Frequently Asked Questions


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Rugged computer engineering refers to the design and development of computers, displays, servers, and routers that can withstand harsh environments and conditions that would otherwise damage or destroy non-rugged electronic devices. Some examples of rugged computer engineering include:

Designing and building rugged servers and computers that can withstand drops, shocks, and vibrations, as well as exposure to dust, moisture, and extreme temperatures. These rugged designs also feature the latest technology and security the field has to offer.

Creating rugged panel PCs and displays that are durable, reliable, and able to operate in industrial and harsh environments, such as factories, warehouses, and outdoor locations.

Engineering rugged vehicle-mounted computers that can withstand the rigors of use in vehicles, such as cars, trucks, and boats, and provide reliable performance in a wide range of conditions.

Developing specialized features and technologies, such as sealed enclosures, fanless cooling systems, and extended temperature ranges, to enable rugged devices to operate reliably in extreme environments.

Core Systems designs and supports many different product categories that may not be listed on the website. Please call us at 1-888-584-2673 to speak to a Sales Engineer to discuss the design you’re looking for.

Rugged servers and displays are designed for use in environments that are harsh or extreme. They are often used in military and industrial applications where the server or display may be subject to extreme temperatures, shock, vibration, and other environmental factors. Some common applications for rugged servers include:

Military: Rugged servers and displays are often used in military vehicles and other mobile military applications. They are designed to withstand the extreme conditions of battle, including shock, vibration, and exposure to the elements.

Industrial: Rugged servers and displays are also used in industrial applications, such as in factories or on oil rigs. They are designed to withstand harsh environments, such as high temperatures, dust, and vibration.

Outdoor: Rugged servers and displays are also used in outdoor applications, such as in remote monitoring systems or in remote weather stations. They are designed to withstand exposure to the elements, including rain, snow, and extreme temperatures.

These highly-functional systems are designed for use in a wide range of applications where the server may be subject to harsh or extreme conditions.

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Rugged tactical mission computers are specialized computers designed for use in military and other demanding applications. They are often ruggedized, meaning they are designed to withstand harsh environments and extreme conditions, such as shock, vibration, and exposure to the elements.

Tactical mission computers are typically portable and lightweight, making them easy to transport and use in the field. They are often used in military vehicles, such as tanks and aircraft, as well as in other mobile military applications.

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The military uses rackmount computing in a variety of ways. Rackmount computers are often used in military data centers and server rooms, where they can be easily managed and maintained. They are also used in military vehicles, such as tanks and aircraft, where they are typically mounted in a rack for easy access and management.

In addition, the military uses rackmount computers in a variety of mobile applications, such as in portable command centers and in other portable computing systems. Overall, the military relies on rackmount computers for a wide range of applications where compact, rugged computing is required.

We have a metal shop and CNC machine ship on-site at our Core Systems Headquarters in the United States. The fabrication center includes a variety of press brakes, turret presses, CNC Machines, Laser Machines, etc.

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The process of rackmount server integration in cabinets typically involves several key steps:

Identify the specific requirements and specifications for the rackmount servers, including the number and type of servers, the size and type of cabinets, and any other relevant factors.

Select and purchase the rackmount servers and cabinets and ensure that they are compatible with each other and with the existing infrastructure.

Install the rackmount servers in the cabinets, following the manufacturer’s instructions and any relevant industry or military standards. This may involve mounting the servers in the cabinets using brackets or other hardware and connecting the servers to power and other necessary utilities.

Configure the servers and cabinets, including setting up the servers’ operating systems and software, and configuring the cabinets to support the servers’ power and cooling requirements.

Test the servers and cabinets to ensure that they are functioning properly and meeting the requirements of the application. This may involve running performance, environmental and reliability tests, as well as long-term monitoring of the servers and cabinets to ensure that they are operating efficiently and without any issues.

Since we began, Core Systems has a long history of working directly with all branches of the military, including the Navy, Army, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard.

At Core Systems we have developed a variety of systems and embedded computers to work in the air, land and sea. Our servers, displays, routers, switches and laptops are built with the reliability extreme military missions require and are designed to be secure and up to date.

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Yes, we have an on-site test laboratory for shock, vibration, temperature, humidity, EMI and more. We build to your spec that we discuss in the preliminary development of your design. We have a long history of testing our products to meet the most challenging environments the military encounters.

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Core Systems can deliver your rugged design anywhere in the world. We have a long history of working with businesses in the United States and continue to expand worldwide.

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Embedded computing refers to the use of computers or computer-like devices to perform specific tasks within a larger system. These devices are often small, low-power, and specialized, and are designed to be integrated into a larger system in a seamless and transparent manner.

In the military, embedded computing is often used to provide a wide range of capabilities, including navigation, communications, weapons control, and situational awareness. For example, embedded computers might be used to control the targeting systems on a fighter jet, to provide real-time maps and information to a tank crew, or to manage the communications network for a military unit.

Metal fabrication is the process of building structures or machines by cutting, shaping, and joining pieces of metal. This can be done using a variety of tools and techniques, including welding, cutting, bending, and assembling.

Metal fabrication is a key part of the manufacturing process and is used to create a wide range of products, from simple household items to complex machinery and structures. It is often used in the construction of buildings, vehicles, and other large-scale projects.

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Conformal coating is a thin layer of protective material that is applied to the surface of a circuit board or other electronic device. The coating is applied in a liquid form and then cured, forming a protective layer that covers the surface of the device.

Conformal coating is commonly used to protect electronic devices from a range of environmental hazards, such as moisture, dust, and chemicals. They are typically made from polymers or other insulating materials and are used in a variety of industries, including aerospace, automotive, and telecommunications.

The military creates networking solutions by using a combination of hardware, software, and personnel to connect different devices and systems. This typically involves the use of specialized networking equipment, such as routers and switches, to create a network infrastructure that can support the transmission of data, voice, and video.

The military may also use a variety of protocols and standards to ensure that the network is secure and can support the transmission of sensitive information. In addition, the military may employ trained personnel, such as network administrators and IT specialists, to design, configure, and manage the network. Overall, the military uses a variety of approaches to create effective and secure networking solutions that can support its operations.

The military uses a wide range of rugged equipment and technology to support various operations. This includes things like ruggedized laptops and tablets for communications and data management, ruggedized vehicles and aircraft for transportation, and ruggedized gear for individuals such as protective clothing, packs, and weapons.

Military equipment is designed to be durable and reliable in challenging environments, including extreme temperatures, harsh weather, and rough terrain. Due to the high risk of the application, reliability is the number one factor.