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Nematron Europe has launched a low-cost, fan-less version of the ePC-Series of industrial computers, which is suitable for running complex HMI and Scada applications.

The ePC Lite variation of the ePC-Series addresses the growing demand to provide industrial computers that are low in cost yet have the reliability of a proprietary operator interface.

With its Intel-based, fan-less Atom N270 central processing unit (CPU) board and Intel solid-state drive, reliability is enhanced with the removal of rotating media and fans.

According to the company, the ePC15T, designed and manufactured in the US, is available for a competitive price and includes a standard two-year warranty.

With the ePC15T’s ultra-thin design, this new product provides a feasible alternative to proprietary operator interfaces and low-cost, low-quality alternatives.

This new version utilises an Intel Atom N270 1.6 GHz processor and Intel CPU board to provide enough processing power to run the most complex HMI and Scada applications.

Windows XP Professional and an Intel 40Gb SATA solid-state drive are standard, providing enhanced system performance and adequate storage for most factory automation applications.

With these high-performance drives and the Intel ATOM N270 processor, the ePC15Ts are suitable for virtually any HMI/Scada application, without the complexity and restrictions of proprietary or Windows CE-based alternatives.

The fan-less ePC Lite computers come standard with a bright 15in XGA LCD, 1Gb DRAM, an analogue resistive five-wire touch screen and an IP65/Nema 4 front panel.

The ePC Lite is powered by a 12VDC Class 2 power source.

An external 100-240VAC power supply brick is also included.

Input/output (I/O) ports included on every unit come with a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port, one RS-232 port, three USB 2.0 ports, an audio output and an external analogue or digital video connection that supports dual display with extended desktop when used in conjunction with the internal LCD display.

With an extremely compact panel mounting depth of 61.0mm (2.4in), the ePC Lite is suitable for limited depth applications.

The ePC Lite will have UL and cUL 508, European CE and RoHS approvals, making it acceptable in almost any region.

Nematron has been pioneering innovative computer and visualization solutions for the manufacturing and process industries for over 25 years.  During that time we have been credited with the development of the first Human Machine Interface (HMI) and Industrial PC. Today, Nematron has hundreds of thousands of systems installed worldwide and continues to develop innovative new solutions everyday.  Our customers have come to expect a manufacturing ethos with designed-in reliability, a design to reduce maintenance burden, overall low cost of ownership, commitment to availability over extended periods and above all Service that is second to none.

Nematron offers an extensive range of ruggedized Industrial PC platforms running under both Windows and Linux operating systems.  Embedded PCs for both static and mobile applications, Panel PCs, Industrial Monitors and Workstations with display sizes from 10.0″ SVGA up to 19″ SXGA and 19.0” Rack Mountable PCs to meet a wide range of manufacturing, telecommunication and process applications and including being Hazardous Location Certified.

Growth in Industrial PC technology remains as dynamic today as it has over the past 25 years, Nematron embraces new technology with over 25 years of experience to maintain a competitive edge; Nematron is a partner you can rely on.

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