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08 December 2020 | Products, Technology

What is VPX
– Specifically designed to enable high performance

VPX products are widely deployed in military and aerospace environments due to their robust, high performance nature. Rugged variants are usually available based on a rigorous testing cycle to ensure reliability in severe operating temperatures, shock, vibration, altitude and other environmental factors.

Recab in collaboration with Concurrent Technologies guides you in the topic VPX:
What is VPX – specifically designed to enable high performance -The OpenVPX framework defines the clear interoperability points necessary for integration between Module to Module and Module to Backplane and Chassis. The Specification describes the technical implementation details for 3U and 6U VPX payload and switch modules in an attempt to provide clear guidance on how to build interoperable computing and communication platforms.

Technologies called for in VPX specifications include:

  • 3U VPX Single Board Computers
  • 6U formats
  • High performance connector now rated up to 25 Gbit/s
  • Choice of high-speed serial fabrics
  • Direct coaxial (VITA 67) and fibre (VITA 66) connections

The technology was originally created in 2007, based on serial fabrics that are point to point in nature.  Owned By VITA, and as a successor of the VME standards, the VPX (VITA 46) standards were created to deliver more robust, high-speed performance for data-intensive, high bandwidth applications. VITA’s goal was to provide a future proofed standard that would be used to create rugged solutions for applications in the military, aerospace, transportation and industrial markets.

Most of the previous open standards, including VPX, have typically focused on board level requirements, but there is also a need for considering system-level requirements to improve interoperability and reduce customization, testing, cost, and risk. Based on key customer feedback the original VPX specification evolved to include OpenVPX™ profiles for multi-vendor integrated environments. The working group was formed in 2009, with a goal to improve the interoperability of 3U and 6U boards through the implementation of predefined profiles, and thus to lower the risk of adoption, expand the addressable market for VPX solutions and accelerate the deployment of the solutions into defense related applications.

OpenVPX is a development of, and complementary to, VPX. The OpenVPX (VITA 65) Specification was ratified by ANSI in June 2010. Whilst widely adopted, it was recognized that OpenVPX still made technology transitions difficult and caused system integrators difficulties.  Two main issues were the mix of +5V and +12V power supplies and the proliferation of vendor specific user I/O pin implementations.  SOSA/HOST/CERDEC groups formed driving further changes to VITA 65.0 and VITA 65.1 standards in 2019. The aforementioned groups formed with a series of open architecture goals in mind. These goals include: enabling cost savings/avoidance, facilitating technology refresh, improving interoperability, faster incorporation of innovation, and enhancing competition for components. The emergence of such groups also provided a platform to check for compliance of and the effectiveness of the standards.

VPX boards utilize alignment/keying blocks which are designed to be suitably robust:  A 6U board has three such keying blocks, while a 3U board has two.The VPX connector is specifically designed to enable high performance. It accomplishes this through a 7-row 16-wafer (wafers can be power, differential or single-ended) that delivers highly controlled impedance, minimal insertion loss and less than 3% crosstalk at transfer rates up to 6.25 Gbit/s. These statistics will be a great deal better for newer connector types, such as the Tyco Electronics MULTIGIG TR 3, with some transfer rates reaching up to 25 Gb/s.

The new connector enables a 6U VPX board to feature a total of 707 non-power electrical contacts and a total of 464 signal contacts, meaning that compared to other standards, VPX offers higher connection density and improved performance Furthermore, VITA 48 now Includes additional standards for more exotic cooling technologies including Air and Liquid Flow Through.

One other key benefit of using VPX technologies, is the fact it is widely adopted and promoted. VPX boards feature in a number of applications, including: Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR), Radio Detecting and Ranging (RADAR), Signals Intelligence (SIGINT), Electronic Warfare (EW), and a number of test and simulation applications. Due to the high level of adoption and promotion, there is a constant push for newer, more progressive innovations. We have seen, in the past 10 years or so, a great deal of development towards ever higher connection speeds, and more recently roadmap towards PCIe Gen 5, 100GbE technology. There is a great deal of work going on behind the scenes, so we can be certain that there is more room for progression in the near future.

While VME was based on a bus, with signals daisy-chained at each slot, VPX is based on switched fabrics. The single biggest difference between today’s VMEbus boards and VPX boards is that VPX boards use a new connector.  The boards are designed around a connector suitable for high speed, rugged applications.  Initially connectors were available from a single vendor but now alternative and higher performance variants are available, such as that of
Tyco Electronics MULTIGIG RT3 and RT 2-S and Amphenol’s R-VPX Ruggedized.

The VPX specification outlines that a 6U VPX board features six 16-column 7-row connectors and one 8-column 7-row connector, while a 3U board features two 16-column 7-row connectors and one 8-column 7-row connector. One reason the VPX board was created, was to provide a higher-powered alternative to the VMEbus technologies readily available at the time. Typically, VME based systems have limited power budgets, whereas using VPX technology enables the possibility of using much higher performance products that can draw significantly more power.

Link to Recab Engineering
Link to a selection of Recab´s range of VPX 

For more info about VPX and our solutions:
Bjørn Espen Aase  / +47 95 05 95 15 /
Brian Ulskov Sørensen / +45 70 300 310 /
Pontus Eriksson / +46 73 073 79 55 /

25 November 2020 | Event, Technology

Recab Free Webinar:
Vision, systems and sensors

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Recab free webinar – Vision systems and sensors
Klas Bengtsson, Technical sales, Vision and ID at Recab describes the market for vision systems and sensors. Which techniques are most used today, which are in progress and which are expected to disappear?

We will also show a selection of our product range at Recab – Pre view of our selection 

Time: 30 min
Host: Klas Bengtsson – Technical sales, Vision and ID at Recab
 – For registration: Fill in the form below, in a few minuts you have an email from us with the link to the free webinar

Read more about what we at Recab can do for you in the area within Sensors, ID and Vision – Projects and products.

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23 November 2020 | Marketing, Technology

Recab Smart City:
Develop flexible sensor-platform, and OT infrastructure to Smart Winter Roads project

Recab will develop and deliver a flexible sensor-platform, and OT* infrastructure to Smart Winter Roads project: Recab are going to develop the hardware, that will consist of a rugged Smart City sensor platform that can accommodate a variety of sensors and/or cameras for acquisition of environmental data like precipitation, temperature, humidity, wind force, etc. The project will also develop solutions for the public, to provide real-time local weather information and driving conditions.

A vehicle mounted sensor platform will also be developed for integration into the equipment carriers. This unit will gather relevant data from the vehicles themselves and the mounted equipment. Analysis of this data will provide the operators with information on the condition of the equipment in addition to documentation on the quality of the service.

Read more about the Smart Winter Roads project:  www.smartemjø
Read more about the Recab Engineering Team:

Contact Recab:
Trond Halden 
– Project Manager / FAE, Recab Norway / +47 48145924 /

Contact: Smart vinterveg
Pål Godard – Assistant Project Manager / + 94 81 90 17 /

Contact:  Betelo AS
Jostein Bjørkøy
– General manager / + 92 20 52 81 /

*“Operational Technology, or OT, is a critical network segment used by businesses that produce goods or deal in physical processes. Industries like manufacturing, chemicals, oil and gas, mining, transportation, and logistics all use specialized technologies to run things like assembly floors, production yards, and energy grids. The control, monitoring, and management of these systems have been progressively automated over the last few decades, and the specialized systems that perform these tasks are variously called Industrial Control Systems (ICS), Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA), or simply OT.”

12 November 2020 | Event, Marketing, Technology

Recab free webinar:
Vision, systems and sensors

What opportunities arise when we equip our machines with the ability to see and feel? Welcome to a webinar in cooperation with the association Automations Region and IFM Electronic.

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Recab free webinar – Vision systems and sensors :
Klas Bengtsson, Technical sales, Vision and ID at Recab describes the market for vision systems and sensors. Which techniques are most used today, which are in progress and which are expected to disappear?

Jonas Lindgårde, Vision & Support manager, and Hans Eliasson, CEO of IFM Electronic, show how sensors and sensors can create value when the industry is digitized. They provide examples of areas of use and highlight opportunities with new technology such as 3D cameras.

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Practical information
Date: Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Time: 09:00 to 10:00
Click here for registation

The webinar the webinar is held in Swedish, for an English version or other questions, please contact Klas Bengtsson

Read more about what we at Recab can do for you in the area within
Sensors, ID and Vision – Projects and products.

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29 September 2020 | Technology

Recab: Bringing digitization to oil and gas – Reduce cost by up to 20 percent

The offshore energy industry, whether it is oil and gas or offshore wind, is one underpinned by remote and distributed assets, critical operations and harsh environments. As such, it is one of the prime sectors to benefit from digitization and embedded technologies to support improved maintenance and monitoring. Let us guide you through the topic - Bringing digitization to oil and gas

Oil exploration and oil and gas production require analysis of enormous amounts of seismic and geological data. Therethrough the need for advanced and reliable analysis tools is growing – both in terms of sustainable and value-creating decisions.

To maintain a high oil and share price, one is dependent on investments from the financial markets. Therefore, the oil companies must be able to prove that they do things in the best possible way.  And that the oil droplets from the wells go to the least possible polluting purpose. To succeed, the industry must dare to use the latest tools that new technologies bring to the table. And therethrough bringing digitization to oil and gas.

Create “data lakes”
New Technologies, is used to collect and analyze data for future innovation and supports the digital transformation. In the past, there were applications for everything, but now we see increasingly more people choosing to utilize the cloud. By doing this they create “data lakes”, which you can connect to with analysis tools. In this way, the customer can get the most possible business value from the enormous amount of data that exists.

International Data Corporation (IDC) made a prediction in 2014. They suggested that ten times the amount of data already created would be created in the next seven years..  At the same time, technology is constantly developing. And the development makes it possible to process and apply data through even faster processing, artificial intelligence and machine learning. Enormous increases in the amount of data has also made cyber security climbed higher on the oil companies’ priority list.

Cyber security in embedded systems
There will be an increased focus on predictive maintenance and cyber security, for sure. New standards for implementing cyber security in embedded systems are evolving, and soon to be ratified. We will see that more and more people move home services to have better control of their data. As well as that the insurance industry launches new products that insure companies against computer crime.

In order to collect all this data, modern embedded systems and Industrial IoT are required. The industry must dare to use the latest tools that new technologies bring to the table – bringing digitization to oil and gas.

The main application areas for embedded systems in the offshore industry

The nature of all offshore operations lends itself well to the potential benefits of embedded computing and digitization. Interestingly, one of the areas where we at Recab have seen a lot of projects recently is in offshore wind generation. Wind farms are high-tech and are an ideal Internet of Things (IoT) use case.

Only last year, a report commissioned by the UK’s Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult highlighted the offshore wind sector as lagging behind in adoption and understanding of digital technologies. We are certainly seeing evidence that operators are now addressing that and investing in edge servers for remote monitoring and predictive maintenance.

Involving unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)
We also see projects for mapping the seabed using lidar scanners and/or cameras, often involving unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). When using UAVs, the ability to process the data as effectively as possible is very important. We also have more traditional projects for ships, either for navigation or for transmitting data. The value of embedded systems and digitization truly spans all offshore operations.

The key with each of these projects is to consider the environmental conditions. These conditions are arguably the biggest challenge for the development of embedded computing in offshore environments. These systems need to be IEC 60945 compliant, IP67 rated to protect against salt mist and water ingress. As well as being able to operate in a wide range of temperatures and pressures. Subsea projects in the North Sea, for example, will need to function effectively in the very low temperatures, as well as subsea pressure changes.

The reason why more businesses in this area are turning to embedded solutions – Reduce cost by up to 20 percent
The International Energy Agency estimates that digitization can reduce production costs in the oil and gas sector by up to 20 percent. According to auditing and consulting firm PWC, there is great potential for savings through more efficient maintenance and better operation of assets.

Both the upstream and midstream oil and gas sectors are characterized by distributed assets and infrastructures in harsh environments. They therefore require ultra-robust embedded platforms for the digital transformation challenge that offers a huge potential for cost savings. There is also further potential for savings in the supply chain. This is through the use of artificial intelligence and integrated platforms that connect organizations with external partners.

By digitizing save up to $1 trillion in capital and operating costs
By digitizing these processes, companies in the upstream and midstream sector can potentially save up to $1 trillion in capital and operating costsBy digitizing. Realizing this potential requires extremely robust embedded edge server technologies, such as those offered by Recab. Our IoT and solution-ready system platforms for solution providers, system integrators and end users are based on these technologies.” The industry must dare to use the latest tools that new technologies bring to the table – bringing digitization to oil and gas.

Our offer to offshore and oil and gas companies
In late 2019, Recab’s partner Congatec introduced a new rugged class of embedded edge server technologies designed for the digitization of the upstream and midstream oil and gas industry. The new embedded edge computing platforms are designed for extended temperature ranges, with optional conformal coating to protect against the effects of salt water or condensation caused by large temperature fluctuations.

In addition, they offer comprehensive server class RAS (reliability, availability, serviceability) features that enable OEMs to dependably manage thousands of devices remotely. As multicore designs with currently up to 6 cores and a particularly low 25W TDP, they are suitable for completely fanless and therefore maintenance-free 24/7 operation in hermetically sealed housings with the highest IP protection classes.

Recab´s Expertise in embedded edge technologies for harsh environments.
For us at Recab, we support with our expertise and experience in  We have been able to design and deploy embedded systems in several maritime projects where there is a need for an IEC 60945 compliant computer that is IP67 rated and resistant to salt mist. The sea simply is not the best environment for a computer. Therefore a lot precautions are necessary for a computer to keep functioning for many years.

We are supporting the offshore business with different flavors of embedded systems, including cost-effective and SWaP (Size, Weight, and Power) optimized solutions based on our baseboard solutions for our COMexpress modules. These projects can be in a variety of applications. Examples are remote operated vehicles (ROVs) for transmitting data from cameras or lidars to process the data before it is sent to the main server. It can also be controlling the sensors in an offshore wind turbine as well as traditional oilrigs.
Choosing the right technologies and system partners will prove essential to success
In recent years, the oil and gas industry has reduced its staff and therefore some companies either do not have the in-house competence or do not have the time to do the development themselves and therefore they turn to us for a helping hand.

The number of units needed in the offshore business is usually small- to mid-size volumes. This is one of the reasons why it makes sense to work with a company like Recab. It is also a sector that is heavily regulated and that appreciates close contact and cooperation with the developing party.

The potential benefits of digitization in the offshore industry are clear: reduced production costs, improved maintenance efficiency and lower capital expenditure. As more offshore companies move to digitize their processes and operations, choosing the right technologies and system partners will prove essential to success.

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28 September 2020 | Technology

The sensors in Industry 4.0

Sensors are used across a wide range of applications. Some are simpler, straightforward solutions in our daily life.
Examples of these types of solutions are automatic doors, vending machines, elevators, car washes, garbage trucks and touch pads. Let us at Recab guide you through the different types of sensors on the market and and all the possibilities they enable.

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Today’s ‘smart sensors’ are an integral part of Industry 4.0 and vital components in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), providing connectivity and interaction within machines and other network devices. Often, they are combined with other hardware such as computers, cameras and switches to provide users with greater insights and analysis. Modern sensors are equipped with IO-links where the system check if the sensor works in a healthy way and alarm any type of error.


A world of variety

Recab offers a vast portfolio of sensors that are suitable for almost any application in any industry. Our experts provide customers with off-the-shelf products from leading worldwide suppliers, as well as customized solutions. Our portfolio covers:

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Unparalleled experience and technical expertise
Customers come to Recab with a variety of different briefs when it comes to their sensor requirements. With years of experience in working with all the main sensors on the market, our technical sales team has built up specialist expertise which customers truly value. This means that we can assist not just in the sale of a sensor solution, but with the whole process. From the selection of the best product, right through to custom development and installation.

Sensors to fit any application
As with all Recab services, our engineers work closely with our customers to create exceptional solutions that meet the requirements and demands for the application they need. The experience and knowhow of our technical sales team, coupled with our best-in-class product portfolio, means we can deliver the highest quality customer experience in the Nordic region.

Recab exclusive supplier
Recab is the exclusive supplier in the Swedish and Norwegian market for global market leader, Keyence. Based in Japan, Keyence supply sensors, measuring systems, measurement sensors and systems, code readers, static eliminators and machine vision systems all over the world – and are at the forefront of factory automation. Our engineers have years of experience in developing Keyence solutions for the Nordic market.
We also provide sensors from other prominent sensor manufacturers such as Micro Detectors, based in Modena, Italy.


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31 August 2020 | Technology

Recab: IIoT – Industrial Internet of Things

Industry 4.0 has seen new concepts and technologies such as machine learning, artificial intelligence and automation developing at a rapid pace.


Guidance, What is IIoT (IIoT)- Industrial Internet of Things:
One key element of Industry 4.0 is the Internet of Things (IoT), where computing systems connect seamlessly with other devices in the cloud – transferring data over a network without human intervention. By combining these connected devices, it is possible to gather data, analyse it and create insights and actions to help with any given task. Consumers use cloud solutions every day, and now see them as part of the natural order. In the world of business, too, new technologies are emerging all the time that help increase productivity, eliminate errors and facilitate almost limitless connectivity.

Internet of Things (IoT) – generates connectivity
Within manufacturing, the IIoT does the same thing on an industrial scale. Rather than supporting simpler consumer or IT requirements, IIoT generates connectivity between machines, factories and entire supply chains.

In this new, hyper-connected world, the IIoT is revolutionizing the way we build things by enabling the acquisition and accessibility of far greater amounts of data, at far greater speeds, far more efficiently than before.

IIoT – the potential to connect all its component parts
However complex a machine might be, the IIoT has the potential to connect all its component parts, including sensors, cameras and embedded computers. Data is transferred from the machines and reassembled in the cloud, making it accessible from anywhere in the world in real time. As the breadth, depth and granularity of the data increases, machines can learn and improve performance.

Operators can use IIoT to predict when their machines will need maintenance or replacement, minimising downtime and maximising productivity. With cloud connectivity, there is also almost limitless potential to share information and optimise processes leading to rapid advancements in technology and innovation.

Challenges with IIoT in your business
But, as with all major breakthroughs, there are challenges for organisations to overcome. The nature of cloud computing and open source principles, where code is freely available to be shared, can make companies nervous that they are being exposed to unnecessary risk. Some organizations might be reluctant to adopt a fully cloud-based solution because they are worried about losing control of their data.

There is also the problem of mindset. Many people are resistant to wholesale change, and fearful of what new processes and systems might mean for their roles and livelihoods.

Recab: IIoT provides manufacturers with a world of new possibilities.
At Recab, our role is to provide the right hardware, insight and practical support for customers looking to navigate this new world of connectivity within an industrial environment. We are cyber security experts, so customer data remains safe at all times, while our suite of services covers the whole spectrum of computing from edge to cloud – including routers and application software.

Cutomer Case – Nordomatic AB a leader in energy-efficient building automation:
One of Recab´s recurring customers – Nordomatic AB, is a leader in Europe when it comes to energy-efficient building automation. By combining an optimal indoor climate with heavily reduced costs and a long-term sustainable society they create a unique offer. What primarily distinguish them is the combined competence and enthusiasm for both building automation and energy efficiency within properties says Kenneth Martinsson – CTO Cloud Service at Nordomatic.


Kenneth Martinsson – CTO Cloud Service at Nordomatic.

All parameters play a role for Nordomatic:
Energy efficient building automation is based on utilizing all the surplus energy that is created in a building, but which usually is not taken to use. The solution also takes the property´s building structure into account, since every property have a unique thermal inertia and is therefore optimally controlled according to precisely those conditions. Someone called it “Eco-driving” for real estate.

In order for our customer to be able to handle an overview and future forecast of approximately 200 facilities, Recab provides routers as well as VPN-solutions such as, see link below:
VPN-Solution: iCom Connectivity Suite – VPN

All monitoring takes place via a web browser where it is simple to keep track of statuses -whereupon you get an overview without being at the locations in person – “Eco-driving” for real estates.


Our three core divisions are Sensor, ID and VisionIndustrial Data Communication  and Embedded Computing Services, and these teams have access to a vast portfolio of products.

Some of our key global partners within Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) :
Belden Hirschmann
Siemens Ruggedcom

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24 August 2020 | Technology

Industry 4.0
The industrial revolution

How Industry 4.0 is helping Recab revolutionise computing hardware. We are now in the middle of the fourth industrial revolution. Just as with the three that preceded it, this has meant a seismic shift in the way we use technology to help make advances in all areas of our lives and work.


Industry 4.0 the industrial revolution
In the 1800s, the first industrial revolution saw manual labor replaced by steam power. Then, at the start of the 20th century, electricity changed the industrial landscape again. In the second half of the 20th century, the third industrial revolution placed computing at the center of everything. Industry 4.0 is all about connectivity. Our computers have become so sophisticated, they can learn to communicate – not only with each other, but with machines, factories and entire supply chains. In this interconnected world, it is possible for manufacturers to streamline operations and optimize processes, delivering huge cost-savings and efficiencies.

Industry 4.0 – ability to predict early potential problems
Companies can also start to automate asset tracking and predictive maintenance. Previously, machines had to be taken out of commission periodically for planned repairs and upgrades. Industry 4.0 solutions give manufacturers the ability to predict when potential problems are going to arise before they actually happen, minimizing downtime and saving money.

With every advancement in digital technology, AI and automation, organisations have better visibility of their entire operation – a ‘helicopter view’ with real time access to data insights and analytics. Cloud computing technology enables almost limitless storage and sharing potential, and removes the requirement for siloed servers and data centers. Multinational organisations can now standardize global practices and bring harmony and continuity to all aspects of their business.

Industry 4.0 – Only benefits or…
But with all the great benefits Industry 4.0 brings, there are challenges to be addressed.
Even in the most basic office environment, IT upgrades and process changes can be difficult and expensive. In industrial settings, the complexity and costs increase exponentially. Hardware is required that can operate in tough physical environments. It needs to be robust and rugged, and able to withstand exposure to dust, vibration and extreme temperatures.

Many industries require strict adherence to regulations and specific certifications, so ensuring compatibility across a range of solutions can be difficult.

There is also the question of competition. As more companies adopt an Industry 4.0 model, it is becoming increasingly important to follow suit, and that can put pressure on staff and budgets.

But if you can overcome these obstacles and successfully embrace Industry 4.0, it will boost the efficiency and profitability of your entire operation.

At Recab, Industry 4.0 is at the heart of our business.
For many years we have been leaders in the field of embedded computer systems, helping customers all over the Nordic region make enhancements to their IT capabilities and processes. Since 2018, we have added two business sectors: Industrial Data Communication  and Sensor, ID and Vision. This gives Recab access to a vast portfolio of products, and gives us the potential to provide a holistic service across all a customer’s hardware needs.

In a complex and highly fragmented market, Recab provides customers with the expertise, experience and reassurance they need. Whether an organisation is looking for a single product, or a tailored solution across a range of interconnected products, we work with the biggest suppliers from Asia, Europe and the US and can help design and implement customized packages from edge to cloud.

Some of our key global partners within Embedded Computer Systems:
Kontron Europe GmbH
Concurrent Technologies Plc
nVent (Schroff)
SINTRONES Technology Corp.
Congatec AG
Neousys Technology Inc.

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17 August 2020 | Technology

Industrial PCs – Rugged solutions that are built to last

Many organizations across diverse vertical markets are faced with a choice over the type of computing set-up they need to optimize their operations. Often, this comes down to whether they can achieve their goals using commercially-available PCs and equipment, or whether it is better to invest in an industrial computing solution.


Industrial PC – designed for longevity
Usually, companies make these decisions based on budget. But it is important to consider the long-term benefits of an industrial model before selecting a cheaper commercial set-up. Industrial PCs are built to last much longer than their commercial counterparts. It is widely accepted that Industrial PCs might provide up to 15 years of service, whereas commercial machines tend to have a much shorter shelf-life. After one or two years, you have to replace them and start again.

Not only that, Industrial PCs are designed for longevity. Their parts and components continue to be supported for many years, so their overall life-cycles are much longer. This is important because it means users can implement long-term strategies knowing their technical set-up will remain stable and reliable.

Industrial PC – for critical applications
Consider also the environment your computers need to operate in. Any application where a computer is required to run 24/7 is usually beyond the scope of commercial technology. Critical applications require industrial computing solutions, whereas commercial PCs are designed to be switched off at the end of the working day.

Reliability is a big factor for these applications, particularly if they are required to operate outdoors. Specialist, robust machines are essential to ensure you get optimized performance, strong weather-resistance and minimal down-time.

Industrial PC – harsh environment
The harsher the environment, the more essential industrial computers become. Many are able to perform in extreme temperatures, with a typical range of -20 to +75 °C. If you compare that to commercial PCs with their range of 0-35 °C, you can see that industrial models are the only real option for year-round outdoor performance.

Certain industries also have tough regulatory and certification benchmarks. Marine and off-shore applications, for example, require equipment to meet rigorous performance standards. This creates a layer of complexity that only a bespoke industrial solution can provide.

Industrial PC – connectivity, compatibility and automation
In the modern age of Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things, connectivity, compatibility and automation are all vital considerations. But with most industrial solutions as nimble as commercial PCs in terms of cloud technology and interoperability, it should be possible to find something that solves all your challenges around staying connected across multiple locations and platforms.

Industrial PCs come in a wide range of forms to cover a multitude of purposes and usages:

  • Industrial motherboards, from COM modules to ATX, ensure large span of performance
  • Legacy IO, like serial ports for connecting to sensors
  • BOM freeze secures long-term product qualification
  • Interface slots for industrial grade IO boards and storage
  • Conformal coating prevents corrosion

Recab: Industrial PC
At Recab, we are committed to putting together the best bespoke industrial solutions for our customers. Working with the most prominent suppliers all over the world, we can provide rugged industrial PCs and components for any application in any vertical market.

When we work on a project, we prefer to look to the future. We suggest hardware that is built to last and can stand up to the harshest environments. With our vast experience and expertise, we know that investing in industrial solutions from the start provides better value for customers in the long term.

For many years we have been leaders in the field of embedded computer systems, helping customers all over the Nordic region make enhancements to their IT capabilities and processes. Since 2018, we have added two business sectors: Industrial Data Communication  and Sensor, ID and Vision. This gives Recab access to a vast portfolio of products, and gives us the potential to provide a holistic service across all a customer’s hardware needs.

Some of our key global partners within Embedded Computer Systems:
Kontron Europe GmbH
Concurrent Technologies Plc
nVent (Schroff)
SINTRONES Technology Corp.
Congatec AG
Neousys Technology Inc.
Printec-DS Keyboard

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10 August 2020 | Technology

Recab: Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI)

Recab: How HCI created a data center revolution. In the past, data centers were big - They had to accommodate isolated, single-purpose hardware for every IT function. As a result, organizations had to invest vast sums in multiple hardware units, many of which sat idling the majority of the time, creating an environment of high cost and low efficiency.

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The development of HC
In recent years, there has been a new way of thinking around data centers that allows organizations to consolidate resources in a different way. By making data centers more hardware efficient, companies can be more agile in the way they manage their computing systems.

Converged infrastructure
First, converged infrastructure brought together diverse IT elements into one box, merging computing units, storage, and networking technologies. All to create an integrated and unified system that could perform multiple business functions. This gave organizations flexibility, increased available real estate and saved significant costs. But it still required hardware. Companies still needed to provide a physical location for their servers.

Hyperconverged infrastructure(HCI)
Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) goes one step further. HCI is hardware-agnostic and has heralded the emergence of software-defined data centers (SDDC). Virtualization software enables hardware to be abstracted and migrated to the cloud. And that way creating a single interface with lower operational costs, improved performance for every application, better data governance, and no vendor lock-in.


On-demand computing
Most important of all, it gives companies access to on-demand computing, optimizing hardware only when you need it and exponentially increasing scalability and processing capacity. HCI solutions give many organizations in diverse vertical markets the versatility they need.

With HCI, there is almost limitless possibility in terms of suppliers and compatibility. You can eliminate vendor lock-in and over provisioning, meaning greatly reduced infrastructure spending across your entire data center.

Customized HCI solutions from Recab
Recab provides bespoke HCI solutions for anyone looking to drive IT efficiencies throughout their business.

One of our areas of specialism is in delivering support for customers operating in environments requiring rugged hardware, such as the defense and aerospace industries. These are areas where computing technology not only has to be hyper-connected but meet tough certification standards and be resistant to among other extreme shock, vibration and wide temperature ranges.

This kind of customer brief has a high level of complexity and, in the past, would have necessitated many different functions, each requiring an individual hardware unit. But IT infrastructure in these industries has come a long way. Now, Recab can provide customers with rugged and resistant hardware from the best suppliers around the world, with the simplicity and scalability of best-in-class HCI technology.

Recab experience and knowhow
We also have the experience and knowhow to put customer plans into action, working alongside them on visualization and practical implementation to set them up for long-term success. Recab’s vast network of suppliers from all over the world means we can always deliver the best value, and our technical expertise allows us to provide easy, compact HCI solutions to fit any customer brief.

Key Characteristics

  • Recab’s latest innovation for our Advanced Modular Computers product family;
  • Virtualized & VMware Certified Rugged Cloud Server for Embedded Defence Applications, deployed in Naval vessels.
  • Rugged by design, 3U OpenVPX COTS technology. Based upon standard 19” rackmount dimensions – shallow depth (below 300 mm)
  • Air-Cooled system, conformal coated electronics
  • Smart & silent 2U fan-tray with IPMI over Ethernet control & monitoring
  • Heterogenous system supporting;
    • Up to 5 x 16 Core Intel Xeon D
    • Up to 5 x Coprocessors @ PCIe x16
      • GPU:    Nvidia Tesla P6 or Quadro RTX5000
      • FPGA: Xilinx Kintex-7
  • Up to 40G Ethernet Blade-to-Blade Interconnection
  • Multipurpose scalable platform – computing, switching, storage and graphical processing.
  • Redundant power (AC and DC version available)
  • Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) optimized design;
    • Add COTS HW resources when needed

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03 August 2020 | Technology

Smart industrial vision solutions

Cameras can be used in many applications in an industrial setting. When harnessed with the power of today’s computing technology, they can provide manufacturers with fast, accurate data and insights.


Typically, industrial cameras fall into three main categories within the segment Smart industrial vision solutions :

1) Simple, sensor-like cameras
Some applications just require simple visuals to aid quality control. These cameras are easy to use and configure. They are often used for inline measurement systems, where a camera has a single function, such as checking whether parts or cables are in the correct position. The cameras act like sensors, and provide end-users with a simple ‘Yes/No’ functionality. The simplicity of these applications means the cameras do not need further intelligence built in.

2) Smart camera systems
Where more complexity is required within the application, ‘smart’ cameras can be configured that might provide data on several different functions. This allow users to do more analysis based on the results provided. These cameras have computing intelligence built-in, and therefore can provide independent, sophisticated data without requiring connection to external PCs.

Smart camera set-ups usually involve multiple cameras connected to the same controller, so data can be captured from all the cameras and then combined. By shooting from different angles, these cameras can capture low-resolution, high resolution, and 3D measurements in a broad range of applications.

Smart cameras are often used in the automotive industry. They provide quality control when sensors do not have the capacity or the power to check if measurements are correct. But their versatility and computing power means smart cameras are often the best choice for a broad range of applications across many different vertical markets.

3) PC vision
If the application is more complicated still, the smart camera hardware might not be able to produce the required data. In these scenarios, computers are used to provide the intelligence, and the camera simply provides the function it has been designed for.

PC Vision gives organizations a vast range of options in terms of the cameras, but gives them challenges when it comes to integration and programming. High quality, cost-effective cameras with specific functions can be selected to meet the demands of any application. For harsh outdoor environments in industries such as military or surveillance there are robust cameras. Some applications also require hardware to meet tough certification standards that might preclude the use of smart cameras.

Recab: Experts in Vision
At Recab, it is our job to help customers navigate through the choice of vision system. By acknowledging their needs and requirements we provide them with the right hardware for their application.

Over the years we have developed business relationships with some of the best suppliers of industrial camera hardware there is, such as Keyence and Imperx.. Our relationships with these suppliers are long-standing. There through our team have great knowledge and understanding of  the smart camera solutions they provide.

Where PC Vision solutions are required, we can choose from further leading specialist industrial camera suppliers such as JAI and The Imaging Source, along with many others.

We are proud of our relationships with the most innovative technology companies on the market. Coupled with our industry-leading experience and knowhow, it means that Recab can pinpoint a customer’s exact needs. And there through deliver cost-effective bespoke vision solutions to fit any brief.

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