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Beijer HMI controls winches on Russian Icebreaker

January 9, 2013 - Adria Winch is using the QTERM-A7 HMI with iX software by Beijer Electronics to control five oceanographic winches located on an open deck of a Russian research icebreaker. The QTERM-A7 was chosen because of its ability to operate in harsh environments and its compatibility with existing PLC systems.

The icebreaker navigates from the North Pole to Antarctica deploying oceanographic sensors that measure conductivity, temperature and depth of sea water.  The QTERM-A7 with iX manages the operating modes, settings, temperatures and calibrations of the winches as well as monitors rope length (2 km to 8 km), speed and force used to deploy the sensors.

“We chose the QTERM-A7 because of its robustness,” said Miroslav Komlenovic, Senior Design Engineer at Adria Winch. “The QTERM-A7 can operate at temperatures as low as -30 °C, has IP66 protection and is compatible with our current PLC system.”

Designed to withstand harsh conditions, the QTERM-A7 is IP66 rated, UL 508, Class I Div 2 and ABS certified, can operate in -30 to 70 °C , and storage of -40 to 85 °C. Additional features include a widescreen 7” TFT-LCD display with resistive touch screen, 10/100Base-T Ethernet, two USB 2.0 full-speed host ports and two serial ports.

Windows Embedded CE 6.0 or iX software is available on the QTERM-A7. iX includes multiple drivers to communicate with automation equipment, scalable vector-based graphics, open architecture and a variety of HMI functions (i.e., alarms, trends, recipes).

“The demanding conditions commonly found in this environment has put the QTERM-A7 to the test,” said Bob Mullins, Industrial Product Manager of Beijer Electronics. “But with the rigorous environmental testing and industrial certifications, we feel that our QTERM-A7 fits perfectly with Adria Winch and their marine requirements.”

About Adria Winch

Adria Winch is a small and versatile Croatian company. Some 100 people are serving its customers worldwide for years, solving their problems, designing and producing equipment according to their specific needs. Having its own full production facilities in Split, Croatia, the company has high flexibility and short delivery times when designing, manufacturing or incorporating revisions during the production stage. 

About Beijer Electronics
For thirty years, Beijer Electronics has designed and manufactured human machine interface (HMI) products for industrial OEMs and vehicle systems integrators. Products include automation software, operator panels, industrial/panel PCs and environmentally-rugged QSI HMIs and TREQ mobile data terminals. Since its start-up in 1981, Beijer Electronics has evolved into a multinational group present in twenty-one countries. Beijer Electronics is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Nordic Exchange Stockholm’s Small Cap list under the ticker BELE.

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