Mining Machine Control Platform
Using two standard MM2 ESMini modules protected by a fire-safe, IP67-protected housing, this control unit for mining machines withstands extreme conditions.
Thanks to the sophisticated design of the massive housing the two modules can work side by side without any electromagnetic interference and deliver passive cooling capabilities for a temperature range of -10 to +70°C. In addition to this, the system is immune to extremely high vibrations of up to 5G and shock up to 50G as well as environmental influences like dust, humidity and chemicals.
The modules fulfill different tasks: One module communicates in real time with the operating control of the vehicle. The other one is used as a graphics controller transmitting the data from the vehicle to an external display. Due to this independence the system achieves safety integrity level SIL 2.
While the Intel Atom based COM modules could be used without any adaptations, the carrier board inside the housing was designed by MEN to meet the customer’s needs with regard to I/O features, connectors and storage.
The same solution could be realized using MEN’s new product family of standardized Rugged COM Express modules.
Standard Components Used in this Example
The MM2 CPU board is an Intel Atom E600 Computer-On-Module of the rugged ultra-small ESMini family with conduction cooling for mobile applications with small form factor requirements.