Chassis Plans

Transit Case and Rack System Integration


We Configure Virtually all the Industrial Rack Mount Systems We Ship

Integrated Industrial Computer SystemChassis Plans is a recognized leader in configured turnkey integrated industrial rackmount computer systems. We offer a broad line of Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) rack mount enclosures and Long-Life Industrial Motherboards or Single Board Computers. Close working relationships with drive, video and I/O adapter manufacturers allows our experienced Sales Engineers to define an industrial computer system exactly tailored to your unique application requirements.

Close attention to detail, unexcelled custom system design experience, strict revision control and material obsolescence management means trouble free program management for long life platform stability and product support. Chassis Plans' Systems are Engineered to Perform!

We offer the Rugged Enterprise product line as a series of fully qualified and configured long life off-the-shelf systems.

  • 6U Rackmount Computer SystemsDual SBC in Split Backplane, Redundant Power, 6U Enclosure for Military Surveillance Application
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  • Clarify the application and environment
  • Select an enclosure product
  • Define:
    • Processing needs
    • Memory requirement
    • Drives
    • I/O requirements
  • Select the appropriate motherboard or Single Board Computer / Backplane
  • Select the right power supply
  • Select appropriate drives
  • Define and select other I/O (video, communications, analog/digital, etc)
  • Specify operating system and application software
  • Define environmental and safety certifications

Each customer's application is unique in requirements and environment. We build systems exactly tailored to your needs to solve your problems. That is why you won't find a list of pre-configured systems, motherboards, etc., on our site.

Custom Chassis DesignHighly experienced technicians working in an ESD free environment assures our customers their systems will work out of the box and provide trouble free operation. Today's systems are highly complex with potential component incompatibilities, drive and raid issues, cooling and power requirements, and operating system subtleties. Having integrated thousands of these types of systems means Chassis Plans' technicians have previously solved these issues and can quickly deliver you a system tailored to your exact requirements.

System Definition - Our experienced Sales Engineers work closely with the customer to help define the desired system based on required functionality, cost, form factor, and performance. An intimate knowledge of the industrial computer market allows the Sales Engineering Team to narrow down the product selection to a system definition that will work and exactly meet customer expectations.

Chassis Plans IntegrationComponent Selection - Chassis Plans offers a wide variety of proprietary products but we don't claim to have 100% product saturation. The Sales Engineer knows what products are available from what sources, what works with what, and what products are supported by the required operating system. The final system definition will then comprise an optimal mix of Chassis Plans' products with other manufacturer's third party components.

Custom Products - Often customer requirements cannot be met by an off-the-shelf product. Chassis Plans has extensive experience in Custom Product Design and manufacturing for a wide variety of industrial and rackmount products including: rackmount chassis, LCD displays and keyboards, single board computers, backplanes, analog and digital I/O cards.

Procurement and Stocking - Chassis Plans will source, purchase, receive, inspect, and stock required third party components. In addition, we can receive and segregate customer supplied material.

Static TestStatic Control Program - Chassis Plans has implemented a comprehensive static control program to prevent component damage. All company employeesundergo training in the control and prevention of static damage. The floor in the integration area is painted with Desco Statguard conductive paint and is regularly maintained with Statguard Dissipative Floor Finish. The Integration Department work areas are delineated by floor tape and hanging signs. The work benches are metal and connected to earth ground. The work surfaces are ESD conductive material grounded to the benches. Everybody entering the integration area must wear a blue conductive smock. Anybody working on any system is plugged into the bench ground. The smocks and ground straps are checked twice per day for effectiveness. The entire system including floor impedance is regularly verified by a third party for compliance with established antistatic standards. All components remain in factory packaging in the inventory area and are never unpacked or handled except at an approved antistatic station. Carts in the integration area are equipped with drag chains and all surfaces are conductive and grounded.

Integration - Our highly experienced Integration Team, working from a computer generated work order system, assembles your specified components into a neatly organized and reliable system. Component placement is per the System Definition Folder that travels with each order. Plug-in boards are placed for optimum system operation, cooling, and cable routing. Optimum processor heat sinks are selected to assure the lowest processor temperature. Cables are nicely finished both to protect the components and to minimize impact on cooling flow. As required, additional cable and connector retention can be applied for high vibration environments. The operating system is installed, configured and optimized. As required, system specific drivers are installed and updated.

Integration DocumentsIntegration Documentation - The hallmark of a professional integration department is shipment-to-shipment consistency. Chassis Plans utilizes extensive system integration documentation to assure the 500th system is exactly identical to the first. There is no 'tribal knowledge' involved in how a system is put together and it does not matter which Integration Technician is assigned to any particular project. The documentation includes both text and photographic instructions, component placement, wiring, component issues, software issues and BIOS details. You are invited to download a typical Integration Document (3.2M PDF) for review.

System Test - Each system is burned in and tested using Microscope 2000 and PC Doctor Factory test software to assure full system functionality. Board specific test software is used as required. Test results along with serial numbers are recorded and documented for full tracability. Extended burn-in is available per customer specification. Thermal cycling and extended high temperature burn-in is available as required for specific high-rel military contracts. Additional testing including milspec, shock and vibration, heat, cold, humidity, dust, etc., is available on request.

Shipping - The order is checked for completeness and packaged in high quality boxes with product specific foam for protection. As required or justified, shipments can be palletized for additional protection. We can use any shipping carrier or freight service as specified by the customer.

ComplianceAgency Certifications - As required, Chassis Plans can provide complete system certification services for national and international emissions, safety standards, shock, vibration, environmental including, but not limited to: