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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.

Rugged Technology's role in protecting Information during a disaster

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.

Rugged Design 101

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