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Eaton launches next generation HMI

Eaton launches next generation HMI

Eaton says its next generation Azonix Barracuda HMI workstation enables oil and gas industry users to reduce operational costs while increasing productivity and rig safety.

Designed in response to demands for increased processing power and a more rugged HMI for operation in hotter environments, the robust and reliable Azonix Barracuda 15 is said to set a new high standard for monitoring and controlling processes in oil and gas applications worldwide.

The Azonix Barracuda 15 workstation for Zone 2 hazardous areas features an Intel i7 2.5GHz processor and up to 8GB of DRAM to deliver increased processing power, providing the bandwidth to run the most demanding DCS or SCADA software packages, therefore avoiding configuration challenges. The workstation is available with wireless and Bluetooth options which offer high speed communications for fast rig-up rig-down applications, therefore increasing productivity.

The Azonix Barracuda 15 is quick and easy to install and connect. Fitted with identical mounting options and the same connector interfaces as its predecessor, the new workstation is a simple drop-in replacement, which lowers installation costs and downtime, thus increasing rig uptime and process efficiency. The workstation is exceptionally user-friendly. Azonix Barracuda 15 incorporates a state-of-the-art touch panel which allows for either a resistive or projected capacitive touchscreen. These sensors support glove touch capability for use in harsh and cold environments. Thanks to the new LED backlit 1024 by 768 display screen, the workstation is visible in virtually all working conditions.

The Azonix Barracuda 15 workstation has a wider operating temperature range than alternative systems, providing reliable operation between -40ºC and 60ºC. It uses industrial grade parts and a cast aluminium housing for extreme environmental conditions, which makes it robust, therefore increasing reliability and improved asset uptime.

The workstation is lightweight and has a small footprint enabling the user the flexibility to install it conveniently in challenging rig environments. In addition, Azonix Barracuda 15 HMI systems do not require external panel housing, saving installation costs, while multiple mounting options accommodate installation across various rig configurations.

Designed for use in tough and hazardous environments worldwide, the Azonix Barracuda 15 workstation is fully certified for the most demanding conditions found in up- and downstream oil and gas applications. It has hazardous area approvals, including AEx, ATEX Zone 2, and is IECEx class 1 Zone 2 rated, providing increased rig safety.  In addition, customers can use one configuration globally which reduces their cost of sustaining multiple hardware and software assets.

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