Ex and ATEX rated tablets or iPads?

Hi, is anyone able to recommend a tablet or similar electronic device that I can take into explosive areas. I also have electric initiators so need to consider RF and EMC. This is from reading and checking process instructions.

There must be someone moving away from paper by now.

Thanks

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  1. Answered by GOUR CHAND SEN

    I have not any answer to the questions. Sorry.

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  2. Answered by Rob Wharton

    I previously specified in a ruggedised tablet from Xplore Technologies for a Defence application which they were (& are) very happy with. Xplore also produce the XC6 DMSR Ultra-Rugged Tablet which is MIL-STD-810G (7′ drop), IP67, HazLoc C1D2 & ATEX rated.
    Xplore were bought out by Zebra in 2018, website here: https://www.zebra.com/ap/en/products/tablets/xc6.html

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  3. Answered by Tom Barrett

    We are using Panasonic Toughbook G1 10.1 in windows fully rugged tablet – Class 1 Division 2 explosive atmospheric environment if that was the intent of the question. However with the Electric Dets to initiate these may not be suitable.

    All the best
    Tom

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  4. Answered by Pete Forder

    I am currently investigating options for tablets to be used within munitions processing and storage environments. I would be happy to share our findings and options to date. Please email myself at the address below.

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  5. Answered by Roy Davis

    There are many intrinsically safe tablets out there, but depends on where you want to use them, i.e. your market, which standards will you be working under, which area of the world and what protection concept you need. Drop me a line, roy.davis@ocsgroup.com

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  6. Answered by Malc Ingry

    It can depends on what is being stored in the magazine i.e. if the product give rise to flammable gas or explosive dust.

    However, assuming you are referring to typical mining quarrying packaged products which do not this would fall in to the above concerns, a category C electrical environment as a minimum would be suitable for electrical devices.
    These are required to be in plastic enclosures and do not exceed a surface temp of 135 deg C in a sealed units no less than IP44 protection.
    When we fit lighting for packaged product magazines the minimum we would install is IP65 as technology with LED lighting has improved vastly and surface temperatures are considerably lower than old style luminaires.

    Going a step further i.e. Mobile communication devices in magazine areas
    BS 6657 deals with the prevention of inadvertent initiation of electro explosive devices by radio frequency radiation. I believe the latest version was 2002 and could be considered out of date as technology advances on a monthly basis and new certified devices are more readily available.

    As a simple guideline for packaged product (mining & quarrying) magazine unless it is IP54 protected leave it outside and mobiles without any degree of protection should never enter the detonator magazine and should be left in safe place away from the magazine. ATEX Mobiles are available https://exloc.co.uk/mobile-computing/zone-1-smartphones/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI_Nfw8Jvg6gIV1IBQBh36TAOIEAAYAiAAEgJOPPD_BwE
    but RF radiation could still be a concern if in close proximity with electric detonators.

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  7. Answered by steven james

    Have a chat with Pete Forder, If you can get his email address (4th response). if not ill get it for you.

    Toughbooks have been used widely in the past, with the tech going to tablets it really depends where you will use such a device. Based on where you work I would suggest your ‘safety’ team will have a lot of questions and ultimately dictate the type of zoning or rating the device will require. your security personnel may also have an opinion. companies such as ECOM, EXLOC (as above), MILDEF, GETAC, ATEXXO may all be worth considering. there are quite a few companies now that deal in this area

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  8. Answered by NORMAN YEN

    You may want to refer to UK JSP 482 Chapter 24 : Hazards of Electromagnetic Radiation to Ordnance (HERO). The details are in ANNEX B – Common Transmitter Minimum Safe Distances.

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  9. Answered by Holly Pennington

    Apologies as I don’t have an answer but also very interested in this so hoping someone will have some ideas. I’ll keep me eyes and ears open and let you know if I find anything.

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  10. Answered by Shaun Dooley

    Dear all,
    Thanks for these comments and info, I will be in touch with those that offered to help.
    I have a EMC team at work who do the testing but I was looking at what models actual work and are well supported. You have defiantly helped. I will post back with an update.
    Thank you – Shaun.

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