August 2022, Vol. 249, No. 8

Tech Notes

Strengthening Computing Solutions in Hazardous Environments

Special to P&GJ  In all segments of refining and distribution, oil and gas facilities and pipeline stations regularly store and dispense large quantities of flammable and combustible liquids.   Given the potential for gas, vapor or dust to collect in these areas, the electronic equipment installed for automation and control must be designed specifically to prevent unintentional ignition of these elements because of electrical arcing or other thermal means.  Although much attention is given to the automation system components used to control the process itself, these systems also require computing equipment such as thin clients, panel PCs, remote touch displays, KVM (keyboard, video, m

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