UL 1604-certified rugged Toughbook mobile computers
Panasonic Computer Solutions Company announced the certification and availability of two rugged Panasonic ToughbookUL 1604, Class 1, Division 2-certified computers: The Toughbook 19 convertible tablet PC, and the Toughbook 30 clamshell notebook. UL 1604 certified Panasonic Toughbook notebook computers deliver a safe and reliable mobile computing solution for spark-free use in potentially explosive environments, such as those experienced in the oil and gas, petrochem, aviation and other production environments. Combined with software solutions from Panasonic partners, Toughbook notebook users can take advantage of mobile computing solutions to achieve reliable access to mission-critical information as a means to improve data accuracy, reduce man-hours and increase overall productivity. “Many companies in industries that present potentially explosive environments are only just now beginning to evaluate how mobility could benefit their operations,” explains David Krebs, director of Venture Development Corporation’s mobile and wireless practice. “As increasingly more companies explore the advantages associated with workfl ow automation and improved data security, we expect to see an increase in adoption rates. The oil, gas and petrochem industries represent the strongest opportunities for growth.” According to a recent study conducted by the firm, the overall market for Class 1, Division 1 / Class 1, Division 2 and ATEX (Potentially Explosive Atmospheres (94/9/EC) Directive) certified mobile computers is forecasted to exceed $120 million by 2011, reflecting a compound annual growth of 10 percent.Panasonic Computer Solutions Co. #5028Custom no-drill side-mount tool-boxesThe DiamondBack Side Toolboxes are open tool bins that mount to the underside of the DiamondBack HD truck cover and provide convenient and accessible tool storage. Unlike standard cross-boxes, the DiamondBack Side Tool Box allows the user to store tools at the edges of the truck. This way, equipment in the toolbox is within an arms reach at all times.These custom toolboxes are sealed on top with the panels of the DiamondBack HD Truck Cover, and installation requires no drilling into the truck bed. DiamondBack Side Tool Boxes come in sets of two and can be mounted either curb side (both on one side of the truck) or on opposite sides of the truck bed. Two sets (four tool boxes) can be purchased to provide convenient tool storage in all four corners of the truck bed. These tough and functional toolboxes can also be modified to meet industry-specific requirements.