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Moxa Introduces Oil & Gas Industry's Most Powerful, Reliable Panel PC at Offshore Technology Conference



HOUSTON, TX, MAY 6, 2015 (OTC, Booth #11407) -- Moxa, a leading manufacturer of communications equipment for harsh environments, today unveiled one of the most advanced, powerful and reliable touchscreen panel PCs for the oil and gas market at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston.     

 

The new flagship of Moxa's panel PC product line, the EXPC-1519 is an extremely powerful and reliable unit equipped with the critical features and certifications required for Class 1, Div. 2; ATEX Zone 2, and IECEx rated hazardous environments. A fully operational unit with final technical specs was on hand at the show, and Moxa announced that units would be available for ordering in August 2015.

 

The high-quality engineering of the EXPC-1519 includes many industry firsts for an industrial PC, such as the widest temperature range (-40° to 70°C) for a fanless cooling system absent of any moving parts, and the integration of third generation dual core Intel® i7 processors with up to 16 GB of memory to deliver blazing fast processing on par with desktop PCs. Its high performance is further enhanced by a more flexible I/O arrangement to simplify field installations of any kind in open air hazardous area environments, along with Moxa's first "glove-friendly" touch interface for the unit's glare-free, 1000 nits 19" LED screen. Put together, these features make the Moxa EXPC-1519 the ideal platform for system control, operation, and monitoring in harsh, hot outdoor oil and gas fields and drilling platforms.

 

A visitor to the Moxa booth at OTC tries out the
new EXPC-1519 with work gloves on 

 

"For oil and gas operations, it can be extremely difficult and costly to realize the benefits of modern computing and communications technology, with overheating, dead pixels, and poor system performance being common complaints," explained Thomas Nuth, Moxa's Global Vertical Manager for Oil and Gas. "Our newest panel PC, the EXPC-1519, delivers the very latest PC-based technology to hazardous area applications with no compromise in power, reliability, space or feature set."

 

The EXPC-1519 is housed in a sealed IP66, NEMA 4X enclosure designed for efficient heat dissipation, as well as to extend service life by preventing ingress of damaging dust, water, chemicals or adverse weather. This all-in-one solution is in stark contrast to traditional protection options for panel PCs such as after-market re-engineering, or enclosing the unit in a third-party housing or cabinet that introduces additional space and power requirements, as well as points of failure.

 

Nuth noted that many visitors were impressed by the capabilities of the EXPC-1519 demo unit. Adam Lane works for a leading global manufacturer of special purpose gloves and tested their new oil rig operator glove on the high-resolution capacitive multi-touch EXPC 1519 at the show.

 

"The ORHD CR5 is one of our most popular releases. It was great to test the product and know that our customers can use this product on a touch-screen interface within the industrial arena. The MOXA EXPC multitouch made me feel like I was operating a typical touchscreen, even with the rigger glove."

 

According to Nuth, the EXPC-1519 is scheduled for production in August 2015 as Moxa completes final testing and certifications, and the company is now accepting inquiries.

 

 


 

 

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Moxa is a leading manufacturer of industrial networking, computing, and automation solutions. With over 27 years of industry experience, Moxa has connected more than 30 million devices worldwide and has a distribution and service network that reaches customers in more than 70 countries. Moxa delivers lasting business value by empowering industry with reliable networks and sincere service for automation systems. Information about Moxa's solutions is available at www.moxa.com. You may also contact Moxa by email at usa@moxa.com.