HMi Elements, a specialist that designs and manufactures hazardous area-approved computers for oilfield services companies and their customers, has launched a Zone 1 product. HMi Elements’ 1301-Z1 allows field maintainability for computer hardware in a Zone 1 product for the first time.
With ATEX, IECEx and AEx certification (expected in December 2019) the 19” display computer also has a range of new market-leading technology and design features including glove-friendly touchscreen controls, unique edge-to-edge glass and a high resolution 1,000 nit display so it can be used even in the brightest environments.
All six sides are waterproof and ingress protected to IP66/NEMA 4X standard and can operate in temperatures ranging from -40°C to +60°C (-40°F to +140°F).HMi 1301-Z1 features a high-speed i7 processor, a choice of operating voltages and has Ethernet, WiFi and Bluetooth as standard.
Crafted from a single piece of aluminium, it is lighter and slimmer with a 5-inch wide profile.The unique hinged-front enclosure of the HMi 1301-Z1 allows access to the inside so it can be maintained in a safe area close to drilling rigs and oil refineries, improving health and safety while saving time and money.
Chief executive of HMi Elements, Howard Gould, said: “We have designed and manufactured computers for the oil and gas industry since the 1980s and this is by far the best Zone 1 product we or anyone else in the industry has ever created.“The HMi 1301-Z1 will play a crucial role helping some of the biggest companies in the industry source and extract oil and gas.
“It combines show-stopping design with rugged toughness that is built to withstand all the challenges faced in any Zone 1 environment.