Why is Ruggedization Important when Designing an Industrial Computer?
In today’s industrial landscape, the use of computers is becoming increasingly prevalent. From manufacturing plants to oil rigs, computers play a crucial role in streamlining processes and enabling automation. However, one aspect that is often overlooked is the need for ruggedized designs in industrial computer systems.
Ruggedization is the process of designing a device, to ensure resistance from environmental challenges, shock and vibration..
Challenges in Harsh Industrial Environments
Industrial environments are known for their harsh conditions, which can present significant challenges for traditional computer systems. Factors such as extreme temperatures, dust, moisture, vibrations, and electromagnetic interference can all take a toll on the performance and reliability of these machines. Without adequate protection, the delicate and sensitive components of standard computers may fail prematurely, leading to downtime, increased maintenance costs, and potential safety risks.
Ensuring Reliability with Ruggedized Designs
This is where ruggedization comes into play. Rugged industrial computers are specifically designed and built to withstand the rigors of harsh environments. These systems are engineered to be resistant to extreme temperatures, humidity, dust ingress, and even physical shocks and vibrations. By integrating ruggedized components, industrial computers can continue to function reliably and maintain optimal performance, even when subjected to the most demanding conditions.
Ruggedized designs encompass several key features and enhancements. These include:
- Enhanced Environmental Sealing: Rugged computers are equipped with specialized enclosures and gaskets to provide a high level of environmental protection. This sealing prevents the ingress of dust, liquids, and other contaminants that could damage internal components.
- Temperature Resistance: Industrial computers are designed to operate within a wide temperature range, from freezing cold to scorching heat. This ensures that critical operations can continue without interruption, regardless of the ambient temperature.
- Vibration and Shock Resistance: The ruggedized construction of industrial computers allows them to withstand vibrations and shocks that are common in industrial environments. This protection is essential for ensuring the longevity and reliability of internal components.
- Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) Shielding: Industrial settings often generate high levels of electromagnetic interference, which can disrupt the proper functioning of standard computers. Ruggedized designs incorporate shielding measures to minimize the impact of EMI, allowing for uninterrupted operation.
Design | Develop | Test | Manufacture
Here’s a selection of our design, manufacturing & associated services: –
For customers designing a brand-new product from scratch
or working with an existing prototype.
- Prototyping – Custom PC Design
- Prototyping pre checks
- Hardware compatibility
- Thermal testing
- Software compatibility
- Custom PCB / Carrier Board Design
- COM Express, Qseven, SMARC
- Jetson, Raspberry Pi
- Custom Chassis Design
- Custom Cables
- Custom Back Panels and Faceplates
- Custom Cooling
- Custom Metal Work (internal brackets, mounting brackets)
- Touchscreen Integration and Display Enhancements
- Custom LCD Displays
- Integration of touch technologies
- Optical Bonding
- Anti-reflective and anti-glare coatings
- Software – Custom OS Image
- All products are Designed for Manufacture
Take an existing system and we can:
- Custom specification (CPU, RAM, I/O, Industrial-Grade Storage, RAID)
- Chassis customisation and branding
- Custom BIOS
- Long Term Availability
- Software – Custom OS Image
- Custom Packaging and branding
- Integrating newly designed or existing hardware into a larger system
Porting, Integration & Deployment
Choose BVM for Your Industrial and Embedded Computer Design and Manufacturing Needs
At BVM, we understand the importance of ruggedized designs in industrial computer systems. With over 30 years of experience in providing cutting-edge computing solutions, we are your trusted partner for all your industrial and embedded computing needs.
Contact our sales team today to discuss how our ruggedized computer systems can enhance the reliability and performance of your industrial operations. Reach out to us at:
Build to Order: Embedded Computer Manufacturing Services
Don’t compromise on the durability and reliability of your industrial computer systems. Trust BVM to deliver innovative solutions that can withstand the harshest environments. Contact us now and let us empower your industrial success.
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