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Industrial Computer for Class "C" Industrial Environments

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000039797D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-01
Document File: 3 page(s) / 39K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Barnes, CJ: AUTHOR [+5]

Abstract

This article describes a design of an industrial computer with advanced technology function for use in industrial environments where a standard personal computer will not function because of high temperature and/or high particulate contamination. (Image Omitted) Referring to the drawings, Fig. 1 shows a rack-mounted CPU and Fig. 2 shows a floor-standing configuration. Both of these have features which allow them to function in industrial environments as follows: 1) Ruggedized chassis construction 2) Forced air-cooling system 3) Forced air-filtering system (Image Omitted) 4) Card-retention bracket 5) Lockable diskette door The first feature is the ruggedized chassis 1 on which both systems are assembled. This chassis is shown in Fig. 3.

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Industrial Computer for Class "C" Industrial Environments

This article describes a design of an industrial computer with advanced technology function for use in industrial environments where a standard personal computer will not function because of high temperature and/or high particulate contamination.

(Image Omitted)

Referring to the drawings, Fig. 1 shows a rack-mounted CPU and Fig. 2 shows a floor-standing configuration. Both of these have features which allow them to function in industrial environments as follows: 1) Ruggedized chassis construction 2) Forced air-cooling system

3) Forced air-filtering system

(Image Omitted)

4) Card-retention bracket 5) Lockable diskette door The first feature is the ruggedized chassis 1 on which both systems are assembled. This chassis is shown in Fig. 3. This frame is designed to accommodate the standard power supply 2, a maximum of two full height hard files in hard file area 3 (10 or 20 megabytes), a maximum of two 5-1/4" half high diskette drives in diskette area 4,

(Image Omitted)

system planar board 5, a maximum of eight full-length attachment cards, and all additional industrial hardware (features 2) through 5) above). The frame is designed to be rack-mounted. This feature allows an industrial user to put the industrial computer directly on the factory floor where the standard personal computer will not operate. In order to adapt to the high temperature environments of the factory floor, the second feature utilizes a high flow-rate fan in the system unit. This fan provides two vital functions to the system unit. First, the fan circulates air through the logic cards and system components. The air pattern is in through the front of the system unit and out through the right side (operator's right). This flow pattern keeps the system unit within operational temperatures during exposure to class "C" environments. The second fun...