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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|

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|

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 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|

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|

Editor’s Choice in Military Embedded Systems Magazine

SAN DIEGO, CA, December 11, 2015 --- Chassis Plans’ (www.chassis-plans.com) 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|

Chassis Plans Launches Rugged Portable Computer

SAN DIEGO, CA, December 4, 2015 --- Chassis Plans (www.chassis-plans.com) 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|

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 (www.chassis-plans.com) 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|

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 www.dmtsales.com for more information for DesertMountain Technical Sales.Acudata, Inc.Responsible for

May 29th, 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|

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 www.ctsrep.com.   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|

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 - http://www.sciencecartoonsplus.com   Is there a real shortage of Engineers and

February 10th, 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|

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|

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|

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|

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|

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|