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Mini PCs [Shop Environment]

Simon asked
Last Modified: 2018-09-10
I need to deploy 10 mini PCs in a shop environment (no cooling and lots of dust).
Windows 10 Pro (need connection to domain). connecting to a monitor; USB ports and Ethernet ports required as well.

I will be running a single small application on each computer so basic specs would be fine.
What are your recommendations?

Thanks, your help is much appreciated.
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John TsioumprisSoftware & Systems Engineer
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Personally my Gigabyte Brix J3160 run fine for days..just installed a SSD for less heat and hsven't observed any issues...no moving parts no fan....so it should be good for dust
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You probably need better environmental specs than "no cooling and lots of dust."

What are the actual, typical, or worst case temperatures over the course of a year?

It is fine to settle for basic specs too, but what are the costs associated with a PC failure on the shop floor? Are you talking about death or injury, lost material, lost contract, missed deadline?  Harden industrial PC's may be worth the money.  How much are you saving, and what risk are you taking.

I have a NUC on my desk, and it is great: fast, functional, and no moving parts.  But it does have lot of ventilation holes, and I don't know how well or long it would perform with them clogged.
SimonIT Manager


Temp could probably reach up to 90-100 F during the summer; windows based application will be used for time tracking towards a project. One computer fails, shop employees go to the next station. Not a big issue, as longest there is not too many employees per station. I would say basic specs, but could go for a solid state drive to last longer.
No moving parts, no fans.
Dr. KlahnPrincipal Software Engineer

If ultimate performance is not required (e.g, machine control) then something based on a lower power CPU such as an Atom.  I would be tempted to recommend an HP T5740, if it can run Windows 10 satisfactorily.  15 watts, very low heat.

System inside a NEMA Type 5 or NEMA Type 12 enclosure.

You will almost definitely want SSDs both from a heat and a vibration standpoint.
SimonIT Manager


Thanks for your help. We chose Intel NUC - Core i3 7100U 2.4 GHz with SSD.
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