“It has really been a bulletproof solution,” says Phillip Schaeffer, the Graphics Engineer at IR Engraving, LLC (irengraving.com) who selected one of the best PCs for harsh environments, the OnLogic AG150 fanless computer, after the company suffered frequent and repeated hardware failures of their previously installed solution. “Accounting initially gave me a bit of grief, but eventually praise for the overall cost savings.”
Acid Creates a Harsh Environment
IR Engraving, located in Sandston, Virginia, offers a range of large-scale engraving services. These services range from manufacturing textured engraving rolls and gravure printing cylinders. IR Engraving uses these cylinders which are more than 16 feet long and weigh 4 tons each to print floor coverings and other decorative materials. After years of dealing with hardware failures due to the dust, chemicals and moisture their computers are subjected to every day, IR Engraving started using OnLogic hardware for their ERP, time clock and job logging stations in their facility.
Phillip told us: “The machines in the background of these images are acid etching 20 foot tall steel plates for wallboard used in wood and vinyl siding. When it was time to replace our computers, I looked at sealed systems that cost 3 times the price of the OnLogic computers. I put my money on OnLogic and came out a winner, because of you!”
Surrounded by Acid Etching Steel
“That AG150 pictured has run 24/7, 365 days a year since the day it was turned on. That was back in the summer of 2015. Since then, we’ve had zero downtime, and it’s surrounded on all sides by acid etching steel. The previous record for computer longevity in that area was about 7 months. We were typically replacing systems 2-3 times a year with our previous solution. Cooling fans cause acid to condense onto both the power supply and processor of mere mortal computers. This one is sitting under years of dust because it has never needed any attention. Your boxes do exactly what you say they do and more. They’ve outlasted the 15-20 PCs that we would have put in that same spot. These systems really are a superhero!”
If you can relate to Phillip’s hardware challenges, it might be time to consider a fanless computer. Start configuring yours here.
Note: This blog was originally published on March 27, 2018. It was updated for content on September 15, 2020.