State-of-the-art, bespoke hardware is playing a more important role than ever in helping companies deliver digital oilfield solutions and extract more oil and gas.
Many multinationals and numerous service companies have been harnessing digital oilfield technologies for some time and are now increasing these significantly.
While the adoption of digital oilfields has gained impetus in the past 15 years due to technological software advancements, hardware is equally vital.
In essence, a digital oilfield aims to create a ‘digital twin’ – a replica based on data from sensors in the oilfield.
Yet hardware is central to the use of robotics, automation, sensors, AI, connectivity, control systems and the Internet of Things.
Hardware and software go hand in glove with wider benefits resulting in significant improvements to processes, workflow and productivity.
Reliability is an essential part of digital oilfield technology.
At HMi Elements, we spent five years carrying out extensive research, development and testing for our new ground-breaking computer, the 1301-Z1.
Some may query the length of time taken but we were aiming to achieve a number of global firsts including glass edge-to-edge touchscreen and in-built firmware to monitor the health of the asset.
Relatively lightweight compared to all Zone 1 products that came before, simple access to the inside for easy maintenance, a futuristic appearance and multiple certification to Class 1, Zone 1.
You simply do not make IT hardware with ATEX, IECEx and AEx certification quickly.
From our experience - over 30 years as a specialist in the oil and gas sector – we know the amount of money and time we have dedicated to the 1301-Z1 is a wise investment and will pay dividends for customers because from this comes superior performance, quicker speeds, greater reliability and product longevity.