They collect data aboard offshore oil rigs, power jumbo digital billboards, and give giant fighting robots a competitive edge. The rugged industrial computers built by South Burlington-based Logic Supply are on the front edge of the ever-expanding Internet of Things. With roughly 100 employees in Vermont, Logic Supply has its E.U. headquarters in the Netherlands, as well as offices in Taiwan. “We’re constantly looking” to hire across all parts of the company, says content manager Darek Fanton.
Founded in 2003 by Roland Groeneveld and Lisa Baril-Groeneveld, the company has for years been specializing in building computers that are smaller, tougher, and more reliable than anything else out there. Logic Supply’s newest industrial units encase powerful processors from Intel and other manufacturers in hard metal shells with proprietary fanless cooling technology. The customizable, bright orange minicomputers fit in the palm of your hand and are virtually impervious to dust, debris, chemicals, and extremes of hot and cold. Optional internal modems provide 4G network connectivity.
Here are just a few places that Logic Supply’s customers are deploying the company’s innovative devices.
Factories: Hardshell, fanless construction helps Logic Supply’s computers stand up to dust and debris (sawdust! spices!) in all types of manufacturing environments. As factory lines become more automated, the company has seen increased demand for its machine-vision PCs, which can inspect products moving along an assembly line, and for mini PCs for RFID tracking of parts and inventory.
Oil and gas rigs: Logic Supply computers are widely used to collect data and surveillance video from drilling stations in some of the world’s harshest, most remote locations.
Vehicles: Thanks to their vibration resistance and ability to withstand extreme temperatures, Logic Supply’s computers are a top choice for in-vehicle applications, on board trucks, trains, helicopters, and ambulances and other emergency vehicles.
Smart cities and roadways: Logic Supply devices help monitor traffic, temperature, and vibrations on streets, highways, bridges, and tunnels, speeding commutes and ensuring the safety of transportation infrastructure.
Digital signage: From electronic displays on the sides of buses to mega-billboards on the Las Vegas strip, Logic Supply’s tiny computers power complex video installations at high-resolution and jumbo scale. The digital signage market is expected to grow from nearly $20 billion USD in 2016 to nearly $33 billion by 2023, according to SF- based research group Markets and Markets.
Megabots: Made in Hayward, California, these 15-foot-tall, internally piloted humanoid robots take part in in giant-robot duels, such as an October 2017 bout against a battle bot from Japan. Logic Supply computers inside help coordinate the robots’ movements. “It’s not our core market,” says Fanton, “but it encapsulates what a lot of our clients are doing – taking a computer and putting it someplace it really doesn’t belong.”