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Designing Waterproof Computer Solutions for the Food Processing Industry

Updated May 22, 2023

Production line of a dairy factory
Automated production line in modern dairy factory

Food processing facilities are one of the most inhospitable places you can put a computer; but since modern food processing facilities are often controlled by computers, we have no choice but to place units into these environments. Airborne particulates, spraying liquids, and meat parts are all regular hazards for computers in the food processing industry.  The answer to these concerns is to utilize an industrial-grade computer, capable of withstanding conditions far harsher than your home office.

In Need of a Better “Solution”

Food processing companies have struggled for years with how to provide the right kind of interactive process controls for their machine operators so that the efficiency of their operations remains high.  Sometimes this takes the form of human machine interfaces (HMIs) coupled with programmable logic controllers (PLCs); sometimes it means purchasing and retrofitting consumer-grade products to be “industrial-grade” with DIY solutions; and other times it means contracting with industrial solutions providers who merely retrofit consumer-grade products into rugged enclosures.

Each of these “solutions” invariably create more problems than they solve.  HMIs and PLCs generally require a waterproof enclosure to protect them in food processing environments; DIY projects are best left at home where the stakes are less costly; and solutions providers offering services that are no more advanced than what you could perform yourself, are not likely to result in the desired outcome.

Engineering a Better Food Processing Computer

Teguar waterproof computerThe engineers at Teguar Computers began to notice these problems when discussing projects with food processing clients and set out to find a better solution to meet the unique and demanding requirements of the industry.  The solution was to construct highly specialized all-in-one waterproof computers and waterproof monitors.  Rather than taking a cheap consumer-grade option and putting it in a more industrial enclosure, the goal was to make a fully industrial-grade product that could be installed in food processing facilities without the need for extensive and costly alterations.

Industry professionals wanted to see fanless cooled and fully-waterproof units that were far less clunky than currently available options.  This would improve operational efficiencies if their computers and monitors had a less cumbersome footprint.  For many facilities, especially those involved in meat/poultry/seafood processing, computers were needed that would be completely sealed to protect internal components from sanitation cleanings after each shift. 

The Perfect Food Processing Computers & Monitors

M12 waterproof connectorsThe solution is Teguar’s collection of waterproof computers and monitors specially tailored to the needs of the food processing industry.  Unit housings are crafted of stainless steel with a thin profile, curved edges, M12 metal input/output connectors, and an IP66/NEMA 4X dust and waterproof rating. 

Each computer or monitor comes standard with a full-flat front bezel and customers can choose from either a resistive or projected capacitive touchscreen.  These units were designed and built to be inserted into food processing environments and to operate reliably for years of 24/7 use.  Regular wash down procedures won’t slow or damage these fanless waterproof computers or monitors.


Teguar will soon be launching an extended line of its waterproof computers to provide a wider variety of screen sizes to food processing engineers. Below is a list of currently available units:

Waterproof Computers

Model TS-5945-22

22″ Stainless Steel Computer

  • 21.5” Touchscreen Display
  • Intel 11th Generation Tiger Lake Core i3/i5 CPU
  • Fanless Cooling System
Model TS-5945-16

16" Stainless Steel Computer

  • 15.6” Touchscreen Display
  • Intel 11th Generation Tiger Lake Core i3/i5 CPU
  • Fanless Cooling System
Model TS-4810-22

22" Stainless Steel Panel PC

  • 21.5” Full-Flat Touchscreen
  • Waterproof Connectors and Power Supply
  • Intel Celeron J6412 CPU with Windows 11 Capabilities
Model TS-4810-19

19" Stainless Steel Panel PC

  • 19” Full-Flat Touchscreen
  • IP66 / IP69K Rated
  • Intel Celeron J6412 CPU with Windows 11 Capabilities
Model TS-4810-15

15" Stainless Steel Panel PC

  • 15” Waterproof Touchscreen
  • Intel Celeron J6412 CPU with Windows 11 Capabilities
  • IP66 / IP69K Rated
Model TS-5645-19

19" Stainless Steel HMI

  • 19” LCD TFT touchscreen display
  • Fanless cooling system
  • Multiple I/Os including 2x USB 2.0, 1x LAN, and 1x COM
Model TS-5645-17

17" Stainless Steel HMI

  • Intel 8th Generation Core i3 CPU
  • Fanless cooling system
  • IP66 waterproof rated
Model TS-5645-16

16" Stainless Steel HMI

  • 15.6” LCD TFT touchscreen display
  • Intel 8th Generation Core i3 CPU
  • Fanless cooling system
Model TS-5645-15

15" Stainless Steel HMI

  • 15” LCD TFT touchscreen display
  • Fanless cooling system
  • Intel 8th Generation Core i3 CPU
Model TS-5610-24

24" Stainless Steel Core i Computer

  • Comes installed with Windows 11 (upon request)
  • 23.8" LCD Touchscreen
  • 8th Gen Intel Whiskey lake Core i3/i5/i7 CPU
Model TS-5610-22

22" Stainless Steel Core i Computer

  • Windows 11 Compatible
  • 8th Gen Intel Whiskey Lake Core i3/i5/i7 CPU
  • 21.8" Full HD Resolution Touchscreen
Model TS-5610-19

19" Stainless Steel Core i Computer

  • 19" 5:4 Ratio Touchscreen
  • 8th Gen Intel Whiskey Lake Core i3/i5/i7 CPU
  • Flat Wireless WiFi/BT Antenna
Model TS-5610-15

15" Stainless Steel Core i Computer

  • 15" 4:3 Ratio Touchscreen
  • 8th Gen Intel Core Whiskey Lake i3/i5/i7 CPU
  • Full IP66 and IP69K with Optional IP67
Model TS-4510-22

22” IP66 Computer

  • 21.5” Resistive or Pcap Touchscreen
  • Intel Apollo Lake J3455 Processor
  • Widescreen 1920 x 1080 HD Display
Model TS-4510-19

19” Sealed Computer

  • 19” Full-Flat Touchscreen
  • Intel Apollo Lake J3455 Celeron CPU
  • IP66 / IP69K and Optional IP67
Model TS-4510-15

15” IP69K Computer

  • 15” Waterproof Touchscreen
  • Intel Apollo Lake J3455 Celeron CPU
  • Highly Durable Stainless Steel Bezel
Model TS-2945-12

12" Waterproof All-in-One PC

  • 12.1" TFT-LCD Touchscreen
  • Intel Celeron N2930 CPU
  • IP66 Waterproof Rated (Optional IP69K)
Model TSC-5010-22

22" Computer with Waterproof Cable Glands

  • 21.5" Widescreen LCD
  • Intel Core i5 Dual-Core CPU
  • Sealed I/O Design for Standard Cables
Model TSC-5010-19

19" Waterproof Computer with Sealed Conduit

  • 19" Resistive or PCap Touchscreen
  • 6th Gen Intel Core i5 CPU
  • Cable Gland for Sealed I/O Connections
Model TSC-5010-15

15" Waterproof PC with Sealed Cable Gland

  • 15" P-Cap or Resistive Touchscreen
  • Intel Core i5 Dual-Core CPU
  • Sealed IO Design for Standard Cables
Model TSC-4010-22

22" Waterproof PC with Sealed Cable Feedthrough

  • 21.5" LCD Touchscreen
  • Intel Celeron Quad-Core CPU
  • Sealed Cable Gland for I/O Connections
Model TS-2945-17

17" Waterproof All-in-One PC

  • 17" Full Flush LCD Touchscreen
  • Intel Celeron N2930 CPU with SoC
  • IP66 Rated, Fully Sealed, Fanless Design
Model TS-5010-15

15" Waterproof PC

  • 15" 4:3 Ratio Touchscreen
  • 6th Gen Intel Core i3/i5/i7 CPU
  • Full IP66 and IP69K with Optional IP67
Model TS-5010-19

19" Waterproof Computer

  • 19" 4:3 Ratio Touchscreen
  • 6th Gen Intel Skylake Core i3/i5/i7 CPU
  • Flat Wireless WiFi/BT Antenna
Model TS-5010-22

22" Waterproof Computer

  • 22" Widescreen Touchscreen
  • 6th Gen Intel Core i3/i5/i7 CPU
  • Full IP66 and IP69K with Optional IP67
Model TS-5010-24

24" Waterproof Computer

  • 23.8" LCD Touchscreen
  • 6th Gen Intel Core i3/i5/i7 CPU
  • Full IP66 and IP69K with Optional IP67
Model TSC-4010-15

15" Waterproof Cable Gland Computer

  • 15" LCD Touchscreen
  • Intel Celeron J1900 CPU
  • Sealed Cable Gland Design
Model TSC-4010-19

19" Stainless Steel PC with Sealed Cable Gland

  • 19" Resistive or P-Cap Touchscreen
  • Intel Celeron Processor
  • Sealed I/O Conduit for Standard Cables
Model TS-2945-10

10" Waterproof All-in-One PC

  • 10.1" Flush LCD Touchscreen
  • IP66 Fully Enclosed Fanless Design
  • USB, LAN, and COM Ports

Waterproof Monitors

Model TSD-45-10

10" Waterproof Display

  • 10.1" Flush LCD Touchscreen
  • IP66/IP69K Fully Enclosed Fanless Design
  • HDMI and VGA Inputs
Model TSD-45-12

12" Waterproof Monitor

  • 12.1" Resistive or Projected Capacitive Touchscreen
  • Full-Flush LCD Display
  • IP66/IP69K Fully Enclosed Fanless Design
Model TSD-45-15

15" Waterproof Display

  • 15" Full-Flush LCD Display
  • Resistive or Projected Capacitive Touchscreen
  • IP66/IP69K and NEMA 4x Compliant
Model TSD-45-16

15.6" Waterproof Monitor

  • 15.6" Flush LCD Touchscreen
  • IP66/IP69K Fully Enclosed Fanless Design
  • Resistive or Projected Capacitive Touchscreen
Model TSD-45-17

17" Waterproof Touchscreen Monitor

  • 17" Resistive or Projected Capacitive Touchscreen
  • Full-Flush LCD Display
  • IP66/IP69K Fully Enclosed Fanless Design
Model TSD-45-19

19" Waterproof Monitor

  • 19" Flush LCD Display
  • Resistive or Projected Capacitive Touchscreen
  • IP66/IP69K Fully Enclosed Fanless Design
Model TSD-45-22

22" Waterproof Touchscreen Monitor

  • 21.5" Flat TFT LCD Touchscreen
  • IP66/IP69K Fully Enclosed Fanless Design
  • HDMI and VGA Inputs
Model TSD-45-24

24" Waterproof Touchscreen Display

  • 23.4" Projected Capacitive Touchscreen
  • Full-Flush LCD Display
  • IP66/IP69K Fully Enclosed Fanless Design

Waterproof Box PC

IP65 Waterproof Box Computer

$1,000.00

MSRP:

The TWB-5620 is a fully waterproof, IP65 and NEMA 4 rated box computer with an Intel i5-8265U Whiskey Lake processor. This embedded computer is fully sealed, fanless, and has a rugged aluminum chassis, ideal for use in damp or dusty environments. The TWB-5620 includes an one M.2 slot for the solid state drive and one M.2 slot for expansion for WiFi and Bluetooth. This computer offers a variety of I/O ports including  2x LAN, 3x USB, 1x RS-232, and 1x HDMI as well as a 9~36VDC power input. The TWB-5620 can be used in a wide variety of applications that require a rugged and compact computer.

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