Harsh Environments



In the nuclear field, human safety is a major issue considering that the exposure to even slight level of radiation can be disastrous in the long term. This is why the use of remote electronics, automates and robots, from a simple measuring system to more sophisticated assemblies can solve the problem. The constraints are then in the autonomy, the reliability, the miniaturization and the robustness to harsh environments, mainly in temperatures and radiations.



Acquisition and Instrumentation, Vision and lighting, Network and Communications, Data storage, Energy Conversion, Miniaturization, Power and Control motor, Custom Development 


According to the laws of physics, nothing is lost, everything is transformed and the energy conversion processes (motors, alternators, burners, turbines, pumps, etc.) are no exception. Since nothing is perfect, this results in heat dissipation which could be very significant when the powers considered are high, without forgetting mechanical effects (shocks, vibrations) which can accompany the functionning of such systems. If commands could be sent remotely, the electronics of conversion but also of control and measurement have sometimes to remain as close as possible and hence undergo directly all of these constraints.



Energy Conversion, Power and Control motor, Calculations and hardware acceleration, Acquisition and Instrumentation, Network and Communications

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Oil and Gas exploration market is a very good example when talking about harsh, even very harsh environments. Considering that the temperature rises by about 20 degrees per kilometer, then electromechanical drilling, measurement and logistics systems must be able to withstand environments above 200 ° C for the deepest wells. Rock fracturing and perforating tools also cause extreme stress in terms of shocks and vibrations. However, at these depths, at the slightest breakdown, the costs to be incurred quickly reach peaks.



Energy Conversion, Miniaturization, System-in-Package (SiP), Acquisition and Instrumentation, Data storage, Custom Development


In space, the technologies used must be as robust as possible because once the hardware is launched, repair and maintenance are impossible. Depending on the equipment and applications considered (probes, satellites and micro-satellites, transport, Earth observation) the mission profiles can involve very strong constraints on the electronics (temperature variations, shocks and vibrations, radiation from various particles and ions, limited weight and size). To ensure reliability and lifespan, anticipation is essential with a meticulous selection of electronic equipment (with appropriate qualifications).



Data storage, Miniaturization and System-in-Package (SiP), Power and Control motor, Custom Development