Mobile Computing Intrinsic Safety

Mobile Computing Intrinsic Safety

Mobile Computing Intrinsic Safety

 

When you see the term “intrinsic safety” or a description of a mobile computer, tablet laptop or smartphone as “intrinsically safe” followed by a string acronyms – do you have any idea what it all means?

 

Intrinsic Safety What Is It?

Intrinsic safety is a requirement that may be applicable to devices that are being operated in areas with flammable gases combustible dusts ignitable fibers or liquids. The device carrying the description is deemed to have been made in such a way as to be incapable of igniting these.

Why Is it Needed?

Intrinsic safety (IS) is a protection technique for safe operation of electrical equipment in hazardous areas by limiting the energy available for ignition. In signal and control circuits that can operate with low currents and voltages, the intrinsic safety approach simplifies circuits and reduces installation cost over other protection methods.

Getting to grips with intrinsic safety regulations can be a tough assignment as the numbers of intrinsically safe rugged mobile devices continues to increase and the regulations are as complex as ever.

Areas with dangerous concentrations of flammable gases or dust are found in a wide variety of  applications including mining and process manufacturing industries such as petrochemical refining.  Plant maintenance process monitoring and asset management are popular applications. As with non IS zones improving workflow productivity and effectiveness are considered fundamental reasons to undertake  project.

Mobile Computing Intrinsic Safety

All devices that are to be used in an areas zoned as hazardous must carry the correct compliance certification for use in that area. Lab based certification allows a device to be used only in the area it is approved for. It is therefore important to understand which areas in your organisation should be treated in this way as it is not a case that “any rating will do”.

In the EU the standard for intrinsic safety certification is around the ATEX directive. In North America Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and in Canada the Canadian Standards Association. In many other countries around the world the IECEx standards are followed. Standards agencies do engage in harmonization activities so that intrinsically safe equipment manufactured in one country might be approved for use in another without expensive re-testing and documentation. But at this point a  device certified for use in Europe may not be approved for use in the USA and vice versa.

Why Is This Important

Productivity improvements are often the key driver to implementing enterprise mobility solutions for organisations who have intrinsically safe areas. Making sure the most suitable devices are specified for use inside and outside these areas is key to operational safety and project success.

Mobile Computing Intrinsic Safety

Get in touch if you have questions or need to discuss the options available for Mobile Computing Intrinsic Safety on our Windows 10 or Android Aegex Tablet in this area?

MobileWorxs at Facilities Management 2015

MobileWorxs at Facilities Management 2015

MobileWorxs at Facilities Management 2015

 

 

 

 

This year FM15 is co-located with Maintec and The Health and Safety Event at the NEC Birmingham from 24th to 26th March. We will be on stand F12F showcasing our latest Enterprise Mobility solutions and products.

Highlights on our stand this year:

Devices

  • Latest intrinsically safe Android tablet devices from ecom.
  • MobileDemand’s new entry level budget Windows 8.1 xTablet Flex 10
  • Panasonic Handheld FZ-X1 in Android and Windows Embedded versions.

Software

  • Launching SOTI’s new MobiControl V12 suite for device management.
  • MobileFrame v6 – our application development platform with native Android and iOS support.
  • Electric Compass cloud based vehicle/trailer tracking.

Got questions about device management and “Android for Work” come along to our ask the expert on Thursday with Hannah Suttenwood of SOTI.

On the same day we will be at the business exchange presenting a talk called “What is Unified Endpoint Management”

“We will aim to unravel the alphabet soup of BYOD MDM EMM and UEM and help you understand the importance of Unified Endpoint Management as an approach for using mobility to refine business processes. UEM can reduce the total cost of ownership that comes from relying on mobility to deliver efficiency across an entire organisation. It is now one that can also be applied to a vast array of endpoints any device – anywhere – anytime”

MobileWorxs at Facilities Management 2014

Looking forward to seeing you in Birmingham..!

MobileWorxs Events in March

MobileWorxs Events in March

MobileWorxs Events in March

Our exhibition season kicks off next month with 2 great events.

If you have a mobile worker business process improvement project this year come along to see how we can help you.

 

The FM Show

Showcases the latest innovations and solutions in the world of FM. Co-located with Maintec Cleaning 2015 and The Health and Safety Event at the NEC Birmingham from 24th to 26th. We will be on stand F12F.

Our highlights include the latest intrinsically safe tablet devices from ecom, MobileDemand’s new xTablet Flex 8/Flex 10 and the Panasonic Handheld FZ-E1. Plus the launch of the Electric Compass tracking solution.

Got questions about device management and Android BYOD come along to our ask the expert on Thursday with Hannah Suttenwood of SOTI.

Also on Thursday 26th in the business exchange we will be presenting a talk called “What is unified endpoint management” 

“We will aim to unravel the alphabet soup of BYOD MDM EMM and UEM and help you understand the importance of Unified Endpoint Management as an approach for using mobility to refine business processes. UEM can reduce the total cost of ownership that comes from relying on mobility to deliver efficiency across an entire organisation. It is now one that can also be applied to a vast array of endpoints any device – anywhere – anytime”

BPCA PestEx

The premier exhibition for the Environmental Health and Pest Control Industry 25th & 26th in London.

The folks from Brother will be joining us featuring the PJ range of A4 thermal printers – great for printing visit reports on site. As well as the RJ mobile receipt and label printer.

Catch up with a live demo of PestWorxs our mobile app with contract and call out functionality for Pest Control Technicians. PestWorxs is built on enterprise grade IT architecture so that you can customise an app to match your processes and integrate with other systems. All for less than the price of a cup of coffee per day.

Come and find us at Stand 1. Sign up here.

MobileWorxs Events in March

How Hazardous Area Mobile Computing Boosts Productivity

How Hazardous Area Mobile Computing Boosts Productivity

A guest blog by Mike Davies UK Marketing Manager at ecom instruments.

How Hazardous Area Mobile Computing Boosts Productivity

Recent innovations in the field of hazardous area mobile computing technology has enabled mobile workers to automate a much wider range of tasks than ever previously possible. In sectors such as oil and gas, biochemical, pharmaceutical manufacturing and other process industries using mobile computing to improve the productivity of workers is key.

How can you boost productivity by taking advantage of this new technology?

The ability to record data on a portable device has made paper-based inspections obsolete, allowing for a greater degree of accuracy efficiency and productivity. Using of an intrinsically safe ATEX Zone 1 certified i.roc Ci70-Ex, workers can remain fully connected while in the field. Built in imaging functionality can help record data and immediately upload it into specific mobile line of business apps and integrate with host systems such as Maximo or SAP.

Rather than waiting until the end of the day to find out the status of key assets mobile workers can also use this technology to communicate data with colleagues in an instant over Wi-Fi or WWAN thus improving the visibility of results around repairs or adjustments. Workers can also communicate with each other using VoIP to stay in touch with each other throughout the day on large sites.

The development of hazardous area mobile computing technology has given mobile workers the ability to focus on the task-in-hand at all times and not have to spend time manually uploading data at the end of each day thereby offering a significant boost in productivity.

How Hazardous Area Mobile Computing Can Boost Productivity

With hazardous area mobile computing devices, you can significantly boost the productivity of your workforce and allow them to complete a much wider range of tasks while on the move.