Endress+Hauser device configuration portfolio expanded to cover hazardous areas
Endress+Hauser expands its product portfolio for device configuration by introducing the Field Xpert SMT77, a rugged tablet PC tool for commissioning and maintenance staff to manage field instruments and document the work progress. The SMT77 comes preinstalled with device configuration software and device library —so it is ready to go, right out of the box. The device enables plant asset management in Class 1 Div 1 hazardous areas.
Like the Field Xpert SMT70 (Class 1 Div 2 rated), the Field Xpert SMT77 supports HART, PROFIBUS DP/PA, Foundation Fieldbus, Modbus, CDI and Endress+Hauser service interfaces.
The Field Xpert device library has more than 2,700 pre-installed device and communication drivers, allowing it to work with many different instruments from a wide variety of vendors. It can connect to field instrumentation devices directly via a USB or Bluetooth wireless modem, or via a gateway, remote I/O or multiplexer to a bus system.
The Field Xpert SMT77, therefore, works with virtually every modern field instrument with "One Click Connectivity." To connect the Field Xpert SMT77 to a flowmeter with HART interface, for example, the operator simply clicks on the application, which then prompts the user to select automatic connection and the application connects to the instrument, and the SMT77 is ready to perform diagnostics, configurations or commissioning with the built-in device configuration software. The SMT77 also supports Endress+Hauser Heartbeat Technology and FieldCare instrument diagnostic and monitoring functions.
The tablet PC has Windows 10 Pro software installed. It comes with an 10.1 inch LCD Multitouch HD display, 2x bonded Gorilla Glass, a 5MP auto focus camera, a 2MP front facing camera, and up to 128 GB storage. Communication ports and supported networks include USB, Ethernet, HDMI, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth—with 4G LTE and GPS available as an option. The battery runtime is five hours. The SMT77 comes in a general purpose configuration as well hazardous area configuration for Class 1, Div 1 and meets all the legal requirements of the relevant EU directives and is IP65 compliant.
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Industries such as construction, mining, energy, utilities and forestry, face many challenges when it comes to tracking assets and employees. Equipment often has to be transferred between locations, or monitored while it is dormant during off seasons. Lone workers may have to travel long distances or visit multiple sites during the course of their activities. And, all of this is further complicated today with shifting supply chains and economic realities putting further strain on the bottom line.