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Marine Bulkhead Mounting System for ThinkPads

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000016144D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Aug-16
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-21
Document File: 2 page(s) / 45K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a device for the mounting of a Laptop ThinkPad* Computer in a marine environment, it may also be applicable in other areas where mechanical shock may be experienced, aircraft off road vehicles, etc. A ThinkPad or Laptop Computer is an ideal console for Marine Instrumentation. A fixed mount, similar to a docking station port replicator is the subject of this disclosure. In the marine environment there are multiple sources of information from various electronic sources chart plotters GPS depth guages speed logs etc. A Marine Bulkhead Mounting System (MBMS) provides an ideal method to install a ThinkPad in this, potentially hostile, environment by fixing, securely, the ThinkPad in proximity to chart tables helm positions. Some of the advantages of utilising a Marine Bulkhead Mounting System are :

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Marine Bulkhead Mounting System for ThinkPads

  Disclosed is a device for the mounting of a Laptop / ThinkPad* Computer in a marine environment, it may also be applicable in other areas where mechanical shock may be experienced, aircraft / off road vehicles, etc.

    A ThinkPad or Laptop Computer is an ideal console for Marine Instrumentation. A fixed mount, similar to a docking station / port replicator is the subject of this disclosure.

    In the marine environment there are multiple sources of information from various electronic sources - chart plotters / GPS / depth guages / speed logs etc. A Marine Bulkhead Mounting System (MBMS) provides an ideal method to install a ThinkPad in this, potentially hostile, environment by fixing, securely, the ThinkPad in proximity to chart tables / helm positions.

Some of the advantages of utilising a Marine Bulkhead Mounting System are :

Fixed Position - the Marine Bulkhead Mounting System MBMS will prevent any

movement of the system. This is achieved by fixing the MBMS with appropriate hardware (nuts and bolts / screws through mounting holes) Shock Absorbtion - in a hostile marine environment considerable force can be

generated, especially in fast moving power boats. By incorporating shock absorbant material in the construction, or between the MBMS and the bulkhead, it will be possible to protect the ThinkPad from damage caused by the shock of impact from waves etc.. Security - especially in the marine leisure environment pleasure craft can lie

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