Hazardous Area Panel PC

Date: 10/21/2013

AIS Hazardous Area Touch Screen Panel PCAIS Introduces UL Class I Division 2, ATEX Zone 2 HMI Touch Screen Panel PCs for Hazardous Areas in Oil and Gas Industry

Intrinsically Safe, 15” Panel PC for Hazardous Zone 2 areas without the need for expensive safety measures or additional certifications

IRVINE, CALIFORNIA - October 21, 2013 - American Industrial Systems, Inc. (AIS) expands its Intrinsically Safe Technology offering of HMI, control, monitoring and visualization solutions designed specifically for Oil & Gas, Refineries, Chemical Processing and Industrial Plants with the introduction of its new HMI panel PCs and thin clients. The new AIS Open Platform HMI Panel PC Touch Screen from AIS is Non-Incendive (NI), Intrinsically Safe (IS) and Explosion Proof, and meets NEC/CEC Class/Division, ATEX Directive 94/9/EC Zone for safety in Division 2 and Zone 2 operator control and monitoring applications.

Pipeline Transport Class 1 Div 2 ATEX Zone 2 Hazardous Area Panel PCIn Oil & Gas Exploration, Extraction, Refining, And Pipeline Transport, hazardous locations (Hazlocs) are areas where flammable liquids, gases, or vapors may be present or build-up over time. Oil and gas companies go to great lengths to minimize and prevent safety, fire and explosion risks in hazardous areas. Special consideration and study has to be given to the design and manufacturing of control and monitoring equipment to limit voltage, surface heat and stored energy to minimize risk of ignition. Meeting all required national, international and global electrical safety standards and regulations for low voltage electrical products such as HMIs ensure safe operation. From brutal conditions aboard open sea drilling platforms and land drilling rigs to the extreme temperatures that fuel storage tank farms endure in the hot sun, the oil and gas industry is known for its harsh environments and challenging requirements for electrical safety compliance. With this in mind, the AIS HMI Touch Screen Panel PC enclosure is fully constructed with stainless steel, carrying type 4/4x, IP 65/66, NEMA 4/4X environmental ratings (UL 50 or IEC 529) on the entire system including fully sealed I/O ports.

Drilling Rig Systems Class 1 Div 2 ATEX Zone 2 Hazardous Area Panel PCThe hazardous areas HMI operator interface from AIS supports wide operating temperatures from -20 to 60°C (-4 to 140°F) and is suitable for a wide variety of Upstream, Midstream And Downstream Oil and Gas Applications including, drilling systems, drilling control rooms, drill monitors, drilling management systems, pipeline control and monitoring, refinery process operator control systems, local instrument rooms, machinery control systems, remote monitoring and control and more. Pre-loaded with Windows Embedded or Linux operating system, the rugged AIS HMI solution also boasts superior application flexibility and configurability for integrating with third party PLC and SCADA programming packages.

Oil Refineries Class 1 Div 2 ATEX Zone 2 Hazardous Area Panel PCThe company has extensive experience and background serving the oil and gas industry having delivered Intrinsically Safe and Ex Certified HMI Touch Screen Interfaces and Visualization solutions to the world’s top ten largest oil and equipment services providers over the past decade. Nelson Tsay, AIS President, adds “Our new 15” HMI panel PC and thin client further demonstrates our expertise with intrinsically safe technology and commitment to providing the oil and gas and petrochemical processing industries electrically safe, control and monitoring solutions for hazardous areas”.  Featuring a 15” industrial-grade, high-bright display screen with sunlight readable display option, the oil & gas HMI from AIS meets all these certifications:

  • UL Listed to Safety Standards: ANSI/ISA 12.12.01, 2012, Non-Incendive Panel PC for Use in Class 1, Division 2 Groups A, B, C, D Hazardous (Classified) Locations and CAN/CSA C22.2 No. 213-M1987 for Use in Class 1, Division 2 Hazardous Locations: UL File # E365958.
  • UL Listed to Safety Standards: UL 60950-1 and CSA C22.2 No. 60950-1-07: UL File # E320439
  • CE Ex Marked to Safety Standards: Explosive Atmospheres (ATEX)-Directive 94/9/EC-Complying with the Essential Health and Safety Requirements that relate to the design of Zone 2 Category 3 Panel PC, certified to ATEX Protection Classes- “CE Ex mark” II 3 G Ex nA ic IIA T4
  • Compliance with the Essential Health and Safety Requirements has been assured by Compliance with IEC 60079-0, IEC 60079-11, and IEC 60079-15
  • 3-Year limited warranty (return-to-depot service): Including all parts and labor costs (1 year), including control board (microprocessor) and labor costs (2nd to 3rd year), and labor costs (full 3 Years), accessories and software excluded

Headquartered in Irvine, California, USA, American Industrial Systems, Inc. (AIS) offers in-house electronic and mechanical design, software development, manufacturing and production and quality control services.  Offering one of the widest ranges of industrial computing solutions, AIS solutions are available in a multitude of configurations for industrial, oil & gas, military and marine applications. The company is fully committed to empowering, improving and delivering turnkey HMI, monitoring and display solutions for OEM, ODM and end-user customers.

AIS is an ISO 9001:2008 Certified Supplier And Manufacturer of rugged computers and displays, and received completion of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) registration from the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC). AIS is a manufacturer of a wide range of off-the-shelf and customized Industrial-Grade HMI And Display Products in different configurations for various industrial, military, and outdoor digital signage applications. For more information, visit: www.aispro.com, email: sales@aispro.com or contact: 1-888-485-6688.

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American Industrial Systems, Inc.
Santiago Consunji
Business Development and Marketing Manager
949-681-7463
santiago.consunji@aispro.com