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Navigating the wireless standards universe

Introduction Like many technology areas, the world of wireless communications is full of names, acronyms and numbers. These different types of wireless communication technology are built on wireless ‘standards’, each suited for different uses. Some...

Will my wireless link reach where I need it to?

Introduction Wireless systems and devices are found in an increasing number of technology areas. Smaller device sizes, reduced radio component costs, increased device performance and widely adopted wireless standards are some of the factors encouraging...

How does edge computing support industry?

In recent years the term ‘edge computing’ has become more and more pervasive. But what is it? A specialised technology? A type of computer? In reality, not truly either. What is Edge Computing? It best...

Is edge computing the future?

What is edge computing? Simply put, edge computing is the process of using computational power at a remote network end-point device to compile the data from the device and send back key information only. The...

Behind the Scenes – Engineering the Quadbox

June 2021, Captec launched the Quadbox – a brand new rackmount computer solution, designed for simulation and training applications with 4 x image generators in one chassis, amongst many other benefits, for a refined immersive training...

How Intel’s 11th Gen Will Power Industries

What are the benefits of Intel’s latest technology? Intel’s 11th Generation processors codenamed “Rocket Lake” comes with an array of enhancements, which include Processor core architecture with IPC improvements, Enhanced Intel UHD graphics featuring Intel...

Rack Computer Cooling Methods

The airflow of a rack-mounted computer cabinet is critical. Consider for example all of the components within an enclosed rack – if heat is transferred from one component to another, it can act as a...

Most Common Rack Computing Mistakes

Working for more than 15 years in the industrial computer hardware industry, I’ve seen many mistakes from rack integration projects. Luckily, they’re all easily avoidable with a little bit of guidance. Here’s 10 of the...

19″ Rack Cabinet Selection Guide

As the saying goes, there are horses for courses, and having the right tool for the job is also applicable to computer cabinets and enclosures. There is no one-size-fits-all approach for 19” computer enclosures. Cabinets...

10 Tips for Rack Computer Projects

There is no single approach that can be applied to rack cabinet or rackmount computer projects. Every project is unique, with differing markets, specification levels and demand. However, there are certain elements that remain the...

7 Benefits of Liquid Cooling

Liquid cooling of computers offers several advantages over air cooling. Not only do they run quieter but given the right set-up they can operate for longer, more reliably, and at higher temperatures. Captec’s Jake Macwhirter...

Protecting the environment

Hi, I’m Brett Gaskin, QSHE Manager for Captec. As many businesses around the world embrace state-of-the-art tools and processes to ensure the consistency of products, customer demands and habits have shifted to not only ask...

A Day in the Life of a Product Engineer

Rise and shine The typical day usually starts anywhere between 07:00 -07:30; I’m usually one of the first people to get into the office. Being a morning person usually helps with roles such as this...

Ensuring reliability in simulation applications

The benefits of simulated training Many studies have shown simulation training to deliver the best learning outcomes, as it provides a realistic, immersive experience in the context of the learner’s job role. As the name...

The Future of Defence Technology

5 technologies that could have the biggest impact on the defence industry in the next 5 years Technology is evolving at an ever-increasing rate. The defence sector will always follow this trend, leveraging technology advancements...

Re-engineering commercial computers

Re-engineering commercial computers for extreme environments Commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) computer solutions are often deployed within a programme to leverage cost and performance benefits. However, defence and security applications’ requirements differ from end-user and enterprise computing...

How to stop your computer overheating

How to stop your computer overheating With winter just a breath away, and summer seems a lifetime away, you may not be thinking about how hot things are getting any time soon. Spare a thought,...

10 reasons for computer hardware failures

For industrial applications, computer hardware failure can cause significant downtime, for the application itself, but even more so to the end user. In most cases, industrial applications require the very latest technology to achieve the...

The US v UK Sports Betting Experience

When the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) was overturned in May 2018, the American sports wagering experience was destined to change forever. The highly concentrated activity in Nevada could never be replicated throughout...

Women in Engineering #INWED19

In support of #INWED19 which celebrates the achievements of women in engineering, we sat down with our Product Support Engineer, Laura Anderson, who gave us a valuable insight into her career so far working in...

Why do I need an Industrial Computer?

Why do I need an Industrial Computer? To the average user, a computer is generally seen as a simple box. It performs a task and is expected to work consistently, with some occasional support from...

C4ISR: Commercial Technology in the Theatre of War

Understand your application C4ISR applications must provide the right people with the right information within time constraints to be effective. Of course, this must be done in conjunction with denying and disrupting the same privileges...

Why Militarise a Rugged Tablet?

The theatre of war You could be forgiven for thinking that militarising a rugged tablet, a device often tested to military standards, may be surplus to requirements. But as any soldier will tell you, the...

The Evolution of Flight Simulation

Flight Simulation – Past, Present and Future… April 2018 marks the 100th birthday of the Royal Air Force, and in anticipation I thought we could take a stroll through the archives to look at how...

A Brief History of Computing

Babbage and Ada – The Advent of Mathematical Computing In 1837, Charles Babbage proposed the Analytical Engine. His design would move past the computation of mathematical tables to the computation of outcomes. Although not successfully...

Intel 7th Generation Processors

These days everyone seems to walk around glued to their smartphone or tablet – whether they are browsing the net, checking email or just playing a game. Despite what some people may say, the internet...

Rack Integration: Navigating Risks

Rack Integration The demand for fully populated and functional rack cabinets is set to increase in line with the evolution of technology and resultantly, the enhanced capabilities of applications. Designers and engineers competent in rack...

Rack Integration: An Introduction (Part One)

Rack Integration: An Introduction (Part One) This blog contains the first half of an Interview with Jake MacWhirter, our Product Development Manager in Rack Integration. The integration of complex computers into 19-inch rack cabinets requires...

Rack Integration: An Introduction (Part Two)

Rack Integration: An Introduction (Part Two) This blog follows on from the first instalment of an interview with Jake MacWhirter, our Rack Integration Product Development Manager. In this part, Jake takes us through some of the more...

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