Watertight Keyboard – Why?

A waterproof keyboard is necessary as you well know if you have ever been in to a manufacturing facility, even a general manufacturer has heaps of dust on the production line and if a ordinary keyboard was there, this would undoubtedly be damaged by the grime on the plant area.

This is why an industrial keyboard requires to be a little more than a keyboard, let us go back a step. In harmful areas where chemical compounds are the employees wear thick rubber gloves to safeguard them from any likely chemical spill, so imagine the problems working a keyboard and then a mouse with these cumbersome gloves, there is only one solution and that is a keyboard that has an inbuilt water proof mouse.

The applications for this style of keyboard is unending, they can even be utilized submerged in water so are just the thing for food process areas.

Just like any standard computer keyboard they are available in either PS2 or USB connectors and if the manufacturing unit has any PC} or computer enclosures on the process floor they can easily and easily be installed into the PC enclosure.

Now that you are aware of a device for safeguarding a keyboard and the expenses are very low in comparison to the industrial NEMA 4X and IP65 keyboards, the reason why these are more cost effective is that they are sealed with a rubberized coating where as the industrial keyboards are made from steel and powder coated. The other benefit is that they are readily available whilst conventional industrial IP65 keyboards cost over 15 times the cost they are also on a 3-6 week lead time.

Numerous processing factories have learned over time and the only correct solution is to safeguard any electronic data system hardware that is to go in a factory, this has a two fold effect, the loss to the plant for down time is reduced greatly if the machinery is computer run, as most if not all the workstation will be in a PC enclosure, with a telescopic drawer for the keyboard that will accommodate a waterproof keyboard, below this section would be either a stand or a lower printer enclosure, these are for almost any sort of printer from HP network printers through to thermal printers such as Zebra and Intermec for instance.

The author is the leading manufacturer a range of LCD enclosures, this range of product is supplied to digital signage integrators throughout the world, now they also offer an indoor solution a digital poster, but it does not have the protection of an LCD enclosure.