Industrial Computing Still Vital After Thirty Years

by Mark Lovett on April 11, 2014

When IBM first released the 5531 Industrial Computer some thirty years ago in 1984 there was a lot of speculation as to how big of an impact such systems would have on modern industrial automation. In a world of Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) / Supervisory Control & Data Acquisition (SCADA) solutions, it was unclear as to the role these new rackmount computers would ultimately play.

Covering a range of applications that involved data acquisition alongside motor control and machine vision, industrial computing allowed for the development of analog input boards designed to amplify and multiplex the input signals from thermocouples, strain gauges, accelerometers, photo sensors, flowmeters or thermistors, and multiple I/O cards could reside in one industrial rackmount computer.

As communication protocols expanded from RS-232 and RS-422/485 to Ethernet (first wired and now wireless), the industrial computer buss architecture evolved from ISA to PCI, and ultimately to PCIe, yet the parameters of measurement remain much the same as analog output modules continue to control the relays, solenoids and valves that support industries such as paper and steel production, chemical manufacturing, oil refining and semiconductor fabrication.

  • light & sound
  • temperature & pressure
  • voltage & current
  • wind & humidity
  • shock & vibration
  • velocity & acceleration
  • time & distance
  • motion & location
  • size & weight
  • thickness & density
  • speed & position
  • flow & level

Modern Factory AutomationEven after thirty years the importance of industrial computing remains critical, while new technology is increasing the connectedness of all devices on the factory floor and the Internet-of-Things & Big Data enable faster and more meaningful decisions to be made in real time.

Multi-core processors now drive a new generation of single board computers, and PCI Express backplanes continue to provide ever greater levels of bandwidth as PCIe technology goes from Gen2 to Gen3 speeds and GPU computing becomes pervasive.

Along the way, Trenton has continued to develop new industrial computing solutions based on our customer’s unique configuration requirements, and we still provide a 5-year factory warranty on all of our Made-in-USA single board computers and backplanes.

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Trenton Systems’ BPG8155 PCIe backplane brings the power and performance of PCI Express Gen3 to the world of rugged, military computing.  Representing another example of Trenton Systems’ approach to systems engineering, the BPG8155 takes full advantage of our BXT7059 single board computer with its native PCI Express 3.0 links and support for Intel® Xeon® E5-2400 v2 series processors.

BPB8155 - TMS4702 - BXT7059 Composite

BPG8155 PCI Express Backplane TMS4702 4U Rackmount MIL-STD Computer BXT7059 Single Board Computer

The backplane’s two, 16-port/64-Lane Gen3 switches deliver PCIe 3.0 links to option card slots PCIe2 through PCIe12 while PCIe1 is driven with a PCIe 2.0 link from the SBC.  PCIe links integrated into the CPUs on the BXT7059 automatically match an option card’s PCI Express link type and speed by way of the interface’s built-in auto-training capability.

The capabilities of the BPG8155 backplane and BXT7059 SBC support the demanding requirements of military computing when installed inside Trenton Systems’ TMS4702 4U rackmount MIL-STD computer. Certified to MIL-STD-810G and MIL-STD-461F standards, the rugged TMS4702 is built to withstand the shock & vibration extremes of military deployments, as well as deal with elevated temperatures and high humidity.

Each of these long-life components were designed and manufactured in the United States and provide over 7-year availability.  The backplane & single board computer come with Trenton’s industry-leading 5-year factory warranty.  Call us today at (770) 287-3100 or (800) 875-61031 for a quote on a custom high-performance military computer solution built to your specifications.

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