Scenario A - Before Aegex IS Tablets:
An oil refinery has multiple employees monitoring operations in C1D1hazardous locations, where flammable material is present in combustible quantities most of the time. Traditional mobile devices, such as smartphones and computers, are restricted from C1D1 areas because they present a risk of explosion; they are not certified Intrinsically Safe (IS). Thus, workers moving in and out of these zones have relied on a clipboard and pen to write down observations when doing maintenance checks or other tasks. They then take their clipboard notes to the appropriate employee who records problems in a log. The log is reviewed each week unless the maintenance issue is deemed urgent, in which case, it is forwarded as soon as possible to a scheduler who then contracts a repair person. The entire process may take hours, days or weeks. If these employees have radios that are approved for hazardous zones, they can communicate more quickly, but only by voice. They cannot use a radio to send a report, check a manual, or verify any data. Without Wi-Fi or 4G capability, their communications process is somewhat slow and dependent on verbal reports to add detail to any alarms or incidents that might be detected by sensors or other means.
Scenario B - After Aegex IS Tablets:
An oil refinery has multiple employees monitoring operations in C1D1 areas of hazardous locations, where flammable material is present in combustible quantities most of the time. Because traditional smartphones and computers are restricted from C1D1 areas, the company deploys Aegex10 Intrinsically Safe Tablets throughout its operation. Any worker moving through a C1D1 area can carry the Aegex tablet because it is globally certified Intrinsically Safe (IS), or incapable of causing a spark. When personnel notice maintenance or other issues occurring in C1D1 areas, or when an alarms sounds to signal a specific problem in those areas, they can use the lightweight, cost-effective, user-friendly tablets to record data, transmit information, receive instructions and notify all appropriate team members instantly using Windows 10 applications. With Wi-Fi or 4G LTE, wait time until the problem is addressed can be reduced to nil. All issues can be communicated in real-time using familiar tools like Microsoft Outlook, IoT management applications like , or other industry-specific apps that are custom-designed or selected by the company. So problems get solutions right away, providing greater transparency, efficiency, productivity and safety for all involved.