There are many computer systems marketed as ruggedized or rugged, meaning that they have some form of protection not available to standard computer. Unfortunately, the connection areas and ports for these computer may not be perfectly protected when adding or removing connections and devices. If your factory for or industrial complex needs to routinely change cabling or often deals with electrical issues, take some time to understand a few changes that an industrial electrician can make for your benefit.
Powered Docking Stations
Depending on the safety equipment being used, workers might not be able to easily turn systems on and off or change equipment. Although there are larger buttons and switches that can be purchased for computer systems, this often involves a time-consuming rebuild and may not be practical for the design of the computer. Instead, an electrician can install a docking station and use sturdy connections for the system.
The docking station doesn't have to be anything sophisticated. In the event of an emergency or if cables can't be handled through safety gloves, the power is instead supplied by a larger power block. Computers have a power switch on the power supply that can be set to the On or Off position, but this switch should be left in the On position for easier use.
Even with the power switch in the On position, computers won't usually turn on without pressing the power button. An electrician can bypass the need to get a new computer case by wiring a new button for the computer. Although computers are complex systems that often require the specific skills of an Information Technology (IT) professional, the power button is a standard switch that even an apprentice electrician could handle.
Routing Cables For Computer Systems
Computers often involve small, relatively sensitive cables such as mouse, keyboard and monitor cables that could be easily damaged in the more rough, heat-intensive or caustic working environments. Although there are rugged peripherals, your workers may need some added protection for the more vital systems.
For the longer cables such as Ethernet or fiber optic cables, an electrician can route the cables through the walls along with electrical wires. Again, even though many of the core systems are often the responsibility of IT professionals, it may be better for an electrician to route the cables. There are a few electrical wires that need to be navigated around and avoided to prevent melting or burns for the often sensitive network cable shielding materials.
Some of the shielding materials such as plenum cabling are not designed for high-temperature areas, as shown in this flammability test of shielding material. To avoid any wires that operate at high temperatures that could melt plenum or to find a suitable replacement, an electrician may search for other cabling suppliers that aren't readily available at most stores.
For more information, contact Brian Thornton Sons Electric or a similar company.