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Hardened electronics at work in the heavy-duty industry.

Hardening is set of mechanical and electronic protections built into a design that helps guard the product from extreme environments. In an industry where engines are expected to be consistently productive in the harshest of conditions, protecting the electronic systems that monitor and support heavy-duty engine performance is paramount. By comparison to automobiles, heavy-duty equipment engines are larger, more electronically complex and often operated in extreme electrical and environmental conditions. The electronics in this type of machinery must be durable enough to withstand such harsh treatment. 10G sets design targets to a minimum of 10,000 hours (for displays) to 20,000 hours (for non-display electronics) under intense and rigorous working conditions.

How well does your car run at -40 degrees Celsius? Or how about when its dash panel is washed down with water? Cars aren't designed to operate in extreme conditions, but on-highway trucks, marine vessels and other heavy-duty equipment are. The electrical systems in heavy-duty engines must perform despite tough environments, unavoidable large voltage spikes and even charges from reverse connected batteries or other power devices.

Is hardening really that important? How many heavy-duty engines operate at room temperature and standard atmospheric pressure? Not many. Consider this. As the temperature rises during operation, the pressure in a sealed box also rises- naturally equalizing. An unsealed box allows gases to escape. As the temperature drops, a vacuum effect is then created in the unsealed box, drawing in dust, moisture and other contaminants leading to corrosion and eventual failure. Conversely, falling temperatures do not impact a sealed box which naturally accommodates pressure changes, allowing it to resist the same damaging dust, moisture and contaminants. Now, which one would you rather depend on?

Durability. Protection. You need it. We have it.

10G and hardened electronics.
10G sets the standard for hardened display and telematics systems. Leveraging a heritage of technology leadership in the heavy-duty industry along with superior engineering designs and a QS-9000 certified manufacturing facility, 10G is considered an expert in hardening electronics to survive in heavy-duty applications integrated with heavy-duty electrical systems.

Based on our experience in the industry and with complex electronic systems, our products are sealed to 5 psi (a special classification of IP68) and most can withstand up to 10 G's of vibration. We believe in this level of hardening for maximum reliability in all environmental and electronic conditions. Anything less and it's not a 10G product.

 

Moving forward without shifting gears.
10G was founded on a specific need for hardened electronics and support for legacy products that have been out of production for up to 25 years. With these requirements in mind, 10G began manufacturing complex, proprietary engine controllers for use on Caterpillar products. In addition, 10G has invested in and maintains a substantial amount of obsolete components and parts in order to ensure ongoing, critical support for legacy products.

As 10G's hardened electronics product set has grown, a new generation of customizable controllers has been developed for gas and diesel engines ranging from smaller European and North American products to the more complex needs of Caterpillar large products. 10G also offers a controller that allows full-featured paralleling to support dual engines in sync.

 
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