Appropriate PC Protection from Washdowns Means YOU Won't Take a Bath


The deployment of computer equipment in washdown environments presents a particular set of options and trade-offs to the system designer. One key issue is whether to specify a sealed, industrially hardened computer that's ready to deploy in a washdown environment, or to specify an appropriately sealed industrial enclosure into which a more general-purpose computer can be placed. Either approach can perform admirably when it comes to the basics of routine operation: meeting the process's sanitation requirements while protecting electronic equipment from water sprays and temperature extremes. Over the long term, however, the choice between the two is an investment decision that must balance life-cycle costs, operational continuity and the accelerating pace of information technology.

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