Industrial PCs part 3: The standard and extended range of temperature

We now know, thanks to part 1 and part 2, why metal housings and energy efficiency are so important for industrial PCs. The third part of our series is about the use of Mini-PCs in the so-called extended temperature range. Get your winter jackets and sunscreen ready, it is going to be freezingly hot!

Standard temperature range versus extended temperature range

Industrial PCs are technically designed to remain operational and powerful at lower or even higher temperatures. In general, a distinction is made between two temperature ranges according to which the IPCs can be classified: on the one hand the standard temperature range and on the other hand the extended temperature range.

The standard temperature range

If the hardware of an industrial computer is designed for an ambient temperature of 0° to +50° Celsius, then we speak of the so called standard temperature range. Any computer that wants to be called an industrial PC must at least be up to this requirement.

By the way, did you know? We from spo-comm sometimes call our IPCs, due to their space-saving sizes, "Mini-PCs". However, all our systems in our product range meet the requirements of an industrial PC.

The extended temperature range

We talk about an extended temperature range, as soon as an industrial PC does not fail even at ambient temperatures of -20° C to +70° Celsius. You wonder where an industrial computer, that can handle both low and high ambient temperatures, could be used? Two application examples:

With regard to lower temperatures, the Alps could be mentioned as a possible place of deployment. Such as the scientists of the research team of PMOD/WRC, who specialize in climate modeling and use our RUGGED HM87 for cloud research. In the Alps minus degrees are reached quickly and snow should not be a rarity (as we heard). Nonetheless, the RUGGED HM87 has been reliably performing its work for several years, thanks to its outdoor suitability.

And what about high plus degrees of up to +70° Celsius? Here, as well, we have an exemplary use case from the RUGGED family. Our RUGGED HM87 took off into the desert a few years ago, according to the gusto of Indiana Jones. There he is lending ATMs his power. Who thinks that finest sand dust could cost the RUGGED his life, is wrong. Thanks to the passive cooling system of the RUGGED family, the enclosures of the systems are completely closed and therefore resistant against dust and sand.

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