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How to Choose an Industrial Fanless PC

How to Choose an Industrial Fanless PC

The reach of computers within companies has gone beyond office space and server rooms. With the advance of Industry 4.0, more and more computers are now on the production floor or in the field. This in order to monitor and control the production processes of the company. For some years, this has led to the design of new types of robust industrial computers, which are made for the most difficult conditions, even extreme while responding to the necessary computing requirements, being also used in specialized equipment.


One of the latest trends in such unfavorable conditions for devices is computers without fans. How do they work and what benefits do they have? What factors should we consider when choosing an industrial computer without a fan?

Fan of Fanless PC

The fans are used in the computers to eliminate the heat generated, and there is usually a fan with the power source, one that cools the CPU, and one or more fans in the computer case and there may be a fan on the graphics card. The use of alternative computer arquitecture (e.a. heat pipes) make possible to take away the heat from the processor and other parts that could generate high temperature.

Despite the popularity of the use of fans, there are some advantages of having a computer without any type of this device. Such as:

What factors should I consider when choosing a fanless PC?

 We have stablished the huge plus it is for a computer to be fanless, especially for industry purposes. Nevertheless, that’s not the only, or even most important factor. We should also consider the following: 

An excellent fanless PC example

Lanner’s now introducing excellent Industrial fanless PC’s for machine automation and vision inspection, enabling early adoption and system testing for Lanner’s strategic partners in preparation for developing smart manufacturing controllers and for realizing the implementation of smart factories

Powered by Intel®’s 4th generation Core™ i7/i5/i3 CPUs with QM87 PCH, the LEC-2281 and the LEC-2284 offer either quad-core or dual-core processing power, demonstrating significant performance improvements over the 3rd generation Core™ processors.

The combination of high-performance CPUs, 16GB of DDR3L memory, a well-balanced number of COM/serial/USB ports, the onboard Intel® HD Graphics 4600 and the built-in HDMI, VGA and DVI-D ports together cements both fanless IPCs’ product positioning as the all-in-one, one-for-all solutions for almost all IoT, industrial automation and industry 4.0 deployment scenarios, particularly machine vision inspection, machine automation control and manufacturing execution system.

Also featured are 2.5″ HDD/SSD drive bays, mSATA socket, PCI/PCI-E expansion, mini-PCIe socket with SIM card reader, 9 to 30 Vdc input range, various mounting options and wide operating temperatures.

In conclusion, if you have expend a lot of resources on devices  for your production line automatization (Regular pc’s, enclosures, etc. ) but nothing seems to work right in all environments, why don’t you think about investing on a long-term solution like industrial fanless PCs? Maybe you can start analyzing this first option from Lanner.

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