Computer Enclosures Make Industrial Environments Computer-Friendly
It’s no secret that computers are sensitive devices. After all, they are complexes of advanced components, some of which involve complicated moving parts, that all perform in tandem to perform advanced functions for their users. In theory, an enclosure is not an essential component in the operation of a computer. They don’t serve any computational purposes, they don’t connect the computer’s components to a power source – it seems like it could be argued that a computer’s enclosure is its least significant part. However, as is the case with many different kinds of complex equipment, even the most seemingly insignificant components are actually highly significant in context.
In a perfect world, computer enclosures would not be necessary. There would be no dust to contaminate the components and impede their performance, there would be moisture to degrade the parts and there would be no humans to accidentally bang things into the delicate ins and outs of the machine. Reality, though, especially in the context of industrial facilities, is as un-perfect as it gets. A computer can seem like a fish out of water in a dirty, hazardous industrial context. But as computers become more and more integrated into industrial processes, engineers have had to find ways to protect computers from the hazards of those contexts. Computer enclosures are the first line of defense against the hazardous byproducts of industry. Those byproducts include dust, flakes of metal, moisture, chemicals and accidental impact. Just one of these hazards in sufficient quantities could damage or destroy a computer. Metal, plastic and even class enclosures are used to increase the longevity and safeguard the performance of computers in the face of industrial hazards. Unless industry decides to stop making use of computers, computer enclosures are only going to become more important as the years go by.