We strongly believe that this collaboration with Captec will enable us to provide ruggedised servers that can survive the types of harsh environments and extreme conditions experienced in this application.

Senior Technical Lead


A leading designer and manufacturer of fibre optic-based specialised instrumentation, utilising bespoke technologies to deliver real time, mobile measurement systems. Its solutions are deployed in a wide diversity of locations, including in hostile environments, for seismic and exploration applications.

The Challenges:

  • Design and development of custom 3U and 1U servers, integrated into a 5U ruggedised case with the customer’s 1U specialised instrumentation for mobile transportation
  • The ruggedised case, computers and instrumentation had to be able to withstand heavy shock and vibration caused by transportation in vehicles
  • Customer required all cables to be situated at the front of the ruggedised case for ease of usage, serviceability and protection from heat
  • The solution had to be capable of withstanding a wide temperature for global deployment, vehicle transportation and exposure to varying climactic conditions
  • Shock and vibration performance certification to customer stipulated levels was crucial to validating reliability
  • The 3U server required integrated board assembly to support customer functionality demands

The Solution

  • Captec’s specialists took total ownership of the project, designing and integrating its own 3U and 1U server, and the customer’s 1U specialist instrumentation, into a 5U ruggedised case
  • Ruggedised case engineered internally for improved housing and storage, and bespoke metalwork undertaken to protect computers and instrumentation from shock and vibration
  • Rerouted all cables from the rear to the front of the case to improve serviceability and usage, while a bespoke cable guard protects wires from overheating
  • Engineered thermal management created a wide operating temperature range
  • Captec managed the entire shock and vibration compliance process from start to successful completion, including in-house pre-testing for speed and complete assurance
  • Integration of third party cards at board-level saved the customer time and resource

The Outcome

  • Customer benefits from an expert supplier that took holistic project ownership, including design, BOM management, obsolescence control, compliance, modifications and integration
  • A ruggedised, fully mobile solution that can be easily transported to plug and play in any location
  • Assurance that the entire unit is able to withstand the environmental challenges of a range of locations, including wide temperatures and heavy shock and vibration
  • Projected business forecast for further installations

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