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4U Industrial Rackmount Computers - Subsea Master Control Systems

Captec have provided us with a complete integrated solution for our supervisory monitoring and control systems. This saves us time, money and aggravation in the supply chain.

Senior Hardware Engineer


The solution is for a leading global oil services company that provides engineering and construction services, technologies, product solutions and field-life solutions for the oil and gas industry. They have aggregated annual revenues of approximately NOK 50 billion and employ approximately 20,000 people in 26 countries.

The Challenges:

  • Short depth, yet highly expandable computer system. Industrial grade air filtration to prevent dust / grease ingress
  • Integrated and pre-tested with several specialist PCI I/O add-on cards
  • Operate with a redundant system with automated switch over
  • Operation in a harsh offshore environment
  • Must be deployed in a wide variety of cabinet installations
  • Highly reliable, with continuity of supply and exact build replication due to offshore deployment

The Solution

  • Short depth 4U Industrial 19” rack PCs with watchdog controlled switch over
  • Units are protected from harsh environments including grease and dust ingress
  • The installation includes setup of a variety of I/O cards from 3rd party manufacturers
  • Offshore installation kit to negate logistical issues
  • Captec supply fully configured systems with the value added service of installing, configuring and testing various cards as part of the production procedure
  • The customer’s installation and configuration manual was incorporated into Captec’s ISO 9001 procedures

The Outcome

  • Fully integrated monitoring and control system with very high availability, operating in a harsh environment
  • Units have been highly reliable in the field
  • All the integration challenges are undertaken by Captec and a complete fully configured and tested solution is supplied
  • Installation and deployment into a wide variety of cabinets made simple with the installation kit
  • 100+ systems deployed offshore
  • Units supplied and tested with additional peripherals simplifying the supply chain

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