Motherboard Selection for Extended Support of Industrial Computer Systems

Motherboard Selection for Extended Support of Industrial Computer Systems Choosing the motherboard for its long-term support requirements can ensure the best performance and lifespan for its extended industrial computer system. Industrial and military users of servers or workstations based on ATX form factor iX86 motherboards require excellent performance as well as extended life and long-term support. Choosing the right motherboard

November 10th, 2016|

Chassis Plans Announces New 27” Square Display for Air Traffic Control Applications

SAN DIEGO, CA, October 14, 2016 – Chassis Plans announced today the release of their new Ruggedized 27” Square Display for Air Traffic Control and other applications requiring a high resolution (1920 x 1920) square IPS LCD display form factor.  The unit has an optional multi-touch touchscreen with gesture support.  It can be driven from multiple video sources including VGA,

October 14th, 2016|

Mobile Command Station Server with Raid Redundancy

Many times customers require a custom computer configuration that will be able to last for the duration of a long program. They require components that will still be available several years into the future with minimal changes, and those systems must be reliable. Their system may need to be rugged for a harsh environment or just sturdier than a regular

October 5th, 2016|

DTS-xxx Data Transport System

DTS-xxx Data Transport System Chassis Plans has moved past simple data storage to high-volume data transportation.  With increased processing power and sensor fusion comes increasingly huge amounts of data.  Persistent surveillance is an example of an application that creates huge amounts of video data that may need to be moved to a centralized processing facility.  Often this data is created

October 5th, 2016|

Cooling Methodologies—The Tail Wagging the Dog

Discovering how to maximize cooling at the lowest cost and highest efficiency. Complex military and industrial applications require complex computing solutions. The end user, or committee of end users, writes a requirements list, pretty much shooting for the moon. The specification is released to the programming group, and they define the processing platform required to execute the new code. This

September 9th, 2016|

Revision Control and Remote Support for A Medical Application

A medical equipment company developed a digital imaging system designed to increase visibility through breast tissue while decreasing painful compression for the patient.  This new technology is called Molecular Breast Imaging (MBI), and it can identify tumors not always discernible via X-ray technology. But the company found that there were problems with the low cost commodity 1U rackmount computers they

September 3rd, 2016|

Real-Time Data Processing for a Persistent Surveillance Application

Many military computer applications require computer systems with intense processing power and the ability to operate in diverse and sometimes harsh environments. In the realm of persistent surveillance, where multiple small targets must be tracked in real time across air, land or sea for reasons of security, safety, defense, and intelligence, this is certainly the case. Chassis Plans computers have

August 31st, 2016|

iRep Now Repping Chassis Plans

Finishing our efforts to provide local expertise to our customer base, Chassis Plans has engaged iRep as our sales representative for Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Florida.Founded in 2007, iRep, Inc. is a premier manufacturers’ rep firm that services customers across the Southeastern United States. With headquarters located in Huntsville, Alabama iRep supports technical requirements for open architecture solutions, rugged conduction cooled

August 25th, 2016|

Conquest Technical Sales Now Repping Chassis Plans

Chassis Plans continues to expand our sales channels and we are pleased to announce Conquest Technical Sales as our company representative in Southern California.Conquest Technical Sales was established in August of 1999. In 2002 Conquest Technical Sales incorporated in the State of California. Today they service the Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo, San Bernardino, San

August 11th, 2016|

Big Apple Transit Apps: Q&A with Chassis Plans

Chassis Plans computer loading the F-35 flight diagnostics software onto the aircraft. Chassis Plans president Mike McCormack notes the ways in which his company’s military DNA factors into its solutions for mass transit and other rugged industrial applications. Michael (Mike) McCormack, president of Chassis Plans, used to see monsters. And not the imaginary kind. During his recent conversation with

July 29th, 2016|

Supporting Legacy Applications for Established Corporate Facilities

Large corporations that have been in business for many years frequently have established production and testing systems in which they have invested considerable capital.  For these facilities, the rapid turnover of computer technology can create a variety of logistical and cost control problems.  Computers may need to be replaced or upgraded, and these newer systems must still interact with legacy

July 12th, 2016|

Chassis Plans is Moving!

We are excited to announce that due to the remarkable growth of our company and the need to expand our production and engineering departments we are moving to a bigger facility. Effective Monday, July 18th we will begin operations at our new upgraded location, which will allow us to expand our technical capabilities and further  improve our operational performance.Chassis Plans

June 29th, 2016|

Big Apple Transit Apps: Q&A with Chassis Plans

Everything from brake dust to Homeland Security to packing more storage into smaller form factors comes into play for a rugged industrial systems supplier that is successfully leveraging its military background across a wide range of industrial applications. Michael (Mike) McCormack, president of Chassis Plans, used to see monsters. And not the imaginary kind. During his recent conversation with

June 28th, 2016|

Chassis Plans Supports F35 Joint Strike Fighter

Chassis Plans has a long history of supporting complex military programs by providing custom rugged computer and display systems.  We're proud to include the F35 Joint Strike Fighter in that list.  The attached photo shows an F35 on the flight line at Elgin AFB with the engine running while a technician monitors the aircraft systems with a Chassis Plans' custom portable computer.Every

June 2nd, 2016|

Chassis Plans’ COTS Journal Article on Gorgon Stare & ARGUS-IS

COTS Journal has published an article written by Chassis Plans on the Gorgon Stare and ARGUS-IS imaging systems mounted on the General Atomics' Reaper UAV aircraft.  Featured is a Chassis Plans' custom integrated transit case data transportation system.  See UAV Data Imaging Solutions Push Limits of Embedded Technologies, David Lippincott, COTS Journal, April 2016.  The Predator, the first large UAV from

May 31st, 2016|

MIL-STD-810G – Part 30 – (Mechanical Vibration of Shipboard Equipment) Method 528

MIL-STD-810G – Part 30 – (Mechanical Vibration of Shipboard Equipment) is discussed in Method 528.  Method 528 is applicable to shipboard equipment subjected to mechanical vibrations on Navy ships with conventional shafted propeller propulsion. Method 527 is 14 pages long with 4 annexes.General DiscussionMethod 528 provides for analysis for Environmental Vibration (Procedure I) and Internally Excited Vibration (Procedure II).This test

March 28th, 2016|

Five Reasons Thin/Zero Is In

New thin/zero client workstations and data center servers running virtual instances of application software are replacing traditional desktop PCs in installations where security must rule, but that’s not the only reason thin is in. The data breach by Edward Snowden and network penetration by various nation state-sponsored hackers highlight the need for security in the military computing space.  President

March 24th, 2016|

Facilitating Destructive Testing of an Enclosure for Submarine Applications

When the end-use of a computer is in a military submarine, that computer has to be designed to withstand shock events to military standards.  Submarines, as war craft, are subject to high-levels of shock from collisions or nearby weapon detonation and a submarine computer must be able to handle the blow, while not creating projectiles that could damage other equipment

March 19th, 2016|

Rugged Zero Client

Engineers at Chassis Plans released their new patent-pending rugged CPZ-156T Rugged Zero Client as part of a partnership with Dell OEM Solutions.The devices leverages a Dell PCoIP ASIC controller in a rugged enclosure designed for use in extreme environments. The Zero Client which has a 15.6 inch liquid crystal display (LCD) and 10-point multi-touch touch screen. It conforms

February 25th, 2016|

MIL-STD-810G White Paper Released

Chassis Plans CCX-19 LCD After Blowing Sand and Dust Test - Method 510.5 We've found there is a lot of confusion regarding MIL-STD-810G and this Chassis Plans White Paper should help clarify the situation a bit.  See 'MIL-STD-810G - What it is' for the white paper.

February 22nd, 2016|

Designing a Custom Enclosure for a Biotech Product

Our client produces equipment for the biotechnology industry. They required a customized commercial-grade chassis that would allow them to populate the enclosure with industry specific hardware that could change as rapidly as product updates allowed. While the client was providing their own internal systems, the end product required many of the properties and specifications that Chassis Plans routinely addresses in

February 17th, 2016|

CPZ-156T Zero Client Released at AFCEA West

Chassis Plans is proud to release their new CPZ-156T Rugged Zero Client at AFCEA West in San Diego, CA., February 17, 2016.  The CPZ-156T is a unique patent pending Zero Client which includes a 15.6" LCD and 10-point multi-touch touch screen. The unit conforms to PCoIP using the Teradici TERA2321 processor.  Power is uniquely provided by Power over Ethernet (PoE)

February 17th, 2016|

EPI Technologies Now Repping Chassis Plans

Finishing our efforts to provide local expertise to our customer base, Chassis Plans has engaged EPI Technologies as our sales representative for Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri.EPI Technologies is a best-in-class sales and marketing organization that represents industry leaders in wireless, wireline, public safety, military, security and test equipment solutions.EPI Technologies utilizes the

February 11th, 2016|

Chassis Plans Supports VIPER/T with Custom Portable Computer

Chassis Plans is providing rugged custom portable computer systems in support of the US Marine Corps VIPER/T program.  The Virtual Instrument Portable Equipment Repair/Tester (VIPER/T) is a rugged, man-portable automated test system.  This is the USMC’s primary functional test gear used to test and diagnose electronic, electro-mechanical and electro-optical systems in communication and weapons systems. It is currently used to

January 29th, 2016|

Chassis Plans Supports Iraqi Operation Peace Dragon

Chassis Plans has provided a quantity of fully integrated transit case systems for Operation Peace Dragon. These are rugged field deployed systems initially for deployment in harsh military environments. Operation Peace Dragon is a US Air Force program in support of the IqAF for Iraqi border patrol utilizing King Air 350 ER intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft.   These aircraft

January 27th, 2016|

Designing a Custom 1U for a Telecom Application

Our telecommunications customer needed a custom 1U form factor to accommodate a high-end Virtex-6 processor for a network processing application. The design needed to meet stringent and diverse performance specifications. The layout required an air channel to isolate the processor and a redundant power supply with AC and DC options. The system also needed to be able to go

January 24th, 2016|

MIL-STD-810G – Part 29 – (Multi-Exciter Testing) Method 527

MIL-STD-810G – Part 29 – (Multi-Exciter Testing) is discussed in Method 527.  Multi-exciter vibration test methodology is performed to provide a degree of confidence that the materiel can structurally and functionally withstand a specified environment, e.g., stationary, non-stationary, or of a shock nature, that must be replicated on the test item in the laboratory with more than one motion degree-of-freedom

December 13th, 2015|

MIL-STD-810G – Part 28 – (Time Waveform Replication) Method 525

MIL-STD-810G discusses replication of a time trace under Time Waveform Replication (TWR) in Method 525. TWR is performed to:Provide a degree of confidence that the materiel can structurally and functionally withstand the measured or analytically specified test time trace(s) to which the materiel is likely to be exposed in the operational field environment.Experimentally estimate the materiel’s fragility level in relation

December 11th, 2015|

Editor’s Choice in Military Embedded Systems Magazine

SAN DIEGO, CA, December 11, 2015 --- Chassis Plans’ ( TFX rackmount LCD Display was added to the Editor’s Choice Products in the November edition of Military Embedded Systems magazine.Editorial Director John McHales describes the TFX1-19 as “a rugged military-grade 2U rackmount LCD panel display [that] features three 19-inch TFT LCD displays with per-panel resolution of 1,280x1,024.” Display options include

December 11th, 2015|

MIL-STD-810G – Part 27 – (Rail Impact) Method 526

MIL-STD-810G covers Rail Impact in Method 526.  Method 526 is new to 810G and the purpose of this test method is to replicate the railroad car impact conditions that occur during the life of transport of systems, subsystems and units, and the tiedown arrangements during the specified logistic conditions.  Method 526 is short at 7 pages.Method 526 is also not

December 9th, 2015|

MIL-STD-810G – Part 26 – (Freeze/Thaw) Method 524

MIL-STD-810G covers Freeze/Thaw in Method 524.  Method 524 is new to 810G and was adopted from NATO STANAG 4370, AECTP 300, Method 315. The purpose of the test is to determine the ability of material to withstand the effects of moisture phase changes between liquid and solid (freezing) and the effects of moisture induced by transfer from a cold-to-warm or

December 7th, 2015|

MIL-STD-810G – Part 25 – (Vibro-Acoustic/Temperature) Method 523.3

MIL-STD-810G covers Vibro-Acoustic/Temperature in Method 523.3.  Method 523.3 is performed to determine the synergistic effects of vibration, acoustic noise, and temperature on externally carried aircraft stores such as bombs, missiles and sensor pods during captive carry flight.  It is 16 pages plus one 9-page Annex.This method would apply to rugged embedded computer systems as installed in externally mounted sensor pods.ApplicationFor

December 6th, 2015|

Chassis Plans Launches Rugged Portable Computer

SAN DIEGO, CA, December 4, 2015 --- Chassis Plans ( has launched a rugged light weight portable computer, which is a purpose built customized solution used for ground based communications, weapons and radar systems testing.This rugged light weight portable computer provides a 17” 1280x1024 LCD, NEMA class keyboard, and is configured with pre-qualified, high-quality, and long-life revision controlled

December 4th, 2015|

MIL-STD-810G – Part 24 – (Ballistic Shock) Method 522.1

MIL-STD-810G covers Ballistic Shock in Method 522.1.  Method 522.1 is somewhat lengthy at 15 pages and covers the momentum exchange between two or more bodies or momentum exchange between a liquid or gas and a solid.  The method is used to assure components mounted in, for example, an armored vehicle continue to operate after that vehicle has been hit by

December 4th, 2015|

MIL-STD-810G – Part 23 – (Icing/Freezing Rain) Method 521.2

MIL-STD-810G covers Ice and Freezing Rain in Method 521.2.  521.2 is relatively short at 7 pages and covers the effects of ice and freezing rain on the operational capability of material.  Also included is evaluating the effectiveness of de-icing equipment and techniques. Icing and freezing rain occurs when the air is saturated with super-cooled water droplets which forms rime ice and/or

November 26th, 2015|

MIL-STD-810G – Part 22 – (Temperature, Humidity, Vibration, and Altitude) Method 520.3

MIL-STD-810G covers the synergistic effects of Temperature, Humidity, Vibration and Altitude in Method 520.3. Method 520.3 is comprised of 22 pages. 810G covers each of these environmental factors individually in the following Methods: Method 500.5 – Altitude Method 501.5 – High Temperature Method 502.5 – Low Temperature Method 507.5 – Humidity Method 514.6 – Vibration It should be noted the

November 12th, 2015|

Chassis Plans Leadership in Engineering Scholarship Awarded

Chassis Plans, a manufacturer of rugged industrial and military computer systems and LCD displays, is pleased to announce the award of our Fall 2016 Leadership in Engineering Scholarship to Anna Hayes. Anna is a senior Chemical Engineering undergraduate at the University of South Florida (USF). After entering college as Finance major, chemical engineering sparked her interest during her freshman year’s

October 14th, 2015|

Countering the Cyber Security Threat at Chassis Plans

SAN DIEGO, CA, October 1, 2015 --- With the ongoing cyber security threats within the Department of Defense and its contractors, Chassis Plans is proactively addressing cyber security issues by following multiple cyber security standards for guidance in implementing our security policies. Frameworks such as the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework and the 20 Critical Security

September 30th, 2015|

Chassis Plans Launches New Website

SAN DIEGO, CA, August 26, 2015 --- We are pleased to announce the launch of or new website ( on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 and invite visitors and customers to explore an improved layout that was designed to provide a user-friendly experience, easy navigation and functionality. Along with technical data, videos and case studies the new site provides a detailed

August 26th, 2015|

Chassis Plans Offers 5 Year Warranty on All Server Products

SAN DIEGO, CA, August 1, 2015 --- As part of its continuing drive to provide outstanding service and support to its customers, Chassis Plans is offering a 5 year warranty on its standard range of 1U to 5U Servers starting Aug 1, 2015. This will include all parts and labor and the cost of returning the refurbished and repaired server

August 1st, 2015|

Chassis Plans Persistent Threat Detection System

SAN DIEGO, California – July 2, 2015 – Chassis Plans, a premier provider of rugged industrial and military computer systems, today announced they have been awarded a $1M contract to provide custom rugged computer and storage systems to the Air Force Gorgon Stare program.Gorgon Stare is a persistent wide-area surveillance system mounted on MQ-9 Reaper drone aircraft. This high technology

July 2nd, 2015|

Rugged Computers for Rail Applications

Railroads offer a multitude of possible applications for rugged industrial computer systems and ruggedized LCD displays. The railroad environment can also be amongst the harshest possible environments for computers. There can be extremes of both high and low temperatures, high and low humidity, high dust and dirt loading in the air, and continuous vibrations. In some cases, these conditions can

June 23rd, 2015|

Signs Tera Technologies to Rep State of New York

Chassis Plans is pleased to announce Tera Technologies as our company representative in New York State excepting for New York City and Long Island. Tera Technologies is well connected in their territory and they provide expertise in technologies complementary to Chassis Plans’ product offering of rugged military and industrial computers and displays. They are well versed in: •Single Board Computers

June 23rd, 2015|

MIL-STD-810G – Part 21 (Gunfire Shock) Method 519.6

MIL-STD-810G covers Gunfire Shock in Method 519.6. Method 519.6 is comprised of 17 pages with the following annexes:   A – Guidelines for Procedure I (11 pages) B – Guidelines for Procedure II (21 pages) C – Guidelines for Procedure III (12 pages) D – Sine-on-Random Spectrum Prediction (10 pages) E – Guidelines for Gunfire Shock Test Scaling (7 pages)

June 19th, 2015|

MIL-STD-810G – Part 20 (Acidic Atmosphere) Method 518.1

MIL-STD-810G covers exposure to an Acidic Atmosphere in Method 518.1. Acidic atmospheres are of increasing concern, especially for materiel in the vicinity of industrial areas or near the exhausts of fuel burning devices. Method 518.1 is comprised of 7 pages.   This Method is used to determine the resistance of materials and protective coatings to corrosive atmospheres. This Method is

June 19th, 2015|

MIL-STD-810G – Part 19 (Pyroshock) Method 517.1

MIL-STD-810G covers Pyroshock in Method 517.1. Pyroshock is a high intensity, short duration shock event caused by the detonation of a pyrotechnic device on adjacent structures. Pyroshock is a physical phenomenon characterized by the overall material and mechanical response at a structure point from either (a) an explosive device, or (b) a propellant activated device. Method 517.1 is comprised of

June 18th, 2015|

MIL-STD-810G – Part 18 (Shock) Method 516.6

MIL-STD-810G covers shock in Method 516.6. Shock is an infrequent single pulse acceleration with a narrow pulse width imparted to a device. Method 516.6 is one of the more complicated Methods comprised of 38 pages. In addition there are three Annexes:   Annex A – Statistical Considerations (8 pages) Annex B – Effective Shock Duration (4 pages) Annex C –

June 18th, 2015|

MIL-STD-810G – Part 17 (Acoustic Noise) Method 515.6

MIL-STD-810G covers Acoustic Noise Susceptibility in Method 515.6. This Method tests material’s response to very loud noise such as from a jet engine, rocket engine (think Shuttle launch) or power plant. This is not a test to determine how much noise an item generates. Method 515.6 is 8 pages with two Annexes totaling 7 pages.   As with most of

June 17th, 2015|

MIL-STD-810G – Part 16 (Vibration) Method 514.6

MIL-STD-810G covers vibration in Method 514.6. This is one of more commonly applied Methods. The Method is 23 pages long plus the following annexes.   Engineering Information Annex A – 11 pages Manufacture / Maintenance Guidance Annex B – 1 page Transportation Tailoring Guidance Annex C – 23 pages Operational Tailoring Guidance Annex D – 22 pages Supplemental Tailoring Guidance

June 17th, 2015|

MIL-STD-810G – Part 15 (Acceleration) Method 513.5

MIL-STD-810G covers steady-state acceleration experienced by material in the service environment. The Method is used to assure material continues to operate after testing.  The Method is also used to assure the material does not become hazardous after exposure to inertial loads experienced in a crash. The method is applicable to material that is installed in aircraft, helicopters, manned aerospace vehicles,

June 16th, 2015|

MIL-STD-810G – Part 14 (Immersion) Method 512.5

810G covers Emmersion or partial Emmersion in water (or salt water) of equipment. This Method is 7 pages long.   This is a rather simple Method. The goal of the tests are to check the item for leaks when submerged in water. There are two Procedures:  I. Immersion or submersionII. Fording  Effects of immersion include:  Fouling of lubricants between moving

June 15th, 2015|

MIL-STD-810G – Part 13 (Explosive Atmosphere) Method 511.5

810G covers equipment operated in an Explosive Atmosphere. Method 511.5 is 8 pages long. This Method is performed to:  Demonstrate the ability of materiel to operate in fuel-air explosive atmospheres without causing ignition, orDemonstrate that an explosive or burning reaction occurring within encased materiel will be contained, and will not propagate outside the test item.  This method applies to all

June 14th, 2015|

Mil-Std-810G – Part 12 (Sand and Dust) Method 510.5

810G covers exposure of equipment to dry blowing sand and dust. Think Afghanistan. As with Method 509.5 for Salt Fog exposure, Blowing Sand and Dust is one of the more commonly performed tests. Method 510.5 covers 13 pages. This is one of the shorter duration Methods and can be finished in a day.   Dust is defined as particles measuring

June 12th, 2015|

Mil-Std-810G – Part 11 (Salt Fog) Method 509.5

This is part 11 of a series delving into the intricacies of Mil-Std-810G.   810G covers accelerated corrosion using salt fog in Method 509.5.  This method comprises 10 pages. This is one of the more commonly performed tests and is definitely required for items sold to the Navy or for use in coastal areas. Salt is one of the most

June 9th, 2015|

Mil-Std-810G – Part 10 (Fungus Growth) Method 508.6

This is part 10 of a series delving into the intricacies of Mil-Std-810G.   810G covers fungus growth in Method 508.6.  This method comprises 11 pages plus a 1 page annex on decontaminating equipment after the tests and a 1 page annex on fungus-inert materials.   The purpose of Method 508.6 is to assess the extent to which materiel will

June 8th, 2015|

Chassis Plans Launches New Rugged Storage Server

SAN DIEGO, CA, June 3, 2015 --- Chassis Plans ( has launched a new Rugged Storage Server, this is a purpose built server used for storing and accessing small to large amounts of data over a shared network.  The storage server is an integral part of the networked storage resources and can be configured as network attached storage (NAS) or

June 3rd, 2015|

Leadership in Engineering Scholarship – Fall 2015

The Chassis Plans Leadership in Engineering Scholarship is awarded twice each year to a student in either a lower division program or pursuing a Master’s degree or PhD in an engineering field.This is a $1,500 scholarship that can be applied to any school-related expense.Our Winter, 2015, Scholarship was won by Grace Bushnell who is a second year PhD student in Biomedical

May 29th, 2015|

CP Releases Full Mil-Ready 20-Slot Rackmount System

Building out our M5U22 family of military grade configured rackmount systems, we’ve release a new 20-slot version offering seventeen high speed, low-latency x16 PCIe 2.0 links and one x4 PCIe 2.0 slot in a x16 connector.  Initial shipments include a dual XEON E5 6-Core single board computer.  The SBC offers up to 48GB of DDR3-1600 memory.The rugged M5U22 chassis

May 29th, 2015|

Chassis Plans Adds Two New Sales Rep Organizations

Chassis Plans continues to expand our sales channels by signing two new renowned sales representative organizations.Desert Mountain Technical Sales, Inc.Responsible for Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah. DMTS specializes in sales and marketing of mechanical and electro-mechanical components to the commercial and defense marketplace. They were founded in 1997.See for more information for DesertMountain Technical Sales.Acudata, Inc.Responsible for

May 29th, 2015|

Fixed Wing Aerial Surveillance

CP CCX-19 LCD in Quest Kodiak Aerial Surveillance Aircraft In addition to UAV (drone) surveillance, there is a wide need for man-in-the-loop on-site fixed-wing surveillance. A manned aircraft can be flown in controlled airspace that is prohibited to a UAV. Manned aircraft can fly in close proximity to other aircraft such as near airports. Or budgetary limitations preclude the

May 29th, 2015|

Come Visit Chassis Plans at AUVSI in Atlanta May 5-7, 2015

Chassis Plans at AUVSI We will be exhibiting at AUVSI’s Unmanned Systems 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. The show will take place May 5 – 7 at the Georgia World Congress Center. Come check out booth # 2461 to see what we have on display: Ground control station containing an ECS transit case with Chassis Plans Tri-Fold TFX displays

April 29th, 2015|

CP Releases Full Mil-Ready 20-Slot Rackmount System

M5U22 20-Slot Rugged Rackmount Computer Building out our M5U22 family of military grade configured rackmount systems, we've release a new 20-slot version offering seventeen high speed, low-latency x16 PCIe 2.0 links and one x4 PCIe 2.0 slot in a x16 connector. Initial shipments include a dual XEON E5 6-Core single board computer.  The SBC offers up to 48GB of DDR3-1600

April 8th, 2015|

April, 2015, Newsletter Available

Chassis Plans eBlast April 2015 We've published our April, 2015, newsletter.  The topics are:  New 2015 Military Computer Source-Book Here!CPC1-C17 / C19: Low Cost Industrial LCD KeyboardChassis Plans Expands Sales Rep ChannelsSurviving the Notorious Ice Roads of the Far North 

March 31st, 2015|

Chassis Plans at AUSA 2016

Chassis Plans Exhibiting Rugged Computer Systems at AUSA 2016Chassis Plans will be exhibiting at AUSA 2016 in Huntsville, AL. The show will take place March 15 - 17, 2016, at the Von Braun Center. Stop by our booth #1429 to see what we have on display.  Rugged Zero ClientThe CPZ-156 is a high performance VMware optimized Zero Client utilizing the PCoIP

March 24th, 2015|

Chassis Plans at Port Hueneme Industry Expo 2016

Chassis Plans will be exhibiting at the 2016 Industry Expo in Port Hueneme, CA. The show will take place March 24, 2016 from 8:00am to 5:00pm at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division. Stop by our booth to see what we have on display. For more information and to register visit: or click here to download the

March 7th, 2015|

Chassis Plans at the Hill AFB Technology Expo 2016

Chassis Plans will be exhibiting at the 2016 Hill Air Force Base Technology Expo in Salt Lake City UT . The show will take place March 30, 2016  from 9:30am to 1:30pm at the Hill Air Force Base. Stop by our booth to see what we have on display. The 2016 Hill AFB Technology Expo hosted by the

March 6th, 2015|

Chassis Plans at Shadow Warrior Week 2016

Chassis Plans will be exhibiting at the Shadow Warrior Week 2016 in Fort Bragg, NC . The show will take place April 12 - 14, 2016  at the Bragg Club. Stop by our booth #12 to see what we have on display. For more information visit:

March 5th, 2015|

Navy Controllers Shipped

Navy Controller Chassis Plans completed a quantity of custom 2U enclosures for a Navy project.  Using our M2U20 system as a starting point, we modified the front panel to make the filter door more narrow to accommodate expanded front panel controls. Internal modifications were made to fit the customer’s boards and a new rear panel was created.   Many

March 5th, 2015|

Custom Robotics System Controller

Custom Robotics Controller Chassis Plans was selected to create a custom industrial robotics controller system.  The customer manufactures industrial robot systems, both fixed and mobile. The company provides logistical productivity and intelligence currently unrealized through conventional conveyance, transport and AGV systems. The robots are environmentally aware and can avoid people and objects in their path.   Chassis Plans

March 5th, 2015|

Chassis Plans at AUVSI 2016

Chassis Plans Exhibiting Military Computer Systems at AUVSI 2016 Chassis Plans will be exhibiting at the AUVSI 2016 in New Orleans, LA. The show will take place May 2 -5, 2016  at the Ernest M. Memorial Convention Center. Stop by our booth #1206 to see what we have on display. Rugged Zero ClientThe CPZ-156 is a high performance VMware optimized Zero

March 5th, 2015|

Chassis Plans at Sea Air Space 2016

Chassis Plans Exhibiting Military Computer Systems at Sea Air Space 2016 Chassis Plans will be exhibiting at Sea Air Space in National Harbor, MD. The show will take place May 16 - 18, 2016, at the Gaylord National Convention Center. Stop by our booth #1848 to see what we have on display. Rugged Zero ClientThe CPZ-156 is a high performance VMware optimized

February 28th, 2015|

Electronic Salesmasters Now Repping Chassis Plans

Continuing to expand our sales channels, we've added Electronic Salesmasters, Inc.,  as sales representatives.  ESI will represent Chassis Plans in West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan and Kentucky.   ESI has a strong presence in:IndustrialApplianceCommunicationsTransportationMilitaryInstrumentationDatacomMedicalAutomotive  ESI is characterized by sound financial management, motivation and plans for business continuity. They pride themselvesin being “businessmen in sales”, not just salesmen in business. ESI

February 25th, 2015|

Chassis Plans at MINExpo 2016

Chassis Plans Exhibiting Rugged Industrial Computers at Mine Expo 2016 We will be exhibiting at MINE EXPO in Las Vegas. The show will take place September 26 - 29, 2016 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. It is the largest show of its kind in the world and draws a truly international audience representing all major mining regions of the world.

February 25th, 2015|

Chassis Plans at OilComm 2016

Chassis Plans will be exhibiting at OilComm in Houston, TX. The show will take place October 11 - 13, 2016, at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Stop by our booth #725 to see what we have on display.   Integrating Racks and Transit Cases Chassis Plans can assist customers in selecting the right transit case for their project depending

February 24th, 2015|

Chassis Plans at ATCA Expo 2016

Chassis Plans will be exhibiting at the ATCA Expo in National Harbor, MD. The show will take place October 16 – 19, 2016, at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. Stop by our booth #129 to see what we have on display. For more information visit:

February 23rd, 2015|

Chassis Plans at C5ISR Summit 2016

Chassis Plans will be exhibiting at C5ISR in Charleston, SC. The show will take place December 6 - 9, 2016, at the Charleston Convention Center. Stop by booth # 434 to see what we have on display. For more information visit:

February 22nd, 2015|

Adds Cornerstone and Midtec as sales representatives

Map of Chassis Plans Sales Reps We're please to announce the appointment of two new sales representative groups.   Cornerstone Technical Sales will cover Florida with an office in Palm Harbor, FL.  Cornerstone is available at   Midtec Associates covers Missouri, Southern Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas.  Midtech has offices in Lenexa, KS, and St. Louis.  Midtech can

February 19th, 2015|

The 2016 Federal Budget has Healthy Increases for R&D and Defense

The 2016 US budget was released in early February by the President. In this budget there are increases in R&D spending in general and the defense budget. For the past several years, since the Budget Control Act (BCA) was passed in 2011, the Defense budget has been decreasing as has the overall spending on R&D in general. The 2016 budget

February 19th, 2015|

Adds new sales rep group for Southern states

Map of Chassis Plans' Sales Representatives Chassis Plans has appointed Rep Tech, Inc. as our sales representative for Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee.  Rep Tech brings a strong presence to this area strategic to Chassis Plans' sales efforts.  Rep Tech serves a variety of markets ranging from aerospace to power plant.  Their territory includes Huntsville, an area central to

February 13th, 2015|

Mike McCormack Joins Chassis Plans as President

Mike McCormack Chassis Plans is pleased to announce the appointment of Mike McCormack as President. Mike brings a comprehensive understanding of the Defense and Industrial markets through his past experience in senior management positions at IntelliPower,  Johnathan Engineered Solutions and Emerson.  The organizations managed, designed and manufactured a wide range of products including power conversion systems, electronic components,

February 12th, 2015|

Is there an Engineering Graduate Shortage?

At Chassis Plans we have been supporting engineering students for several years via scholarships and hiring students as interns. As we go into the future there is a strong need for technologists to support future development in all fields of science and engineering. Courtesy of S. Harris -   Is there a real shortage of Engineers and

February 10th, 2015|

Embedded Technology Trends Forum January 2015

Internet Of Things - courtesy of Cisco The beginning of the New Year is always time for the Embedded Technology Trends Forum. This forum, presented by the VME International Trade Association (VITA), is an assembly of the board, software, system and component manufacturers involved in the embedded computing marketplace. The purpose of the forum is to present the

January 27th, 2015|

Chassis Plans Leadership in Engineering Scholarship Finalist

Krista Purser Of the many applications we received for our Winter, 2015, Chassis Plans Leadership in Engineering Scholarship, a few stood out.  Krista Purser was one such finalist and we would like to share her outstanding essay.   Her essay "Down the Road: The Future of Transportation" can be found here.   Krista is a senior civil engineering

January 13th, 2015|

Life in the Cloud is Getting Foggy

Courtesy of One of the hottest technologies in Information Technology is Cloud computing. Every enterprise is embracing the Cloud movement. However, the cloud is in the ether of digital information, located high in the infrastructure. It is currently the best technology for processing large amounts of data, extending the performance of all levels of servers and providing

January 12th, 2015|

2015 Predictions – Internet Blackout?

Internet of Things - Courtesy of The Connectivist As it is now late December it doesn't feel right without providing some early 2015 resolutions (or predictions). Since New Year’s resolutions don't seem to make past Valentine’s day, lets go with predictions.   2014 was a good year for technology. More smartphones and tablets, faster processing power and lower

January 8th, 2015|

Chassis Plans Awards Winter 2015 Leadership in Engineering Scholarship

Chassis Plans Winter 2014 Leadership in Engineering Scholarship Winner - Grace Bushnell Chassis Plans is pleased to announce Grace Bushnell won the Winter 2015 Chassis Plans Leadership in Engineering Scholarship.   Grace's outstanding essay is located here.   Grace is a second year PhD student in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan. Grace is originally from a small

January 5th, 2015|

Chassis Plans SPAWAR NAVSSI System Barge Test

60 Lbs of HBX-1 explosive 20 feet from test barge MIL-S-901D – the gold standard of shock testing.   See the video at   Chassis Plans’ rugged military grade 4U M4U20 computer system has been successfully tested to MIL-S-901D Grade A for use in the SPAWAR NAVSSI rack. The test requires 4 shots, or explosions, in the

December 30th, 2014|

Big Data: Interesting Facts and Figures

There is a lot of talk in the media about “Big Data.”  Here are some fun facts on the subject: It took from the dawn of civilization to the year 2003 for the world to generate 1.8 zettabytes (10 to the 12th gigabytes) of data. In 2011 it took two days on average to generate the same amount of data. In the year

December 15th, 2014|

Intelligent Aerospace – Enhancing displays used in unmanned aircraft systems ground control stations

TFX-19 Trifold Rackmount LCD Monitor Intelligent Aerospace magazine has published an article by Tony Bowers, Chassis Plans' Senior FAE, which details "Enhancing display used in unmanned aircraft systems ground control stations".  The title is self explanatory as the article discusses various technologies Chassis Plans can bring to their LCD products to improve their performance in adverse environments.   Intelligent

July 5th, 2014|

CPX2-173 Wide Screen 17-Inch Display Released

CPX2-173 Wide Screen Rackmount LCD We've released and are shipping our new CPX2-173 Wide Screen LCD display.  This is a feature-rich military-grade rackmount LCD display with a high-def 1920 x 1080 LCD in both standard- and high-bright daylight viewable versions.  Of particular note is the display handles SD/DH-SDI video for direct high-res camera input.   Wide-Screen Hi-Def 1920x1080

June 6th, 2014|

Ruggedized Servers Revamp Data-Centric Military Environments – COTS Journal

Ruggedized Server Cloud In A Case System COTS Journal, the premier monthly publication in the military hardware space, published an article written by Chassis Plans covering ruggedized servers in their May, 2014, edition.  See the full article at  "By using ruggedized rackmount servers with extended environmental specifications, military system integrators can provide back office capability in the

June 5th, 2014|

Touch Screens in Industrial Computer Systems

What is a touchscreen?A touchscreen is any monitor, based either on LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) or CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) technology, that accepts direct onscreen input. The ability for direct onscreen input is facilitated by an external (light pen) or an internal device (touch overlay and controller) that relays the X,Y coordinates to the computer.Resistive Touchscreen TechnologyResistive LCD touchscreen monitors

March 27th, 2014|

Passed our ISO 9001:2008 Confirmation Audit

This most recent ISO 9001:208 audit was a re-certification where the auditing organization (registrar International Standards Authority Inc.) reviewed Chassis Plans' quality plan to half of the ISO 9001:2008 standard.  The auditor felt our core processes are sound and he was generous in his praise for our systems and team.   The next audit is in November and is a

March 3rd, 2014|

Corporate Overview Video

Just released a short video overview of what Chassis Plans can offer our industrial and military computer and LCD customers.

February 27th, 2014|

Rugged Computer Truck Torture Test

Desert Truck Torture Test of Rugged Computer Our new rugged computer and LCD display capability video is up on Youtube at   We installed one of our rugged M2U military-grade computers and rugged 1U CCX rackmount LCD keyboard units in an ECS Loadmaster transit case along with an Intellipower UPS and took the system to the desert for

February 14th, 2014|

Mil-Std-810G – Part 9 (Humidity)

This is part 9 of a series delving into the intricacies of Mil-Std-810G.   810G covers humidity in Method 507.5.  This method comprises 21 pages.   The purpose of Method 507.5 is to determine the resistance of material to the effects of a warm, humid environment.  It is applicable to material that is likely to be stored or deployed in

January 27th, 2014|

Why go to a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)?

Traditional desktop PCs are being replaced in many installations by new Thin/Zero Client Workstations and Data Center Servers running virtual instances of application software.  With the pervasiveness of Gigabit Ethernet the user experience using this technology has been vastly improved.  This has a number of benefits to the corporation in the form of:   Increased Security as the workstation clients

January 14th, 2014|

Mil-Std-810G – Part 8 (Rain)

This is part 8 of a series delving into the intricacies of Mil-Std-810G.   810G covers rain exposure in Method 506.5. This method comprises 11 pages. The purpose of Method 506.5 is to help determine effects of rain, water spray or dripping water:  The effectiveness of protective covers, cases, and seals in preventing the penetration of water into the materiel.

January 14th, 2014|

Mil-Std-810G – Part 7 (Solar Radiation – Sunshine)

This is part 7 of a series delving into the intricacies of Mil-Std-810G.   810G covers Solar Radiation in 505.5 and serves two purposes: To determine heating effects from sunshine impinging directly on equipment (Procedure I). To help identify material degradation from sunshine (Procedure II).   Mil-Std-810G, Method 505.5, is a rather complicated section at 15 pages with three Annexes

January 12th, 2014|

ISO 9001:2008 Surveillance Audit

Chassis Plans just completed its most recent two-day ISO 9001:2008 surveillance audit by the registrar International Standards Authority Inc.   Periodic surveillance audits are a requirement for maintaining ISO 9001:2008 registration.   External surveillance audits verify that the organization has an effective quality management system that meets all the requirements of the internationally recognized ISO 9001:2008 standard.

January 9th, 2014|

Mil-Std-810G – Part 6 (Contamination by Fluids)

This is part 6 of a series delving into the intricacies of Mil-Std-810G.   810G covers contamination by fluids in 504.1.  Use the contamination by fluids tests to determine if equipment is affected by temporary exposure to contaminating fluids such as may be encountered during its life cycle.  In the case of rugged computers in the military environment, these fluids

January 8th, 2014|

What does “Made In America” Mean?

The label “Made in America”, “Made in the USA”, and other such phrases, have two meanings which depend on where the product is sold.  "Made in the USA" still has value to many customers.   Applicable in every state (and territory) in the United States, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has developed an enforcement policy which dictates “all or virtually

October 3rd, 2013|

Single Board Computer (SBC) and Backplane or Motherboard?

Chassis Plans M5U2203 GPU Server We often get asked if a motherboard or single-board computer (SBC) based system is the best solution for a particular application.   Here are some things to consider when making the decision on your next order.   Slots:   The SBC is a host card that plugs into a backplane.  The backplane can support up

August 21st, 2013|

What is PICMG?

The PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group (PICMG) is a group of over 220 companies.  Founded in 1994, this group was originally formed to adapt PCI technology for use in telecommunications, military, and industrial computing applications.   PICMG uses a numerical naming convention with the specification being referred to as “PICMG X.YY”. Where X is used to identify form factors (“1”

August 18th, 2013|

How Do You Ship a Rugged Computer?

If you are purchasing a rugged computer, you may think that packaging isn’t a problem to worry about. But to make sure you receive your hardware in perfect condition, certain precautions must be made so the packaging supports and protects the product though the delivery process.   Rugged computers and LCDs are designed to mount in specific ways which transmits

August 18th, 2013|

Too Many Cables! The HDMI Solution

The growing demand for High Definition video displays and devices over the past two decades has resulted in an increased number of video and audio interface cables. To help ease this confusion, HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) was developed.   Historically, in an analog TV or LCD, you had a minimum of two separate cable assemblies to output to a

August 4th, 2013|


DisplayPort Adapters for VGA, DVI and HDMI DisplayPort is a digital display interface developed by the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) to replace VGA, DVI, and FPD-Link.   It was designed to be backwards compatible with DVI, VGA and HDMI, enabling users like gamers, businesses, and the medical imaging community to leverage the equipment they already have.   DisplayPort

August 2nd, 2013|

IPMI and Why You Want It in Your Next Rugged Computer

The Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI), a standardized computer system interface, allows for remote monitoring of rugged computer system operation.  The standard enjoys broad support from multiple manufacturers.  It’s been around since the late 1990’s and has undergone multiple updates to offer broader functionality.   IPMI uses messages to communicate independently of the operating system via a hardware-level interface.  This

July 25th, 2013|

Mil-Std-810G – Part 5 (Temperature Shock)

This is Part 5 of a series delving into the intricacies of Mil-Std-810G.   810G covers temperature in 501.5 (High Temperature) and 502.5 (Low Temperature), both of which have been covered in previous blogs.  In addition, 503.5 covers Temperature Shock. Method 520.3 details testing which combines temperature, humidity, vibration and altitude interactively.  Methods 520.3 will be examined in future blogs. 

July 21st, 2013|

Mil-Std-810G – Part 4 (Low Temperature)

This is Part 4 of a series delving into the intricacies of Mil-Std-810G.   810G covers temperature in 501.5 (High Temperature) which was discussed in a previous blog, 502.5 (Low Temperature) and 503.5 (Temperature Shock). Method 520.3 details testing which combines temperature, humidity, vibration and altitude interactively.  Methods 520.3 will be examined in future blogs.  Method 502.5 covers 6 pages of

July 18th, 2013|

Brightness vs. Contrast Ratio: What Matters for Rugged LCDs in Harsh Environments?

Brightness and Contrast Ratio are terms used a lot in marketing material for displays, but what does it mean to the actual user?  Requirements for both specifications are determined by the end-use application and are functionally intertwined.  Brightness affects contrast ratio.  Ambient light affects both perceived brightness and contrast.  A monitor in an office setting needs very different specifications than

July 17th, 2013|

Mil-Std-810G – Part 3 (High Temperature)

This is Part 3 of a series delving into the intricacies of Mil-Std-810G.   810G covers temperature in 501.5 (High Temperature), 502.5 (Low Temperature) and 503.5 (Temperature Shock). Method 520.3 details testing which combines temperature, humidity, vibration and altitude interactively.  Methods 502.5 and 520.3 will be examined in future blogs.  Method 501.5 covers 12 pages of Mil-Std-810G.   High temperature

July 10th, 2013|

Mil-Std-810G – Part 2 (Low Pressure)

This is Part 2 of a series delving into the intricacies' of Mil-Std-901G.   Mil-Std-810G, Method 500.5 details testing equipment in a low pressure environment to simulate effects of altitude.  This section comprises 7 pages starting at page 63 of the Specification.   The detrimental effects of high altitude operation for computers and LCD displays includes:   Poor cooling due

July 3rd, 2013|

What Is Mil-Std-810G – Part 1 (Introduction)

Mil-Std-810G is a United States Military Standard that emphasizes tailoring an equipment's environmental design and test limits to the conditions that it will experience throughout its life.  In other words, except for some specific and carefully crafted test specifications, 810G leaves it up to the equipment manufacturer and the end user to define a test methodology.   The Specification is 804

June 30th, 2013|

What is Fed Std 595?

Federal Standard 595 is the US Government specification on color.  Anything the Government specifies that is painted will have a Fed Std 595 color callout.  Colors for tanks, ships, uniforms, the yellow line down the middle of the street, are all specified in 595.   The current revision is 'C'.  The initial specification was released in March, 1956 containing 358

June 27th, 2013|

Chassis Plans Signs Integral Marketing as Mid-Atlantic Reps

Chassis Plans has engaged Integral Marketing Inc. for sales representation across the Mid-Atlantic Region.   By offering representatives in the field, Chassis Plans will provide additional personal attention to its customers and enhance customer service. Integral Marketing’s representatives will be covering Manhattan and Long Island, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Washington DC, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.   For

June 26th, 2013|

DVI-D Versus DVI-I Connectors Explained

The Digital Visual Interface (DVI) is a video interface standard designed to provide very high visual quality on digital display devices such as flat panel LCD computer displays and digital projectors. It was developed by an industry consortium, the Digital Display Working Group (DDWG). It is designed for carrying uncompressed digital video data to a display. It is partially compatible

June 25th, 2013|

Most Annoying Features of Windows 8

Frustrated with the newest version of the Windows operating system, Windows 8?  You’re not alone. As soon as the new operating system launched the complaints and criticisms started to roll in.  Chassis Plans a company that makes ruggedized computers has put together this interesting infographic that highlights some of the most loathed features of Windows 8.  Starting with the famed disappearance of the Start Menu, this informative graphic outlines each annoying feature and when possible suggests one or more ways to get around or fix the problem feature.  Are you frustrated with the screen lock feature or are you having issues with getting the split screen to function properly?  Check out the infographic to see how these and other features can be made more user-friendly.  Also, be sure to comment on or share any annoyances or fixes you know of for Windows 8.

June 18th, 2013|

What is Mil-S-901D?

Military Specification Mil-S-901D covers shock event damage to equipment installed in Navy Ships.  It is an 82 page document with the current revision dated March 17, 1989, titled “Shock Tests. H.I. (High Impact) Shipboard Machinery, Equipment and Systems, Requirements For”.  Not to be confused with MIL-STD-901 which is a standard for men’s garrison caps.  The intent of MIL-S-901D is to

June 13th, 2013|

Precision Time for your Rugged Computer

Rugged computer systems are being used increasingly in mobile environments. These systems capture a variety of sensor data.  Is it important in your application to know when and where something happened?  Time and position can be very important factors in synchronizing this information from multiple sources or data streams.   GPS can provide a very accurate source of time and

June 11th, 2013|

GPU Computing Part 2: Rugged GPU Computing

Do you need to take your supercomputer into a harsh environment?  Today’s rugged computers are capable of analyzing huge amounts or real-time sensor data.   This is achieved by harnessing the computational performance of today’s GPU’s.   There are exciting opportunities for using GPU’s to solve problems like image analysis in defense applications.  There is an ever growing amount of video

June 6th, 2013|

GPU Computing Part 1: What is GPU Computing?

When we talk about GPU computing, we are referencing General Purpose computing on Graphics Processing Units, also known as GPGPU.  GPU computing accelerates application performance by offloading compute-intensive portions of the application to the GPU, while the remainder of the code still runs on the CPU. Applications run significantly faster from the perspective of the user.  Defining Your GPU Computer

June 6th, 2013|

What is the “U” or “RU” Form Factor in Rack Mount Equipment?

A Rack Unit (RU), also referred to as just U, is a measurement that refers to the height or space between shelves on a vertical storage rack designed to hold computer or AV equipment. Standard rack widths are 19 and 23 inches. The size of the rack mounted equipment is described by a number of units, such as 4U (i.e.,

May 30th, 2013|

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Quick Brief

The F35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) is slated to be the last manned aircraft in production. The design and production is being executed by a Lockheed Martin-led industry team that includes Northrop Grumman, BAE Systems, and Pratt & Whitney. The final assembly takes place at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company in Martin Ft. Worth, Texas.   The F-35 Lighting II is

May 29th, 2013|

Harsh Computing Environment’s – Hazardous (Classified) Locations

There are degrees of rugged computing environments.  Rugged systems can be designed to survive shock, vibration, altitude, and temperature extremes, but there are times when a computer or display may need to operate in a considerably more hazardous location.  The National Electrical Code (NEC) defines hazardous locations as being where a fire or explosive hazard may exist due to flammable

May 28th, 2013|

RAID Data Storage

IntroductionRAID is an acronym which stands for Redundant Array of Independent Disks.  It combines multiple disk drives into a logical unit.  As its name implies, it provides redundancy which allows continuous access to data should a disk drive fail.  When a server wants to store data it sends a write command to the storage array with the data to be

May 27th, 2013|

SATA Overview

Serial Advanced Technology Attachment (SATA) is an evolution of the Parallel ATA (PATA) interface that was developed for connecting a host system to peripheral devices, such as hard disk drives and optical storage drives. The need for increased data transfer rates drove the move from a parallel bus interconnect to a serial interconnect. With a 16 bit parallel data bus,

May 15th, 2013|

Choosing Touch Screen Technology for Rugged Applications

  CPX1-24 Rugged Mil Grade LCD Display In the past decade touch screen technology has been integrated into almost every facet of our lives, from smart phones and computer tablets to public information kiosks.  While innovative technologies developed over the past few decades have been tried and tested, many touch screen options don’t work well in the more demanding environments

May 13th, 2013|

Should USB 3.0 Be Used Instead of USB 2.0 in Your Next Computer?

USB 3.0 Connectors Universal Serial Bus (USB) has been with us since 1996 and USB 2.0 since 2000.  USB 2.0 has been the defacto standard peripheral interconnect for quite some time.  Now USB 3.0 is out.  Since it’s the newest version of the standard, we might assume that it should be used over the 2.0 standard.  It’s true

May 12th, 2013|

Supporting Legacy PCI Cards in Your New Rugged System

“How do I know what type of PCI card I have?”   “Will my card work in my PCI slot?”   In rugged computer environments many times there is a need to support legacy PCI cards.   It often surprises people that their PCI card won’t work in every PCI slot.  A PCI card can be 5V, 3.3V, or universal voltage (3.3V

May 10th, 2013|

Are Solid State Drives or Hard Disk Drives Right for Your Rugged Application?

Standard Hard Disk Drives (HDDs) contain one or multiple disks called platters, which are covered in a magnetic coating and then rotated at high speed. Drive heads then move across the platters, changing the magnetization of the material beneath to record data, or reading its state to return the stored information. Solid State Drives (SSDs) by comparison feature a non-mechanical

May 8th, 2013|

Windows XP Support Ends April 8, 2014

With less than a year left, Microsoft has announced they will suspend support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014.  Windows XP is still one of the most popular operating systems, accounting for approximately 20% of the traffic to Chassis Plans' web site.  Microsoft has posted several blogs urging businesses to upgrade before time runs out.  “You should take action

April 30th, 2013|

The Worst Computers of All Time

Have you ever owned a computer that made you want to pull your hair out? Wondering if your computer would be on the top 10 list of worst computers of all time? You might be in luck. Chassis Plans, a rugged computer manufacturer, has created this interesting infographic outlining some of the worst computers of all time. From the Commodore VIC 20 to the Netbook, this visual takes you through some of the most loathed computers and the features that drove their owners mad. Name a computer problem and one of these computers probably had it. From slow processor speeds to computers that would turn on in the middle of the night to computers that would melt discs, the problems go on and on. Surprisingly some of these computers, despite their problems set records like “the first commercial computer to be used in space” or “the first personal computer to sell more than one million units.” Check out to the infographic to learn more. Enjoy!

April 4th, 2013|

Destructive Testing of an Enclosure for Submarine Applications

Case Study - March 2013 When the end-use of a computer is in a military submarine, that computer has to be designed to withstand shock events to military standards. Submarines, as war craft, are subject to high-levels of shock from collisions or nearby weapon detonation and a submarine computer must be able to handle the blow, while not creating projectiles that

March 21st, 2013|

Your Configuration. One Part Number.

Transit Case System for Harsh Environments Providing our customers with a unique computer system solution is our core business, hence the phrase “Your Configuration.”  But we also sell our systems under “One Part Number.”  This can be a big benefit for customers with projects where multiple components are required to be placed in one rackmount configuration, saving time as

March 7th, 2013|

Rapid Prototyping Helps Customers Meet Short Deadlines

Rapid prototyping can be used to verify a design direction by testing specifications and components before committing resources. It can provide timely "proof of concept" products for review and final decision making. Rapid prototyping can help you meet a deadline if your customer suddenly backs up delivery schedules.   Chassis Plans' customers work on a variety of specialized programs, everything

February 8th, 2013|

Evolution of Ram & Processors [Infographic]

Have you ever been amazed by the pace at which computers increase in speed and processing power and yet keep getting cheaper?  You’re not alone.  Gordon Moore is famous for his observation that the number of transistors and integrated circuits in computer tends to double every two years or so.  The infographic below by industrial computer manufacturer Chassis Plans outlines this phenomenon in the evolution of both ram and processors over the past four decades.  The infographic highlights some of the most interesting changes in the computing world in our time.  Ram, for example, is shown going from an estimated value of $512 billion dollars for a gig of ram in 1966 to its projected cost of 1/100th of a cent in the year 2030.  From the Intel 4004 to the latest Ivy Bridge processor the infographic also takes you through a graphical history of modern processors. Enjoy!

January 30th, 2013|

Chassis Plans Rugged Computers at AFCEA West 2013

TFX-19 Trifold Rackmount LCD Monitor Chassis Plans is exhibiting at the largest state-of-the-art defense and technology exposition and conference on the West Coast at the San Diego Convention Center, January 29-31. West 2013 is co-sponsored by the AFCEA and the U.S. Naval Institute and features exhibits from more than 300 technology leaders and discussions by leading military experts.

January 30th, 2013|

Designing Computers for Harsh Environments

Transit Case System for Harsh Environments Rugged computers share several attributes that help them operate in harsh environments. They must be designed and built to very tight specifications with reliable, quality components, and tested thoroughly under worst-case conditions of their intended use. But "rugged" doesn't mean the same thing for different users and applications. A computer destined for

January 4th, 2013|

Chassis Plans to Support New NVIDIA Tesla K20 GPUs in its M5U-22A Rugged Rackmount 5U GPU Server for Military Markets

M5U-22A Rugged GPU Server System Chassis Plans, a provider of rugged computer systems and rugged LCD monitorsfor military applications, announces that it will offer the NVIDIA® Tesla® K20 GPU Accelerator in its M5U 22A product line. The NVIDIA® Tesla® K20 GPU Accelerator can also be integrated into Chassis Plans’ 1U to 5U rugged rackmount computers when customization is

November 16th, 2012|

Building a Ruggedized Computer to Withstand Almost Everything

Rugged 5U High Performance GPU Server From the hot sands of Iraq to the harsh peaks of the Himalayas, there isn’t a hostile terrain on earth a properly designed and constructed ruggedized computercan’t handle. While similar in function, a ruggedized computer differs from the standard desktop or laptop you use at home or the office in many ways. It’s designed to

October 6th, 2012|

The Secret Life of an Industrial PC: What It Is and How It Works

MBT-1A4MTX Rugged Industrial Computer Computers have led to increased efficiency in virtually every aspect of human life, from daily interactions on the personal and professional level to large-scale transactions within big industries. The image of a laptop computer on a study table, in a classroom, or at a coffee shop may seem fitting but computers are also commonly

September 22nd, 2012|

What You Should Look for in an Industrial LCD Monitor

The manufacturing industry, perhaps more than any other industry, requires advanced technology to keep up with the pace of distribution and consumption in the market. Factories need to use specialized equipment—reinforced and modified instruments—as any other major producer should. An industrial LCD monitor is among these vital tools that improves a factory’s operations. Take note of the following qualities of

September 20th, 2012|

The Rugged LCD Monitor: Clarity Even in Harsh Environments

Rugged computers are used in harsh environments, requiring tough construction to protect the more vulnerable parts. Home-use and office-use computers are more delicate and should not be exposed to the rigors of the factory floor or harsh environments. Rugged computers and rugged LCD monitors are specialized systems that are built to withstand and operate in all types of environments that risk

September 18th, 2012|

Industrial Computer: Designed to Withstand Harsh Work Environments

Millions of people around the world use computers daily for a variety of purposes including education, business and research. It almost seems there's nothing that couldn't be completed easier with the use of a computer anymore. As technology continues to drive all facets of life, the industrial computer has become crucial for occasions where technology is needed but otherwise hazardous

September 16th, 2012|

Everything You Need to Know about Your Industrial LCD Monitor

Industrial displays may not be something the average American thinks about on a regular basis, but they actually play a large role in the functioning of everyday technology. Think about scoreboards, flight status displays in airports and fluctuating stock price displays. All these depend on the use of industrial displays. As a matter of fact, without industrial displays, visual information

September 16th, 2012|