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ATS' ePro Units Stand Up In Rugged Conditions

Posted by Administrator on 7/31/2013 to Panelmate News
This month, I had the opportunity to inspect a group of 16 ePro units that had been installed outside. Not all were exposed to direct sun light; however, some had been placed without any protection from the sun. Additionally, the units I inspected were not outdoor rated. With this experience in mind, I wanted to review two rugged units that will perform well in tough environments.
The Outdoor Series (OD) and Enterprise Edition (EE) models feature high performance, cost-effective operator interfaces (OI) based on the PanelMate ePro PS platform, which sets the standard for hybrid OI systems by combining the flexibility of Microsoft(R) Windows(R) XP Embedded technology with solid-state hardware design and exclusive Protect Mode(TM) that provides protection for the operating system and software.
OD Series Addresses Demanding Conditions
The OD Series has features that make the ePro PS suitable for direct sunlight readability and extend the environmental ratings for harsh outdoor applications. The OD models have built-in anti-glare, anti-reflective and anti-UV coatings that provide superb visibility in direct sunlight. The OD Series uses passive display enhancement technology to achieve temperature and shock ratings allowing it to be used in applications where other displays will not survive. 
EE Models Deliver Performance and Flexibility
EE models provide a more comprehensive set of Windows XP components and services. By adding Microsoft XP components such as .NET framework and IIS (Internet Information Services) Microsoft's Web server, IIS runs under the server versions of Windows, adding HTTP server capability to the Windows operating system.  Server and Outlook(R) Express to the standard ePro PS operation system image, the ePro PS EE provides greater extensibility than any embedded platform on the market. The ePro PS EE models also have increased processor performance and CompactFlash(R) capacity.
Both editions feature the performance and flexibility of a PC-based operator interface without the associated complexity of a PC. A wide variety of applications can be deployed on the ePro PS OD and EE editions via integrated high-speed Ethernet, serial ports, USB ports, optional removable CompactFlash(R), PCMCIAand an optional PCI(1) (Payment Card Industry) See PCI DSS. (2) (Peripheral Component Interconnect). The most widely used I/O bus (peripheral bus) expansion adapter. The editions also support many third-party software packages that interface directly to the runtime software. A multitude of non-volatile memory and input devices make the ePro PS OD and EE models the most flexible OI devices in the outdoor display and industrial control markets.

Both models also feature a built-in Protect Mode that locks out all unauthorized modifications to the operating system in addition to protecting critical application programs and drivers. The interface is configured with ePro Canvas editing software that supports a modern suite of graphical templates for replacing hard-wired panel devices. The controls allow existing PanelMate users to upgrade the look of their applications while keeping the same familiar user interface. Additionally, multi-language support allows users to create a single configuration supporting any combination of languages.

The PanelMate ePro PS OD and EE carry UL(R), cUL(R), CSA(R), Class 1 Div 2, and CE Mark certification meeting NEMA(R) 4, 4X, 12 and IP65 ratings when installed in a correspondingly rated enclosure.

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Jim Egan | PanelMate Product Manager
Advanced Technology Services, Inc.
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