Modernising Manufacturing in the Food & Beverage Industry

Australia’s food and beverage processing industries are worth approximately $26 billion to the economy and employ almost 235,000 people. It is a vital industry because it not only produces goods for the local market, it is also a net exporter of foodstuffs and beverages. When combined with the related industries of agriculture, forestry and fishing, then the figure balloons to almost $54 billion.
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iBase’s CSB200-818 slim fanless system

Backplane Systems Technology has released iBase’s CSB200-818 slim fanless system. It is fully operable under harsh conditions, with a wide-range operating temperature. Suitable for 24/7 deployments such as in industrial automation and intelligent transportation applications, this compact system comes with a 12V-24V DC terminal block power input and an optional 60W power adaptor.

The embedded CSB200-818, houses a 3.5-inch single-board computer powered by an Intel Atom processor E3930, N4200 or N3350 and is equipped with 4GB (default) of DDR3L-1866 system memory that is upgradeable to 8GB. It offers versatile wired and wireless connectivity with the two onboard RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet ports and dual mini PCIe Slots for optional WiFi, Bluetooth and LTE interface cards.

Onboard rear I/O interface includes four high-speed USB 3.0, HDMI, four COM ports and two RJ45 connectors. Other features provided are wall-mounting and two wireless antennas.

Operating temperature range of -30°C to +65°C, the CSB200-818 is configured with an Intel Atom processor E3930 and 64GB industrial-grade SSD. With an N-Series (N4200/N3350) CPU and 500GB of SATA HDD, it operates between -10°C to +45°C. Both temperature conditions require sufficient airflow.

Key features:

  • Fanless System with IBASE IB818 3.5-inch disk-size SBC.
  • Supports Intel Atom processors E3930 & Pentium N4200/ Celeron N3350 series.
  • Wide-range operating temperature from -30°C to 65°C (airflow) w/ Intel Atom CPU.
  • 12V-24V DC wide-range power input.
  • Wall-mount kit included.


iBase launches new IoT gateways with TPM security

Backplane Systems Technology has released iBase’s New AGS100T/AGS102T IoT Gateways with TPM Security.

The AGS100T/AGS102T compact fanless platforms offer maximum reliability and longevity support, featuring wide-range operating temperature ranging from -40°C to 70°C depending of CPU required with dimensions of 160 x 110 x 44mm. Both models are suitable for space-constrained applications in harsh environments that require devices equipped with Trusted Platform Module (TPM) technology.

Powered by Intel’s Apollo Lake Atom x7/x5 series, Pentium N4200, and Celeron N3350 SoCs, the systems enable seamless and secure data flow to the cloud in IoT-focussed applications with enterprise-grade security, and easy manageability.

AGS100T/AGS102T gateways come with an extra advanced security TPM 2.0 chip to provide a high level of hardware-based security. By using TPM together with Windows 10, these devices carry out cryptographic operations for access control and authentication. TPM enables integrity measurements during system boot and makes TPM-based Key unavailable outside the TPM to prevent phishing attacks and authorization value guesses.

The Rugged AGS100T feature 4GB DDR3L-1866 DO-DIMM, 64GB MLC industrial-grade mSATA SSD, dual-display ports (DVI-I and DisplayPort), 4x USB 3.0, 2x GbE, 2x COM, DC-in Terminal block for 9V~36V Input and over/under/reverse voltage protection. The AGS102T has the same features as the AGS100T but has two extra serial ports for COM3/COM4 and GPIO 4-in & 4-out multi-purpose interface.

Expansion are available with a full-size Mini PCI-E, 2230 M.2 E-Key Socket for WLAN & BT, a 3042 M.2 B-Key Socket for WWAN & SSD, mSATA Socket (Mini PCI-E), and a 2242 M.2 B-Key Socket for mSATA SSD.

Features of the product include:

  • Intel Atom x7-E3950/x5-E3940/x5-E3930 / Pentium N4200 / Celeron N3350 Series processors
  • Rugged and fanless design
  • Over/under/reverse voltage protection
  • Wide-range operating temperature from -40°C to 70°C (12W Max. CPU) and -20°C to 60°C (6W CPU) (E Series CPU)
  • 9V~36V DC wide-range power input
  • Supports DIN-Rail mount and wall mount & TPM 2.0
  • 2x RS232/422/485 (AGS100T) / 4x RS232/422/485 (AGS102T)
  • GPIO 4-In & 4-Out with isolation (AGS102T)

Backplane presents Winmate’s IB70 and IK70 P-Cap open-frame panel PC series

Backplane Systems Technology is proud to present Winmate’s New P-Cap Open Frame Panel PC Series, the IB70 and IK70 are available in screen sizes from 15” to 23.8”

The IB70 ships with an Intel Celeron Bay Trail-M N2930 to deliver a low power consuming result with no compromise on efficiency and the IK70 ensures a high performance thanks to its 7th-generation Intel Core i3/i5/i7 CPU, making the handling of multimedia content no more a struggling task.

Both series carry a slim-line design with open frame housing to minimize space restraints while giving a stylish look. A user-friendly multi-touch experience is guaranteed by the P-Cap multi-touch screen that allows any individual to operate the device.

Engineered with system extendibility in mind, which is a crucial demand for integrators to handle the various needs of many industries including retail and hospitality, the IB70 and IK70 come with plentiful I/O interfaces. The IB70 includes 2 x GbE LAN, 3 x serial ports, 1 x USB 3.0, 3 x USB 2.0, 1 x VGA (female), 1 x Line-out, 1 x Line-in, 1x Mic in; while the IK70 contains 2 x GbE LAN, 2 x serial ports, 4 x USB 3.0, 1 x HDMI 1.4, 1 x DP 1.2, 1x Mic in and 1 x Line out. Such construction gives the two panel PC series the incredible system expandability for retailers to conquer the challenge of adding to the kiosks multiple external devices such as card readers, cameras, printers, and more.

The IB70 and IK70 P-Cap open frame panel PCs are tailored for a powerful data handling ability and peripheral support to fulfill the operational needs of the smart retail and many other IoT-related applications.

Key features:

  • Intel Core i3/i5/i7 Kaby Lake(IK70) or Intel Celeron N2930 Bay Trail(IB70)
  • Full-range of screen sizes from 15-inch to 23.8-inch
  • Slim-line design in open-frame housing
  • Multi-touch P-Cap flat ccreen
  • Plentiful I/O connectors for external device connectivity
  • Suitable for Kiosk applications

Ultra-compact embedded computers for rugged operation

Backplane Systems Technology has released the new POC-500 series of ultra-compact embedded computers with 4x PoE+, 4x USB 3.0, and MezIO interface.

The POC-500 series models are a set of next-generation ultra-compact embedded controllers offering performances never before seen in this kind of form factor. Featuring an AMD Ryzen-embedded V1000 4-core/ 8-thread processor, the POC-500 delivers up to three times the CPU performance of prior POC-series models. As for GPU performance, it delivers a previously unheard of 3.6 TFLOPS in FP16 for an ultra-compact form factor embedded controller. Additionally, it manages to incorporate an M.2 2280 NVMe SSD to support four times the disk read/write speed of typical 2.5-inch SATA SSDs.

This new series continues the ingenious DIN-rail mounting mechanical design trend of previous POC-series models and offers a wealth of front-accessible I/O. Measuring just 63 x 176 x 116mm, it has 4x PoE+ ports, 4x USB 3.0 ports, and 4x COM ports. Best of all, all data ports come with a screw-lock mechanism so you can rest assured that cables are always secured. The POC-500 series models are available in two CPU variants: the V1807B (45W) variant is for high computing power demand, while the V1605B (15W) variant is designed for rugged fanless operation.

The arrival of the POC-500 series signals a new breed of ultra-compact embedded controller with better I/O design, extraordinary ruggedness, and significantly more CPU/GPU oomph for versatile applications.

Key features include:

  • AMD Ryzen embedded V1000 series quad-core 15W/45W CPU
  • -25°C~70°C rugged wide-temperature operation
  • 4x Gigabit PoE+ ports with screw-lock
  • 4x USB 3.0 ports with screw-lock
  • 2 2280 M key NVMe (Gen3 x4) socket for fast storage access
  • DVI + VGA dual display outputs
  • Front I/O access and DIN-Rail mounting design
  • MezIO compatible

Waterproof railway fanless box PC with M12 connection and WWAN redundancy

Backplane Systems Technology has announced the release of iBASE’s new MPT-3000RP, an EN50155/EN45545-certified outdoor waterproof fanless box PC, ideal for railway applications and featuring an Intel Atom processor, IP67 rating, M12 connection, and WWAN redundancy.

The MPT-3000RP fanless embedded PC has been developed especially for railway applications. This EN50155-TX-certified and IP67-rated syste, which recently received an award in excellence – offers the water and shock resistance necessary for outdoor applications and fully meets IIoV (Intelligent Internet of Vehicle) requirements.

The system is equipped with a rugged and reliable design, featuring robust M12 connectors for fail-safe connection and fault-free data transmission for rolling stock operating environment. It boasts a -40 to 70°C operating temperature and a variety of power input options to meet railway standards and handle deployment harsh conditions, as well as industrial applications.

The MPT-3000RP is powered by an Intel Atom E3845 processor with 4GB DDR3L-1333 on-board memory. Built-in M12 connectors accommodate 2x GbE, 1x VGA, 3x COM, 1x power, 1x GPIO, and 1x CAN Bus. The computer platform operates reliably with full vehicle battery power control, and employs interchangeable modular power supplies supporting 9V~36V DC/72V/110V. The unit is built with a GPS module and high computing performance to provide the most accurate position coordinates and data about vehicle surroundings possible while in motion. It is also packed with a rich set of connectivity choices including dual SIM sockets with WWAN redundancy, half-size Mini PCIe, full-size Mini PCIe, and three M.2 sockets for 2230, 3042, and 2280 modular card types

Features include

  • EN50155 certification and IP67 rating
  • Fanless and ruggedised design
  • Robust M12 connectors for Dual GbE, USB, and power input
  • Dual SIM sockets support WWAN redundancy
  • Rich I/O interface for wireless, SSD, GPS, WWAN
  • Ignition power control
  • Wide-range voltage GPIO interface

IP68 waterproof signage player with Intel HD graphics 4EU

Backplane Systems Technology has announced the release of the new SW-101-N IP68 waterproof signage player with Intel HD Graphics.

It is a waterproof digital signage player designed for use in both indoor and harsh outdoor environments. This rugged fanless signage player is integrated with a 1.91GHz Intel Atom E3845 quad-core processor and Intel HD graphics (Gen 7-LP) 4EU.

Ruggedly built to withstand dust, water, and extreme temperatures, the SW-101-N’s stable operation and reliability in harsh industrial environments is ensured. It meets IP68 standards, allowing it to handle submersion in water for up to 30 minutes at a depth of 1.5 metres. The player’s black waterproof enclosure utilises a C3 HDMI connector and M12 I/O interface connectors for 2x USB 2.0, 1x Gigabit LAN, 1x RS232, DC power input, and digital I/O. The 2x N type antenna jack connectors also have a waterproof design for extra assurance. In addition to being fanless, the unit has a wide-range operating temperature of -40°C~75°C.

Its iCONTROL and Observer technologies for intelligent control and remote monitoring functions, feature auto on/off power scheduling, power resumption, remote system temperature/voltage monitoring, and low temperature boot protection. The standard model has 4GB of DDR3L-1333 system memory, 64GB mSATA storage, and 12V DC-in support. Additional features include a Watchdog timer, wall mounting, and Mini PCIe expansion for optional wireless modules.

Key features include:

  • iCONTROL intelligent control and observer remote monitoring technologies
  • Intel Atom processor E3845 quad core CPU
  • 1x DDR3L 1333 SO-DIMM w/o ECC, Max 8GB
  • Intel processor integrated graphics device, supports 1x HDMI Port (C3 connector)
  • 2x USB 2.0, 1x RS232, 1x Digital I/O (M12 Connector)
  • 1x Mini PCI-E for 3G/LTE or WiFi module, 1x mSATA for storage
  • -40°C~75°C wide-range operating temperature
  • Waterproof fanless design with IP68 Rating

Backplane Systems Technology celebrates its 30th anniversary

Backplane Systems Technology is entering its 30th year of service in the industrial technology sector with a bright face and fresh branding—rejuvenating its logo as it celebrate the ways in which the industry has grown, and it has  grown with it.

Backplane Systems Technology (BST) was created on the 13th of March, 1989, in response to Australia’s growing demand for custom backplanes in the industrial control and automation sectors. Since that day, it has been an Australian-owned and operated provider of high-quality industrial technology—growing to specialise in the rugged-embedded field.

When it started business in the 80s, its focus was on backplanes, PLCs, and the niche market of systems integrators who were in increasing need of custom solutions. As a small business, BST’s experience in the Australian market has been an exciting one; with its close team, it has been able to form close, long-term connections with its customers and suppliers, while still reacting quickly to changes in the market and to newly introduced technologies. The industrial-grade computer age introduced x86 platforms, which led to the development of the smaller, faster, and more rugged PCs of today that have entered the market in tandem with the driving force of mobile applications.

Demand has grown worldwide for artificial intelligence-based solutions like autonomous vehicles, machine vision, and autonomous driving, and BST is proud to say that over the past 30 years, it has  consistently been able to meet the changing demands of the industry and overcome whatever troubles have drifted its way. Its specialties have expanded with the industry’s growth, and now include rugged-embedded mobile computing.

The BST website was created with its  product range in mind as a database system. While this was effective on the back-end for managing its  goods, BST would be the first to admit this was an unwieldy solution and recognise that as a reflection of our dedication to customer connections and ease of use, and of its ability to keep up with this ever-developing industry, it must be updated. As such, with its new branding also comes its new website, geared towards customers.

Having reached this milestone, it is  now looking forward to a future in which BST doubles down on its customer focus, utilising its unique product range to help the Australian businesses who rely on BST and its for their own work in Australia and expanding into the world market. Because it deals directly with manufacturers and the design engineers who craft the components of its custom systems, BST isn’t just a reseller — it has the technical and design support available to assist customers at every level. It is this customer support focus that it has dedicated itself to with its new branding, in 2019 and all the coming years beyond.