Intelligent Systems with Rugged Designs

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Ken Lu
Ken Lu, CEO

 

Winmate

 

“Winmate rugged computers are designed for the harsh environments of an oil refinery or a drilling rig specifically.”

The oil & gas arena has been facing extreme operating environment where equipment’s required need to provide advanced system monitoring even in the most challenging conditions: potential explosive atmospheres, varying temperature, explosion to water and rain. Alongside, the devices must accurately identify and track assets and communicate data from remote sites to enable real-time data monitoring and communications. Headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, Winmate Inc. has been dedicated to researching, developing and manufacturing the latest in industrial displays and rugged devices for 20 years. Today, Winmate creates intelligent systems that advance the Internet of Things (loT) and enterprise-level communications across the globe for industrial and high-tech clients. High standards for technology and quality control have established Winmate as a leader for the last 20 years and set the standard for continued excellence.

It is pertinent to mention that oil rigs and remote pipeline locations are some of the most dangerous and challenging work environments anywhere. When looking for electronics to support these environments, devices must stand up to three key requirements, firstly provide advanced system monitoring even in the most challenging conditions.

Secondly, accurately identify and track assets and communicate data from remote sites. And lastly, withstand the highest scrutiny of certification and inspection. Winmate rugged computers are designed for the harsh environments of an oil refinery or a drilling rig specifically. By employing automated processes, oil and gas companies can increase the number of production wells, improve production control and reap the benefits of modern technologies.

Winmate factory is UL and CSA certified with the Quality Management System. To meet the safety qualification, Winmate offers ATEX and Class 1 Division 2 (C1D2) certified solutions for maintaining safe operations and collecting detailed, sensitive data in the remote rig and pipeline locations. For the classification of the equipment, Winmate generally uses both the North American National Electric Code (NEC) and the European ATEX directive.

The company has technology know-how for the production and development of explosion-proof devices. The schematic design of the electronic system must ensure that the temperature under all fault conditions can never rise to a value which may cause the ignition of explosive gasses. Winmate engineers design the intrinsic safety schematics for an explosion-proof product line, which means that the ignition of a hazardous atmosphere (explosive gas or dust) cannot occur. This is achieved by ensuring that only low voltages and currents enter the hazardous area and that no significant energy storage is possible. Winmate’s products tout thermal design also prevents the device from overheating. Winmate performs no-air potting—a process of filling a complete electronic assembly with a solid or gelatinous compound for resistance to shock and vibration, and for the exclusion of moisture and corrosive agents—of electronic components in-house. Potting prevents the substrate from failing in harsh environments or from vibrations or other potentially-damaging uses.

Winmate’s explosion-proof rugged computing solutions have been designed for nearly any oil and gas application. Their products are tough enough to withstand the most extreme conditions. Winmate’s products can be utilized for data collection, personnel monitoring process automation and many other tasks. Alongside their explosion-proof industrial computers and rugged tablets have been designed to integrate seamlessly into any oil and gas’ functional workflow. For the days to come the company wants to continue offering unique, out-of-the-box products which along with oil and gas sector assists other key industries.