Computer Platforms and Hardware for Railways

Elma provides electronic packaging, embedded systems solutions and electro-mechanical components used in rolling stock and train control applications; systems that must meet reliable and safety-critical levels, such as EN 50155 and safety integrity levels (SIL – IEC EN 61508). We bring years of experience in optimised thermal and environmental protection.

Open standards: Lower cost and time to market by reducing design risk

Elma’s proven design concepts combined with superior quality, reliability and flexibility result in expertly designed solutions, key reasons why the leading electronics companies in the world rely on Elma when high quality and reduced risk are critical to program success.

Elma’s extensive product portfolio is based on the concept of reusable modular components and open standards computer platforms that help create a virtually infinite number of solutions. Elma designs to and participates in standards such as CompactPCI, MicroTCA, ATCA, small form factor (SFF), VME, VPX, and AXIe/PXIe.

Elma’s MicroTCA.4 Platforms offer high performance serial processing for up to 12 board slots with rear I/O support. Gigabit Ethernet and full IPMB system management support.
CPCI Serial platforms support data transfer rates up to 12 Gb/s for up to 9 slots, with full mesh Ethernet, PCI Express, SATA, USB2 & 3, and full system management.
Elma’s SFF-IP68 box is a rugged, high performance system housed in an IP68 rated box for challenging environments. The Intel based SBC is loaded with features to meet rigorous transportation applications.’
The X4 Hall Effect sensor switch is Elma’s solution for rugged train controls with heavy usage in harsh environments. Our rotary switches perform in a wide range of train control functions.
The Systemkit 12K Rail meets EN and SNCF standards IEC 60297, IEEE 1101.10/.11, IEC 61587, EN 50155, NF F61-005, NF F67-012, NF F60-002. High value, heavy duty and long lasting.
Elma’s rugged card guides meet EN50155 shock and vibration testing mounted in fully loaded EMC subrack SystemKit 12K.
Elma’s Microbox 36 is an aluminum-extruded, robust and vibration-proof small enclosure. The simple and service-friendly design offers standard protection of IP40. Can be used for test and measuring equipment.
Just about every embedded storage need can be met by Elma’s line of board and system-level storage products. Rugged, SSD, NAS, RAID, protected, you name it.
The proven CompactPCI standard has a clear migration path to state of the art, high speed serial architecture CPCI Serial. Learn more in our white paper.

In order to deliver a best in class application-ready, embedded computing sub-systems, Elma works with well-established industry partners to design a system with the right set of functionality. The customer benefits by getting the best available solution based on optimal sourcing and platform integration, yet procured from a single source. Elma manages the entire experience, thereby reducing the customer’s risk and design time.

Company strengths

  • Flexible, high speed manufacturing equipment enables a myriad of manufacturing options, even at low volume
  • Fast response from experienced in-house team of engineers and sales support
  • Maintain tight tolerances through high precision tooling.

Widest range of enclosures, cases and racking cabinets

  • Support for most open architecture form factors; VME, VPX, CompactPCI and cPCI Serial, SFF (for example COM Express, PC/104), motherboards
  • Card cages, subracks and accessories
  • Rugged 19in rackmount platforms
  • Compact rugged boxes for harsh environments (ATR and SFF types)
  • Electronic cases for instrument and desktop applications
  • Full range of racks and cabinets for rack- or panel-mount equipment
  • Accommodate custom and open architecture form factors

Embedded computing boards and system platforms

  • Embedded Storage: rugged SSD and rotating; front removable; secure-erase/write-protect; RAID arrays; Network Attached (NAS); device driver support
  • Single Board Computers, GPGPUs, FPGAs, Networking and I/O cards
  • Full embedded sub-system integration solutions and support

Quality hardware components for the smallest details

  • 19in accessories including card guides, front panels, guide rails
  • Quick-turn custom silkscreening services
  • Rugged and high performance switches, knobs and LED assemblies
  • Encoders and encoded switches

Elma is your partner in developing your next reliable high performance rail solution. We have provided solutions for:

  • Signalling and communications systems
  • Revenue collection
  • Passenger infotainment systems
  • Locomotive control and maintenance systems
  • Surveillance systems
  • Station management and control
  • Tilting and bogie control
  • European rail traffic management system (ERTMS)

About Elma

Elma Electronic is a global manufacturer of electronic packaging products for the embedded systems market; from components, embedded computing boards, backplanes and chassis platforms to fully integrated subsystems. To ensure our integrated solutions are optimised to our customer’s needs, Elma partners with leading board manufactures in the industry. The company rigorously follows the highest quality standards such as ISO9001, AS9100 and EN50155.

Contact us

Please consult the ‘Contact Us’ page on our website for detailed regional locations and contact information.

Elma Electronic AG (headquarters)
Phone: +41 44 933 41 11

Phone: +49 7231 97 34 0

Phone: +33 4 37 06 21 10

United Kingdom
Phone +44 1234 838 822

Elma Electronic Inc.
Phone +1 510 656 3400

Optima Stantron
Phone +1 770 496 4000