Some things just can’t be replaced. A lot of businesses – our own included – rely on pieces of equipment that, while slightly outdated, serve their purposes perfectly. But what happens when that equipment breaks and you have to spend valuable time getting to know a new system? While shiny new equipment can be appealing, updating to newer equipment can sometimes be more trouble than it’s worth. Fortunately, there are several options available if you’d like to learn how to extend the life of your proprietary equipment.

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How to Extend the Life of Your Proprietary Equipment

Benefits of Preserving Your Equipment

There are several benefits of extending the life of your proprietary equipment:

  • Overall Savings: The longer your equipment lasts, the less money you’ll have to spend on costly repairs and software updates. If you have your eye on a newer, more expensive model, protecting your current equipment can keep your operation functioning smoothly as you wait to make the investment.
  • Less Downtime: Many operations have their proprietary systems down to a science. Switching to a newer piece of equipment can mean a lot of lost time as you wrangle software installation and staff training. Ultimately, protecting your proprietary equipment helps you avoid having to reinvent your internal processes.
  • Reduced Environmental Impact: Computer waste can be extremely harmful to the environment – for example, the phenomenon of exotic metals seeping into water tables. Lessen your environmental impact by keeping your proprietary equipment working for as long as possible.

Tackle Dust and Grime

Dust may seem innocuous, but in reality, it plays a major role in breaking down your proprietary equipment over time. No matter your industry, airborne dust emitted from busy machines can pose a serious threat to your equipment. To shield your equipment from harmful dust and grime, you can purchase an enclosure with a particulate and fume filter. This protects your equipment from both foreign particles and residue.

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Consider Temperature

You probably already know that extreme temperatures are dangerous for delicate machines like computers. But have you considered the effects of temperature on your other proprietary equipment? While hot air can cause your equipment to overheat, cold air can also lead to rapid malfunction. Consider purchasing an enclosure with thermal protection capabilities, like a filtered positive pressure air management system for warm, damp conditions or a heating upgrade for cold conditions.


In a way, working with proprietary equipment can feel like sitting on a ticking time bomb – you’re just waiting for the equipment to fail and disrupt your processes. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be that way. Using a DustShield™ enclosure means taking a concerted step to extend the life of your proprietary equipment.

If you’re ready to make your equipment work for you, reach out to DustShield. We have an extensive line of enclosures designed to protect LCD monitors, tower and desktop CPUs, and printers in harsh working environments. Heavy-duty and delivered completely assembled, our enclosures suit a variety of applications. We’ll work with you to determine which upgrades would enhance your company’s workflow. With help from our customer service representatives, you’ll find that customizing a computer enclosure is easy. To learn more, please contact us toll-free at 888-685-6804 or contact us online.

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