Rugged Industrial Computers for Environments at Risk of Fire or Explosion

Integration of computing power into areas of a corporation or organization deemed a hazardous location (HazLoc) are becoming commonplace but require specially certified and tested devices. Flammable gases, flammable liquid–produced vapors, combustible liquid–produced vapors, combustible dusts, or ignitable fibers/filings present in the air are all elements, at sufficient quantity, that can ignite. Electrical equipment that must be installed in such classified locations must be specially designed and tested to ensure it does not initiate an explosion.

Class I, Division I Parameters:

(1) Ignitable concentrations of flammable gases or vapors may exist under normal operating conditions; or
(2) Ignitable concentrations of such gases or vapors may exist frequently because of repair or maintenance operations or because of leakage; or
(3) Breakdown or faulty operation of equipment or processes might release ignitable concentrations of flammable gases or vapors, and might also cause simultaneous failure of electric equipment

Class I, Division II Parameters:

(1) Volatile flammable liquids or flammable gases are handled, processed or used, but the hazardous liquids, vapors or gases will normally be confined within closed containers or closed systems from which they can escape only in the event of accidental rupture or breakdown of such containers or systems, or as a result of abnormal operation of equipment; or
(2) Ignitable concentrations of gases or vapors are normally prevented by positive mechanical ventilation, and which might become hazardous through failure or abnormal operations of the ventilating equipment; or
(3) Adjacent to a Class I, Division I location, and to which ignitable concentrations of gases or vapors might occasionally be communicated unless such communication is prevented by adequate positive-pressure ventilation from a source of clean air, and effective safeguards against ventilation failure are provided

Product Options

Glacier represents several rugged tablet computers and rugged laptops that meet Class I, Division I/II requirements. These units are all tested to ANSI standards that assure safe operation within a customer’s unique volatile environment.

The Class I Division I, ATEX certified Aegex10 features a 10.1” display, Windows OS, dual touch capacitive screen, and multiple options. The tablet is built to perform in the most hazardous areas of explosive environments.

Rugged tablets include the ultra-rugged Xplore XC6 and fully-rugged B10. Both support the Windows OS and include three year standard warranties.  The Getac F110 offers a large 11.6” display along with a three year bumper-to-bumper warranty. For a more mobile, lightweight solution, the Getac T800 has an 8.1” display, and weighs only 1.94 lbs.

For uses in need of a fully rugged, ANSI certified laptop, the Getac X500 and B300 are among the best in the industry. Both are available with Intel i7 processors, 800-1400nit displays, five year bumper-to-bumper standard warranties, and many more options. Finally, the Getac V110 is the world’s leading ANSI rated 2 in 1 convertible laptop.