Solved Dust proof computer housing

April 23, 2013 at 18:19:57
Specs: Any Win, Core i5 / 4GB
Greetings, Programs. Anyone have any experience with an enclosure to house a PC and monitor made for extremely dusty environments? Without or without fans and filters. I have a project that needs something along those lines and looking for recommendation on where to find something like that or recommendations based on experience. Thanks!

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May 1, 2013 at 13:42:31
PC Enclosures and Armagard are two US based companies that have what I'm looking for. Final decisions will be made later, but thanks to everyone who commented.

April 23, 2013 at 21:30:22
Most PC cases are air cooled, generally with air coming in the front, being funneled over the cpu heatsink fins and then out the back of the case.

There are liquid cooled systems that operate somewhat like the cooling system in your car. If their cooling fan can be mounted outside the case then you wouldn't need air flow through the case to cool the cpu--the main source of heat. I don't have a specific recommendation but you can google something like cpu liquid cooled and see if you can find something that meets your needs.

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April 24, 2013 at 05:03:58
Yeah but then I would think condensation might be a factor. This would be for industrial application and need to house the case unit and ideally the monitor, like kiosk.

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April 24, 2013 at 05:51:58
I think you would need some degree of climate controlled environment by the sounds of it? I'm thinking (happens on occasion...) that if the case isn't suitably able to lose heat from what's inside it... things inside "will" get a little "warm" in time?

If there is power available for the PC, monitor then there is power there for a cooling system of sorts, and also some degree of air filtration?

So perhaps get someone to build you a clear perspex (or similar housing to enclose the whole system). Include a fan duct (for incoming air) connected to an external air pump - a fan enclosed in its own housing - with filters on both in and out ports of the fan/air-pump. (Quite possibly this could be built on to the side of the case.) Ensure the air exit port on the housing is in effect a one way valve... (even could have it with two such valves in series - to form an air-lock of sorts in event of any back drafts at that point... These "valves" could be quite simple - flaps as used on domestic etc. kitchen/bathroom ventilation duct outlets?

The housing could be relatively simple; all perspex and sealed joints, and compression seal around the removable access panel. Or a wooden frame with perspex (or similar) panels... A mini-greenhouse/cold frame style doth come to mind...

Power cables can be fed in via suitable compression fittings - as used on many electrical conduit systems.

Whether or not you will find a ready-made item "out there" - who knows. But a local carpenter might well be able to make one for you.

Also if you were to contact any tv/film (exhibition/show) design outfit - one that makes things for television and film sets and exhibitions etc. - then likely they could/would come up with a suitable and simple design... Although based on my own background in tv/film such outfits often aren't exactly cheap; but as it would be a very simple design/construction it may be possible to negotiate a decent deal?

And if you are at all handy "mit tools" and such... you might find it relatively simple to make a simple "box" with a suitable air fan+filter input, and a suitable air outlet port too. Power cable (as above) passing through the "box" wall via a conduit (or similar) compression gland fitting (a grommet that is compressed around the cable it self...

Whichever route you go... ensure that any air filters are readily accessible by end-user; changed regularly; that air-flow is more than adequate - and that you have stock of filters to hand...

Incidentally if you search (Google, Yahoo etc.) for "Peltier cooler" you will find there is very simple (and "dry" - as in non-liquid) cooling system around...; which would easily adapt to your probable requirements...

And this "wobbly-cam" Youtube video is a simple demo of it in use...

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April 25, 2013 at 15:25:18
The power supply will over heat without a continuous supply of cool air.

I Googled the phrase "computer cases for dusty environments". The link below is one of the hits.

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April 25, 2013 at 19:22:24
Wow, I used to always use K&N when I had sports cars. Never imagined using it for computer usage. Thats pretty neat. But overall it looks on the low end side- I'm figuring something is going to cost at least around the $500 to $1000 range. I'm still looking around for cabinets, but was hoping someone had experience in this already. I appreciate the comments so far.

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April 29, 2013 at 15:53:58
Did some poking around and I found two vendors that will probably have something; Industrial Computer Solutions and Armagard. Will call them tomorrow and see what they have.

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April 30, 2013 at 04:12:02
Thanks for posting back with your latest update. Useful info. to have for future reference.

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May 1, 2013 at 13:42:31
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PC Enclosures and Armagard are two US based companies that have what I'm looking for. Final decisions will be made later, but thanks to everyone who commented.

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