Computer consists of a compact, waterproof display and keyboard unit in the hazardous area, with the processing box and interface unit in the safe area
To keep pace with the latest European directives governing the safe installation and use of equipment within potentially hazardous areas, Intecpc has designed the ExPC - a PC fully compliant with European Atex Zone 1 legislation.
This modular unit, utilising a single cable connection and no requirement for a separate power supply, also incorporates the latest touch-screen technology, unaffected by surface contamination and easy to use - even by gloved hands.
With pricing starting from around £2500 it can also be considered for applications where Zone 1 compliance may not be part of the specification.
The ExPC comprises a compact, waterproof display and keyboard unit in the hazardous area and a computer and interface unit in the safe area.
Power consumption of the display is minimised so there is no requirement for a power supply in the hazardous area.
Installation becomes simple, with connection between the devices via a single, multi-way, shielded cable.
The through-glass touch-screen display can be wall, bench, floor or ceiling mounted up to 150 metres from the computer in the safe area.
The display unit and keyboard are ruggedised for tough industrial environments.
The touch-screen can be used with gloved hands and is not affected by surface contamination.
Construction means there is no drift and no requirement for regular recalibration, providing a set-and-forget system.
Configuration software allows different operating modes to be selected.
The custom designed keyboard is an intrinsically safe Qwerty membrane keyboard with built-in mouse functionality.
An intrinsically safe RS232 serial port is provided to interface peripherals in the hazardous area.
The interface unit in the safe area provides standard PC connections and can be connected to all standard PC peripherals eg printers, modems, network interface etc.