Arctic HMI: Human-machine interface performs in harsh Arctic Circle conditions
Geotechnical company Hayward Baker uses QSI QTerm-G70 for applications in Quebec, Canada, where temperatures range from -20 to 24 deg C (-4 to 75 deg F). Other challenges to the hardware include snow, rain, wind and other extreme environmental conditions. See four frozen photos in a fast low-temperature tutorial.
QSI QTerm-G70 monitors various flow rates, pressures, temperatures, and consistencies. Unit shown meets NEMA 4 sealing requirements and is temperature rated -30 to 80 degrees C.
QTerm-G70 design from QSI withstands shock, vibration, and this unique mounting system.
An enhanced thin film transistor (TFT) color display, rated at 600 nit, makes the QTerm-G70 readable in snow and snow-reflected sun.
Operator control panel is boom mounted to provide flexible operation from the best vantage point, no matter what the December temperature in Peribonka; the work still gets done, QSI says.
Salt Lake City, UT – Geotechnical company Hayward Baker uses QSI QTerm-G70 for applications in Peribonka, Quebec, Canada, where temperatures range from -20 to 24 °C (-4 to 75 °F). Other challenges to the hardware include snow, rain, wind and other extreme environmental conditions.
QSI , a manufacturer of rugged terminals, serves applications in the geotechnical and oil and gas industries, including concrete pumping, coiled tubing, pumping stations, and data acquisition.
According to Fritz Achhorner, corporate engineer at Hayward Baker, "For the Peribonka project, the QTerm-G70 replaces dated gauges and manual processes that were being relied on to get accurate data and make minute, yet pivotal changes with monitoring various flow rates, pressures, temperatures, and consistencies."
"With rigorous conditions like those in Peribonka, the QTerm-G70 was put to the test and met the required demands for the application," said QSI senior sales engineer Glen Johnson.
"Our in-house environmental testing ensures that all units will perform under extreme conditions," Johnson said. "The G70 produced for Hayward Baker meets NEMA-4 sealing requirements and is temperature-rated from -30 to 80 °C (-22 to 176 °F).
"The success of the QTerm-G70 under these conditions opens up additional geotechnical applications for QSI. Our terminals are designed to perform under strenuous conditions. This has a direct impact on our end users’ bottom line as they do not experience downtown due to hardware issues," Johnson said.
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