EC: Allen-Bradley Extreme Environment Panel PC
Hardware - industrial PCs: Rockwell Automation, Allen-Bradley Extreme Environment Panel PC. The Allen-Bradley Extreme Environment Panel PC can withstand the a vast array of temperature extremes and carries U.S. NEC C1C2 certification. This is a Control Engineering 2011 Engineers' Choice (EC) Honorable Mention.
The Allen-Bradley Extreme Environment Panel PC combines intrinsic safety with the capacity to withstand more extreme temperatures than any other offering on the market. Industries from oil and gas to chemicals and mining must regularly work with potentially explosive materials, in locations where hardware often takes a beating. Whether in desert heat or the cold of the North Slope, Extreme Environment Panel PCs from Rockwell Automation are designed to endure harsh extremes.
With U.S. NEC Class 1 Division 2 hazardous location certification, the Extreme Environment PC can be safely used in areas where explosive materials are present. The PCs are rated to withstand temperatures from -20 °C to +70 °C inside the computer cabinet and display side temperatures of -20 °C to +55 °C. The display can function at temperatures higher than +55 °C, however this temperature is the limit Underwriters Laboratories considers safe for human touch. The Extreme Environment Panel PCs is fanless, using a large heat sink to dissipate heat and operate in these challenging environments. It is available both with and without a display.
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