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Gary Labadie, Marketing Manager, Pro-face America,
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Pro-face America Introduces APL3000 Family of Industrial PCs; Uptime Maximized with Advanced Data Protection and Factory Alert Health Monitoring

Industrial PCs feature high speed Intel Core Duo CPU, hot swappable drives, integrated Factory Alert System, RAID-enabled backup, and easy-to-use HMI software

Saline, MI - October 14, 2008 -- Pro-face America, a global leader in HMI solutions and industrial computing products, today introduced the APL3000 Series of high performance industrial PCs that deliver enhanced data protection for demanding factory floor applications. The APL3000 industrial PCs feature a 2 GHz Intel Core Duo CPU and expanded memory, up to 4GB of RAM. A unique, built-in Factory Alert System (RAS -- Reliability, Availability, Serviceability) monitors PC health and generates instant notifications about excessive heat exposure, impending hard drive or fan failure, CPU or power troubles. Advanced Data Protection uses hot swappable hard drives and RAID-enabled redundancy to protect critical plant data. WinGP software enhances application flexibility, allowing the APL3000 to operate as an open HMI or as a PC running third-party Microsoft® Windows applications. The APL3000 Series industrial PCs are UL Certified Class I Div 2 and CE rated. The product line includes an extensive range of operator interfaces, from 12.1 to 19 inches.

"The APL3000 family of industrial PCs are designed for mission critical data intensive applications such as SCADA, machine vision, and motion control," stated Gary Labadie, Marketing Communications Manager, Pro-face America. "Our industrial PCs provide the functions and features necessary to reduce downtime and prevent computer failures. Hot swappable disks allow maintenance personnel to perform duties without shutting down the process. RAID redundancy increases data integrity. RAS functionality provides early warning fault detection. All are available in one affordable, industrial PC platform that can be customized to a wide range of application needs."

Advanced Data Protection, Improved Reliability

The APL3000’s Factory Alert Health Monitoring system takes advantage of Pro-face’s one-of-a-kind Reliability Availability Serviceability (RAS) technology and provides early warning fault detection. RAS monitors PC operation and performance such as voltage, fan speed, internal temperature, touch panels, backlight, and hard drive failures. Instant notifications are generated via sight, sound, on-screen, and remotely, or can be digitally output to a PLC so it can automatically switch to safe operations mode. The hot swappable hard drive increases reliability, is ideal for fast field replacements, and ensures that production lines remain operational. RAID-enabled back-up with soft mirroring provides redundant data storage and ensures data is recorded and stored safely across arrays.

Right Size, Right Technology

The APL3000 Series of industrial PCs includes a wide range of operator displays, from 12-inch to 19-inch mounted keyboard or panel touchscreen interfaces. A choice of Microsoft XP or Vista operating systems are offered, along with a choice between high performance and standard class Intel processors: the high performance, 2 GHz Intel Core Duo 2 processor or the midrange 1.86 MHz Celeron M processor.

The APL3000 Series offers solid state and standard hard drive options, including maintenance-free, 8 GB bootable, compact flash or standard 6 GB hard drive, 2 or 4 expandable PCI slots for plug and play functionality, and 2 independent Ethernet ports. The APL3000 is CE approved and UL certified for Class 1, Div 2 hazardous location applications. Custom configurations are available.

Pro-face Open HMI Software and Systems

The APL3000 Series is optionally available with WinGP or Pro-Server EX software. WinGP is a runtime option for Pro-face America’s popular GP-Pro EX HMI development software. WinGP allows the APL3000 PCs to run as a Windows-based Open HMI communicating with a variety of external devices, including PLCs, motion, vision barcode readers, and RTUs. The software can also communicate with third-party Microsoft Windows based applications, including Visual Basic, Visual C#, Visual C++, and C#.

Pro-Server EX is easy-to-use, enterprise data management software for data collection and process monitoring with APL3000 Series industrial PCs. Pro-Server EX includes a wide range of connectivity options to link the APL3000 Series to virtually any system via MES, DDE, DLL, Active X, and OPC Server.

The APL3000 Series is interoperable with other Pro-face operator interfaces and cutout compatible to the company’s Xycom industrial PC systems, reducing complexity and configuration time, and preserving existing IT investments in one common Pro-face platform.

Availability

The APL3000 is available immediately for purchase. Prices start at $2995.

About Pro-face America

Pro-face is the world leader in HMI solutions and industrial computer products. Pro-face sets the global standard for HMI solutions by offering the industry’s most extensive product offerings with the highest levels of network connectivity. Principal Pro-face products include HMI touch screens, operator interfaces, industrial PCs, and the new GP-Pro EX HMI development software. The Pro-face family also includes Xycom brand industrial PC products serving industrial, automotive, aerospace, packaging, plastics, textile and other markets. Pro-face and Xycom have hardware and software installed in more than 300,000 factory-floor systems worldwide and are recognized for their fast and dependable local support. For more information about Pro-face products visit www.profaceamerica.com.

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For further information contact:
Gary Labadie, Marketing Manager
Pro-face America
750 North Maple Rd
Saline, MI 48176
Tel: 734-429-4971
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Web: http://www.profaceamerica.com

PR Office:
Juliann Grant
Telesian Technology
49 Midgley Lane
Worcester, MA 01604 USA
Tel: 978.687.4252
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