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GE Fanuc - Ruffneck? Zone 1 Explosion Proof Computer

GE Fanuc Embedded Systems : 19 September, 2007  (Company News)
Computer Dynamics Announces Ruffneck& Zone 1 Explosion Proof Computer
Designed for harsh environments, harsh treatment

· Approved for ATEX Zone 1 applications

· Meets certification needs of customers in the HAZLOC environment

· Sunlight-readable screen

· Touchscreen operable by gloved hand

Confirming the company's reputation as a leading developer of computing solutions designed for deployment in the harshest environments, Computer Dynamics, a GE Fanuc company, today announced the Ruffneck™ Zone 1 Explosion Proof Computer. Approved for ATEX Zone 1 applications, and meeting the certification needs of customers in the HAZLOC environment, it can be used in virtually any application that requires protection against environmental factors as well as against careless or abusive operation. The Ruffneck Zone 1's screen is characterized by viewing enhancement filters to enhance readability in any lighting conditions – including direct sunlight - and by an impact-resistant, projected capacitive touchscreen capable of both bare- and gloved hand operation.

Based on a single board computer with an Intel® Pentium® M 1.6 GHz processor, the Ruffneck Zone 1 features a 15' diagonal LCD flat screen and can be configured with up to 2 GBytes of DDRAM and a 40 GBytes hard drive (CompactFlash-based solid state storage is optionally available). The unit offers two network options including wireless Ethernet, and features a watchdog timer and software dimming. It supports Microsoft's Windows XP operating system.

'Flat panel display systems are becoming increasingly popular in the commercial and industrial sectors,' said Adrian Bernhard, General Manager, Commercial Products and Systems at GE Fanuc Embedded Systems. 'The announcement of the Ruffneck Zone 1 Computer builds on our existing, proven Wolverine product and allows us to apply our packaging expertise to providing leading edge products that meet and exceed customer needs in the HAZLOC environment. It is the optimum solution for companies who need to deploy computing in hazardous and harsh environments.'
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