All our products are weathertight and extremely robust, withstanding shocks, vibrations and transport misuse*. The top-access design and smart vendilation allow the devices to operate anywhere from within their cases while standing vertically.
Our systems employ a unique cooling design that allows them to operate inside a weatherproof Pelican™ case in environments with temperatures of up to 47C/117F or more in some cases. When the top lid is closed the cases are rated as IP67, protected from dust and can stay submerged in water for an hour at 1m depth or can float for weeks. We also include several secondary systems to keep the weather out even when the case is open, such as industrial IP52 snap lids on all connectors and specially-designed rain resistant side air vent ingress with removable dust filters
A patent-pending, four-level, shock dampening design protects our devices from transport and handling issues. Measured shock attenuation is a factor of 6, i.e. a shock of 90Gs is downgraded to 15Gs before it hits the system's internals (where the disks and processors are). This is how it works:
1. On the outside, our spare set of extra-fitted soft-wheels, the patent pending SoftWheels™, come with their own shock absorbers.
2. While the Pelican™ case alone can withstand a stacked load of more than a metric ton (1,000 kg or 1,204.62 lbs), the 2-level shock-absorbing foam in-between the aluminium chassis and the internal components protects the devices from hard hits and external threats.
3. All internal electronics are housed in aluminium boxes that in turn are mounted to the chassis with rubber mounts and foam dampers which, during shocks and vibrations, allow a travel distance of about 10mm in all directions.
4. All electronic PCBs inside the sub-chassis are secured on rubber mounts and all connections are mechanically decoupled from the sub-chassis, allowing the deformation of the sub-chassis under extreme shock, without bending or breaking the PCBs during shocks.
Smart Temperature Sensor
Low temperatures (below -5C/23F, as experienced in airplane cargo bays) for prolonged periods can result in damage to disk motor windings if booted up before they warm up to operating temperatures. So, we design our devices to sense internal temperatures during transport and prohibit system power-up until the temperature is equalized on the internal disk components.
Our patent pending SoftCase™ is designed to offer double protection during transport, allowing for the unattended shipping of our devices using courier services, or having them flying as check-in luggage. The unique design of an all-around, two zones anti-shock foam case and the integrated wheels of the SoftCase™ allow for the easy moving of the device during transport or air-travel. Inside the SoftCase™, a ServerPack™ will not mind a 2m/6.5ft vertical drop, side drops through airport luggage belt systems, or ground handling with “throw and catch” misuse. Handles are stitched to the sides, and there is a flap on top allowing access to the Pelican™ case telescoping handle for ease of maneuvering. The shell is made from heavy duty, waterproof, ripstop nylon.
The purpose of the shock-proof design in any Acromove™ device is to protect the data more than the device itself. As such, some materials used inside the chassis, even the chassis itself, are designed to deform under destrucrive conditions (like a car crash) in order to absorb external shocks and rapid, high pressure stress. In extreme conditions (above 90G), either important mechanical parts of the device will require severe maintenance, or even the whole device may require replacement. All this is necessary to protect the disks in case of an emergency and keep the security & traceablitiy modules operating for as long as possible. Put simply, the user is expected to treat the devices reasonably, like any other server, especially when out of the Pelican™ protective case. Like an expensive 4X4 pickup truck, that the driver is expected to drive through rocky roads and under bad weather conditions, but not to crash it just to check if the airbags work.