Chemicals used in paint mixing are highly toxic and often emit hazardous fumes. Areas where these chemicals are stored and mixed are usually classified as hazardous locations because the chemicals are highly combustible. As a result any electronic equipment used in these areas must be officially certified “intrinsically safe” for UL Class I Division 1 hazardous areas. Intrinsically safe equipment is incapable of causing a spark that could potentially ignite an explosion; a necessary feature when combustible fumes are constantly present.
Using the Aegex10 IS Tablet, industrial painters can employ TagMinder to verify that the barcodes of each chemical used in paint mixes are the correct ones, thereby guaranteeing an accurate mix, as well as helping operators save time when searching for the correct inputs. To ensure all equipment is performing optimally, and to verify the safety and quality of their equipment, it is suggested the paint manufacturer also use Snively’s Safety Tracker software that allows for onsite digital inspection reporting. All of this is possible in real time in UL Class I Division 1 hazardous areas with the intrinsically safe Aegex10 IS Tablet.1. Hardware - aegex10 Intrinsically Safe Tablet Using the Windows-based Aegex10 IS Tablet, operators can access Windows 10 apps, cloud services and third party apps, even in the most volatile hazardous areas (UL Class I,II,III Div 1; ATEX/IECEx Zone 1). Certified for UL Class I, II, III Division 1 hazardous locations in North America, as well as equivalent areas in Europe (ATEX Zone 1) and internationally (IECEx Zone 1), the Aegex10 operates on Wi-Fi or 4G LTE from any hazardous location around the globe on a unified platform. The 10.1-inch Aegex tablet is rated IP65 rugged for industrial use, yet is lightweight and priced as low as non-certified devices. Its Windows 10 operating system gives users uniform access to the Microsoft cloud, plus apps and services, including software like that of Snively.2. Software - Snively Inc., TagMinder and Safety TrackerSnively Inc., a U.S.-based application developer and provider of hazardous area equipment, web apps, barcoding and RFID solutions, can provide the paint manufacturer with two separate pieces of software, TagMinder and Safety Tracker, to be used on the Aegex10 IS Tablet. Tagminder is an RFID-optimized inventory management solution that tracks items’ unique RFID tags, providing information about their movement and location. Users can integrate TagMinder with PLCs, back-end systems and shop floor systems. TagMinder also connects with external visual aids and triggers, such as light stacks, message boards, alarms, infrared beams, scales, etc., to allow automated and error-proof tracking of:
With the Aegex10 IS Tablet and Snively software, forklift operators can enter the most volatile hazardous areas (UL Class I, II, III Division 1) and more easily locate the correct totes of chemicals to be used in paint mixing without fear of causing an explosion.Using the Aegex tablet and Snively TagMinder, workers can:
About Aegex: Aegex is a technology engineering and design company that provides intrinsically safe Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and mobile solutions for hazardous industries. Our globally certified intrinsically safe Windows 10 tablet, sensors and partner monitoring systems, form an IoT platform that manages big data to improve efficiency, safety and productivity in hazardous industrial environments in oil & gas, chemical, pharmaceutical, utilities, public safety, defense and other industries with potentially explosive atmospheres.