Air conditioning cases protects aerospace equipment

6th August 2015
Jordan Mulcare

In 2013, a U.S. government aerospace agency reached out to EIC Solutions to develop a custom solution to protect their laser telescope and data tracking equipment in harsh environments. Located outdoors in remote areas of the South Pacific, the equipment tracks and measures the presence of dust particles in the atmosphere.

The collected data is then used to study the possible effects of the particles on the monsoon season and better predict dramatic weather events that cause flash floods, destruction of crops and costly property damage.

The agency originally had bulky, immobile metal enclosures housing their sensitive equipment. Unhappy with this design, they contacted EIC Solutions to develop a lighter weight, easily transported custom solution. The result was a pair of custom EIC Defender Series Air Conditioned Transit Cases which the agency deployed in Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. After a year of in-field testing the agency was extraordinarily pleased with the design and performance of the initial release and was ready for phase two. Again, working with EIC, the design was further customised and improved, incorporating what had been learned during the first year of deployment.

EIC Solutions preliminary Defender Series Air Conditioned Rack Cases integrated with ThermoTEC thermoelectric air conditioners feature a laser telescope case, portable fiberglass construction cases, with Auto Ranging (120/240VAC) 1500BTU air conditioner and Data Tracking Equipment Case, portable reinforced thermoplastic rack mount cases, with Auto Ranging (120/240VAC) 2500BTU ThermoTEC air conditioner.

They will also feature internal shock-isolated 19” rack frame with slide-out shelving and custom cable exits, as well as custom ducting. Skid rails will also be featured, with custom shock isolated equipment platform and digital temperature controllers to maintain tight +/-1F desired internal temperature.

Thus, by coupling an EIC thermoelectric air conditioner with a custom case design, the final package was able to be arranged to meet the application demands both thermally and dimensionally while also meeting requirements for portability, corrosion-resistance and low-maintenance.

During the field testing of the initial release, the agency documented their desired changes that would further enhance an already custom solution into an even more effective, application-specific product. They worked closely with EIC Solutions’ Sales and Engineering groups to further optimize the design’s functionality, mobility, and durability. The collaborative effort between EIC Solutions and the agency resulted in one of the most unique, application specific products EIC Solutions has developed.

After completing a series of comprehensive design changes, proposed modifications and functionality enhancements, the agency is eager to implement the new 2015 release. The Version 2.0 Defender Series Transit Case modifications will reduce implementation time, increase mobility, functionality, and performance during the next deployment.

“EIC Solutions is dedicated to working with customers on their unique applications to engineer high quality solutions tailored to their specific needs. We can accommodate precise requirements across a variety of industries, delivering unparalleled customer satisfaction.” said Lori Galdo, Sales Engineer. “The collaborative effort between the agency, sales, and engineering resulted in an outstanding equipment protection package that met all of the agency’s application requirements.”

EIC Solutions provides compact, reliable, rugged, low maintenance electronic equipment protection products. If you have sensitive electronic equipment being mounted in harsh environments, please contact one of EIC Solutions’ knowledgeable sales engineers to discuss your application and how EIC can provide a solution that fits your unique needs.

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