Industrial PCs part 1: The metal housing

In our small but fine series about the stars in our product catalog, it's all about what makes industrial PCs to what they are. Because industrial PCs (also called "IPCs") must fulfill special requirements in order to be considered as such. In the first part of our 5 part blog series, we will focus on the cases. Here we go!

The housing: The armor of our industrial PCs

A key point where hardware for "consumer" differs from hardware for professional use, is the housing. Unlike consumer PCs, which are mainly protected by plastic housings, industrial PCs are characterized by solid metal housings. This ensures that the PCs themselves remain efficient in harsh environmental conditions, such as on construction sites, in emergency vehicles or in large machines. When it comes to designing the housing, special attention is paid to the fact that the housings have to be as resistant as possible to dust and other fine particles. But even with moisture, the motherboard, CPU, RAM and hard drive must be protected by the case, just like by an armor. Especially with actively cooled PCs, i.e. computers in which fans are installed, this resistance of the lifetime plays into the cards. At least with industrial PCs with passive cooling, as fanless systems, the metal housing is a must. Why this is so, we would like to explain with an example, our RUGGED GTX 1050 Ti.

Industrial PC par excellence: The RUGGED GTX 1050 Ti

Our RUGGED GTX 1050 Ti serves as a good example for the combination of robust appearance and a passive cooling system. The question of why a fanless construction is based on a metal housing, is easily answered: metal does conduct heat, plastic does not. Circuit traces made of copper ensure that the resulting heat in the case of the computer is led to the outside. So-called cooling fins, which lie on the top of a housing, then release the heat into the environment. Especially with a graphically powerful IPC, such as the RUGGED GTX 1050 Ti, it can lead to a high heat development in the housing. A well thought-out and flawlessly functioning fanless cooling system is therefore considered as an essential element.

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Industrial PCs with passive cooling system are considered particularly durable!

In summary: Metal cases are so great because…

  1. they give robustness to the industrial PC,
  2. make the systems resistant to dust and moisture (mostly counts for the passively cooled systems),
  3. they allow passive cooling of the PCs,
  4. they can more easily release generated heat inside the computer to the environment,
  5. they make the systems more durable.

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