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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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Common Problems in the Warehouse Solvable by Industrial Tablets

Your warehouse isn’t just a place to store inventory—it’s a central hub for your product, and if it isn’t managed properly that could sacrifice time, money, customer retention, and ultimately your business. Here are a lot of common problems you might face in your warehouse that can be resolved by utilizing the best in technology.

Strategize Your Warehouse with an Industrial Tablet

Efficiency and lean processes are common buzz words used in manufacturing and distribution. Every process you can make more efficient means an increase to the bottom line. But too often businesses aren’t applying these strategies to how their warehouse is laid out. Having strong knowledge of how your inventory is organized in your warehouse can save man hours over time. x holding an exhaust pipe. Using an industrial tablet coupled with RFID technology can allow you to track how workers move through the warehouse. You can scan bin locations as product is moved to the production line or picked for order shipping. When this data is fed to an ERP system, it can quickly help a warehouse manager diagnose which items are used the most or how workers move through the facility to create a more efficient inventory locations. Warehouse layouts can be updated based on the most efficient traffic flows. Creating an efficient inventory workflow will ultimately lead to increased profits.

Ensure Accurate Inventory Counts with a Barcode Scanner

If there’s a manual count of six boxes of head gaskets and your inventory system shows seven, it’s time to find what’s causing the discrepancy. You’ll have to pull away several workers, sacrifice time and money, and do a product hunt for one box that might be lost in the myriad of products—or perhaps it doesn’t exist. Good luck. Inventory counts are a fact of life, and are extremely labor intensive and subject to a high degree of human error. If you’re out of a product, but your inventory management software says its in stock, that creates a customer service nightmare and could even result in losing that business for good. That’s where a rugged tablet with a barcode scanner comes into play. As inventory comes in from third part vendors, it can be scanned into your ERP system. Then as materials are moved out to the manufacturing floor or as product is bought and shipped, each individual unit can be scanned, creating highly accurate inventory counts. Over time, this saves time and money and help to provide a better customer experience as well.

Streamline Manual Picking Processes

If your warehouse isn’t fully automated—and most aren’t—there’s the struggle to know where all products in the warehouse are located. Pickers might receive an order list from a customer and be tasked with wandering around the warehouse to find the corresponding products to prepare them for shipping. This can be a time consuming task and can also result in the wrong orders being sent to customers. If a picker is using an industrial tablet, it can provide the location for each item available in a warehouse for each order and the fastest path to each item in an order based on the traffic flow and inventory layout of your warehouse that we discussed above. Each item picked can be scanned by the tablet, achieving two outcomes. First, by scanning the items, order accuracy is guaranteed. Secondly, inventory levels are updated into your ERP system in real time. Both improving the overall customer experience.

Higher Levels of Worker Management

Running a warehouse on paper will eventually lead to errors. This applies to employee time management as well. While most businesses today utilize some sort of software based time clock management system, there are some still using manual punch cards. In either case, using industrial tablets in the warehouse can help streamline this process. While tablets are primarily used to manage other processes, you can also install your time clock software onto them. Instead of employees having to line up at the one or two stationary computers to clock in and out, tablets can be positioned throughout the warehouse, making the process smoother, and keeping more accurate labor records than manual punch cards.

 

These are only a few challenges that an industrial tablet can help you overcome in a warehouse environment. Helping you identify those challenges and discover ways to overcome those challenges through technology is what we do at Cybernet. See how an industrial tablet can improve your warehouse operations by calling us today or seeing our inventory.

 

 

How a Superior Support and Service Experience Makes Us Unique

Woman on office phone_shutterstock_129614792A lot of budgeting effort and strategic planning goes down in choosing the most appropriate manufacturer for your rugged computing machine purchase. While imperative factors like high-performance discrete electronics, ingress protection certification, over-all ruggedness of design, fan-less construction do set the manufacturer apart, there is more to a rugged computing product than just the technical specifications. What most manufacturers turn a blind eye to is the ever-increasing customer demand for superior after-sales experience. Cybernet doesn’t miss out in this department either.

With Cybernet mini rugged PC product line-up, the valued customers secure for themselves complimentary U.S. based lifetime telephone support services. The service is up and valid as long as you own the product. The telephone support service is and will remain free. Unlike other manufacturers who slap customers with service charges for after-sales support once a year has lapsed, Cybernet’s telephone support is not going to cost even a dime, ever.

To further deliver on the promise of keeping customer’s mission-critical applications up and running at all times, the rugged mini PCs manufactured by Cybernet are covered by an extra layer of extended warranty. This extended warranty period is in addition to the pre-existing, unbeaten warranty duration offered originally with the product. For the mini rugged PCs, the extended warranty is up to 05 years.

Last but not the least, Cybernet’s rugged mini PC product-mix boasts another unique and utterly useful service – hard drive imaging. On a new purchase of Cybernet’s rugged industrial pc, it is possible to have the contents of your old hard drive mirrored and installed on the brand new computing machine in advance. This saves precious time and does away with the frustration inherent in having your mission critical applications reinstalled, and the all-important data re-transferred from one computer to another. In essence, the new all-in-one computing machine is ready to roll the moment it is out of the packaging. Cybernet has also partnered with Norton to make sure that your initial system image is stored on secure servers so that the same can be pre-installed in the event of purchase of more computing units. Cybernet stands the leading manufacturer of world-class, all-in-one rugged industrial pc for deployment in demanding healthcare and industrial scenarios. To learn more about Cybernet’s game-changing miniature computing systems, visit our diverse product portfolio right here www.cybernetman.com

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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

Cybernet set to Change the Game with Military-Grade Electronics Under the Hood

imagesCA7ELDNUIndustry-grade and healthcare computers significantly differ from run-of-the-mill computational machines for a variety of reasons. From the core functionality they are designed for to the peculiarities in their construction and operational considerations, industrial computers stand a world apart from their conventional counterparts.

Industrial and healthcare computational machines are known for seamless handling of complex process automation, sophisticated manufacturing control, continuous data acquisition and rigorous signal processing – all under harsh operational conditions. Most recently, miniaturization of the computational machines without sacrificing the computing prowess has been a significant research focus. The outcome, as seen today, is a novel product line – mini rugged PC – combining the very best in design minimalism, ergonomics, ruggedness and computational power.

What exactly makes a rugged industrial pc unique? What is it that provides a rugged mini PC incredible durability within an unbelievably small package? The answer to this lies deep within the very constituents that make up the mini rugged PC, effectively narrowing down to high-performance electronics including military gradecapacitors, fortified resistors and rugged application specific integrated circuits.

Using military grade capacitors and other discrete electronic components on the motherboard ensures seamless operation of the computing systems under extreme temperature conditions, with ranges up to 120° F, or even higher. Additionally, integrating industrial grade components offers a plethora of secondary advantages including precise voltage regulation and protection against electrical surges. Last but not least, reinforced components also translate to increased resistance against dust and accidental liquid spills.

Cybernet’s rugged mini PC product line-up excels with military-grade capacitor technology to meet the demanding requirements for industrial and healthcare markets. Incorporating military-grade, high performance electronics into the computing products ensures safety, reliability and efficiency. Engineered to meet the criteria of durability and reliance, specialized capacitors inside the computing machines vouchsafe system longevity and zero downtime. The custom-built capacitors also offer high energy storage and voltage hold-up, vital for uninterrupted functionality of the rugged mini PC.

Military-grade aluminum electrolytics coupled with the latest in high-performance charge accumulation technology ensures high reliability, advanced shock-proofing and superior vibration tolerance boasted by Cybernet’s mini rugged PC product mix. Cybernet stands the leading manufacturer of world-class, all-in-one water rugged industrial pc for deployment in demanding healthcare and industrial scenarios. To learn more about Cybernet’s game-changing miniature computing systems equipped with the sturdiest in high-performance electronics. visit the diverse product portfolio right here https://www.cybernetman.com/en/industrial-pc