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AIS New COTS Hazardous Area, Certified Panel PCs Improve Oilfield Drilling Equipment and Machinery Operations

American Industrial Systems, Inc. (AIS), a leader in intrinsically safe and explosion-proof HMIs for the oil and gas industry, has introduced new certified hazardous areas HMIs, Class 1 Div. 2, Zone 2, and ATEX panel PCs. These new Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) hazardous area panel PCs and thin clients are specifically designed for an array of oilfield drilling equipment and services applications. Some remote monitoring oilfield applications for AIS touch screen, intrinsically safe HMIs include: drilling fluid control and monitor systems, drilling mud control systems, drilling rig control systems and drilling operator cabin workstations. Benefits to oilfield equipment and services companies include: a safe worker environment by reducing exposure to potentially hazardous environments and situations, less on-site personnel requirements and a greater yield from drilling machinery equipment assets.

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AIS Remote HMIs Improve Drilling Efficiency While Lowering Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)

The COTS remote monitoring HMIs from AIS are becoming increasingly popular in oilfield drilling operations as they demonstrate their value in a number of mission critical areas to oilfield equipment and services providers. The driving factor for specification of AIS hazardous area Panel PCs in the oil and gas industry are substantial cost reductions, improved operator safety and lower TCO. AIS enhances drilling control systems and decision making by providing drill operators intuitive, easy-to-use remote control and monitoring HMIs at their fingertips. Operators can now set performance parameters or preset timed operations for equipment that required manual operation and monitoring. As a COTS engineered solution by AIS, oilfield equipment builders also improve TCO by delivering their products faster to the market without the need to consider special certification measures, since the AIS hazardous areas HMI is already certified and approved for Class 1 Division 2, Zone 2 use.

AIS Panel PCs Improve Operator Safety & Performance

With either a local console or standard remote HMIs near the drilling application, web-enabled, web-based HMI visualization solutions from AIS minimize exposure of personnel to potentially hazardous areas through remote detection of equipment failure or inoperability. High-bright operator touch-screen displays and secure network connectivity significantly improves collaboration between offsite drilling contractors and the rig staff operating the equipment. The COTS, small-footprint HMI from AIS allows for less personnel on-site and more efficient mixing and blending of chemicals into mud systems. AIS also incorporated military spec design principles into their family of rugged HMIs by reducing size, weight and power consumption (SWaP), thereby further improving its performance in a smaller package.

Key AIS Hazardous Areas HMI Features & Benefits

Supporting operating temperatures ranging from -20 to 60°C (-4 to 140°F), AIS open platform HMIs are pre-loaded with Windows or Linux operating systems and feature a 15” high-bright LCD screen. Completely constructed of stainless steel, AIS HMI panel PCs and thin client systems are rugged, type 4/4X, IP 65/66, NEMA 4/4X enclosures with environmental ratings (UL 50 or IEC 529) on the entire system including fully sealed ports.

A Record of Success Serving the Top 10 Oil & Gas Equipment & Services Providers in the World

AIS has a strong background and successful track record serving some of the largest oilfield equipment and services companies in the oil and gas industry for the past decade. AIS has made a substantial capital investment in R&D, technology and complying to the necessary standards, certifications and regulations for electrical equipment safety to support oil and gas customers. Standard or custom HMI applications are designed to meet Class I and II, Division 2 and Class III, Divisions 1 and 2 Hazardous (Classified) Locations (North American Classification), and Zone 1/21 and 2/22 Hazardous Areas (European and IEC Classification) specifications.

About AIS

Headquartered in Irvine, California, USA, American Industrial Systems, Inc. (AIS) offers in-house electronic and mechanical design, software development, manufacturing, production and quality control services. Offering one of the widest ranges of Industrial Computing solutions, AIS solutions are available in a multitude of configurations for Industrial, Oil & Gas, Military and Marine applications. The company is fully committed to empowering, improving and delivering turnkey HMI, monitoring and display solutions for OEM, ODM and end-user customers. AIS is an ISO 9001:2008 certified supplier and manufacturer of rugged computers and displays, and received completion of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) registration from the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC). For more information, visit:, email: [email protected] or contact: 1-888-485-6688.

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