Electronic Protection in the Cold

The cold weather is an annual problem many of us have to endure for several months. While scraping the car in the morning and having to wear several layers of clothing can be a chore, the cold weather has far more serious effects on electronic devices.

Electronic devices are now ubiquitous in all sorts of locations, where everything from LCD screens to computers are used in various locations, from outdoors to factory floors. Modern computers, LCD monitors, printers and touchscreens are no longer equipment that is only used in offices and homes.

From outdoor digital signage, screens used for advertising and information along high streets; touchscreen kiosks, used for information; computers on factory floors, controlling production lines and processes, to printers used in warehouses – all of which cannot operate in these types of conditions without the relevant protection.

While waterproofing and durability are key aspects to protecting electronic equipment in these out of home and office locales, ensuring the devices are kept warm in very cold temperatures is also essential.

Outdoor digital signage, for instance, has to operate constantly all year round in outside locations. When the cold weather comes: snow, ice and frost, if the device is not well-enough protected it will fail and need replacing.

The cold can freeze components can cause condensation to expand disabling the screen. To keep outdoor digital screens operation in the winter most outdoor digital signage are fitted with heaters and insulation inside the LCD enclosure.

Computers and printers too require protection from the cold. Printers for instance, can’t operate in low temperatures as printer ink will freeze. Heated printer enclosures are used in distribution chillers and freezers and allow printers such as bar code labellers to be used, while computer and PC enclosures allow computers to be used in cold factory and distributions centres too.

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