Lengthen the Life of Your PCIndustrial Computer Enclosures

By: Richard N Williams

PCs are amiracle of the modern age. It seems as if there is no task that a computer isunable to do as efficiently as a human.

Computersare now to be found in all aspects of business from office suites to the shop-floor,controlling not just data but also whole processes too.

However,computers are not designed to run outside of optimized conditions and manyareas in the modern workplace can be unsuitable for the average off-the-shelfPC.

Computersare mass manufactured and designed to work in clean, dry and airy spaces butmany of our workplaces can be dusty, hot, damp or in a place prone to beingbanged or knocked about.

Specialist,solid state and rugged industrial computers are available and can deal witheverything from full immersion in water to dusty atmospheres and swelteringconditions but these are highly expensive especially for that store room orgoods-in yard where conditions are not that extreme.

Fortunatelyseveral companies are now producing industrial computer enclosures allowingconventional off-the-shelf machines to be used in areas once deemed unsuitablefor a conventional PC.

Theseenclosures can offer full waterproofing, intrinsically sealed from dust(including explosive atmospheres), temperature controlled (with internalheating/cooling) and can protect from knocks, bangs, tampering and theft.

Theseenclosures can also be made from a range of materials including food-gradestainless steel, ideal for food manufacturing companies.

The mainadvantage of these enclosures, however, is they can not only go in virtuallyany environment that an expensive specialist industrial computer can go butthey offer a far greater flexibility.

If anindustrial computer breaks down, often an engineer will have to be called toreplace or repair the unit. However, with an enclosure the PC can be repairedor replaced in moments – just by opening the door. This is highly advantageousover an industrial computer particularly with the exponential rate in whichcomputers advance and need upgrading/replacing.

Enclosurescan also be locked and bolted to walls and floors allowing computers to be keptin public areas without fear of theft.

Computerenclosures are not just ideal for industrial or manufacturing plants but offer protectionPsychology Articles,security and flexibility for all aspects of computing.

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