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Understanding How to Bid on Government Projects

Posted by Jennifer Bissell

Jun 4, 2018 8:49:51 AM

Government work can be very lucrative for a business.  


In our line of work, we receive requests from the
digital signage industry (city improvement projects, transportation authorities) as well as the industrial sector (waste water treatment plants, military).

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3 Types of Thermal Management for Outdoor Computer Enclosures

Posted by Jennifer Bissell

May 24, 2018 9:36:29 AM

Installing electronics outdoors, in a sealed computer enclosure, will present a series of challenges. 

 

If the proper thermal management is not maintained on the inside of an enclosure cabinet, humidity and high temperatures will pose serious threats to electronics. It is imperative that the enclosure provides a suitable operating environment – thus helping to extend the lifetime of the electronics.

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5 Items that Determine the True Cost of Computer Enclosure Ownership

Posted by Jennifer Bissell

Apr 9, 2018 3:14:53 PM

When budgeting for a PC enclosure deployment, there are many reasons as to why a company may choose one cabinet over another. 

Quality, warranty, reputation, and availability are all common items that drive a purchasing decision. It is wise to explore all options available on the market and hone in on some “not so obvious” items that will help companies recognize the true cost of ownership. 

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2 Hardware Factors that Affect Digital Signage Content

Posted by Jennifer Bissell

Mar 12, 2018 3:20:15 PM

“It starts with a strong digital signage content strategy!”

While this statement is very true, there is more to an LCD enclosure project than most people realize. During the planning phase, you must consider not only the marketing message, but also the network, design, content, and above all – the hardware. Digital signage lives through the hardware, and the hardware cannot function without quality content.

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Defining Hazardous Area Computer Enclosures

Posted by Jennifer Bissell

Jan 21, 2015 5:02:00 PM

Deploying a computer in a hazardous area - where do you start?

The need to install computer enclosures in hazardous, classified locations is very common.  Process control, measuring and recording equipment exists in virtually every manufacturing process.  The requirement for explosion proof enclosures is extremely critical.

Hazardous, classified locations are defined as areas in manufacturing facilities where the atmosphere may contain flammable concentrations of gas, vapors or ignitable concentrations of dust or fibers.  It is customary for system designers and IT managers to specify the use of a NEMA 4 or NEMA 4X industrial computer enclosure with a pressurized purge system for these environments.

A purge system installed on a hazardous area computer enclosure will prevent ambient particulate or gas from entering the enclosure and ensure the safety of operators and equipment.

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3 LCD Considerations for Deploying Outdoor Digital Menu Boards

Posted by Jennifer Bissell

Jan 6, 2015 2:35:00 PM

How do I select the RIGHT LCD for a digital menu solution?

Choosing the correct LCD to use in an outdoor digital menu board is crucial to the success of the solution.  On average, 70% of a Quick Service Restaurant’s business comes from the drive-thru.  It is important to select the correct outdoor solution that will not only increase sales but will be visible 24/7 despite the environmental conditions that may exist. 

Many QSRs do not consider the importance of using a commercial-grade LCD outdoors.  However, using the incorrect LCD can cause display failures, downtime and a poor customer experience.  There are several factors to take into consideration when choosing an LCD for an outdoor digital menu board.

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Digital Presell Board vs. Outdoor Digital Menu Board

Posted by Jennifer Bissell

Dec 12, 2014 11:10:00 AM

Should my Quick Service Restaurant employ a presell and full digital menu board in the drive-thru?


We cannot stress enough the importance of clearly defining your menu board content strategy. 
As a restaurant owner/operator, you should be able to determine what you want to accomplish with an outdoor digital menu board. Once you have determined your company’s goals and objectives, you can develop a effective strategy to implement digital menus in your drive-thru.

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3 Tips for A Successful Outdoor Digital Menu Board Content Strategy

Posted by Jennifer Bissell

Nov 19, 2014 10:59:00 AM

Why does a Quick Service Restaurant want to employ outdoor digital drive-thru menu boards?


Making the decision to switch from static to digital menu boards is a significant decision, especially in the drive-thru.  Before this decision is made, you must ask yourself “Why do you want digital menus?”  If your response is Digital menu boards are cool” or “My competitor is doing it, so I should too”, you have a tough road ahead.  Defining your company’s goals and objectives will help you develop an effective and successful outdoor digital menu board strategy.

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Computer Enclosures vs. Industrial Computers

Posted by Jennifer Bissell

Nov 18, 2014 4:21:02 PM

A number of challenges exist when deploying computer equipment in a manufacturing environment.


Extreme temperature fluctuations, dirt, grease and splashing fluids are problematic for electronics.
  Prior to implementing on the plant floor, the system designer has the option of specifying an industrially hardened computer or an appropriately sealed industrial enclosure to be used with a general-purpose computer.  Either solution can perform admirably but over time the choice between the two will be an investment decision that will balance lifetime costs, operational stability and versatility.

In general, the higher initial purchase price of an industrial computer will offset the cost of a less expensive general-purpose computer and PC enclosure.  It is important to understand the differences between the two solutions after the system is deployed into production.

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4 Types of Outdoor LCD Enclosures

Posted by Jennifer Bissell

Nov 11, 2014 10:45:00 AM

Select the RIGHT Outdoor LCD enclosure!


Digital signage is everywhere! Most outdoor applications require some type of enclosure to protect the LCD and media player from weather, temperature fluctuations and vandalism.  When chosen correctly, a LCD enclosure will ensure operation, up time and integrity to the overall solution.

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