Harsh and Hazardous Environment Solutions – Oil, Gas and Energy

Harsh Environment Solutions
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Defence, Aerospace and Transportation industries often face harsh environments, demanding robust industrial computing solutions.

BVM specializes in designing and distributing industrial and embedded systems that are not only resistant to moisture, dirt, and extreme temperatures but also excel in harsh and hazardous environments. Our solutions are engineered to ensure reliable operation even in the most unforgiving conditions.

With BVM, you can trust that our ruggedized industrial-grade products are built to withstand temperatures ranging from -40°C to 85°C. Utilizing fanless cooling technology, our systems offer efficient heat dissipation without relying on external airflow, making them ideal for environments where dust and debris pose a challenge. Moreover, our products boast extended lifetimes, ensuring longevity and durability in demanding applications.

Whether it’s extreme cold, scorching heat or rugged terrain, BVM’s industrial and embedded systems are designed to deliver unmatched performance and resilience, providing you with the reliability you need in critical operations.


Industrial Motherboards and SBCs

These features highlight the suitability of industrial motherboards and embedded SBCs for critical and long-term applications across various demanding conditions

  • High Performance: Equipped with the latest processors from Intel, AMD, and ARM.
  • Energy Efficiency: Optimized for low power consumption to reduce operational costs without compromising performance.
  • Extended Product Lifetime: These motherboards are available for a longer period compared to commercial models, making them suitable for long-term projects.
  • Wide Temperature Range: Capable of operating over a broader temperature range, generally from -40°C to +85°C, which suits various harsh environments.
  • Robust Build Quality: Designed with sturdy materials and construction to withstand tough industrial conditions.
  • High Reliability: Engineered to be more reliable under constant operation or in rugged conditions.
  • Fanless Design Options: Available in fanless configurations which eliminate moving parts and reduce the risk of mechanical failure.
  • ESD Protection: Enhanced electrostatic discharge protection for all I/O ports, complying with IEC 61000-4-2 standards.
  • Support for Legacy Interfaces: Several motherboards include support for legacy ports and interfaces that may not be available on newer commercial products.
  • Certifications: Often come with various industrial certifications that attest to their suitability for specific applications or conditions.
  • Integrated Safety Features: Built-in safety features that might include watch-dog timers, secure boot, and hardware-based security.
  • Conformal Coating: Some boards come with a protective conformal coating that guards against moisture, dust, and chemical exposure.
  • Revision Control: Industrial-grade motherboards are revision controlled to ensure stability throughout the product life cycle.

Industrial Motherboards and Embedded SBCs

Industrial Grade Motherboards provide the backbone for Industrial PC Systems, they are revision controlled and are available for a longer time scale compared to commercial motherboard’s and typically operate over a wider temperature range than their commercial equivalents.

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Mini-ITX Motherboards and SBCs

Long Life Industrial and Embedded Mini-ITX Motherboards. A Mini-ITX Motherboard is a solution that offers performance with low power and long-life availability. Mini-ITX is a specification for a motherboard measuring 170 x 170 mm with a conventional I/O shield as used on larger scale motherboards.


Computer-on-Modules (COMs)

These features make Computer-On-Modules highly suitable for deployment in demanding conditions where traditional computing hardware might fail

  • High Performance: Equipped with powerful processors and efficient architectures to handle rigorous computing tasks without compromising operational stability.
  • Energy Efficiency: Designed to consume less power, which is crucial in environments where energy usage must be minimized.
  • Wide Temperature Range: Designed to operate effectively in extreme temperatures, typically ranging from -40°C to +85°C.
  • Rugged Build Quality: Strong, durable materials and construction allow the modules to withstand physical stresses and strains typical in harsh environments.
  • Shock and Vibration Resistance: Engineered to withstand shocks and vibrations, ensuring consistent performance and reliability in industrial environments.
  • Long-term Availability: Support for extended product life cycles, ensuring that the same model is available for a longer period compared to commercial modules.
  • Certifications: Often carry certifications like IECEx, ATEX for explosion-proof requirements, and others specific to industrial and environmental standards.
  • Scalability and Customization: Carrier boards can be customized and scaled in configuration to meet specific needs, providing flexibility in deployment.
  • Integrated Safety Features: Safety features such as watchdog timers, secure boot and hardware-based security support critical applications where failure is not an option.

System-On-Module products are the ideal solution for many space-constrained applications where the
build-up of heat within the operating environment can become an issue.

System-On-Modules and Carrier Boards

COM/SOM modules are ideal for applications where product time to market and longevity of solution are critical to your business. Today’s COM modules mainly come in two main formats; COM Express (COMe) in Mini, Compact, Basic and Qseven.
 
Plugged into carrier boards (baseboard), they can be upgraded to newer, backwards-compatible versions as processor technology capability progresses. COM/SOM modules are typically used in Industrial, military, aerospace, gaming, medical and transportation.

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COM Express vs Qseven vs SMARC: A Comparison of Modular Embedded Computing Standards

Harsh Environment Solutions - COM Express

System PCs and All in One Panel PCs

BVM’s Embedded Systems and Panel PC solutions are designed with:-

  • Industrial-grade components
  • Mindful of thermal management
  • Robust enclosures
  • Extended power input voltage
  • Extended operating temperature support
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Before release, our solutions undergo stringent test programs during the product development phase to ensure compliance where system failure isn’t an option. Testing includes shock, vibration, drop testing, humidity, electromagnetic sensitivity, power, thermal shock, burn-in, performance testing, available up time / reliability.

System PCs

  • High Performance Computing: Using the latest processors from Intel, AMD and ARM, delivering powerful computing capabilities crucial for complex industrial applications.
  • Durability and Reliability: Engineered to withstand harsh industrial environments, including exposure to extreme temperatures, vibrations, and shocks.
  • Enhanced Connectivity: Includes multiple I/O ports, Ethernet, USB, and serial connections, ensuring compatibility with a wide range of industrial equipment.
  • Expansion Capability: Supports additional expansion cards for specialized needs, including extra storage, improved graphics, and additional I/O ports.
  • Energy Efficiency: Designed to operate on low power, reducing operational costs while maintaining high performance.
  • Long-Term Availability and Support: Offers extended product lifecycle support to ensure stability and consistency in industrial operations over many years.
  • Wide Range of Operating Temperatures: Functions reliably within a broad range of temperature extremes, suitable for any climatic conditions.
  • Fanless and Fanned Cooling: Options for either fanless designs, which reduce noise and maintenance, or fanned models for extra cooling requirements.
  • Robust Security: Advanced security features to protect data against cyber threats.
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Rugged PCs and Embedded Systems

Rugged Industrial Computers and Embedded Systems specifically designed to operate reliably in harsh and hazardous environments and conditions, such as strong vibrations, extreme temperatures and wet or dusty areas. Available with Intel i3 / i5 / i7 / Celeron and AMD Ryzen Embedded CPU’s.

BVM can tailor your System PC of choice to your exact specification including processor, memory, storage and operating system.


All in One Panel PCs

In addition, our Rugged Panel PC products provide for IP6X-rated enclosures,
protecting the system against anything from the occasional random splashing of water, detergents and high pressure jet washing.

  • High Performance: Equipped with advanced processors like Intel, AMD, and ARM to handle robust applications efficiently.
  • Energy Efficiency: Optimized for low power consumption to reduce operational costs without compromising performance.
  • Touchscreen Technology: Offers both resistive and capacitive touchscreen options to accommodate various industrial conditions, including the use of gloves.
  • Durability: Designed to endure harsh industrial environments with resistance to vibrations, shocks, and extreme temperatures.
  • Connectivity Options: Multiple I/O ports, including USB, Ethernet, and serial connections for enhanced compatibility with other industrial devices.
  • Customizable Configurations: Available in different screen sizes, processor types, and connection options to meet specific operational needs.
  • Water and Dust Resistance: Constructed to withstand exposure to water, dust, and often chemicals, with ratings like IP65, IP66, and IP69K.
  • Extended Product Support: Long-term availability and support to ensure continuity and reliability of operations.
  • Security Features: Enhanced security protocols to protect sensitive industrial data from cyber threats.

ATEX and C1D2 Certified Panel PCs

In certain industries, there is always the risk of an incendiary reaction due to the high potential of a volatile atmosphere being present. Three individual factors generally contribute to these probabilities; explosive materials, oxygen and a source of ignition. Explosive materials include flammable gases, mists, vapor and combustible dust.

BVM can provide ruggedized Panel PCs certified to Class 1 / Division 2 and Class 2 / Division 2, IECEx, ATEX Zone 2 – and Zone 22 approved.

APLEX AEx Series. ATEX Certified Panel PCs
Stainless Steel Panel PCs and HMIs
Winmate M Series C1D2 Certified Panel Pcs
Aplex AEx Series: ATEX Zone 22 Certification

Harsh Environment ATEX Panel PC
IP69K Stainless P Series Display 2

Rugged Panel PCs

Ruggedized or Harsh Environment Panel PCs are typically used where Wide Temperature diversity is needed in operation (-40°C to +85°C) and/or where the supply of input voltage can vary or be erratic; ruggedized panel PCs typically can accept 9V-36V DC in. BVM can provide 7″ to 24″ TFT display solutions with projected capacitive or resistive touch input – and screen readability enhancement features such as high bright LED backlighting, optical bonding and anti-glare or anti-reflecting coatings.

IP66/IP69K Stainless Steel Panel PCs and HMIs

Waterproof, Stainless Steel Panel PCs with an Anti-Corrosion design for use in Harsh and Aggressive Environments where water, dust and dirt are present. The main benefit of these Stainless Steel Waterproof Panel PCs is that their touch-screens are resistive and fully sealed to an IP66 rating, which make them highly suited for use in food preparation areas.

Stainless Steel Panel PCs and HMIs
Full IP66 IP69K Stainless Panel PC with Cable Gland Solution
Stainless Steel Touchscreen Monitors: Rugged IP65/66 Design
Waterproof IP66/IP69K Stainless Steel Panel PCs

Harsh Environment Solutions - Stainless Steel Panel PCs


Portable, Ruggedized PC Solutions with Touchscreen Interactivity

Rugged Industrial Peli Case PCs are a great alternative to rugged laptops or tablets – providing better protection, IP rating (if required) and space for custom electronics and selectable I/O.

  • Customizable Sizes: BVM Peli Case PCs are available in various sizes, ensuring a perfect fit for your space and weight needs, from portable PCs to larger workstations.
  • High-Performance CPUs: Our Peli-case PCs are powered by the latest embedded computing technology, from Intel Atom to Intel Core series CPUs, ready to handle demanding applications now and in the future.
  • Interactive Displays: Featuring TFT displays from 7.0″ to 21″ with optional touch capabilities, our PCs offer responsive and user-friendly interaction, with enhancements for different lighting conditions.
  • Advanced Connectivity: Equipped with LTE and Wi-Fi options, our Peli-case PCs ensure continuous connectivity for seamless data transfer.
  • Diverse Storage Solutions: We provide various storage options focusing on SSDs for durability and performance in any environment.
  • Expansion Options: Our PCs support additional hardware like mPCI-E, M.2, and PCI-Express for increased functionality and adaptability.
  • Custom Electronics Integration: We customize your PC with bespoke electronics, tailored internal cabling, and design to meet specific needs.
  • Designed for Clarity: Custom labeling and clear interfaces make our PCs straightforward and easy to use.
  • Robust and Secure: Our PCs are IP67 rated for dust and water resistance and include security features like lockable components to protect your data.
  • Ergonomic Designs: Choose from various handle types for easy and comfortable transportation.
  • Reliable and Long-lasting: Built with industrial-grade components, our Peli Case PCs are designed for a 5~7 year lifespan with replacement programs to ensure continuity.
BVM Pelicase PC

Portable Peli Case PCs

  • They’re a great alternative to rugged laptops or tablets – providing better protection, IP rating (if required) and space for custom electronics and selectable I/O.
  • They’re a good solution for combining instrumentation and computing in one rugged and portable package.
  • Good value where a bespoke – rugged embedded computer solution with HMI is being sought, one that can be protected from its immediate environment.

All designs and configurations are an example of solutions we’ve produced for our customers
and will hopefully serve to provide you with an idea of what we can produce.


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AI-based Harsh and Hazardous Environment Solutions

Artificial intelligence (AI) is increasingly used in the oil, gas, and energy industry to optimize operations, cut costs, and boost safety. AI applications cover areas like exploration, production, refining, predictive maintenance, and energy management to improve system performance and integrate renewable sources. Such innovations are poised to transform these industries.

The Impact of Artificial Intelligence in Harsh and Hazardous Environments

Here are a few examples of how artificial intelligence (AI) is being used in harsh environments such as oil rigs, gas production and steel manufacturing :

  • Predictive maintenance: AI predicts equipment failures from sensor data, enabling pre-emptive maintenance to boost reliability and decrease downtime.
  • Process optimisation: AI analyses sensor data to enhance processes and efficiencies, crucial in manufacturing like oil, gas, and steel production.
  • Safety monitoring: AI monitors harsh environments for hazards using data analysis and personnel tracking.
  • Quality control: AI detects defects in real-time by analyzing sensor data, ensuring quality in critical sectors like oil and gas production.
  • Supply chain management: AI streamlines material flow, optimizing supply chain efficiency in challenging logistics environments like oil rigs.

The hardware required to support artificial intelligence (AI) can vary depending on the specific  application and the type of AI being used. Some AI algorithms are computationally intensive and require powerful hardware to run effectively.

Deep learning algorithms, which are used for tasks such as image and speech recognition, typically require specialised hardware such as graphics processing units (GPUs) to run efficiently. GPUs are designed to perform the complex matrix calculations that are required for deep learning – and they can be much faster than traditional central processing units (CPUs) at these types of tasks.

Other types of AI, such as rule-based systems, may not require as much computational power and can be run on standard CPUs.

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