Big Data Targets Manufacturing Performance Improvements

by Mark Lovett on September 5, 2014

Rackmount computers have been used to automate manufacturing processes since the 1980s, monitoring critical factors such as temperatures, pressures, flow rate and humidity, as well as controlling production conveyor systems and robotic assembly lines, but the potential of utilizing Big Data takes manufacturing performance to a whole new level, as seen in the results of this Metrics That Matter survey conducted by LNS Research and MESA International.

Manufacturing Performance Improvements


What’s interesting on this chart is the linkage between the top two items; providing better product and production forecasts, and getting a much better handle on factory performance.  Such performance and forecasting disciplines can benefit greatly from Big Data’s ability to discern patterns based on historical data across multiple metrics, and this information can go a long ways toward increasing both quality & productivity while decreasing lead times and inventory levels.

In data center environments, Big Data often requires large servers or massive data storage devices, but in factory environments, a smaller solution, such as Trenton’s TRC2005 2U rackmount computer, can provide 8TB of data storage alongside dual, multi-core processors such as the BXT7059 single board computer.

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New 4U Rugged Rackmount Server On Drawing Board

by Mark Lovett on August 22, 2014

It all starts in the mechanical design process, where our engineers utilize existing Trenton Systems components, such as our soon to be released BPG8194 PCI Express Gen3 backplane, and create a rackmount server that will provide customers with a high performance, flexible, computing solution.

TRC4015 4U Rackmount Server Front DrawingThe TRC4015 4U rackmount server is a prime example of our approach to utilizing systems engineering. Designing this solution around the BPG8194 backplane allows end users to craft solutions for demanding applications like a video wall controller or GPU-based computing solution.

System Features Include:

  • Up to 8, front access HDD/SDDs
  • Single or dual-processor SBC
  • Built-in fan speed control
  • Redundant power supply
  • Rugged aluminum chassis
  • 5-year warranty on SBC
  • 5-year warranty on backplane
  • Stable system configurations

TRC4015 4U Rackmount Server Top Drawing

This backplane design feature enables the TRC4015 rackmount computer to support as many as eight, PCI Express x16 video processing or graphics cards with the high bandwidth and data throughput that is offered by GEN3 PCIe x16 electrical interfaces.  Processing options include Trenton’s dual-processor BXT7059 and the single-processor TSB7053.

The front panel also includes a full-width front panel door, a Slim-line optical media bay, two USB ports, diagnostic LEDs, power and system reset switches. The TRC4015 features high-capacity system fans, built-in fan speed control, and front access redundant power supplies to maximize system reliability in demanding computing applications.

We’re gearing up for production in the coming weeks, so now’s the time to give our sales team a call at (800) 875-6031 or (770) 287-3100 to discuss your exact system needs.


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High-Density PCI Express Gen3 Backplane Coming Soon!

by Mark Lovett August 15, 2014

As we’re all well aware, PCI Express Gen3 can provide a serious performance boost to I/O intensive applications, but few vendors have the expertise needed to build high-density backplanes that can achieve maximum throughput.  For example, the 3.0 specification requires a pre-validation of the link before any data transmission, and if the automatic equalization training cannot establish a […]

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DARPA’s SyNAPSE Project Puts Brain On a Chip

by Mark Lovett August 8, 2014

IBM, in collaboration with Cornell Tech and iniLabs, has created a new computer chip, dubbed TrueNorth, for Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) as part of their Systems of Neuromorphic Adaptive Plastic Scalable Electronics (SyNAPSE) program. Designed in a fashion that mimics the human brain, the SyNAPSE chip features 4,096 neurosynaptic cores to handle fault-tolerant […]

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Internet of Things Fuels the Smart Cities USA Project

by Mark Lovett July 31, 2014

A previous post explored how the Internet-of-Things crosses business and personal boundaries, and one interesting example is the Smart Cities USA Project, as part of a Federal SmartAmerica Challenge which seeks to encourage adoption of IoT technology and inspire the creation of new solutions. The SmartAmerica Challenge is a White House Presidential Innovation Fellow project with the goal […]

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Recent IBM / Apple Deal May Enhance Industrial Computing

by Mark Lovett July 25, 2014

The recent news that IBM and Apple had forged a new strategic partnership resulted in a lot of people scratching their heads, trying to figure out what it would mean to various market segments in the long term. A key aspect of the deal calls the two companies to develop 100 enterprise applications aimed at specific […]

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