SECO USA Acquires InHand Electronics, Inc


SECO, a high-tech manufacturer of computer miniaturization and “ready-to-use” IoT integrated systems, with shareholder FII Tech Growth fund backed by Cassa Depositi e Prestiti, is pleased to announce that it has completed the acquisition of 100% of InHand, a Maryland-based leading provider of low-power rugged embedded systems and software to original equipment manufacturers of handheld, portable, Internet of Things (IoT), and wireless devices for the military/defense, industrial, medical, transportation, infotainment and field operations equipment markets. Click the link below to see the Press Release SECO-INHAND Complete Transaction

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Use of Industrial Android Tablet in the Construction Industry


The construction industry is a broad field that encompasses many sectors where the use of an industrial Android tablet will has both overlapping and separate uses

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Effective Fleet Maintenance in the Digital Age


Our latest blog shows why fleet maintenance in the digital age relies on preventative maintenance strategies driven by the rugged tablet to lower operational costs.  There is ample evidence of the importance of an effective mobile Preventative Maintenance (PM) strategy for fleet success in the recent Technology and Maintenance Council’s (TMC) roadside breakdown report. Numerous leading industry outlets like Transport Topics have covered the report, which starts with the premise that roadside repairs cost four times as much as shop repairs. The challenge to changing that and other maintenance costs statistical increases is how to best use the rugged tablet as the PM...

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Industrial Android Tablet Uses in the Construction Industry


Building information technology (BIM) and construction management software (CMS) are just two of the important tools for the construction industry that rely on industrial Android tablet use in the field. While these and other applications have a big in-device use potential, it is the device’s ability to provide wireless connectivity in a durable, rugged package that truly expands that potential. The construction industry is a broad field that encompasses many sectors where the use of an industrial Android tablet will has both overlapping and separate uses. For example, in heavy construction, surveying processes across road and building construction are more...

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Intrinsically Safe Circuit Design Device Needs Across Industries


As mobility in harsh and volatile industrial and manufacturing environments has become a necessity for productivity, safety, monitoring, and management, intrinsically safe circuit design has had to meet stringent regulatory device needs. Making matters more challenging for device manufactures are the varied environments, product features, and complex requirements of meeting regulatory compliance for intrinsic safety. The definition of intrinsically safe lies at the heart of this challenge. Intrinsic safety requirements apply to any device operated in areas where flammable gases, fuels or dust are present. The device must provide preventive protection in its electronic circuit design and physical structure when...

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Using CPLDs to Tackle Unforeseen Design Requirements/Enhancements Late in the Electronic Design Cycle


Complex programmable logic devices, commonly known as CPLDs, have become a staple for modern digital electronic design. Although CPLDs have their limitations (they are primarily used for relatively small amounts of digital logic and low-power architectures), they are hard to beat their combination of low power consumption, on-the-fly design flexibility, and robust operation within a single component. InHand engineers have used CPLDs for purposes ranging from very sophisticated (screen rotation, display timing, and video translation) to simple (GPIO manipulation and voltage level translation). This blog describes their use for resolving unforeseen issues and design enhancements. One recent example involves a...

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Why a Rugged Tablet Must Have An IP67 Rating


Today, the rugged tablet is commonly used across sectors like manufacturing, oil and gas, healthcare, defense, energy/utilities and more. One key performance parameter in these environments is ingress protection (IP) rating – resistance to ingress of dust and water into the device. For business-critical operations, the best rule of thumb is to always err on the side of caution and choose a rugged tablet with at least an IP67 rating. Most companies will ask why this is the case, and the answer lies in an understanding of the IP rating system and what protection an IP67 rated device will bring....

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The Role of the Custom Medical Device in Interoperability


While the pursuit of true interoperability in healthcare continues to accelerate, data security concerns still loom large. Data standards, security and privacy requirements, and advanced health IT systems are critical to achieve full healthcare interoperability, according to a report from the Hospital Agenda for Interoperability. In truth, full and unfettered interoperability is not always the goal if it comes at the expense of data security or patient safety. That’s one reason why a custom medical device can be both the nexus point for interoperability and a model showing how limited interoperability may be the answer to some safety and security...

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Intrinsically Safe Product Design Part 4: Role of the Nationally Recognized Test Laboratory (NRTL)


Part 1 of this series introduced the concept of intrinsically safe design for explosive environments. Part 2 described considerations for the definition of explosive environments and how geographic regions for device use can impact both explosive atmosphere characterization and product implementation. Part 3 describes regulatory and quality requirements for ongoing production and sale of an intrinsically safe electronic device. This blog, the last in this series, describes the role of the Nationally Recognized Test Laboratory (NRTL) in the successful completion and certification of an intrinsically safe electronic product. Integral to intrinsically safe design is review by a competent NRTL for compliance and identification...

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Intrinsically Safe Product Design Part 3: Production Quality Requirements


Part 1 of this series introduced the concept of intrinsically safe design for explosive environments. Part 2 described considerations for the definition of explosive environments and how geographic regions for device use can impact both explosive atmosphere characterization and product implementation. This blog describes regulatory and quality requirements for ongoing production and sale of an intrinsically safe electronic device. An intrinsically safe device is designed and certified to accommodate specifically defined explosive atmospheres as defined by the governing standards in the geographic locations where the resulting product is to be sold and used. Given the risk of injury, death, and...

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