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  • What is a Fanless System and why should you consider it?

    A fanless system is just that, a system that is cooled without fans. Fanless systems instead utilize a heat sink, which allows for the heat generated by the device to move over this component and then gravitate away from the system.  Normally comprised of copper or aluminum, heat sinks are used in many electronic devices from smartphones to refrigerators because of their ability to cool components that encounter performance degradation caused by increased temperatures.

    Adding more surface area to a heat sink improves pathways for heat to dispel. Usually, all fanless systems have a similar design with fins on the housing to provide more surface area and allow for natural air flow cooling to the CPU.

    What are the benefits of a fanless system?

    • Rugged

    Most fanless systems are rugged in nature. Some are designed for vehicle use and some are designed to withstand various temperatures of the outdoors. Since a fanless system removes the one major moving component, the fan, it has improved shock and vibration resistance, pair it with an SSD and these are safe for the toughest jobs as on the manufacturing floors or mounted in a vehicle.

    • Less Noise

    Another key feature of a fanless system is noise free computing. This type of benefit is great for noise-sensitive environments such as Operating rooms, sound recording studios, and classrooms. Having the humming noise of a fan during a lecture or a library could be very distracting.

    • Small Form Factor

    The thing with fan cooled systems is that they require a lot of “dead” space so that they have proper air flow for cooling. With a fanless system, this is not the case.

    Since the CPU is being cooled by a heatsink the rest of the components can be fitted tightly inside of a chassis thus reducing the amount of dead space. A smartphone is a fanless system to put things in perspective.

    • Reliability & Durability

    Fan-based systems have a higher tendency of having the moving components fail due to the lack of maintenance done to them. Fanned systems periodically need to be cleaned out from dust and debris (if on a manufacturing floor) so that those moving parts do not become stuck. If that does not happen the system could overheat and you would have downtime and the cost replacing the system.

    Now with a fanless system with it being an enclosed unit you do not need to maintain the moving parts since they do not have any. It has zero maintenance cooling for long-lasting reliability, durability and very cost effective.

    Is it right for you?

    A fanless system is great for those of you looking for a reliable, quiet, rugged solution for your project. They can be customized for any application. Our site has a variety of systems ranging from Industrial Panel PC’s to PoE capable systems. Please follow the link to see our product offering.

    All our products are guaranteed to be viable and available for at least 7 years (some as long as 15). This gives our customers the time they need to develop products that have to undergo lengthy certification and approval processes. With that said, typical consumer products upgrade with new technology, sometimes discontinuing products in as little as 6 months.

    Contact a Global American Sales Representative to learn which fanless system is right for you.

    Stay tuned for our next blog post!

  • Looking for a 10.1 inch tablet that can be dropped and still works? Then come check this one out!

    Today I’m going to discuss our Rugged Tablet PC. I am not going to reiterate the specs (as you can find them on our website), but I am going talk about what this tablet can do compared to its consumer counterparts.

     

     

    First, this tablet is both dust proof and water resistant (IP65), so it’s perfect for Industrial applications. It can easily be mounted on forklifts or inside vehicles and has latex glove touch sensitivity (PCap). It also comes with an optional 1D/2D barcode scanner. The uses are endless but may include stockrooms and hospitals.

     

    As we all can imagine, using any electronic component in a high traffic, industrial-type environment can pose a high risk of damage to that unit. There is no need to worry with our Rugged tablet, as it’s built to withstand shock, vibration and transit drops!

     

     

    How is this tablet different than one at your local “brick and mortar” store?

    Yeah, this tablet is different than the one you can pick up at your typical electronics store. For starters, it has a hot-swappable battery (5300mAh or 10600mAh) for those long work days. The built-in stylus is perfect for precision applications and the programmable buttons streamline any task. Lastly, it’s able to load a full O/S as opposed to smaller, scaled down versions.

     

    What makes this an Industrial Tablet?

    We understand that upgrading hardware is a major investment of time, money and resources. Your return on investment is always at the top of our minds, and that begins with picking the right product for your industrial application. 

    All our products are guaranteed to be viable and available for at least 7 years (some as long as 15!). This gives our customers the time they need to develop products that have to undergo lengthy certification and approval processes. With that said, typical consumer products upgrade with new technology, sometimes discontinuing products in as little as 6 months.

    This all being said, the cost is always top of mind for our customers. You’ll find this tablet to be reasonably priced for what it offers – ruggedness, long life, and scalability.

    Click here for a quote!

    Stay tuned for our next blog post!

     

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