Rugged computers are embedded systems that are designed used in the industrial environment. These computers serve as MWD (measurement while drilling) computers and provide results with high accuracy and performance. They are designed to perform under extreme temperature conditions and rough environments all with reduced size weight and moving parts, as well as having all external boards integrated into the system.. Acura embedded systems is a leading developer of fanless industrial PCs, DVR systems, and surface systems. Our products serve a range of applications including oil and gas industries, first responders, mining and military operations. Acura Embedded has a wide range of ATEX, C1D1/2, UL and ISO certified computers, tablets and monitors.
The Roughneck-15, an MWD Surface System, is an integrated panel PC that includes measuring everything that the sensors see and transmitting it to the display, with pressure decoder boards, 900 MHz radio, and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth already inside the fully sealed, C1D2 enclosure. An all-in-one MWD is a combination of power, controller, sensor, transmitter, and display.
For more mobile uses in harsh environments, such as Rig Floors and possibly explosive environments, rugged tablets such as the EX-80 provide safety and efficiency over normal pen and paper or large bulky laptops. It can perform these tasks with greater accuracy and efficiency and has many advantages as compared to an all-in-one MWD system.
Reduced Tampering and Errors
A rugged tablet is an embedded system that is equipped with the latest software and contact-less readers. These are explosion-proof computers with ISO standard security features and are highly resistant to any kind of tampering. They have installed firmware and limited interface for configuration purposes. This ensures safe and accurate measurement and recording. Fully HD explosion-proof cameras are robust and provide information with precision. HD graphics and display with sunlight readability simplify the analysis of the information.
Integrated box with plug and play connections
Unlike all-in-one surface systems, rugged tablets are compact, with components like storage, memory, the display is all integrated within a single, easy to carry box unit. It is much easier to connect devices like a camera and keyboard to the system. Often they come with docking port of additional I/O interface. Simplified connections increase the usability and versatility of these devices at the cost of performance.
Performance in Temperature Ranges
Rugged computers can perform in wide temperature ranges. They can be configured to function between -40 to up to 70 degrees Celsius. They can stand extreme damp conditions with humidity going up above ninety percent with no condensing. Rugged computers can survive vibrations and salt-fog to give clear-cut readings due to the lack of moving parts such as hard drives and fans or heaters.
Compact and less expensive
Rugged tablets are highly compact and are less than ten centimeters in dimensions. These tablets are also lightweight. The smaller size makes it possible to transport the two systems together. Powered with technology, they are less expensive and more cost-effective as compared to other tablets and laptop computers.
Durable and easy maintenance
Rugged computers are amazingly strong and durable they are fully sealed and explosion-proof. The industrial PCs allow for water submersible applications making them more versatile in usage. They are also salt resistant and are easy to clean with industrial-grade cleaners and processes.
Easy upgrades and repairs
To keep these measurement systems upgraded is important for error-free measurements, rugged computers are loaded with firmware and can be easily promoted to the latest upgrades. However, repair and upgrades are usually not simple or cheap for MWD Surface systems on the market, but the RoughNeck-15 Surface system is upgradeable from the get-go.