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Zone 1 computer for oilfield services companies launched by HMi Elements

15 May 2020

A specialist that designs and manufactures hazardous area-approved computers for the world’s leading oilfield services companies and their customers has launched a breakthrough Zone 1 product.

Howard Gould with the 1301-Z1 computer
Howard Gould with the 1301-Z1 computer

HMi Elements’ 1301-Z1 field maintainable Zone 1 computer is a first for industry. Over half a million pounds was invested bringing this product to market. The 1301-Z1 is the latest computer created by HMi Elements in its 30-year history that has seen longevity linked to product innovation and quality.


ATEX, IECEx and AEx certified, the 19” display computer has a range of new market-leading technology and design features including glove-friendly touchscreen controls.

It also has unique edge-to-edge glass and a high resolution 1,000-nit display so it can be used even in the brightest oil and gas environments.

With an integrated power supply unit all six sides are waterproof and ingress protected to IP66/NEMA 4X standard and it can operate in temperatures ranging from -40°C to +60°C (-40°F to +140°F).

HMi 1301-Z1 features a high-speed i7 processor, a choice of operating voltages and has Ethernet, Fibre, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth as standard.

Crafted from a single piece of anodised aluminium, it is lighter and slimmer than anything before with just a 5” wide profile and a choice of mounting options.

Equipped with HMi Elements’ unique Health System Monitoring firmware, the hinged-front enclosure provides easy internal access for maintenance in a safe area.

Chief Executive of HMi Elements, Howard Gould, said: “We have designed and manufactured computers for the oil and gas industry since the 1980s and this is by far the best Zone 1 product we or anyone else in the industry has ever created.

HMI 1301-Z1
HMI 1301-Z1

“The HMi 1301-Z1 will play a crucial role helping some of the biggest companies in the industry source and extract oil and gas.

“It combines show-stopping design with rugged toughness that is built to withstand all the challenges faced in any Zone 1 environment.

“It is incredibly intuitive and easy to use with features including touchscreen controls and we can also tailor the input connectors to the specific needs of the user.” 

All HMi Elements’ products undergo rigorous testing and auditing so they are certified to use in zoned areas.

“Our class-leading products have stood the test of time; we’ve been at the forefront of hazardous area computer innovation for 30 years,” adds Mr Gould. 

“Our customers – some of the world’s leading oilfield services companies – understand that buying cheaper products is a false economy because they don’t have our level of reliability, quality or innovation.

“Our products are an investment that always pays dividends over many years, not a quick, cheap fix that then need replacing a year or so later.

“We never set out to be the cheapest, only the best, in the knowledge that the cheapest is rarely the least expensive.”

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