RuggON launches smart vehicle mounted computer for logistics applications


RuggON Corporation has launched the VULCAN X rugged vehicle-mount computer for logistics and heavy-duty applications.

Based around a high-visibility 10.4-inch display, this versatile device upgrades any vehicle, and its crew, into a productive asset in the corporate Internet of Things (IoT) – reporting and responding to real-time events, reliably and rapidly.

VULCAN X is perfect for port and cargo cranes, according to the company. It can also be used in cold chain, logistics, warehousing, and heavy-duty vehicles in agriculture, recycling, waste management, and mining.

The company said that at the heart of the VULCAN X is a powerful computing platform designed on industry standards. Based on the 8th gen Intel® Core™ i5-8365UE 1.6GHz, this device is compatible with Windows 10 IoT Enterprise.

The fully rugged design makes the most of the IP66, MIL-STD 810H, and IEC-60721-3-5 5M3 certifications, ensuring the VULCAN X keeps working in the harshest environments, in a vast temperature range going from -30⁰ C to +55⁰ C. The VULCAN X is built to operate 24/7 and withstand salt spray and fog/frost.

The vehicle mount has robust metal connectors to protect the I/O interfaces and ensure reliable and secure operation even under the most severe conditions. Smart power management with a broad power input range from 9 to 60 VDC helps the VULCAN X to fulfill diversified applications in almost any vehicle type.

As digitisation and automation are an integral part of the industrial evolution, 5G ready is no longer a buzzword for the RuggON VULCAN X. The modular design allows changing the I/O ports’ location for easy installation and preventing damage to cables from bending and wear. The rich I/O options ensure maximum utilisation under various usage scenarios.

The device features CAN bus 2.0B or SAE J1939 for seamless vehicle systems integration. It supports Bluetooth 5.0, dual-band Wi-Fi 5 (802.11 ac) with fast Wi-Fi roaming to prevent lengthy network dropouts in the field. Precise location positioning without any downtime is possible on cranes and forklifts.

Materials handling can be managed easily with the VULCAN X through auxiliary RFID or barcode scanners that can be easily plugged into RS-232 ports for usage and recharging.

The trend towards automation and always-connected vehicles is making the human factor more critical – not less – and VULCAN X helps employees work smarter, safer, and more efficiently.

The VULCAN X’s high brightness auto-dimming touchscreen automatically optimises visibility for day or night, indoors and out. The PCT touchscreen display keeps staff in control in the most challenging conditions with its rugged design.

The included RuggON DashON utility software and RuggOTA service will keep your device in the best condition out in the field.

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