Products Overview


Processor Modules


I/O Expansion Modules


Ruggedized Systems


Enclosures & Accessories


Software


Custom Products

Board Level Solutions


System Level Solutions


Ruggedization


Custom Ruggedization


Customization


Software

Aerospace/Defense


Energy


Industrial Automation


Instrumentation


Medical


Transportation

Support Overview


Technical Resources


Contact Technical Support


Request an RMA

About Diamond Systems


The Diamond Advantage


Markets & Applications


News


Career Opportunities







3.5" Form Factor
EBX
COM Express
PC/104
PC/104-Plus
PCI/104-Express
Single Board Computers
I/O Modules
Power Supplies
COM Express
EPIC
ETX
ARM SBCs and Baseboards
Single Board Computers
I/O Modules
Power Supplies
I/O Modules
Single Board Computers
I/O Modules
Single Board Computers
Single Board Computers
PC/104
PCI-104/Express
PC/104
PC/104-Plus
PCIe MiniCard
FeaturePak
PC/104
PC/104-Plus
PCIe MiniCard
FeaturePak
EMX
PC/104
PC/104-Plus
PCI/104-Express
PCIe MiniCard
EMX
COM Express
PC/104
PC/104-Plus
PCIe MiniCard
EMX
PC/104
PC/104-Plus
PCIe MiniCard
I/O Modules
Single Board Computers
I/O Modules
PC/104
PC/104-Plus
I/O Modules
you are not logged in:
login | signup
lost password?
Whitepapers

Conduction Cooling for Stackable SBCs

COM-based SBC Benefits

Benefits of Autocalibration

EmbeddedXpress Form Factor

Application Articles

Building Automation
Paper Processing
Train Controller
Wind Instrument
Lung Simulator
Gas Analyzer
Weapon System

Visit our Markets & Applications page.


High Speed Paper Processing Application

Untitled Document

An Australian paper manufacturer needed to upgrade its paper scanning equipment to increase production speed and quality. The existing computer solution that managed the scanning processes was near the end of its product life and under-powered. Additionally, the company wanted to increase the amount of data collection points for better quality control.

Critical to the system upgrade program was that the new computing solution fit into the same small space as the current system, interface with the existing I/O connections, plus support the expanded analog I/O requirements. The solution needed to be rugged, able to operate reliably in a factory floor environment, and preferably housed in its own small enclosure.

The current implementation already utilized a Diamond Systems Diamond-MM-32DX-AT PC/104 analog I/O module with 32 16-bit analog inputs mounted on another vendorís PC/104 SBC. However the new system requirements called for a total of 48 analog inputs. After evaluating several alternatives from multiple vendors, the customer selected a complete Diamond Systems implementation, consisting of the Athena III SBC with the existing DMM-32DX-AT analog I/O module, all housed in the compact Pandora enclosure.

The Athena III single board computer uses a 1GHz Intel Atom E640T CPU with soldered memory and a wealth of on-board I/O that met the connectivity needs of the control unit. The combination of Athena IIIís on-board analog I/O plus the 32 analog inputs from the DMM-32DX-AT met the customerís 48-channel requirement. Housed in the compact, DIN-rail mountable Pandora enclosure, the control system installed easily in the machineís equipment cabinet.

The Pandora enclosure system offered a ready-made, convenient solution for the Athena III SBC due to its use of a panel I/O board, which plugs directly on top of the SBC and provides all the I/O connectors in industry-standard form. An added advantage of Pandora was that the front panel already included a built-in expansion connector, enabling the additional I/O features to be accessed without requiring any customizations.

The entire re-engineering and upgrade process was fast and easy, because no customizations were required. The application transitioned to the Athena III SBC smoothly, and the connectivity upgrades were made quickly. The Diamond Systems solution made for an easy system upgrade that added more functionality to the system, enabling the customer to improve production volume and quality.

Click here to return to the main article list.