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By srineer ·
I have about 40 remote offices (more like garages/machine/Plants shops). Each Has 1-4 PC. The Problem is the DIRT. I go through hardware fast. Every 3-4 months I am replacing parts (these PCs are only 1-2 years old) they are covered in grime, dust, dirt, and stuff that I don't even want to know about. It gums up fans, kill power supplies, and every thing else. Any Ideas to keep these PCs clean would be great (other than every two weeks blowing them out with air---already do that!!)

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by TheChas In reply to VERY Bad PC environment

Start by setting up the PCs so that you have a positive air flow into the case. You want the intake fan to have a minimum of 10% more airflow than all outlet fans combined.
(You may need to block some of the air vents on the case to accomplish this.)
Allow for the loss of airflow with a filter over the intake fan.

Then, install a high efficiency filter over the air intake. You may need to service the filters on a weekly basis, but it sure beets opening the case.

If this is not enough,build a case for the PC.
Set up one or both sides of the case with a mesh grill in front of a 1" or 2" furnace filter.
You can use a foam insert to seal around the cable inlet.
Make a self closing door for drive access.

While I have not seen them lately, there used to be some completely sealed keyboards with capacitive keys in place of moveable keys that were designed for harsh environments.
Check the tool supply and industrial computer catalogs for these.

HTH
Chas

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by TheChas In reply to VERY Bad PC environment

For the PC case, make sure to leave at least 2" between the inside of the filter, and the side of the PC cabinet for air flow.

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by SyscoKid In reply to VERY Bad PC environment

How about buying some computer enclosures? There's an upfront cost but they should pay for themselves in terms of maintenance costs.
Here's an example:

www.itsenclosures.com/product_enclosures.asp?cid=1

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by j.a.lawrence In reply to VERY Bad PC environment

If you're replacing them that often, you should easily be able to justify purchasing the "industrially hardened" pc's. Our industry, process control, has some very harch environs, & the industrial pc's hold up well.

Check out our web site at http://www.graymattersystems.com/gms_industrials.htm

for some ideas

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by dj61 In reply to VERY Bad PC environment

I would also look into using some form of sealant or gaskets on all the seams in the case, if you do not go with the industrial pc's. The Industrial pc's are really a sound investment.

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