upload gigabytes of corporate secrets to company computers and mobile devices. When a device is lost or stolen, which can happen easily during or after a disaster, a company must ensure the data on a lost device can not be accessed by unauthorized entities. Rugged technology ensures such level of advanced authorization with a fingerprint reader, smart card or CAC reader, or RFID technology.

Furthermore, if rugged devices are backed by an internal power source, the employees will be able to save the current data and shut down in an appropriate manner. The rugged technology effectively minimizes data loss or corruption during disasters.

Resource Tracking

Supply chains are especially vulnerable to disruptions caused by disasters, when an operation out of sync or disrupted can cause millions in damage. Disrupted global supply chains such as relief organizations, medicine, water and basic food suppliers, can leave millions of victims cut off from critical resources. Suppliers, in this case, suffer significant losses.

First responders, relief suppliers, and global supply chains need to know who needs the resources first and where. Keeping the on-site and in the field personnel connected helps supply chains track their resources efficiently and rationally during a disaster, preventing or minimizing downtime. Due to the high mobility of rugged technology, companies increase their situational awareness, identify damage or potential vulnerability in real time and act accordingly. This flexibility and reliability enable the companies to make their operations more resilient and agile during unexpected events.

Crisis Response – Staying Operational in Disconnected Areas

The first moments that follow a disaster are often the most critical for victims, as well as equipment and data integrity. During these moments the traditional communication infrastructure is most likely to fail.

Companies need to be able to gather, sync and share critical data, coordinate operations and communicate in disconnected environments. When high-bandwidth network connectivity is unavailable, it is critical for data to be saved locally to computers or mobile devices for further sync when connectivity is restored. Better yet, if the computers and mobile devices are equipped with alternative connectivity options for timely coordination, and rugged technology comes with advanced connectivity.

Rugged technology is indispensable for companies recovering after a disaster – they need to assess damage and submit orders immediately after the event, or during an ongoing event. Such advanced connectivity makes systems more efficient, improving overall response time.

Coordinating Response Efforts and Delivering Resources

Coordinated response and collaboration are critical for organizations recovering after a disaster. Bringing the people, resources and safeguarding IT assets from different departments, branches and locations is critical, and rugged technology helps headquarters maintain contact with employees in different locations and ensures data security and integrity.

Rugged technology ensures connectivity and uptime, providing organizations with real-time data about affected facilities, available resources and urgent needs. Decision-makers can make ad hoc analysis to decide how to deliver resources where they are needed most, which operations must be prioritized, and which can be paused, minimizing the damage. Organizations have better chances of coordinating efforts with first responders in delivering aid to affected facilities if their critical systems remain operational.

Summary

You can’t predict the future, but you can make your organization more resilient, agile and prepared in the face of the unexpected, and effectively prevent it from destroying your valuable IT assets. Not to mention the life-saving potential of rugged technologies.

The benefits of rugged technologies in ensuring business continuity and data integrity in the event of disasters:

  • Eases the strain of disaster preparedness planning.
  • Decreases downtime in the event of a disaster.
  • Keeps isolated areas/employees connected.
  • Provides a safe and secure means of saving data.
  • Keeps locally stored data secure in the case of device loss or theft.
  • Ensures business continues uninterrupted.
  • Facilitates coordination of response efforts.

The Ultimate Buyer’s Guide for Rugged, Industrial Computers

At the core of present-day production facilities are industrial computers. Aimed largely at streamlining data acquisition and process regulation in shop-floor settings, industrial computers continue to function both as a primary processing resource, as well as a secondary light-weight computing front-end. Nothing serves a highly distributed, process control environment better than an industrial computer.

Industrial computers exhibit certain differentiating characteristics that mark them distinct. Simply put, these peculiar characteristics are the very considerations that decision-makers must take into account when purchasing industrial computers for manufacturing facilities, mechanical laboratories, and other unforgiving operational environments.

In addition to sheer computing prowess, here’s a checklist of important features set to assist you in making the all-important industrial computer purchase decision:

Shock and Vibration Resistance:
shockvibProlonged exposure to high levels of shock and vibration is perfectly normal for industrial computers, particularly for the ones deployed in production plants and machine floors. The rugged computers are expected to tolerate such demanding operational conditions during their entire lifetime. It is important that the industrial computers you buy be shock and vibration tolerant.

This is achieved by incorporating a metal spring in the industrial computer chassis. The design intervention protects the internal modules from undergoing otherwise unavoidable damage when rigorously shaken, hit accidentally by moving parts, or dropped. Make sure your potential purchase is equipped with this feature.

Military Grade Electronics:
chip1To ensure fortification down to the component level, a handful of manufacturers go the extra mile and integrate military-grade electronics into their industrial computers. The move improves product reliability significantly. Aluminum electrolytic capacitors coupled with the latest in high-performance charge accumulation technology adds an extra level of protection – making it a must-have feature for computers to be installed in modern-day industrial settings.

Ingress Protection Marking:
IP65-TESTED-LOGOThe durability and longevity of electronic devices are ascertained by the International Protection marking standard they conform to. The IP certification indicates an ample degree of defense against dust, dirt accidental contact with water and liquid spills.

The IP65 certification signifies protection from the minutest solid-particles to such an extent that no ingress of dust takes place. The certification also means that the product’s enclosure provides a certain level of protection against harmful contact with water or similar liquids. IP marking is, for this reason, an immensely desirable feature in industrial computer systems. Double check that your future purchase conforms to standard IP protection marking.

Fanless Construction:
Why_FanlessConventional fan-based cooling systems in traditional medical computers are prone to mechanical failures. Instead, having a fanless, passive cooling system on-board the industrial computer ensures that debris such as dust, dirt, and chemicals are not spread at the workplace. This is particularly important for clean-room and high-precision manufacturing settings. A passive cooling system also ensures lowered levels of electrical and auditory noise, making the fanless design worth every penny.

Operational Temperature Range:
hot-thermometer-clip-art-dcrexypMiFrom ultra-low temperature around storage units for chemicals and food items to blazingly high temperature in the vicinity of heavy machinery manufacturing units, industrial computers are subjected to extremities in temperatures every single day of their operation. The dynamic range of temperature over which an industrial computer operates is perhaps the most important design consideration while making a purchase decision. A higher dynamic range is most often desirable and should be warranted.

Industrial computers built by Cybernet pack all of the amazing features mentioned above. Cybernet’s industrial computer systems are built upon a unique design philosophy that emphasizes a meticulous interplay of ergonomics and reliability, delivering the very best in next-generation, rugged industrial computing. Simplify your industrial computer buying decision by learning more about Cybernet’s rugged computer product line at www.cybernet.us.

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Rugged Design 101: The Fundamentals Revisited

reliability testingA rugged industrial PC is a computing machine engineered to function unfailingly in harsh operational situations – dusty environments, heavy-duty vibrations, extreme temperature and moist conditions, to just name a few of the possible scenarios.

Since day one, the core philosophy behind the design of rugged computers has been the instilment of extraordinary strength and resilience in cutting edge computing systems. Coupling that with the contemporary minimalist drive that revolves around reduction of product footprint by miniaturization – the outcome: rugged mini PC product-mix.

The sturdiness inherent to a mini rugged PC itself owes to two fundamental design considerations: the strength of the product’s housing and the robustness of the constituent electronic subsystems.
To survive in the utterly unforgiving operational conditions, rugged mini PCs are equipped with external housing having exceptionally high tensile-strength ratings. To add to the resilience, a handful of manufacturers tread an extra mile and ensure that their versions of the rugged industrial PC comply with Ingress Protection marking specifications. Completely dust-proofing the product prevents dirt accumulation, which in turn paves way for the product lifetime to increase manifold. Similarly, incorporating resistance against liquid results in a dual-faceted advantage – protection against accidental spills and ease of disinfecting the product using.

While the peculiar product design lays the core foundation for providing a controlled environment for the constituent subsystems to function properly, the overall product longevity still depends the discrete electronic components making up the subsystems. The electronics under the hood, including the capacitors, resistors and application specific integrated circuits, need to be fortified for superior performance and greater reliability.

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Cybernet’s mini rugged PCs incorporate military-grade, high performance electronics into the computing products to ensure safety, reliability and efficiency. The custom-built capacitors also offer high energy storage and voltage hold-up, vital for uninterrupted functionality of the rugged mini PC. In addition, the Cybernet product-line boasts IP65 certified front bezels and comes equipped with IPX-1 rated covers, enhancing the overall ruggedness of the design.

So, whether it’s a far-off emergency relief healthcare operation or a complicated medical surgery out there in the open, an intricate industrial automation challenge or a natural habitat observation in the wild – Cybernet’s computing products continue to make a positive difference medical, industrial and research processes carried out across the globe. Learn more about our game-changing, rugged miniature computing systems right here https://www.cybernetman.com/en/industrial-pc