Panasonic has announced the release of two new ATEX certified Toughpad handheld tablets. The company predicts they will revolutionize productivity in various potentially hazardous industries including pharma and chemical manufacturing, oil and gas, and mining. Both will be available at the end of September 2015.In a news release published on the Panasonic UK website on Friday, the company said that the new FZ-EI ATEX and FZ-X1 ATEX tablets combined the best of the smartphone, handheld and tablet market in the most rugged, long working device that was also easy to use.
According to Panasonic Computer Product Solutions’ general manager of European marketing, Jan Kaempher, the new ATEX certified Toughpads will immediately give “mobile workers” operating in hazardous environments the ability to benefit from the same leading edge technology and productivity advantages those working in non-hazardous environments currently have. Further, the functionality, endurability and usability of the new Toughpads means that mobile workers can use the same device when not working in hazardous areas. This basically amounts to two for the price of one.
The new Toughpads have been certified for use in potentially explosive gas environments, specifically above ground Zone 2 Working Space where gasses like ethylene, gasoline and acetaldehyde are present. Incredibly, many of those working in Zone 2 areas still rely on pen and paper, simply because tablets currently available are neither efficient or safe to use in that environment.
Safety and Design Features of the New Panasonic Tablets
Safety features incorporated in the new design include antistatic screens and a hard wearing leather casing. The tablets also have a built-in 1D/2D barcode reader and incorporate voice call along with a safe, usable PDA. This means that the new ATEX certified devices can be used for both voice and email communications while workers are on the move in the plant or on any other site. This also gives them the ability to enter accurate data when reporting on industrial and manufacturing processes.
Panasonic points out that the bar code reader will be invaluable for both product registration and inventory. The inbuilt 8MP camera, the company states, is ideal for fast video and image capture, particularly in emergencies. This inbuilt camera has auto-focus and an LED light, and there is also a 1.3MP front camera.
Both of the new Toughpad devices have a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Quad-core processor with 2 GB RAM and 32 GB flash storage that makes them powerful enough to cope with any mobile industrial applications. The FZ-E1 ATEX is Windows Embedded 8.1 with the Handheld update 2, and the FZ-X1 ATEX, with Android™ 4.2.2.
Additionally, both tablets feature anti-reflective, sunlight-readable screens with a tough multi-touch screen display that even those wearing heavy protective gloves can use. There is also a rain-sensing feature that enables workers to use single touch even if it is pouring with rain.
Other features include:
- Clear voice communication that ensures voices can be heard even from hugely noisy plants.
- More than 14 hours battery life as well as quick-charging features and “Hot Swap” functionality that enables virtually unlimited use.
- An IP54 rating that guarantees they can be used in temperatures ranging from -20 °C to +40 °C (2.84 °F to 104 °F).
- Drop-testing to one meter (3.28 ft).
- Three-year warranty with full-on customer support.
So if you’re in the market for the cutting edge new ATEX certified Panasonic Toughpads, don’t miss the launch at the end of the month.