Smart Factory for intelligent Manufacturing- Part 5
In the previous article of our series, we introduced rackmount computers which can provide an organized working station or stable & high-performance systems. When it comes to computing in harsh environments, a rugged computer is the better fit then. Many manufacturing environments have extreme conditions: heat, dust, moisture, chemical exposure, cold vibration, etc. With the rise of edge computing and major benefits from 5G networks, edging computing helps to alleviate processing workloads. This is where a purpose-built rugged computer comes into place.
A rugged computer or ruggedized computer is a specialized computer. It is designed to operate reliably in harsh usage environments and conditions we mentioned before. Especially to deploy at the edge, the environmental conditions are the basic level qualification. However, besides specific use for the extreme scenarios, when a rugged PC needs to be also “thin” for limited space the design also faces thermal and power management.
Challenges for rugged computer design are:
1.Shock and vibration
2.Temperature and humidity
3.Corrosion and abrasion
4.Minimal size, weight, and power (SWaP)
5.Acoustic noise reduction
To fulfill the requirements, the internal electronic components and chipsets are made to withstand that vibration and absorb shock over years of daily use, while the exterior and display are tough enough to function normally despite these conditions. Many rugged PCs also meet MIL-STD-810 Certified. MIL-STD-810 is a standard specifically for military applications and the standard’s guidance and test methods are intended to define the higher level of stress sequences, durations, and life cycles.
An example of a MIL-STD-810 Certified computer, Netiotek designed its ability to withstand higher and lower operating temperatures than typical commercial components. Design engineering decisions such as reduction of cabling, the addition of liquid cooling and heat sinks, and rugged materials, are made to ensure performance in harsh environments.
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