LXE introduces Thor vehicle-mount computer

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LXE, part of EMS Technologies' Global Resource Managementbusiness unit, has announced the launch of the Thor vehicle-mountcomputer, targeting multiple logistics applications. The Thor computerhouses an industry-leading Intel Atom processor that features a dualoperating system of either Windows Embedded Standard or Windows CompactEmbedded and is the newest vehicle-mount computer to use thehalf-screen, full keypad form factor that LXE pioneered over threedecades ago.

"TheThor vehicle-mount computer is capable of providing unprecedented gainsin ROI," said Dino Koutrouki, Vice President and General Manager, EMSGlobal Resource Management. "Technology delivers ROI when it allowsresources both human and capital to be invested inprofit-generating areas, instead of in the maintenance or usage of thetechnology itself. The Thor is purpose-built for businesses to achieveimmediate, measurable ROI results."

The Thor computer offersthree unprecedented patent-pending features: a field-replaceable frontpanel, a quick-mount smart-dock and an ignition control.

Field-Replaceable Front Panel
With ordinaryvehicle-mount computers, any significant damage to front panels wouldrequire end users to return the entire computer to the manufacturer forfront-panel replacement, or to purchase an entirely new unit. Now, withthe introduction of the Thor computer, users are offered moreflexibility, as well as time and cost savings through its innovative,field-replaceable front panel feature:

Panel can be changed within minutes with a screwdriver

Replacement front panel will maintain consistent IP 66 protection against water and dust

Computer will automatically recognise any changes to keyboard configuration

Quick Mount Smart Dock
Thorcomputer end users will be able to rapidly detach the device from itsvehicle-mount hardware, presenting numerous advantageous features:

The Thor computer can be removed from vehicle-mount with one hand

Unit will remain powered-up for up to 30 minutes via battery backup

Enterprises can deploy quick-mounting hardware on all forklifts anddeploy the portable computers only on forklifts currently in use

IT departments are able to quickly detach the Thor computer for software updates

Thor computers are easily transferred between forklifts for maintenance as required  

Ignition Control
TheThor vehicle-mount computer's ignition control function can savevaluable minutes during startup when an operator is required to leavethe forklift, adding up to significant labour cost savings:

Unit starts up with the forklift ignition, saving the operator an extra step  

Preferences may be set to sleep, shut down, or stay powered up on battery backup when the forklift powers down

LXEis an exhibitor at ProMat 2011 and will demonstrate the Thorvehicle-mount computer at booth #4268. The device will make itsEuropean debut at SITL Paris on 29 March 2011. The Thor product iscurrently deployed at beta test sites throughout North America andEurope, and select configurations are set to begin shipping tocustomers on 15 April 2011.

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