Industry White Paper

Selecting Cooling Fan Solutions for Kiosks in Any Environment

July 15, 2020 by Orion Fans

Overview

Interactive electronic kiosks offer a wide range of services and functionality that simplify our daily lives, from beverage self-service to ordering fast food, from vending snacks to purchasing tickets, from bank withdrawals to airport check-ins. Currently, they serve the banking, entertainment, food and hospitality, industrial and retail industries and increasingly are gaining popularity with consumers, because they streamline processes, offer faster turnaround, limit paper usage, improve efficiency, and enhance the overall user experience.

But while the customer-facing interaction appears simplified and seamless, the electronics powering these human-to-machine interfaces (HMI) are complex and sensitive, especially when subjected to harsh outdoor environments or indoor dust, grease, and airborne contaminants. Featuring CPUs, touchscreens, LCDs, power supplies, motors, and more, kiosk electronics often are tasked with operating in ambient temperatures as low as -10°C to as high as +40°C with heat loads up to 200W. The more sophisticated a kiosk’s functionality, the greater the demand for system uptime and component performance. The increasing need for IoT capability, high-speed connectivity, and high computing power demands more from kiosk electronic systems than ever before.

Further, the addition of advanced HMI features like touchscreen displays requires additional power consumption, generates more heat, poses additional airflow challenges, and demands a bigger footprint to incorporate a cooling solution. The expectation for “always on” kiosks results in a constant heat load that could reach extreme internal temperatures depending on the environment. If not moderated, such conditions could slow or obstruct performance when they exceed the operating limits of the internal electronics.

In this Orion Fans white paper, explore how equipment designers pay close attention to an enclosures’ internal temperature regulation, achieved through a variety of cooling technologies, to properly ensure proper performance and a longer lifespan while still reducing maintenance and operating costs.

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