Application Spotlight - Tough - Embedded Computers by Syslogic
The causes are varied. Salt-carrying air, for instance, can mean corrosion inside the computer, which may then lead to malfunctions. If dust enters the industrial unit because of a leak in the housing, it could cause sudden failure. Another reason for the failure of computers that are exposed to vibrations can be improper connectors or storage media. In addition, extreme temperatures create difficult operating conditions for the average device – like difficulties starting when it is cold, or even permanent damage to electronics under sustained high heat conditions. Even industrial computers are often no match for these conditions.
Early failures are the result. This means loss of revenue, frustration and anger – in the worst case, even the endangerment of human life.